Hop Selection: Brewmaster John Trogner of Tröegs reports from the fields

first_imgEvery fall, a team from Tröegs Independent Brewing heads to the Pacific Northwest for one of the most critical steps in brewing: hop selection. Nailing next year’s batches of Nugget Nectar, Perpetual IPA, Nimble Giant and more all starts in the hop fields.“We go to the Yakima Valley every year to make sure we get the best hops we possibly can,” says brewmaster John Trogner. “We walk the fields, we talk to the farmers. To me, it’s the most important ingredient selection we do.”Follow this year’s selection through the eyes – and nose – of our brewmaster. John Trogner@jtroegsHop Selection Day 1Simcoe, one of my favorite hops, was up first. We found aromas of mango, orange creamsicle and a little fermented grapefruit … just what we were looking for. (Sigh of relief.) Perfect for next year’s Nugget Nectar and Nimble Giant. Great start to the trip. We spent the rest of the day visiting a couple of farms and walking a few experimental fields. Some interesting aromas got the creative juices flowing. Gummy bear, balsamic vinegar, coconut cream (with a hint of orange) and pear. It may be a while until these tiny hills are to the point we can use them, but just walking and talking to the breeder and hearing why they like certain hops was exhilarating.Hop Selection Day 2Today was all about Cascade, the foundation of a lot of our beers and the first hop I fell in love with 23 years ago. It’s great to visit so many farms and appreciate their unique ways of doing things. Segal Ranch, a second-generation, 410-acre farm, is one of my favorites. John Segal greeted us with a story of how his dad planted experimental hop number 56013 back in 1968. Eventually, that hop earned the name “Cascade.” As we climb around the picker, the racket and rhythmic mechanical movement make you feel part of the action. The drying beds are crossed with ropes, so as the hop bed dries – at just the right time – workers pull up the ropes, causing a slight fluffing and keeping the hops on the bottom from reaching the desired dryness before the ones on top.We ended with a picnic with our friends from Odell Brewing Co. Great hops. Great people. Awesome day. (Oh, and if you ever make it to Segal Ranch, beware. The peppers sting!)Hop Selection Day 3Next-day air is a beautiful thing. We sent 200 pounds of freshly harvested citra back to the brewery. They’re headed into the brew kettle as we speak, and fresh-hop Scratch beers are on the horizon. Hop Selection Day 4It’s always interesting to go out to Yakima with three or four other brewers. Each one of us has a different sense of smell. Each of us sees things from a different perspective, and each of us has a different way of communicating our experiences. When it all comes together, when we agree on the best lots – and that was 99 percent of this trip – that’s when I sleep best. As Tröegs has slowly but steadily grown, one of the ways we’ve stayed true to ourselves is by paying attention to details and working together to do what’s best for our beers … whether it was two of us in 1997 or 200 of us today. At the end of the day, that’s what moves us forward.To watch a video series on last year’s hop-selection adventure, visit troegs.com/yakima.last_img read more

3 ways to offset the cost of a child

first_img 50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robbie Young Robbie is the Associate Publisher at CUInsight.com. As Associate Publisher, Robbie works with professionals throughout the credit union industry to find new and innovative ways to spread their message … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details There is a lot on my mind with being a new mom. Diapers, clothing, toys, oh my. All of this costs money! Here are a few ways to buffer those costs. Buy a smaller houseOn average a single family home costs about 300K, is 3 plus bedrooms, and about 2,500 sq. feet. My husband and I live in an 1800 sq. foot home and only plan on having one child. We have more than enough space and could downsize to save on cost. Buy an older carThe average cost of a new car is $32,000 and the average American takes out a $27,000 loan to buy it. It takes about 5 years to pay off a new car and you’ll be looking to buy a newer one a year after that.What if you bucked the norm and did the following:Bought a $16,000 used carTook out a 3-year, $13,000 loan Kept the car for 10 years before you purchase againThat used car could save you upwards of $80K over a 30-year period Buy a cheaper cell phone planOn average, a cell phone bill will cost you $140 per month. Did you know that there are other options that can cost you as little as $20 dollars?Don’t be afraid of all the numbers. You have the flexibility to make your own decisions. With a few smart choices, you can make raising a family much more affordable.last_img read more

