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How to Shop for Solar Power: Solar Panels, Inverters, and More

With solar power, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Every installation needs to take into account electricity consumption, geographic location, …

DIY - How to Install Sod for a New Lawn - Quiet Corner

Instantly renew your lawn by laying sod. We’ll show you how.<p><b>TOOLS</b><p>hand trowel<br>• tape measure<br>• rototiller<br>• spading fork<br>• soil rake<br>• garden hose<br>• lawn edger<br>• stiff …

Gardening

DIY - Adirondack Chair and Table - Quiet Corner

It’s a good thing that so many plastic patio chairs are designed to stack, and the aluminum ones fold up flat. That means we can get them put away …

Woodworking

Cropped: Tips for Growing Hops

Pale ales. Pilsners. Lagers. The artisanal beer business is booming, making this vigorous climbing plant a sure bet for savvy commercial growers.<p>You …

Gardening

How to Grow Your Own Hops

Making home-brewed beer using your own recipes and do-it-yourself skills is a satisfying hobby. Now you can combine your own home-grown hops to create a unique frosty favorite.<p><b>Planting, growing, and harvesting hops</b> is just as easy as growing tomatoes but far more versatile. In addition to flavoring …

Forget flipping houses — these retail investors flip mortgages

It’s 9:30 a.m. on a recent sunny Friday, and 60 people have crammed into an airport hotel conference room in Northern Virginia to hear Kevin Shortle, …

Real Estate

Caramel Apples Are Disease Breeding Grounds, Say Buzzkill Scientists

Caramel apples are arguably as much a part of Halloween as trick-or-treating and trying to find a non-“sexy” version of a costume at your local pop-up Halloween shop. But maybe they shouldn’t be, according to some buzzkill scientists.<p>To be fair, this surprised even the people doing the study. …

Trick-Or-Treating

How to Make a Strawberry Daiquiri

Daiquiri is a family of cocktails whose main ingredients are rum, lime juice, and sugar or another sweetener. [1] This will teach you how to make a …

Ice Cream

Peachy lemonade martinis might win over even the biggest cocktail purists

I love the idea of martinis. They're classic, sophisticated and an easy go-to order when you're feeling on your game. The thing is, I think I love …

Cocktails

11 Boozy Ways to Drink Summer Berries

From fruity blueberry mojitos to refreshing punch with raspberry ice cubes, here are nine awesome ways to use summer berries in cocktails.<p>While …

13 Cocktails Every Rum Lover Should Know

It's time to expand your appreciation of this summery spirit.<p>It's time to think beyond that classic rum and Coke.

Recipes

Hop Tea and Sampling Your Beer Brewing Hops

1 comment<p>Brewers often ask me which hop varieties to use for their home brewed beer recipes? The short answer is to use the variety that fits the …

Hops growers rush to meet rising demand from craft brewers

MOXEE, Wash. (AP) — These are good times for growers like Ben St. Mary. He stood at his family's farm in Washington state recently and watched as employees built trellises where a new field of hops, the key ingredient in the flavoring of beer, will grow.<p>"We're riding a pretty good wave right now," …

Beer

10 Great Beers You Will Never Taste

These beers make Pappy Van Winkle seem as easy to find as a can of Coke.<p>While newly-minted bourbon "connoisseurs" line up at liquor stores, enter lotteries, or troll the black market hoping to get their hands on that sweet, sweet Pappy Van Winkle, beer geeks only wish they had it so easy. According …

The Hottest Bars in 15 U.S. Cities

From craft-beer destinations to swanky cocktail lounges, here are the hottest bars in 15 U.S. cities. Bottoms up!<p><b>Atlanta: The Southern Gentleman</b><p><b>Why it's hot:</b> The bartenders at this Buckhead Atlanta space (which shares a kitchen and management team with the neighboring Gypsy Kitchen) will tell you …

How an Unemployed Construction Worker Became a Craft Beer Entrepreneur

Kenny Thacker credits his partners' complementary skills for much of Beer Hound Brewery's success.<p>Until 2008, Kenny Thacker had spent his career …

Why Craft Beer Will Be Almost Unrecognizable by the Year 2020

The folks at the Brewers Association craft beer industry group want a 20% share of the beer industry by 2020. It's how they get to that point that …

The (Very Opinionated) Bon Appétit Guide to Weddings

Follow these rules for a wedding that feels like the best dinner party you've ever thrown.<p>When was the last time you left a wedding and thought, "That meal was <i>delicious</i>?" Oh, that's right. Never. There's only one wedding guarantee besides unflattering bridesmaids' dresses: The food will be …

Newark Subsidizes A Crackpot Idea: Vertical Farming

It’s hard to be truly skeptical of a new idea these days, especially one coming from an American city. The reemergence of creative talent in our nation’s urban centers have made them ground-zero for many ingenious schemes. In the last decade alone, we have seen everything from pop-up parks, to …

The 5 Affordable Bottles to Make Sure You Have (a Lot of) at Your Wedding

You know what people want to do at weddings? Drink. So let them.<p>An open bar is worth the splurge—nothing takes the life out of a party like having to leave the dance floor to get your wallet. But you don’t have to break the bank or settle for whatever off-brand booze your budget or your venue calls …

Sparkling Wine

Minibrew Brewing System Will Turn Anyone into a Beer Master

<i>Each week we’re profiling one company that has been selected for Boost – our early-stage startup growth program. Catch up with these companies in person</i> at <i>The Next Web Conference Europe on April 23 & 24.</i><p>The craft beer movement has exploded over the past decade. From independent brewers to big beer …

Chemistry lesson: Here's how your microbrew was born

Do you love quad IPAs with high alcohol content, or pistachio cream ale and stout beer infused with bacon? A new video in the American Chemical Society's "Reactions" series shows how chemistry makes microbrews like these come to life.<p>The clip, released in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, points …

Flavors