Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Drink Responsibly - 22 Steps


We at Harry's are all about having fun and keeping the party going!  But it's important to know how to drink responsibly. We want all of our patrons to have a great time, get home safe, and come back and visit us again and again! We care about your well-being and safety, as well as providing an amazing place to have an awesome good time here at Harry's! 

Here are a few steps to remind everyone how to enjoy your time while staying safe:


How to Drink Responsibly

If you drink alcohol, it's important to know how to drink responsibly and to stay within your alcohol tolerance level. If you don't, then you could hurt your friends and family and put yourself in grave danger. If you want to know how to drink responsibly, whether you're at a bar, a party, or any other place where people are drinking, then you have to make a game plan, know your limits, and know how to spot and avoid dangerous situations. If you want to know how to enjoy alcohol instead of letting alcohol take control of you, just follow these steps.

Part 1 of 3: Make a Game Plan

1. Drink with a group of friends. 
If you want to drink responsibly, then the first thing you should do is avoid drinking alone, or drinking with people you don't really know or trust all that well. If you're out on your own and have no one looking out for you, you can get in all kinds of trouble without anyone even knowing something's wrong. Whether you're heading to a party or out to the bars, always make sure to drink with a group of people you like and trust.

  • Don't drink with people who encourage binge drinking or look down on you for not drinking, or for not "keeping up" and drinking a lot. You should be comfortable to drink at your own pace.
  • Don't go out with people who have a reputation for running off to hook up with someone they meet at a bar or just disappearing in the middle of the night. Make sure you go with people you can rely on.

2. Create a "buddy system" with at least one of your friends. 
When you go out with friends, at least one of them should be a person who knows her own limit, or even who doesn't drink very much, and will be willing to watch out for you and to tell you when it looks like you've had enough. Sometimes, you could be drinking way over your limit while being too stubborn to admit it, and this friend can let you know when it's time to switch to water.

  • This friend can tell you when you've had enough, keep you from driving, and be prepared to take you home if you're having a rough night.
  • Don't abuse the "buddy system" -- if you're always that girl, no one will want to go out with you. You should be able to look out for your friend while she looks out for you.

3. Know your limits. 
Before all else, know yourself and your own limits. It doesn't take long to learn how little or how much alcohol you can tolerate and every body is unique in its ability to tolerate alcohol. Listen to your body and respond in a way that nurtures it rather than abuses it. The first time you drink, you should drink with close friends in the comfort of your own home or their homes, so that you don't get socially overwhelmed. This will help you get a sense of what you can and can not handle.

  • You can set your limits very concretely. Your limits could be "four glasses of wine in six hours," "four beers a night," or "two mixed drinks a night" (depending on what's in them). Tell yourself what your limits are before you leave so that you're more likely to stick to them throughout the night.
  • If it's your first time out drinking, it's important to adopt a steady and slow pace, so that you can come to learn your alcohol tolerance.

4. Know how you're getting home.
If you're going out with friends, you should know exactly how you're getting home the night before. There are a few options: the easiest is to have a designated driver before you go out, so you have a person who will forgo alcohol that night and get you home safely. You can also get home by taking a bus or other forms of public transportation or just call a cab or walk if you're close enough to the bar. Any of these plans are fine.

  • What you should not do is drive to the bar and hope that one of your friends can drive you home, or let someone who you know will drink a lot drive you there, hoping that someone else can take over the car later.
  • If you don't drive or have access to a car, regardless of the circumstance, never get into a car driven by someone else who has had too much to drink.
  • Never get into a car with a stranger if you're intoxicated. Alcohol affects your senses and judgment. Get his or her number and wait until you are sober before you decide to pursue him or her further.
  • Even if you're desperate to get home, it's better to pay for a cab or call a trusted friend to pick you up than to get in the car with someone who is drunk or a stranger just because it's more convenient.
  • Never drive drunk. Don't drive if you're even tipsy. Just one drink per hour can put you over the legal limit for driving. Even if you think you "feel fine," your BAC may indicate otherwise.