Potentially ‘Life Threatening’ Wind Chills to Blast Long Island

first_imgWhat’s the wind chill? Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This is what we get for mocking Mother Nature all through December.The National Weather Service in Upton is warning of potentially “life threatening” wind chill values and recording-breaking temperatures starting late Saturday—a significant deep freeze that increases the chances of hypothermia and frostbite. Long Island could see subzero temperatures along with wind chill values ranging from -20 to -30 degrees, forecasters said.The arctic blast has prompted the weather service to issue a wind chill advisory, starting 4 p.m. Saturday and continuing until noon Sunday.Saturday’s forecast calls for temperatures in the teens throughout the day before it plummets to dangerously cold levels when the sun goes down.The most brutal wind chills will begin late Saturday, forecaster said.“Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions,” the weather service warned.Meteorologists recommend residents not only take of their bodies but also be mindful of pipes freezing due to plunging temperatures.If you dare to brave the bitter, bone-chilling cold, make sure you wear several layers of clothing and a hat and gloves, the weather service advised. Symptoms of hypothermia include confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering, the weather service said.To prevent pipes from freezing, the agency recommended homeowners run water at a trickle and keep cabinet doors open.“Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes,” the agency warned, adding, “Many house fires result from these practices.”center_img Drivers are urged to check the status of car batteries and monitor tire pressure. If you’re traveling, make sure to bring a blanket and warm clothes in the event a car break downs.Long Islanders will get a taste of things to come Friday evening as temperatures are expected to be in the single digits.In preparation for the deep freeze, Nassau is opening up warming centers across the county that will be operational through the weekend. Love-struck couples enjoying Valentine’s Day festivities will have to bundle up Sunday as temperatures are expected to reach the mid-teens. A much-needed reprieve will come early next week, forecasters said. The mercury is expected to climb to around freezing on Monday and—wait for it—50 degrees on Tuesday.Bundle up, folks! Here are some cold weather safety tips:last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Feb. 27

first_imgKeep a close eye on cable price hikes So if it will take a trillion dollars to upgrade our infrastructure, where do we get the money? Here’s a thought. If we rolled back the GOP tax cut to 28 percent (Remember it was cut from 35 to 21 percent), we would get back half a trillion dollars. Further, if we changed the tax law and require a minimum tax payment (after all normal taxes are paid and deductions are taken) by corporations like Amazon, which had a $12 billion profit last year and will get a $129 million refund this year, we could generate hundreds of billions of dollars more. Then to make up the rest of the needed funding, the feds could increase gasoline taxes by 10 or 20 cents per gallon, since gas is so cheap and we should start weening ourselves off fossil fuels to help with combating climate change. There would likely be excess revenue generated and available to reduce the deficit.Raymond HarrisScotia Go back further on black unemploymentI’m writing in response to the op-ed article in The Gazette by John M. Crisp about black vs. white employment rates.I believe Mr. Crisp is misrepresenting the history by looking back only to 1969. His column claims that black unemployment has been, for the last 50 years, significantly higher than white unemployment, which may be true for that period. I suggest your readers take a look on the internet at articles by economist and author Walter E. Williams, who has written extensively on this subject. One of his articles entitled, “Black Progression and Retrogression,” discusses the decline of the black family and black employment and cites the welfare state and various labor laws hurting black progress, starting around 1950 as the cause. I quote the following from the article: “Every census from 1890 to 1950 showed black participation rates [in the economy] higher than those of whites.” Black vs. white unemployment increased greatly after 1964-5 when LBJ started the “Great Society,” which he claimed would end poverty in America. Still waiting? Donald DavisCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Evaluate Trump’s policies by his egoSo, to be clear, mystifyingly, our president unilaterally withdrew from an agreement with Iran and our European allies, though his own intelligence agencies agreed that Iran has been in compliance, which is in line with what those same European allies reported. That agreement was a promise with Iran and our allies, an agreement on behalf of the American people, our word to the world.Yet, with North Korea, which actually has and tested nuclear weapons, even threatened the United States, he tells us that he “is in no rush” for denuclearization. He even asked Japan to nominate him for a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts with North Korea.I believe that focusing on Trump the man, or any of the personalities of politicians for that matter, is ultimately divisive and a waste of time. In looking at how our president is making policy, it seems that it’s all about ego. Iran was done by President Obama, and Trump’s goal has been to undo President Obama’s accomplishments, while pursuing his own ideas, regardless of whether it’s good policy, even as defined by his own departments.James CiminoSchenectadycenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFind the money to fix infrastructureThe GOP is already pushing back on spending a trillion dollars on improving our infrastructure (repairing roads, bridges, airports, etc.) due to the GOP $1.0 trillion deficit. “It will cost too much; we cannot afford it,” GOP congressmen are saying. Isn’t that “rich.” This is the same group that thought nothing about giving away $1.5 trillion mostly to corporations and the rich that has not been used to benefit anyone but themselves. Watch your cable bill closely. Our January bill was $193, and our February bill is $282, an increase of $89. Never did I receive a phone call, email or written notification that my bill was increasing by $89.My January bill had a note stating “Your promotion is ending, but your savings will continue. As a valued customer, we have automatically extended you a new preferred rate.” What kind of preferred rate is an increase of $89 in one month? Five years ago, our rate was $99 a month for TV, internet and phone. Within 5 years, that rate rose to $193 and then to $282. What is going on? The only explanation I was given was that the Time Warner pricing is no longer valid, and the $282 rate was the Spectrum pricing. You can call it what you like, but I call it robbery, I believe this is an illegal practice and have contacted state and federal representatives and organizations. We have changed services and our rate is back in the $190 range, which is still too much.Robert M. JonesHadleylast_img read more

