Wort the Firk?

Thought for the Day –  “Every loaf of bread is a tragic story of grains that could have become beer, but didn’t.”…Anonymous

We know you’ve got questions – everyone does.  Or maybe you are someone who finds factoids interesting.  If so, this might become your favorite page on the site.

We’re not exactly sure ourselves what is going to end up on “Wort the Firk?”.   Maybe it will become our “FAQ” page. Maybe all the stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere else will end up here.  If you have any suggestions, let us know.


Hops and Pot – What’s the Difference?

Who knew that hops (Humulus Lupulus) are biologically related to (cousins if you will) of cannabis? Also, according to Beeradvocate.com, “Hop plants are dioecious, meaning the males and females flower on separate plants — and the female cones are used in the brewing process. Hops are the age old seasoning of the beer, the liquid gargoyles who ward-off spoilage from wild bacteria and bringers of balance to sweet malts. They also lend a hand in head retention, help to clear beer (acting as a natural filter) and please the palate by imparting their unique characters and flavors. Basically, hops put the “bitter” in beer.”  For a painfully detailed explanation of the relationship between hops and pot, check out this article from BeerSci


Some basics, straight from Wikipedia:

What is this homebrew thing anyway?

People homebrew for a variety of reasons. Homebrewing can be cheaper than buying commercially equivalent beverages; it allows people to adjust recipes according to their own tastes creating beverages that are unavailable on the open market or low-ethanol beverages that may contain fewer calories. Some people join homebrewing clubs and enter homebrew competitions.

– This is why the Parker Hop-Aholics exist!


Is it legal??

Most states permit allow homebrewing of 100 gallons of beer per adult (of 18 years or older) per year and up to a maximum of 200 gallons per household annually when there are two or more adults residing in the household. Because alcohol is taxed by the federal government via excise taxes, homebrewers are restricted from selling any beer they brew. This similarly applies in most Western countries. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed into law a bill allowing home beers, which was at the time not permitted without paying the excise taxes as a holdover from the prohibition of alcoholic beverages (repealed in 1933).  This change also exempted home brewers from posting a “penal bond” (which currently ranges from a minimum of $1000.00 to a maximum of $500,000) which had the prohibitive effect of economically preventing brewers of small quantities from pursuing their hobby.

Way to go, Jimmuh!