5. Drink when you're of legal age. If you're in the United States, that means 21, and if you're in other parts of the world, that age can typically range from 16-18. Don't go out with a fake ID or drink on a college campus if you're under 21, unless you're prepared to deal with the legal repercussions. If you're breaking the law, you're not being responsible. (We check everyone's ID at the door!)

6. Don't drink if you're not in a positive frame of mind.
Alcohol is a depressant, so if you're already feeling angry, upset, or just unstable, it is very likely to make you feel worse. Though you may think that drinking will make you have the time of your life and forget all of your problems, it'll actually make you feel much worse. You may feel an initial buzz and relief after your first drink or two, but you'll drink yourself into a much worse mood than you started with.

  • You should make a rule of only drinking when you're happy, not when you want to cope with your sadness.
  • Don't ever use drinking as a way to deal with your problems. You'll have to be sober to do that.
  • Don't go out and drink with someone you're mad at. The alcohol will make your anger come out, and you'll be much better off if you settle your conflicts when you're in a lucid frame of mind.

7. Don't drink on an empty stomach.
You will feel the effects of alcohol a lot faster if you drink on an empty stomach and increase the likelihood of feeling sick. Most food is better than none at all, but you should try to eat a more hearty meal that is rich in carbs and proteins that can help you absorb the alcohol, instead of just eating some fruit or a salad. Having a meal before you go out will make you much less likely to drink over your limit very quickly.

  • If you've arrived at a bar and realize you haven't eaten, order some food and have a quick bite to eat before you start drinking. Don't worry if this is a bit inconvenient or if it keeps you from drinking for a little while. It'll be worth it.

8. Check with your doctor to see if you can mix your prescription medications with alcohol. 
If you're on a prescription medication, check with your doctor to make sure that you can drink alcohol on the same day when you took it. It varies by medication, so make sure that you know if your prescription will have any negative interactions with alcohol before you start drinking.

9. Don't drink if you haven't had much sleep. 
If you're running on two or three hours of sleep, you'll be much better off hitting the hay than hitting up a bar. Alcohol will affect you much more intensely if you're already feeling woozy, tired, and not in control of your own mind and body because you're exhausted.

  • You may have stayed up studying for an exam the night before and could be dying for a celebratory drink with your friends, but you should hold off for another night until you feel well-rested.
  • Don't think that having a super dose of caffeine by chugging three cups of coffee or downing an energy drink will make things better. In fact, mixing a lot of caffeine and alcohol will make you feel even worse and more likely to crash.

Part 2 of 3: Manage Your Drinking

1. Stay hydrated.
Alcohol dehydrates and draws vitamins and minerals out of your body. Drink water, soda or water with added vitamins to restore your lost vitamins.

  • Drinking a 1 to 1 ratio of non-alcoholic to alcoholic beverages is a good policy – that's one serving of water for every serving of alcohol. It's always preferable to have a greater ratio of non-alcohol to alcohol.

2. Know what you're drinking.
While it's good to try something out for the first time, like a "Sex On The Beach" or a beer you've never had before, be aware of what its alcohol content is before stocking up on more than one. You may not always be able to detect the strength of the alcohol in your drink owing to sweeteners, milk or cream or other fillers that cover the alcohol. Moreover, your own personal reaction to an unfamiliar drink may be faster inebriation than with your usual drinks.

  • Some contents of mixed drinks can bring up your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) more quickly than others, depending on your weight. Alcohol tolerance, like many believe, will not result in a lower BAC compared to a person who doesn't have tolerance built up.
  • It's true that beers are a safer choice than a mixed drink, but you should know the alcohol content of the beer you're drinking. Though many have an alcohol content of 4-5%, some beers can have an alcohol content of 8-9% or more, which can make a big difference.

3. Have no more than one drink per hour.
If you want to drink responsibly, then you should have no more than one drink per hour. "One drink" means one 12 oz. beer, one 5 oz. glass of wine, or one 1.5 oz. shot of 40% alcohol per hour. It may be tough to stick to this limit when your friends are drinking much more, but this is the way to be safe. Sipping on a beer or nursing a glass of wine will take longer than taking a shot and is recommended because the alcohol won't hit you all at once.

