Sunday, August 28, 2011

2011 vlog #17 | I survived an earthquake AND a hurricane in the same week!

Yeah I know this is a long vlog, but trust me - it's gonna be worth your while to watch the whole thing. I've got a lot of news and plugs to mention in this vlog, which are: I got a better job; I'll be graduating ITT Tech soon; we had an earthquake AND a hurricane here in the same week; I sent beer mails to two people in Europe and you can see both videos at:

The charity challenge has been going well. There's still time to make an entry if you haven't already. You can see all the responses at this playlist:

Does anyone know what happened to ?

I'm getting rid of my Canon 1080 camera and going back to my old 720 camera. I'm not using Adobe Premiere, either.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Margaritaville Spiked Lemonade | Chad'z Alcopop Reviews #7

It's been SIX MONTHS since my last alcopop review! I actually had forgotten about this series until I was at the beer store the other day perusing the coolers and this bright yellow can caught my eye and I thought "oh yeah, didn't I used to review these drinks?" LOL

I actually do like Mike's Hard Lemonade a lot and this is, you would assume, essentially the same thing - just made by Anheuser-Busch (don't let the legalese fool you - there's no Margaritavilla Brewing Co.). Anyway, let's give this thing a whirl....

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Shaun's Summer Ale | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #18

You should remember Shaun from just a week ago - he helped me review the Sculpin IPA. As we mentioned in that video, Shaun is a burgeoning homebrewer and this is his third batch - a summer ale. I've have a few homebrewed hefeweizens but never a homebrew "summer ale." I'd the timing is right to drink and review one now, eh?

ABV 4.3%
Original Gravity 1.042
Final Gravity: 1.009
IBU 19
Malts: 3.3lb lme pilsen, 1 pound wheat dme, and 1 pound pilsen dme.
Hops: They were not specific .5 Bittering 2.5 Flavoring; 2.5 Aroma

SlimFast Rich Chocolate Royale | Chad'z MISC Soft Drink Reviews #20

LOL, yeah I'm really reviewing a SlimFast product! Actually, these pre-made shakes in the cans really aren't that bad. They do taste like milk shakes. Of course, this isn't the type of product you buy for the taste - but the performance value. I'll sometimes have one of these shakes for breakfast but I've never been able to do the SlimFast diet according to the rules for it. Anyways, let's just see if this thing is any good as a beverage.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Chad9976 attempts the 40oz Chug Challenge

So I'm about 2 years behind the times on this challenge. I always said if I ever attempted to do the 40oz Chug Challenge that I would do it when everyone was LEAST expecting it, so I hope you're surprised! :D

I wanted to do this challenge now as an early Thank You to everyone who has participated in Chad'z Charity Challenge. Even though there's still two weeks left until the deadline, the response rate has been great!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Brett's Irish Red, Rye P.A., and Bourbon Barrel Porter | Chad'z Homebrew Reviews #17

Brett is a pretty big beer craft beer enthusiast and a fledgling homebrewer. To date he's only been able to make kit brews with partial extracts, which is fine by me because you can always add or subtract to a kit brew just as you would with any other recipe. I'll put all the specs and behind-the-scenes info below:

Be sure to check out Brett's YouTube channels:

The Irish red was mostly just light malt extract, with a little cara-pils, biscuit malt, and chocolate malt.  The hops were Willamette and Goldings.  It was a one-step fermentation.
Northern Brewer kit
Style: Irish Red Ale
OG: 1.055
FG: 1.021
ABV: 4.5%
IBU: 20.4
Note: This beer should have been more like 5.7% ABV, which leads me to believe the yeast stalled out early on the ferment.  It's overly carbonated and has a yeasty, plasticy after-taste.  This has been my one big failure as a homebrewer.

