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04 Jun 22:01

How One Man's Aging Whiskey in a Week, Not Years

by Andrew Tarantola

The aging process is an essential part of whiskey-making. The charred oak barrel gives the liquor its caramel color and imparts rich, subtle flavors. Problem is, this soaking step takes years to complete. But one enterprising distillery has figured out how to ripen sour mash in a fraction of the time.

Cleveland Whiskey is an upstart distillery located in, you guessed it, Cleveland, Ohio. Owner Tom Lix recognized the growing demand for whiskey—as did Makers Mark—and realized that the conventional method of producing whiskey simply wasn't fast enough to meet that demand. But rather than water down an existing recipe, Lix invented a new method of making whiskey.

“I took apart a couple of used barrels, and it didn't seem like the whiskey soaked very deep,” he told Forbes. “So I started experimenting with pressure to get the spirit to soak deeper into pore structure.”

The details behind Cleveland's proprietary system are closely-guarded company secrets but, as Lix explained, the general process is similar to the vacuum marinators you see on late-night infomercials:

The spirit ages in a whiskey barrel like normal for the first six months of its life. Then it is deposited in stainless steel tanks. Meanwhile, the barrel it aged in is cut up, processed, and put into the tank as well. Within the tank, the spirit is agitated, and undergoes a series of differences in pressure to squeeze in and out of the wood pores.

After a week in the tubs, the hyper-aged whiskey is ready for bottling. Cleveland Whiskey hopes to produce 7,000 cases this year and another 20,000 cases in 2014. Check out the Cleveland Whiskey website to see if it's served near you. [Forbes - Cleveland]

16 May 04:17

Ken Block Only Needs Three Wheels

by Jason Torchinsky

Our friends over at Hoonigan posted this great spectator-shot video of a crazily determined Kenbert L. Blockenswafer not stopping or even slowing down to donate the tiniest of shits about the missing front wheel he's not driving on.



29 Apr 23:15

6 Games Banned From iOS That You Can Play on Android or the Web

by Chris Hoffman


Apple bans games that deals with serious issues from its app store. Some of the most high-profile banned games have come to Android and the web, so you can play them yourself to see what all the fuss is about.

The app store’s guidelines state that “We view apps different than books or songs, which we do not curate. If you want to criticize a religion, write a book.”

Apple is fine with games containing graphic violence and gore, but one thing they won’t tolerate is games that explore serious sociopolitical issues.”Write a book,” Apple tells game developers who want to explore these issues.


18 Apr 18:36

Awesome: Website Finds Picture Of Random Person Pointing At Your Cursor

by David Ponce


Want to waste a few minutes? Head on over to PointerPointer and move your mouse cursor around. When it stops, the website searches its database to find a picture of someone pointing exactly where your cursor is. It’s pretty cool. And then it’s not and you move on. That’s Internet ADD; it’s normal.

[ PointerPointer ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

09 Apr 16:22

Developer Koush releases universal ADB driver, everyone [Updated]

by John Freml

Koush Developer <i>Koush</i> releases universal ADB driver, everyone  [Updated]Developer Koush of ClockworkMod fame released a universal ADB driver for Windows, finally solving a problem that people with multiple phones know all too well: for some reason, every Android manufacturer has its own ADB driver, so developers who work with multiple Android devices end up installing multiple drivers, which is a major pain. And if someone accidentally installs an incorrect driver, an even greater headache can occur as one attempts to diagnose and solve the problem.

Hopefully, going forward, this process should be much easier.

Koush‘s driver should work for all versions of Windows – including Windows 8 – and all Android devices. Even better, “It does not require that you turn on test signing or disable driver verification or even reboot. This is done by automatically installing ClockworkMod as a trusted certificate and publisher into the local machine’s certificate store during the setup process.”

You can download the installer file directly from ClockwordMod, and check out the Github source code at the links below.

[Google+ via Android Community]

Update: As pointed out on Twitter, this isn’t the first time this has been done.

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