Robert Allison

Beer: Finding Your Favorite That You Didn't Know About!

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PredictableChaos
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Re: Beer thirst
PredictableChaos   1/12/2017 12:59:14 PM
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@Ariella - 

I'm with you, there isn't anything healthy about drinking beer. We have beer fans and non-beer fans in our house. One of the comments from the non-beer drinkers was "ugh, that tastes like shampoo".

So how do you know what shampoo tastes like?

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Re: Beer thirst
Ariella   1/12/2017 12:05:19 PM
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@Lyndon_Henry are there any health benefits to beer at all? I know wine can claim that, particularly the red variety, but I have the impression beer is really the worst kind of empty calories - carbs. I am quite amazed at the portrayals on British TV in which people tend to down two pints and sometimes even more at a sitting. In my house a 12 oz bottle can make up 4 servings easily.

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Re: Beer thirst
Ariella   1/12/2017 12:02:43 PM
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@SaneIT this is such a great site because we learn not just about data analytics but a whole reange of subjects -- even beer and cooking! I've picked up on the benefits of darker brews for the brisket. Now I'll have to try to getting the timing right next time around.

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Re: Beer thirst
T Sweeney   1/12/2017 10:19:41 AM
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Or a nice thick Porter! I could even see using a stout like Guinness for BBQ as well.

Now I'm hungry and thirsty!

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T Sweeney   1/12/2017 10:16:07 AM
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Thanks for the brewed, malt beverage breakdown, Robert -- highly instructive! I now know I'm wasting my time trying to find an IPA that's less bitter/more palatable and will instead stick with Czech pilsners and Mexican lagers.

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Re: Beer thirst
Lyndon_Henry   1/12/2017 9:12:38 AM
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..

Ariella writes "I'm still fairly mystified by the types."

For those who don't know what beer they might like (or need), I suspect that one of these days somebody will come up with an app to deal with the complexity. This would integrate data about your behavior and tastes, your health and medical data, your recent purchases, the season, time of day, and location ... and from all this data, and probably more, it would render a recommendation on the brew for you.

Then all you'd have to do is find out where to get it. Maybe the app could recommend that also ...

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Re: Beer thirst
SaneIT   1/12/2017 8:11:10 AM
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@Ariella, that was along the lines of my point that styles of beer are good for those who know what they are drinking but for those that don't care to learn about methods for making beer tying brand names into the charts makes a lot of sense. Putting some brand names with the data would widen the audience greatly.

Now shifting into one of my loves (BBQ) use a darker beer for your brisket something like Shiner Bock which is getting more available outside Texas and is good for drinking after you've made your mop.  Also if you want more flavor use a thicker mop/baste and if you're BBQing or smoking wait until you're nearing the end of cooking before mopping.

 

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Re: Beer thirst
Ariella   1/11/2017 1:01:14 PM
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I'm still fairly mystified by the types. The first time I bought beer was in the fall, and that was for a brisket recipe. My family then decided that they don't like Heineken and tht it doesn't provide enough body for the meat. Since then, I've experimented a bit with different beers available for sale in single bottles usually for $1.50 at Trader Joe's. Some are described with some accuracy, but others just have these names that don't signify anything to those of us who are not familiar with these brews. 

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SaneIT   1/11/2017 9:02:33 AM
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I enjoy your posts and the ability to take data one step further, on this one though I might have done something like listed some of the most popular beers in each category in the title or on the larger view of the chart I would have pulled data from https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/style/38 for example and listed it along side of the graph.  That way someone could say "I like X brand of beer" without trying to decipher if it's a Pale Lager or a Pilsner for example.  Most casual beer drinkers probably won't know what style they like but they'll be able to tell you what brands they like. 

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Beer thirst
Lyndon_Henry   1/11/2017 8:55:13 AM
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..

Robert's blog post got my attention not just because it was about beer, but particularly used Pilsner as an example. Pilsners and lagers are my favorites types of beer.

I liked Robert's visualization redo, and the chart of beer categories with hyperlinks, although I can't say that I would need to have these to hand when I'm ordering up a pint in a pub or restaurant. But they're interesting to study ...

I kind of liked the amber color of the tiny graph boxes in the original graph. My only suggestion would be to use amber instead of red in the improved versions.

Anyway, this whole discussion makes me sorta thirsty ...

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