The Rye PA was Amber malt extract, Two-Row barley, Rye, and a little Carared.  The hops were Summit and Palisades.  It was a one-step fermentation that was dry-hopped for 2 weeks.
Rye PA
Northern Brewer kit
Style: American IPA
OG: 1.054
FG: 1.010
ABV: 5.9%
IBU: 63.3

The bourbon barrel porter was dark malt extract, Bavarian wheat, chocolate malt, black malt, and dark crystal malt.  The hops were Chinook and US Goldings.  It was a two-step fermentation.  I kept it in the primary for about 2 weeks, transferred it to a secondary where it sat for another week before I added the bourbon and the oak cubes.  After 3 more weeks I bottled it.
Northern Brewer kit
Style: Robust Porter (infused with bourbon and toasted oak chips)
OG: 1.069
FG: 1.021
ABV: 6.7%
IBU: 34.3

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Zumbody Raspberry Lemon Lime Sparkling Soda | Chad'z Soda Reviews #19

Now that I've finally finished uploading all the "archive" reviews from the Chad9976 channel, I still have "New" archive reviews to upload - the ones that were shot over the summer.

You might remember I reviewed an orange version of this soda earlier this summer. I got both at the same time, but for some reason waited a long time to review this pink soda. It's one of these new "calorie burning" energy drink/soda hybrids. It's also fairly local for me since it's made about 2 hours west in Syracuse, NY. I hope this one is as good as the orange one.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

NOS Charged Citrus | Chad'z Energy Drink Reviews #30

It's the first NEW energy drink review since April! Since I've been gone I've noticed two new flavors of NOS at my local Walmart: a grape one and this - the "Charged Citrus NOS." It's quite obvious that they're trying to make a NOS version of AMP (which is just Mountain Dew on steroids). I've never been a big fan of AMP but I love NOS - so which way will this energy drink go?

Chad Tries.... Spam

I've seen Spam in every supermarket I've ever been to in my life and yet I've never seen anyone actually buy it, much less eat it. So how has this product been around for so long? Obviously it has a bad reputation if junk email was named after it. But the goal of this show is to eat stuff I wouldn't normally eat to see what it's all about.

FACTOID: Spam is actually an acronym for "spiced ham" and was developed for the army in WWII as something we'd call an MRE today.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

2011 vlog #16 | Chad'z Charity Challenge

I know I don't usually get involved in "challenges" but this one is different. In fact, it's not really a challenge per se, more of a request. Here's how it works: if you're a BeerTuber review a non-alcoholic consumer beverage in the exact same manner you would approach a beer review. For every individual video response I receive I'll donate $10 to the American Red Cross for Japan or Haiti or whatever they want to do with it. Even though those disasters happened a while ago there ARE plenty of people out there in dire need.

Here's the rules and description:
1. Review any non-alcoholic, pre-packaged consumer product in the same way you would a beer. For example: soda, energy drink, tea, juice, beverage, flavored water, sports drink, etc (non-alcoholic beer doesn't count). It should be something self-contained and mass-produced. Nothing homemade, please.

2. It has to be a NEW video, you can't use a video that was uploaded before the CCC was initiated.

3. No inherently sarcastic, jokey, clownish videos. You can't just take one swig and say "it tastes like soda - the end." You're of course free to be humorous as much as you want within the context of the review. The point of the challenge is to approach the product the same way you would a beer.

4. Remember to comment on appearance, aroma, taste and drinkability. You can also comment on price and "bang for the buck" factor as well.

5. Post your review as a video response to this video or as a response to my review of the same product (if I've reviewed it).

6. Limit two responses per person.

NOTE: This challenge is open to people from around the world, not just Americans!

Challenge ends August 31, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. I'll do a recap video on September 1st to see how much money will be sent to the Red Cross.

Can't wait to see who participates. Please be as creative as possible!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Saranac Ginger Beer | Chad'z Soda Reviews #18

Despite the name, Saranac Ginger Beer is indeed a soda. In America, non-alcoholic ginger-based sodas are usually called "ginger ales" but why Saranac calls this a "ginger beer" I don't know. Anyway, this is another "craft soda" from a craft brewery and it's located only 2 hours west of me in Utica, NY. Usually I find Saranac's sodas to be too sweet, but I like a good ginger ale - so which way would this soda go?