Better brewing through chemistry
"All right, brain, I don't like you and you don't like me - so let's just do this and I'll get back to killing you with beer." - Homer Simpson
We're going to bet that you are currently not drinking beer because you're at work, and unlike ThinkGeek World Domination HQ (which has a Beer Fairy), casual imbibing is frowned upon in your office. There, there. It's going to be okay. You know, we have job openings. Just sayin'.
You know what makes us feel better? Learnin' stuff. So let's get to it.
- Despite what this shirt suggests, your beer should not contain either beryllium or erbium. If it does, you need to seriously consider switching to another brewer.
- Carlsberg Brewery was the location of Søren Sorensen's work on the pH scale.
- "Skunked" beer is more properly termed "light-struck." When UV light hits beer, it kicks off a chemical reaction, breaking down the isohumulones and creating 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol. It's an organosulfur compound, the same thing a skunk sprays. Good for scaring off predators. Bad for beer.
Beryllium and Erbium printed with their atomic properties in white on a beer-colored, 100% cotton t-shirt. Okay. So it may not be the same color as your beer of choice, if you drink, say, pilsner or stout. We aimed for the middle ground to cover most of our beer drinkers. Oh, and please wear responsibly.