Homebrew Wanker™! Review of the Pinter fresh brewing kit

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A big red cask in a sea of cardboard.

Do you like beer? Do you like cider? Would you like to brew your own? Would you like a frustrating experience? Well, gang, do I have a treat for you! This is the Pinter from the Greater Good Fresh Brewing Company. It promises to introduce you to the wonderful world of beer and cider brewing.…

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Home brewing and Cryptocurrency

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A tiny lego Storm Trooper eats a chocolate coin.

This is a thought experiment inspired by the sort of rambling and speculative conversations my wife and I have been having in lockdown. Most countries in the world place legal limits on alcohol production at home. There are, usually, several good reasons for this: Improperly brewed alcohol can cause severe health problems – including death.…

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Extracting your data from Untappd

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I rate every pint I taste using the Untappd app. Think of it like TripAdvisor for lager, stout, cider, bitter, and all manner of other beery goodness. Seriously, I’ve reviewed over 600 different drinks Recently, I decided to see if I could self-host my beer check-ins. The first step – extracting my own data from…

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UI For Drunks

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In app design, we often talk about designing for the user in context. For example, a taxi app can’t rely on a perfect GPS signal in a crowded city, a user in the countryside may not have brilliant bandwidth, battery life is not infinite so we should limit certain features when power levels are low.…

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Woking Beer Festival

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I’ve been to many Real Ale festivals in the last few years. Small ones – such as Newbury – take place in the summer and allow one to sit on a deck chair, supping a beer while watching cricket. Behemoths – like the Great British Beer Festival – take place in vast, anonymous venues like…

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