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Homebrew Dogmas: Kill Your Darlings, Darlings

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

In the amateur brewing community we have a legacy of furphies and dogmas passed down through the years. A lot of those misunderstandings are based around the premise that we’re replicating professional brewing environments at scale; some are based on historic misunderstanding about chemistry or inputs; others, a lack of science that has been corrected over time, or experimentation that has proven that the dogma doesn’t hold true.

This is where I really do enjoy the input of people like Drew Beechum and Denny Conn from Experimental Brewing, Marshall Schott and the contributors at the Brulosophy podcast, and Ricky The Meadmaker from Groenfell Meadery with his ongoing video series Ask The Meadmaker.

And I owe many thanks to the authors of a growing number of books, articles and papers and presentations (like the Chemistry of Beer course from the University of Oklahoma) who constantly offer insight into the chemistry of beer and brewing. Because, I’m a geeky kind of guy… if I just wanted beer I would have stuck to the beer kits and kept it all simple.

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The Secret to Human Success is Multiculturalism

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Back in the day, when I was an under-educated dipshit with right wing leanings, I would repeat a popular right wing mantra that multiculturalism has never worked. And I never questioned the logic, regardless that it came to me third hand in the way a cult tells itself a story of identity. I was a proud white man. The story fit my conclusions. White men were special. I hate to inform anybody of this one… but we’re not special at all. We’ve just had 200 years of might is right especially if it’s white.

So I thought writing an article about this mantra might be interesting… at least for those under-educated non-thinking right wing bigots who repeat that ignorant statement. Because it turns out that multiculturalism is what brought us out of the caves and into this crazy era of the Space Age homo sapien. Not DNA diversity, not bigger brains… the sharing of culture.

DNA Diversity is not the Secret of our Success

One group of people would have you believe that our genetic diversity is the reason for the homo sapien success story. Bollocks. Although we have this diversity of appearance that we as homo sapiens recognise in the finer details of faces … there is vastly more genetic difference between chimpanzees living on one side of a river to the other than there is between human beings around the planet.

In simple English, homo sapiens are more alike around the World than chimpanzees that live locally. So, no, genetic diversity didn’t make us this successful. In fact, there was a point in our early history where one father can be linked to all males. All males on this planet are related. At a point where human beings on the planet were reduced to approximately one thousand survivors of a cataclysmic event.

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Surviving in the Age of Anti-Reality & the Rights of Internet Truthers

Monday, April 20th, 2020

In some ways I’m an easy going guy in my middle age. The angry youth evolved into a very well educated version of the earlier self that I bet not a single soul from my distant past would recognise. I have a couple of University degrees, industry IT qualifications, and I’m reasonably well (and broadly) read. But I miss ignorance; if only because traversing through this modern information landscape is a loathsome chore. Better to be ignorant and ‘one of them’, than knowledgable.

To understand me you only really need to know the things that are core to my nature. Science. Language. Reason.

Being wrong is better than believing you are right. Being right is better than being wrong, of course. Not knowing the difference between where right and wrong are (the black box) makes me cringe inside, begging answers. And, if I say something that happens to be wrong, show me. It’s a due courtesy that facts should pass between human beings, rather than misinformation.

Misinformation is a pollution of our species. Why ever did we educate the masses only to reach this apex of ignorance and superstition?

Which begs the question: In this age of information highways and cloud based academia, how do so many people not get the facts correct? Or even know how to test the difference between truth and fiction?

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My name is Steven Clark and I live in the Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a mazer & a yeast farmer (making beer, fruit wine and mead as by-products of continuous improvement in my farming practices). I'm a photographer, although my film cameras are currently silent. I do not tolerate idiots. I do not tolerate bigotry. I do not tolerate excuses. Let's be clear, if you sit with my enemies you my are my enemy for life.

Blogger. Thinker. Brewer. Drinker. Life partner to the amazing and incredible Megan.

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