  • People often have more than one drink per hour just because they have nothing to do with their hands and start fidgeting or feeling nervous when they're not holding a drink. If this is the case with you, just hold onto a water or a club soda in between drinks so there's always something in your hands.

4. Pace yourself. 
It's important to keep a steady pace when you're drinking. It can take time for alcohol to take its effect. You might feel okay for another shot after a couple of minutes, but keep in mind that you probably haven't felt its effects just yet. Nibble on some food or drink some water in the meantime, to allow the alcohol to diffuse through your body.

5. Avoid drinking games.
Though drinking games like bullshit, kings, beer pong, and flip-cup may be a great way to pass time at a party and make some friends you'll never remember, these games encourage extreme binge drinking and are guaranteed to make you forget where you are in just a few minutes.

  • You can also play these games by discreetly pouring out the alcohol you "should" drink, or passing it on to a friend who hasn't had a lot to drink.

Part 3 of 3: Avoid Dangerous Situations

1. Get comfortable with your surroundings.
If you're at a house party, get acquainted with the people who own the house and its facilities. Know where the bathroom is. Find a secluded place and choose to keep your shoes or coat there (but never your purse or wallet). If you find that you are losing control, quickly make an excuse ("I left my phone in my coat pocket!") and go to that secluded place to calm down and/or to dump drinks. If you need to get home, find the house owners and ask them to call a taxi or to arrange for a sober person to take you home.

  • If you're in a public place, make note of all of the exits upon your arrival. You should do this instinctively in case of an emergency such as a fire outbreak so that you know in advance the closest point of exit. It is also helpful to know where the nearest cab rank or public transportation stop is located to the place you're at. Don't make things harder for yourself; always have an exit strategy.
  • Make sure you know how to get home by heart. If you get drunk to the point of losing your memory, your self-preservation will be as impaired as your inhibitions and you may become easily lost. If you don't know how to get home, you probably shouldn't go out drinking.

2. Avoid peer pressure. 
Always remember that you're drinking to enjoy and have fun, not to show off. The whole point of drinking is to enjoy the drink, enjoy the company and feel free. You don't need to "keep up," or engage in stupid competitions that could ruin the night and even friendships. If you're hanging out with people who encourage you to drink more even though you don't want to, then you're hanging out with the wrong people.

  • If you really want people to stop bugging you about why you're not drinking more, hold a club soda or Coke in your hands and put a lime in it so people will think you're driving and will leave you alone. This is a good short-term solution; the long-term solution is to stay away from people who put unwanted pressure on you.

3. Stop drinking if you start to feel drunk. 
Symptoms of intoxication include feeling a loss of control over your thoughts, blurry vision, slurred speech, and difficulty with maintaining your balance.

4. Stop drinking if you vomit.
While this is generally a given, it's important that you don't attempt to drink any more alcohol, even if you feel "better" once you've thrown up. Vomiting is a signal that your body can't take the amount of alcohol that you have consumed and the rejection is your body's last line of defense coming into play. At this stage, you have truly overdone it and it's now time to care about your health rather than your partying.

  • If you feel the urge to vomit, then you should go to a bathroom and do it. Vomiting is a way for your body to release the excess of alcohol that doesn't belong in your system. You shouldn't force yourself to vomit, but you shouldn't hold it in, either.

5. Lie on your side if you're feeling sick.
Whether you've thrown up, feel like you might throw up, or just feel terrible, you should lie down on your side to prevent yourself from choking on your vomit if you're lying on your back. Keep a bucket by your mouth and be prepared to throw up if it's necessary. If you find yourself in this unpleasant state, don't go home by yourself -- have a trusted friend stay the night so she can watch over you when you need help.

  • If you are feeling sick, experiencing headaches or anything feels wrong, tell someone. A responsible person needs to keep a watch over you in case you've developed alcohol poisoning and need medical intervention quickly.
  • If you see someone else who is really sick lying down, make sure to turn that person over on his or her side, too.

