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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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BooBoo Boo. I thought this would be able to make me some thing like a Manhattan or a martini .

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Those do exist. I was served a cocktail in a Las Vegas bar which was mixed by a robot. Here it is in action:

Robot Bartender

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There used to be one in a bar under London Bridge that did cocktails:

http://www.cynbar.co.uk/images/Cynthia%20pouring.jpg

http://www.cynbar.co.uk/Photos.htm

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Nice idea, but...

that looks suspiciously like lager, from a keg. Come back when it can hand pull cask ale.

(Shouldn't be that hard, just keep the glass tilter, and add a hydraulic pump arm to the top.)

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> (Shouldn't be that hard, just keep the glass tilter, and add a hydraulic pump arm to the top.)

... and stop chilling the stuff... oh, it's lager.

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Re: Nice idea, but...

"Come back when it can hand pull cask ale"

Could be difficult as robots tend to not have hands ;)

Mine's a Skinner's, but none of that head please -->

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Re: Nice idea, but...

Skinners - Cornish brewery, I used to hang out with the sales guy on occasion.

I just dumped a whole load of their t-shirts\sweatshirts down at the local thrift store, not worn them since I emigrated.

I also had to dump a whole load of their Betty Stogs mugs before leaving the country, someone in my household objected to me making a comment about the resemblance to her mother.

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Re: Nice idea, but...

... and stop chilling the stuff... oh, it's lager.

...where chilling the tongue yields positive benefits..

(Life is too short to drink lager when there are many, many more enjoyable drinks. Cider by preference!)

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Re: Nice idea, but...

Isn't this the sort of thing we could do with clockworks?

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Re: Nice idea, but...

"just keep the glass tilter"

for hand pulled cask !!!!!!!

glass should be vertical at all times, sparkler (or not - for the heathen southern jessies) should be firmly against the bottom of the glass in the centre. Every cask is different requiring a different pull technique.

If I were drinking lager and someone poured me a glass with a head that big in the clip I'd be sending it back for a top up

(former winner of numerous CAMRA awards).

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If the damn thing draws a shamrock on your Guinness, you're allowed to rip out its CPU.

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If the damn thing draws a shamrock on your Guinness, you're allowed to rip out its CPU.

Can't stand Guiness, but where I grew up, the tradition was a smiley, which got progressively more straight faced as you approached the maudlin stage.

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If the damn thing draws a shamrock on your Guinness, you're allowed to rip out its CPU.

Only if you are a regular in that bar (not a tourist) ;)

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You know how many tips you get from yank tourists if you can draw a shamrock in a Guinness head?

They practically throw the money at you.

Very lucrative skill, and pretty easy to learn.

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If I was in an esteemed drinking establishment (or pub) and I was served such a beer as displayed in that video my response to the bar keep would be "Have you got a flake to put in that?"

My own personal preference is 2mm for lager and 5mm for bitter. If I wanted a moustache I would grow one.

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I'm guessing you're a southerner, so perhaps the lemonade in your shandy normally knocks the head off the beer and you're not used to how a normal pint is served?

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I like my beer cold thanks and where I am in the north the pints are served as described. My mother is also a barmaid at the local working men's club where they have an artist on every Saturday the likes of which you will never see on television. I don't have a whippet but I sometimes eat gravy for breakfast, it's also not a barm cake it's a muffin. What is this shandy you speak of?

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So not only are you a lager drinker, but you don't use the internationally accepted only term for a barmcake: barmcake.

Seek mental help, man!

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It's a soft roll by any other name, as any fule kno!

I was thinking it was just about doing okay with the head, and was giving a brief pause to let it settle slightly before finishing the pour, then it did a dodgy Mr. Whippy impression all over the top - the only saving grace being that it was clearly lager and thus not of great interest in the first place.

And you can top that up too! --->

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The argument can usually be settled as,

Would you rather eat a barmcake or muffin?

Not really a lager drinker, I did in my youth. These days it's either spirits or a pint of Boddingtons from a Boddies pub.

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Do you remove your glasses, just in case?

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Bread bun then.

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"I'm guessing you're a southerner"

Says someone claiming to be from Tunbridge Wells

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"What is this shandy you speak of?"

Back when I had a valid passport, I once went "down south". I believe down there they call it London Pride.

