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Tea’s great. We know that. That’s why we drink it. However, we should always be aware of the effects of everything we put into our bodies. This post is about a type of black or green tea called kombucha.
There are a lot of claims about kombucha having amazing health benefits (including cancer and AIDS treatment), but there’s no conclusive evidence to back these claims up. Furthermore, kombucha is fermented. This means that there’s alcohol in this tea, and if you don’t store it the right way, it could become even more fermented. There’s been controversy in the past about the fact that, in some kombucha black teas, the alcohol content has exceeded 0.5%, the US limit on labeling for alcohol (x).
So, what do we get from that? If you:
are drinking tea to help focus
are drinking tea to help wake up
…you probably should choose a tea that isn’t kombucha.
I am in my young 20s; I’ve never really drank alcohol until the past year or two.
I never really get drunk, only buzzed; I don’t see much point in getting completely drunk. Mixed rum is my drink of choice, I am on my third glass today. I typically drink alone, it helps me relax and sleep.
I know well enough that I have an addictive personality; whenever I find something I enjoy, I partake in it gluttonously until I am sick or bored of it. I find myself drinking more and more lately, getting that buzz. Heck I probably would drink more if it weren’t for both the cost of alcohol and peer pressure.
In many ways it almost feels like self-medicating. I am not in a good place in my life and have dealt with anxiety issues my entire life, maybe the buzz helps me deal with that. I doubt I fit the alcoholic label now, but I imagine if I don’t watch my drinking I could easily fall into it.
People who love to drink coffee and tea will often get excited trying new varieties of beans and leaves. They have their own coffee grinders and loose tea strainers. Individuals who enjoy the taste of wine and beer sometimes get intrigued about making their own alcoholic beverages, bottling and labeling them, and sharing them with adult family and friends. They might even go a step farther and want to try their hands at distilling whiskey in a moonshine still.
For some, moonshine connotes hillbillies in the mountains brewing their illegal beverage in homemade stills. In fact, the product came to the forefront of society when Prohibition laws went into effect in the nineteen twenties. Once Congress passed legislation banning the sale and consumption of liquor, bootleggers went into action. They knew there would be a huge market for the illegal substance. Also known as hooch, white lightning, and shine, the outlawed drink eventually became a source of great wealth for some famous Americans.
Today owning stills is becoming more and more popular with the public. They are legal to own and easy to find on the internet. Companies sell new and used ones, and there are plenty of websites that offer kits and plans for those interested in building a still from scratch. New and restored stills are moderately priced, some less than five hundred dollars. You can even bid on them online.
Some creative individuals purchase them for display instead of for their intended use. Most of the equipment is made out of copper and can be quite beautiful and interesting as a show piece. They can be used as garden decorations very effectively. If nothing else, the pieces make good conversation starters.
Individuals interested in producing moonshine usually do some research, end up knowing something about the liquor, and try to impress their drinking buddies with interesting facts. They may explain that it became popular with rural Americans because it was cheap and easy to make. Most of the ingredients needed they already had on the farm, like corn and hog feed mash. It was also potent, about one hundred sixty proof when ready to drink.
Guests might also be interested to hear how the stuff is associated with the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. In the old days, sheriffs and tax revenuers were on the lookout for illegal stills, and the moonshiners knew it. They outfitted their cars with revved up engines so they could outrun the authorities. Eventually somebody thought up the idea of racing the cars around a track, and stock car racing was born.
Most people know the answer, but still ask if moonshine production, even for personal use, is illegal. They already know it is outlawed in almost every state. You can manufacture the liquor for mass consumption in certain states with approval, licenses, and payment of taxes. If you decide to go ahead and make it for yourself anyway, you should be aware that you risk being arrested and fined.
Many people are willing to risk the dangers of making this toxic brew. Purchasing stills for personal use is not illegal. What you do with the still, is your business.
The third and final album from the trio of Ted Barrow, Lepke B. and Xentos “Fray” Bentos and perhaps the most extreme of the lot. Like an insane invading insect race’s take on a greatest hits album by a glamrock band that never existed, this is a high-octane rollercoaster through post-modern styling, replete with numberless twists and turns that will leave your brains scrambled. Worth having for the opener alone, the sublime “Glucose,” which demonstrates DTCD’s complete command of mutant song form. A one-band new wave of their own, in their all too brief career they practically reinvented rock music.
In 2010, Kinnie The Explorer released their first EP Blood, It’s On Every Wall. The EP was so well received that it earned them a spot as the opener of Noah and The Whale during their show at O2 Academy Bournemouth, UK even though it was only their fourth gig ever. Since then we’ve been patiently waiting for their first full length release which is why we’re very excited to give you an exclusive first listen to their self titled debut album, Kinnie The Explorer a week prior to it’s official release.
The album features full on interlaced guitar jam sessions and driving drum rhythms that keep you moving at a steady even pace throughout the album. “Scissor Dance” the opener is a pleasantly upbeat starter for an otherwise fairly mellow, but never boring ride. However, the real shocker on the track is the jazz inspired bass which gains momentum and then completely takes over in the end. Unexpected, but fitting to say the least. The perfect introduction to the jazz influence felt on nearly every track. “In Limbo” counters with singer Peter Lancelely’s previously absent falsetto stealing the show. The simplicity of the track mixed with Lanceley’s stunning vocals brings a whole new dimension to the band. Who knew he’d hidden that away this whole time?
Kinnie The Explorer proves to be a versatile rock band unafraid to experiment with various genres, picking out the pieces that suit them best and weaving them in to the original and comprehensive sound that you’ve heard here today. It’s hard to believe that all members of this band are in their teens. They continue to accomplish what many musicians with careers twice as long have only hoped to and this is just the beginning. Preorder their LP here which is due to ship around February 1st. We’re exited to watch their careers progress. This is a band that you’ll want to keep up with.