Global coronavirus death toll passes one million

first_imgFrustrations, protestsNor did the virus spare the rich or famous this year.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent a week in hospital. Madonna tested positive after a tour of France as did Tom Hanks and his wife who recovered and returned home to Los Angeles after quarantine in Australia.The Tokyo Olympics, Rio’s famed Carnival and the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca are among the major events postponed or disrupted by the pandemic. Premier League football has restarted but with empty stadiums. The French Open tennis tournament is limiting its audiences to 1,000 a day.Israel has gone into full lockdown again and Moscow’s vulnerable have been ordered to stay home.As the restrictions tighten, protests and anger are rising as businesses worry about their survival and individuals grow frustrated about their jobs and families in the face of another round of lockdown measures.Anti-lockdown protesters and police clashed in central London on Saturday as officers dispersed thousands at a demonstration.”This is the last straw — We were starting to get back on our feet,” said Patrick Labourrasse, a restaurant owner in Aix-en-Provence, a French city near Marseille which is again being forced to close down bars and restaurants.Along with the turmoil, though, lies some hope, with Wuhan now appearing to have controlled the disease.”Life has returned to the kind of flavor we had before,” resident An An said. “Everyone living in Wuhan feels at ease.”And the IMF says the economic outlook appears brighter now than it had been in June, even if it remains “very challenging”.Crucially, nine vaccine candidates are in last-stage clinical trials, with hopes some will be rolled out next year, though questions remain about how and when they will be distributed around the world. “What I have a hard time accepting is that I saw my father walking out of the house, getting into the ambulance, and all I could say to him was ‘goodbye’,” said Chiodi, 50.”I regret not saying ‘I love you’ and I regret not hugging him. That still hurts me,” he told AFP.With scientists still racing to find a working vaccine, governments are again forced into an uneasy balancing act: Virus controls slow the spread of the disease, but they hurt already reeling economies and businesses.The IMF earlier this year warned that the economic upheaval could cause a “crisis like no other” as the world’s GDP collapsed.Europe, hit hard by the first wave, is now facing another surge in cases, with Paris, London and Madrid all forced to introduce controls to slow infections threatening to overload hospitals.Masks and social distancing in shops, cafes and public transport are now part of everyday life in many cities.Mid-September saw a record rise in cases in most regions and the World Health Organization has warned virus deaths could even double to two million without more global collective action. “One million is a terrible number and we need to reflect on that before we start considering a second million,” the WHO’s emergencies director Michael Ryan told reporters on Friday.”Are we prepared collectively to do what it takes to avoid that number?” Topics : Drastic controls that put half of humanity — more than four billion people — under some form of lockdown by April at first slowed its pace, but since restrictions were eased cases have soared again.On Sunday 2230 GMT the disease had claimed 1,000,009 victims from 33,018,877 recorded infections, according to an AFP tally using official sources.The United States has the highest death toll with more than 200,000 fatalities followed by Brazil, India, Mexico and Britain.For Italian truck driver Carlo Chiodi those grim figures include both his parents, who he says he lost within days of each other.center_img More than one million people have died from coronavirus, according to an AFP toll, after the deadly disease emerged less than a year ago in China and swept around the globe.The pandemic has ravaged the world’s economy, inflamed geopolitical tensions and upended lives, from Indian slums and Brazil’s jungles to America’s biggest city New York.Sports, live entertainment and international travel ground to a halt as fans, audiences and tourists were forced to stay at home, kept inside by strict measures imposed to curb the virus’s spread. Waking up to COVID-19The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the illness known as COVID-19 made its first known appearance in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, ground zero of the outbreak.How it got there is still unclear but scientists think it originated in bats and could have been transmitted to people via another mammal.Wuhan was shut down in January as other countries looked on in disbelief at China’s draconian controls, even as they went about their business as usual.By March 11, the virus had emerged in over 100 countries and the World Health Organization declared a pandemic, expressing concern about the “alarming levels of inaction”.Patrick Vogt, a family doctor in Mulhouse, a city that became the outbreak’s epicenter in France in March, said he realized coronavirus was everywhere when doctors started falling ill, some dying.”We saw people in our surgery who had really big breathing problems, young and not-so-young who were exhausted,” he said. “We didn’t have any therapeutic solutions.”last_img read more