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Its a sodding

Breadcake!!

Effin barmcake...

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disgusted_of_Tunbridge_Wells

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Happy

I realise that... Hence the joke icon.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Trelllis,

North Wales

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Flake?

Back a few years by local served me a pint (bitter) with an oversized head. I DID ask "do I get a Flake with that". He chucked a Flake in my beer. Oddly, it was one of those bitters that quite suited a chocletty addition. PP

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I have in the past been invited into a shouting match on my local newspaper's forum when complaining about out of town protesters coming over here, taking our women plackards. "But you're from out of town! You're from Tunbridge Wells!".

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I hope that was an oversized glass

As head was huge.

A proper bar person asks what type of head a customer wants - preferences vary a lot. Some people like a frothy head whilst at teh other extreme others like a flat pint.

.. though in my days of bar work I worked in a traditional boozer, and it was bitter drinkers (of which there were many, rather than lager philes) who cared about head.

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Re: I hope that was an oversized glass

" in my days of bar work I worked in a traditional boozer, and it was bitter drinkers ... who cared about head."

Is that why they were bitter?

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Re: I hope that was an oversized glass

A proper bar person asks what type of head a customer wants

My local used to have a young barmaid like that. I really do miss her.

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Re: I hope that was an oversized glass

Sorry I haven't a clue about this - was it Samantha?

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Re: I hope that was an oversized glass

+1 for the Radio 4 quiz show reference

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Re: I hope that was an oversized glass

I actually learned the Japanese word for "oral" today. It's 口頭, which uses the symbols for "mouth" and "head". Suffice to say, I didn't have a problem memorising it for some reason...

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Re: I hope that was an oversized glass

Is it pronounced how it's written?

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Can it pour a decent pint of mild?

And WTF? That's been given more head than Hugh Grant in a lay-by.

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Putain de faux-col, as we say on this side the Channel.

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As any fule know, the beer glasses -- at Narita, in Japan and in most of Europe -- are lined to leave room for the head, not to be filled to the brim. Anyone whining because their beer isn't filled to the top, go back to England where pubs often serve beer with a head in glasses designed to be filled to the brim...

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go back to England where pubs often serve beer with a head in glasses designed to be filled to the brim...

Deep down, probably what Brexit was really about - that, and perceived slights about British sausages and the shapes of an Englishmans banana.

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Depending on the size of the glass that head is somewhere between a bit big and providing a pint that is criminally under sized. For crappy lager anyway, you don't get foam like that on a nice ale.

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Duvel glasses are designed so you get about 5-6 cm of head. The tradition was that you had to finish the beer before the head was gone. Before they added a head keeper to the glass, this was about 15 minutes. Now it's about 40 which is much easier for an 8.5% beer.

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I've heard of certain chemicals being added to the beer to aid head retention (I'm sure Newcastle Brown Ale had something soap-based in it at one time) but I've not head of head keepers on glasses. What are they?

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Re: Head keepers

It's that little etched pattern you see at the bottom of the glass.

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I've got some of that for homebrew beer. Didn't use it twice as it didn't make a difference.

The ingredients are: water, propylene glycol alginate e-05, polysaccharides, preservatives E223 & E211

( some commas may be in the wrong place as the label has faded )

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"Newcastle Brown Ale had something soap-based in it at one time"

That might explain the World Class hangovers that stuff gives...

Your head the morning after a skin full of NBA -->

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"Your head the morning after a skin full of NBA -->"

No real aficionado would refer to it as NBA. It;s Nukie Broon (which fits the icon better too)

Of course, now that's not even brewed in Geordieland, let alone Newcastle, it's not the same anyway, so re-branding as NBA might not be a bad thing.

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> It's that little etched pattern you see at the bottom of the glass.

Encourages "nucleation", if you want to get technical.

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Re: Newcastle Brown Ale.

Or "dog".

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Heard in the pub I used to work in (working class - Scottish)

"Could you fit a nip in there?"

"Aye"

"Well top it up then, I asked for a Pint"

Tradition was to hand over the first pint while filling the rest, the punter would drink the first mouthful, then ask for a topup (used the honesty principle to ensure that the first mouthful wasn't pint-sized)

Ah the seventies - where did they go?

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