Saturday, June 23, 2012

Rockstar Sugar Free | Chad'z Energy Drink Reviews #43

Rockstar is the Pepsi to Red Bull's Coke. A lot of people prefer this brand, actually. To me, they all taste pretty much the same. Since I reviewed Red Bull's "Total Zero" a few days ago I got a lot of requests to review this one as an almost side-by-side comparison. I wasn't too crazy about the "Total Zero" - so how would Rockstar's zero sugar/zero carb offering stack up?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Day In The Life Of Chad #8 (June 19, 2012)


Instead of shooting an episode on a Friday when social things are usually happening, I decided to shoot this on a Tuesday - the most boring day of the week. And yet somehow I managed to still get enough footage worth watching. Also, plants are discussed.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Red Bull Total Zero | Chad'z Energy Drink Reviews #42

This is probably one of the most requested drinks for me to review. It's basically sugar free Red Bull with Splenda added to it. It's called "Total Zero" because there's no sugar and no carbs - but is there anything worth tasting? Let's see.....

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A&W Cream Soda | Chad'z Soda Reviews #26

The last soda from the promotional package sent to me by http://www.wowgiftboxes.com I don't think I've seen A&W Cream Soda in my local stores. Maybe it's there, but I don't go down the soda aisle at the market that often. What's also interesting is that this just says "cream soda" and every other instance of the product calls it "Sparkling Vanilla Cream Soda." Is this something new?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Homebrew #3 ("Naval Black Hops") Part 4: Tasting

Our Black IPA has been bottle conditioning for 12 days now, so Shaun and I thought it was time to give it an initial taste test. We're entering it in a contest hosted by The Ruck and judging is about two weeks away on Saturday the 23rd. We're going to keep the recipe a secret until after the contest.

The basic recipe:
Brewed: 5/6/12
Secondary: 5/17/12
Bottled: 5/30/12

OG: 1.060
FG: 1.021 (taken prior to transfer to secondary)
ABV: 5.2%

Malts:
60 Malt
Dehusked Carafa II
Breiss Special Roast Malt (50L)
Black Patent
Dry Malt Extract

Hops:
Bittering: Magnum
Flavoring: Crystal, Centennial, Citra
Aroma: Cascade
Dry hops: Amarillo, Simcoe

Yeast:
White Labs California Ale Yeast

Water:
Nestle Pure Life (5 gallons) + ~1 gallon Albany tap water

Saturday, June 9, 2012

2012 vlog #5 | Changes - they are a comin' (possibly)


In which I tag up on some of the things I talked about last week and let you know how I'm feeling about BeerTubing, Chad'z Beer Reviews, and being a craft beer enthusiast in general. There's also a major announcement of a possible dynamic shift in my life that may happen relatively soon. Sorry for the length, but this all needed to be said.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Homebrew #2 ("Chad'z Truly Unsupervised Hefeweizen") Part 4: Final Taste Test

Even though Shaun and I took a taste of my hefeweizen ("Chad'z Truly Unsupervised Hefeweizen") a couple weeks ago, I didn't feel it was ready at the time. So this time we compared a chilled bottle to one at room temperature. The beer has been in bottles for a month at this point. Will it be ready to go?

Friday, June 1, 2012

Homebrew #3: Part 3: Bottling

I had to shoot this with my iPhone because my regular camera broke. I guess it's pretty self-explanatory. Now we just have to wait a few weeks for it to carbonate and finish conditioning and we'll give it a taste test before the contest on June 23rd. I can't wait!