Report: Iran to Acquire 158 New Ships

first_imgThe Iranian government has unveiled a massive newbuilding program in an effort to modernize the country’s fleet. Iran plans to expand its fleet with a total of 158 new vessels, Tehran Times cited the Industry Ministry’s Supreme Maritime Council as saying.“We have the construction of 158 vessels on the agenda; about 62-70 percent of which will be built inside the country,“ Siamak Seyed Marandi said.The ships would be reportedly built at local shipyards as the Middle Eastern country wants to boost local production.As explained, one of the top priorities of the country’s industry ministry has been the development of the domestic maritime industry and the relevant necessary planning has already started.Specifically, the program includes the construction of 40 ships for which the contracts worth USD 570 million have been inked with local companies. What is more, an additional USD 333 million shipbuilding project encompassing 43 vessels has been awarded to four builders in Iran, according to Tehran Times.VesselsValue’s data shows that Iranian companies own about 315 registered vessels ranging from tankers to bulker, container and offshore supply units. Many of them are aged ships.World Maritime News StaffRead more:PMO: USD 1 Trillion to Be Invested in Iranian PortsReport: Iran Ordering USD 2.4 Bn Worth of Ships in Korealast_img read more

Doctor support for assisted suicide drops radically after legalisation (Canada)

first_imgNo Euthanasia.org 11 January 2018Family First Comment: This is significant.“Prior to the (Canadian) legislation being passed, 48% of doctors surveyed indicated a willingness to participate in assisted suicide, with a further 30% saying they would do so with certain conditions being met, making a total of 78% of doctors supporting legalised killing.  After the legislation passed, these numbers inverted, with most doctors admitting that they were unable to stomach the idea of killing their patients: …77% refused to actively participate in their patients’ medical-aid-in-dying process.”Make a submission: www.Protect.org.nzA survey of Canadian doctors reveals that the support of medical professionals for assisted suicide drops significantly once the process becomes legal, with most physicians now refusing to participate in the administration of lethal drugs to their patients.According to the December 2017 edition of Magazine Le Spécialiste which details the survey, the objections from physicians “were far more frequent than we had anticipated based on our pre-Act survey.”  Prior to the legislation being passed, 48% of doctors surveyed indicated a willingness to participate in assisted suicide, with a further 30% saying they would do so with certain conditions being met, making a total of 78% of doctors supporting legalised killing.  After the legislation passed, these numbers inverted, with most doctors admitting that they were unable to stomach the idea of killing their patients:…77% refused to actively participate in their patients’ medical-aid-in-dying process, all of them using the “conscientious objection” clause, thus requiring a substitute physician be identified so as to provide the intervention required. The number of physicians invoking the “conscientious objection” clause (77%) far exceeded our expectation of the use of this kind of refusal based on our afore-mentioned physician survey. However, the report also noted that only a small number of these doctors fit the status for conscientious objection, as their reasoning did not involve “a true moral or religious objection”:Results from the interviews revealed that only a minority of physicians (22%) had a true moral or religious objection to MAID [Medical Aid in Dying]. Among those opposed, the most frequent concerns expressed were feelings that MAID conflicted with medicine. They declared they had been taught to save lives, not end them. They also said they viewed end-of-life care as focusing on alleviating suffering. They expressed fear over the power to end of life that was being given to them.READ MORE: http://www.noeuthanasia.org.au/doctor_support_assisted_suicide_drops_radically?utm_campaign=180111_digest2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=hopeaustraliaKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