6. Don't make any sexual choices when you've been drinking. 
Though you may think that alcohol may give you some liquid courage to finally talk to, or to hook up with, your crush, it can actually impair your decision-making process and can lead you to do something you'll deeply regret later. You can flirt a little, get a guy or girl's number, and check back in when you're sober, but you should avoid going home with anyone you just met, or even just making out at a bar -- it's not classy behavior, and you won't be proud of yourself later.

7. Don't accept a drink from a stranger. 
If you've walked into a party and a guy offers you a drink right away, don't accept it unless you see him make it or grab it for you so you know exactly what it's the drink. If the guy just grabs you a beer from a cooler, then that's fine, but if he disappears into the kitchen and returns with a "mystery drink" that may be filled with alcohol or even date-rape drugs, then you'll be in the middle of a very dangerous situation.

  • You don't have to be rude about declining the drink. Just be honest about your reasoning. It's better to look unfriendly than to be in danger.

8. Don't leave your drink unattended.
Your drink should be in your hand or at least in your sight at all times, whether you're at a party or at a bar. If you set your drink down and walk away, someone could mess with your drink, or you could even end up picking up a stronger drink by mistake, thinking it was yours.

  • If you get up to go to the restroom, get a close friend to hold your drink for you or take it with you. This will help you avoid anyone tampering with your drink.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Harry's is now pouring Sextant Wines on tap!





Harry's is now serving Sextant Wines on tap.  We offer Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Zinfandel & Cabernet. Premium wine in kegs never sees oxygen, so it’s guaranteed fresh all the time!  So next time you're in the mood for a premier glass of wine, stop by Harry's!

If you'd like to learn more about Sextant Wines, visit their website at www.sextantwine.com. Also, below is an article we wanted to share with you by Touring & Tasting featuring Sextant Wines.  Enjoy!

About Sextant Wines
Article courtesy of www.touringandtasting.com

As Wine Enthusiast crowns Paso Robles 2014 Wine Region of the Year, Sextant Wines can be found at the helm. When Craig and Nancy Stoller founded Sextant Wines nearly 10 years ago, they decided that a Sextant—an old-world instrument using the sun, stars, and horizon to navigate across open water—aptly described Craig’s philosophy on growing and making wine.

As a third-generation grapevine grower, the farming side of the business was nothing new to Craig. He and Nancy started their own vineyard in 2003, planting clones from several certified French, Portuguese, and Spanish winegrape selections, as well as rootstock from UC-Davis. Today, they produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their cool climate vineyards, but their specialties are distinct Zinfandels, GSMs, and a Bordeaux blend. The winery is devoted to expanding the horizons of California’s Central Coast by using carefully selected old-world varieties harvested from three vineyards from three distinct AVAs: Sextant Vineyards in Templeton; MacGregor Vineyards in Edna Valley; and Chalk Knoll Vineyards in San Ardo.

Winemaker Steve Martell, fondly known as the wine shepherd, joined Sextant in 2010. He spends a considerable amount of time in the vineyards, getting to know each vine. “Steve’s refined sensory skill, combined with his innate natural winemaking approach, is a perfect match for the style of wine I want Sextant to be known for,” Craig says.

Wine tourists are invited to navigate, explore, and discover Sextant’s wines in two tasting room locations. The first can be found along the wine trail in the historic and quaint town of Old Edna. The second, the Estate, is located in West Paso Robles along Highway 46. This new, state-of-the-art tasting room is a must-visit, offering guests an overhead peek at Sextant’s production facility. They can pour their own tastings from an Enomatic dispensing machine, or relax by the fire in the members only suite. This new home to Sextant Wines is an engaging place to explore exceptional wines.
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Sextant Wines
2324 W Hwy 46
Paso Robles, CA  93446
Phone: 805.542.0133

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Google Photo Shoot


This Wednesday August 6, 2014  from 4:00-6:00pm we will be doing a Google Photo Shoot at Harry’s Pismo Beach. The first 50 people to show up will be in the photo that will live for infinity on Google. Please dress California casual, (no flip flops, tanks or bikini’s), hipsters encouraged. 

