Wisconsin Inventors Make Snow Out Of Beer
Let's say you're a Wisconsinite. Let's also say that it's about -40 windchill outside, and you're thinking about things that you absolutely must have. What items go on your list?
If you're a couple of Wisconsin guys named Sparky and Skeeter looking to make a splash with your new YouTube channel, you grab yourself a case of Leinenkugel's beer, a bunch of Johnsonville bratwursts, a propane stove and pot, and an air-cannon.
La Crosse TV station WXOW reports that these two dudes did what you're supposed to do with all those items. You cook up some brats in the beer, then you take the boiling beer and pour it into the air cannon. You fire the air cannon into the skies, and just like that, you've got beer snow.
This is pretty much the most Wisconsin thing ever.
Yahoo.com takes a look at the scientific parts of Sparky and Skeeter's experiment:
...it was just a simple scientific principle: when a liquid is warmer than the air, it will produce steam. It works for soup, it works for large bodies of water. It also works on a smaller scale, but with a twist: if you toss a pot of boiling water into subzero air, the steam will immediately refreeze into crystals.
When you think about it, turning beer into snow isn't really all that bizarre, although it is a waste of some mighty fine beer. Looking over some of the ingredients people have used to make beer, it becomes less and less weird.
MentalFloss.com highlights some of the stranger types of beer that brewmasters have created, like Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer. The beer is actually created with an entire Margarita pizza and pizza spices in the mash. There's also Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, brewed by Wyncoop Brewery. Here's the description of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout from their website:
A meaty foreign-style stout, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is made with Colorado base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts, Styrian Goldings hops, and 25 pounds of freshly sliced and roasted bull testicles. We’re certain that this is the ballsiest canned beer in the world.
Snow beer seems downright normal now, doesn't it?