BMV Offers Discount Day At State Fair

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is making it cheaper to visit the Indiana State Fair on Wednesday, August 13.By printing a discount coupon available at www.myBMV.com, visitors to the fair on myBMV.com Discount Day will receive admission for $5.“Visiting the Indiana State Fair is a tradition for many in this state. We are excited to offer Hoosiers the opportunity to visit our website and print a coupon offering half-priced admission,” said Snemis. “While at the fair, I invite our customers to visit our booth in the Expo Hall and take advantage of the service we have available with our registration kiosk, or to check out our new motorcycle safety simulator.”The myBMV.com booth offers customers a chance to renew vehicle registrations and walk away with the registration and sticker in hand by using the new registration kiosk. Additionally, laptops are available for all myBMV.com services. The BMV team members can also assist with agency-related questions.last_img read more

Wilbur J. Meyer

first_imgWilbur J. Meyer, age 89 of Hamburg, died Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Aspen Place in Greensburg.  Born June 19, 1927 in Franklin County Indiana, he is the son of Catherine (Nee: Niehoff) and Bernard Meyer.  He married Cornelia Schebler August 10, 1949 at St. Anne’s Church in Hamburg and she preceded him in death April 21, 1994.  He was a lifelong farmer and a Rush County REMC Director for 18 years.Like most farmer’s, Wilbur enjoyed good conversation and never met a stranger. And while his strong work ethic didn’t leave much time for hobbies, he did like playing 500 and Euchre and looked forward to reading the newspaper each night.  Wilbur also listened to country music, was a baseball fan and followed the Indianapolis Indians, had a love for animals, especially dogs and apparently a real weakness for fried chicken.  His family will miss his pleasant, ever-present smile.He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law Shirley and Roy Kieffer of New Point, Indiana, Wanda and Larry Lecher and Donna Kieffer, all of Greensburg, Indiana; sons and daughters-in-law Eugene and Andrea Meyer, Bernard and Kim Meyer, all of Hamburg; 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.  In addition to his wife and parents, he is also preceded in death by sisters Bernice Dierckman, Betty Lou “Pete” Forthofer; grandson Cody Meyer and son-in-law Mike Kieffer.Visitation is Monday, July 25th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Batesville.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 26th at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Anne’s Cemetery at Hamburg.  The family requests memorials to St. Anne’s Cemetery or Hospice of Decatur County.last_img read more

Area realtors step up for Safe Passage

first_imgPictured, center, Jane Yorn, founder and executive director of Safe Passage, Inc., and realtor representatives, right Todd Bischoff of Bischoff Realty in Harrison and left, Josh Mangold of Fehrman Realty in Lawrenceburg.Lawrenceburg, In. — The Southeastern Indiana Board of Realtors chose Safe Passage as the recipient of their annual auction at their Christmas event at the Dearborn Country Club.The 150 members raised $5635 for the nonprofit domestic violence victim services provider through a live auction with some 40 items.   Jane Yorn, founder of Safe Passage said, “Safe Passage is launching some new services in 2018 and this will really help us get those established. This is a truly wonderful partnership. We are so grateful for their support of our lifesaving work!”Safe Passages serves domestic violence victims in six counties in Southeast Indiana.last_img read more