We will be taking 15-22 photos of the inside of Harry’s Bar.  You do not have to stay the entire time, but that is encouraged. 
 
We are also looking for classic beach vehicles or motorcycle to be parked out front and in the picture.

Everyone will be required to sign an all inclusive photo release.


Call or email Teri with any questions, (805) 305-0579, livewell@teribayus.com.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What do you know about Jack Daniel's?

We are having a Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey SWARM party July 30th at 8pm, and YOU are invited!

We will be serving Jack's Honey Lemonade and Jack's Tennessee Honey Tea; we'll have Jack Daniel's SWAG giveaways, Harry's t-shirt giveaways, and you will have a chance to meet one of the Jack Daniel's Honey Girls!
So plan to join us tomorrow from 8-9pm and "Take the Summer by Swarm!"


After the Swarm party, stick around for the after party with a special performance by Joe Con, The Real Thing

So, what do you know about Jack Daniel's?  Here's a few fun facts!


5 Facts about Jack Daniel’s Whiskey
Article by Flask.com

Jack Daniel’s whiskey is not just one of the many whiskeys you find on the liquor store shelves. It is a well-known American icon and the leading whiskey in the world with probably the most recognizable bottle in the entire alcohol industry. At almost 150 years old, Jack Daniel’s whiskey has an interesting history with a ton of fun facts you may not know.

It’s Made in a Dry County

Not everyone knows that Jack Daniel’s whiskey is made in a dry county. The distillery is located in Moore County, in the city of Lynchburg, Tennessee. A dry county is one that allows no alcohol sales at all. The government of that county forbids alcoholic beverages from being sold in restaurants and stores in its jurisdiction.

Locals who live in Moore County cannot purchase Jack Daniel’s close to home!

In the early 1900s, the entire state of Tennessee was dry, and it remained that way for almost 30 years. The Jack Daniel’s Distillery was mothballed. The proprietor of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery at the time, Lem Motlow, was in government and helped pass a bill to make it legal to make spirits in the state, even if they could not be enjoyed there. Once this law passed, the distillery was opened again and it flourished.

You Can Buy the Barrel

If you are a true lover of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Select whiskey, you can choose to take advantage of their “Buy the Barrel” program. Essentially, for the very low price of only about $10,000, you get an entire barrel of the whiskey, specially bottled for you. You also get the actual barrel in which it was matured.

While the price tag is a little high, you do get 240 bottles of whiskey. This comes out to about $42 per bottle and a free barrel to do with whatever you want.

Because new, charred white oak barrels are used for every batch and maturing varies depending on the area of the Distillery where the barrel is stored, no two batches are ever exactly alike. Your bottles from the “Buy the Barrel” program will be completely unique to you.

You even have the option of visiting the Jack Daniel’s Distillery to pick out your very own barrel. Otherwise, the company will arrange to have all your bottles and barrel shipped to a retailer near you.

Four Varieties Are Offered

While most people think of Jack Daniel’s as being one whiskey, there is so much more. There are actually four different versions of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey: the original Old No. 7, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, and Tennessee Honey. They differ in ingredients, their mellowing process, and their maturing process, in order to create unique flavors to appeal to a variety of tastes.

In addition to the four standard versions of Jack Daniel’s whiskeys, there are also a variety of limited and special edition versions of the iconic whiskey available intermittently. These are typically variations on the four varieties, often just a higher proof. You can even register your special bottle on the company’s website.

Your Choice of Customized Bottles

You can make your very own customized Gentleman Jack label to affix to your next bottle of Single Barrel Select whiskey. By visiting the Jack Daniel’s Facebook page, you can create as many as ten customized labels per month. Each label can contain up to 26 characters and can be one or two lines.

It’s an ideal way to give your Jack Daniel’s whiskey bottles a little something extra. It is also perfect for gift giving. Whether you are looking for holiday gifts, corporate gifts, a wedding gift, or something unique for just about any special occasion, a customized bottle of the best-selling whiskey in the world is the right choice.

A Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Is a Rare Thing

The Master Distiller in a distillery has the most important job of all. He is ultimately responsible for creating a quality product that lives up to the company’s reputation. Jack Daniel’s current Master Distiller is named Jeff Arnett and is only the seventh one ever. For a company that is 146 years old, that shows some serious commitment to the job. Jack Daniel was the original master distiller, and he put in place many of the procedures that are still used today.

As any Jack Daniel’s fan knows, these five facts are only the tip of the iceberg in what sets this whiskey apart. Quality, great taste, and so much more have helped to make it the top whiskey in the world. You know when you taste Jack Daniel’s whiskey, whether alone or in a cocktail, that you are getting the best there is.

Read original article on Flask.com
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Did you know that Singing is GOOD for You?

It's karaoke night at Harry's by Front Row Karaoke!  Everybody knows how fun it is to sing, but did you know it's also GOOD for you?  There are many health benefits.  Here are 10!  Hope to see you improving your life down at Harry's tonight!

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10 Great Reasons to Sing!
Article by BY JULIET RUSSELL

Article courtesy of www.mindbodygreen.com

Forget about whether or not you think you can sing, here are some great reasons to do it anyway. 

1. It's good for your heart. 

Singing is an aerobic activity so beneficial for your heart and lungs.

2. When you sing your brain releases “feel-good” chemicals including endorphins. 

Consequently singing can be a brilliantly effective mood buster and there is an increasing body of research to show that it is a valuable tool in alleviating depression.

3. It’s relaxing. 

Through singing we can learn to breathe more deeply and with more awareness. When stressed or anxious, exhaling for longer than inhaling helps to calm the nervous system. Singing encourages us to use this way of breathing, using a shorter inhalation and a longer outward breath.

4. Express yourself! 

Singing is a natural and global form of human expression. You don’t have to consider yourself good at singing for singing to be good for you. It is something that the vast majority of us can participate in and benefit from socially, physically or psychologically, and usually all three.

5. It builds confidence. 

Singing regularly can improve your ability to use your speaking voice with more clarity and confidence too.

6. It makes you part of something life-affirming.

Joining a choir and singing with other people can be rewarding and fun. It can also enhance your sense of community, connection and creativity.

7. It’s a natural beauty treatment. 

When you sing you exercise your facial muscles. 

8. It’s eco-friendly. 

Your body already has all of the equipment you need and you don’t require fossil fuels or expensive upgrades.

9. You reclaim your birthright. 

Most young children sing very easily, freely and without feeling self-conscious. Sometimes, as we grow up or experience judgement and criticism, the simple pleasure of singing can get lost. I've heard many accounts of people being told that they “can’t sing.” 

However, the vast majority of us can learn to sing with more confidence, freedom and control through guidance and practice. While our individual physicality undoubtedly shapes and defines our voice, we can learn to use more of our vocal potential and sing with a greater expressive range.

10. You'll become a better listener. 

By learning to sing, you develop your musical ear and start to listen to yourself and other singers with a greater level of appreciation and understanding. You learn to hear more nuance and subtlety in vocal performances and in music itself.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What do you know about Moonshine?

(Photo courtesy of American Born Moonshine)

Harry's is now serving American Born Moonshine! It comes in three flavors: Apple Pie, Original White Lightning, and Dixie Sweet Tea!  Moonshine has a long history in America! 

American Born Moonshine offers an interesting tail of the history on their website called THE SMOOTH SIDE OF A ROUGH HISTORY™ (a trademark of American Born Moonshine).  Click here to learn more about their product and fascinating history and product!

Here's a little trivia question:  What Does the XXX on Moonshine Jugs Mean?

Not sure?  This article by Moonshine Heritage will tell you all you need to know about the infamous XXXs!

What Does the XXX on Moonshine Jugs Mean?
(Article courtesy of Moonshine Heritage)

The XXX on moonshine jugs is a classic symbol. It has been caricatured and cartooned many times in modern portrayals of the moonshiner. Everyone instinctively knows that “XXX” written on a jug indicates that it contains moonshine, but what does that symbol mean and why did moonshiners scrawl that on their jugs?

The “XXX” signifies how many times the moonshine batch had been run through the still. Three X’s indicated that it had been run through three times and that the shine was pure alcohol.

In the old days, before the invention of more modern distilling techniques like thump kegs and reflux stills, moonshiners used a basic pot still – the simplest of all types of stills. It’s made up of two components: a boiler to cook the mash and a condenser to collect and cool the alcohol vapor back to a liquid.

While it is an effective device, you don’t get pure alcohol when you run a batch through the first time. The fermented mash, which is very similar to beer, starts out at about 5-10% alcohol by volume (ABV). When you run the mash through a pot still, the product coming out of the other end contains about 30-40% alcohol, the rest being mostly water. This is called “singlings.” (While the first run produces liquor at about 60-80 proof and is drinkable, you wouldn't want to drink it since it still has quite a bit of off flavors carried over through the water from the mash.) To raise the alcohol content, you have to save up all the results of your first runs, and then run all of that through the still a second time. The second run raises it up to the 60-70% ABV range. Moonshine that had been run through the still three times was very close to being pure alcohol, above 80% ABV. The three XXX’s scrawled on the front of a moonshine jug indicated that it had been run through the still three times and that it had high, almost pure, alcohol content.


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Monday, July 7, 2014

Pro Pool - Ten Billiards Tips Your Opponents Don't Know

What They Don't Know Could Help You

1. No Ghost Ball
What is commonly called the “ghost ball method of aim” doesn’t work effectively in pool. The pros use a different method—one of the chief reasons I (Matthew Sherman) wrote Picture Yourself Shooting Pool and write for About.com and InsidePool Magazine.

2. Get Taught
Most shooters learn billiards on their own, unlike tennis players and golfers who constantly rely on teaching pros. Find a good teacher and ask them to mentor you!

3. Chalk Well, My Young Apprentice
Chalk the right amount between shots. Apply chalk to your cue stick’s tip like someone applying lipstick on their lips, completely and evenly but lightly.

4. Cues By Balance
A good pool cue is a finely balanced instrument. Between shots hold the cue about halfway along the butt end with your shooting hand and about halfway along the shaft end with your bridge hand, and you’ll measure your body better to the cue ball as you assume your stance.

5. Pro Arm Angle
You’ll often hear “while shooting, the lower arm hangs from the elbow at a right angle to the table, straight down toward the floor”. The more correct statement is “your lower arm forms a right angle (or nearly so) to the cue stick”. The stick on most shots is on a slightly tilted plane above the table. In other words, if the cue is raised or lowered, your arm angle should change to meet it and help provide a quality stroke.

6. Chin Above Cue Stick, Not!
“Chin above the cue stick” is another pool myth. Don’t strain your neck to post your chin above the stick. Your arm must be on the shot aim line but your head and neck should rest on the middle of your trunk comfortably, left of the stick for right handers and vice versa for lefties. Sighting will be fine as your eyes can adjust instantly to find the target from this improved head position.

7. Cues By Weight
How to choose a pool cue by weight? New players want heavier sticks around 21 ounces in weight that stay on the shot line longer due to their increased mass. Intermediates and experts want lighter cues for more subtle mastery of ball speed and spin. Most pro pool players use 19-ounce cues or less, and 19 oz. makes a good choice for you after you’ve played pool for a year or two.

8. Seven Ball Is Fun And Educational
The little known game of 7-Ball is a great practice game for 9-Ball fans. Two fewer balls on the table provide an easier layout from the break yet adequate challenge for your skills.

9. Commit To Speed First
Pick a specific spot for the cue ball to land on the next shot. Get there by choice of stroke speed rather than feel and “touch”. Commit to a personal speed of stroke like “medium” or “soft” before bending to shoot. Maintain a follow-through about the same in length as the length of your backstroke.

10. Back Off, Oh Sidespin Addict!
Most amateurs use sidespin or “english” far too often. I use a quarter-tip here or a dash of english there when needed. I’m always practicing center ball aim and sometimes go 30 minutes or more without english on any shot. This builds great confidence in shot making ability by limiting variables of spin.

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