Need a Low-Maintenance Pet? Try a Tarantula!

Written by V. Berba Velasco Jr., Ph.D.

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I do recommend reading up on tarantula care, so as to learnrepparttar proper care requirements forrepparttar 116125 specimen that you choose. Be aware that some species can be quite aggressive, and are not recommended for beginners. These species are less commonly available though, and are generally obtained via mail order. If in doubt, start with a Chilean rose hair, as this is an excellent beginner species.

Owners should be aware that even within docile species, there can be some individuals that are more aggressive than others. In addition, there is alwaysrepparttar 116126 possibility of an allergic reaction if you are bitten. In theory, this could result in a potentially fatal anaphylactic shock, although I am not aware of any circumstances in which this has actually happened. For these reasons, new owners should learn how to read a tarantula’s body language, and should stay away from species that have a reputation for biting without provocation.

Also, do remember that you never have to actually holdrepparttar 116127 tarantulas—just as you never have to actually hold your aquarium fish. I recommend reading up on handling techniques, so that you can moverepparttar 116128 animals around without having to touch them. This can be helpful for those who are squeamish, or who simply wish to be cautious. When in doubt, err onrepparttar 116129 side of safety.

If you’re not intimidated byrepparttar 116130 prospect of keeping one of these wondrous creatures, then I recommend them highly. They can be quite addictive, and they never fail to entertain.

V. Berba Velasco Jr., Ph.D. is a senior electrical and software engineer at Cellular Technology Ltd (,,

How Beer is Made

Written by Jason (The Snob)

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Yeast isrepparttar catalyst that makes it all happen. In short, yeast is a living organism that feeds off ofrepparttar 116124 sugars inrepparttar 116125 malt. The yeast will convertrepparttar 116126 sugars to alcohol and carbon dioxide in a process called fermentation. There are many strains of yeasts (even inrepparttar 116127 air we breathe). In order to getrepparttar 116128 results needed for making beer, a specially cultured beer yeast is required. The yeast will also impart taste and mouthfeel qualities torepparttar 116129 beer.

The Beer Making Process:

To summarize,repparttar 116130 malt, hops, and water are boiled for a period of time. This mixture is called wort (pronounced wert). Thenrepparttar 116131 wort is poured into fermenter and allowed to cool. Next,repparttar 116132 prepared yeast is pitched intorepparttar 116133 fermenter and an airlock is placed overrepparttar 116134 opening. Now it’srepparttar 116135 yeast’s job to do its thing. The yeast will multiply like crazy as it consumesrepparttar 116136 sugars inrepparttar 116137 brew. After a period of time, usually within 7 to 10 days,repparttar 116138 yeast will have consumed all that it can and fall torepparttar 116139 bottom ofrepparttar 116140 fermenter. Finally,repparttar 116141 beer is bottled and set aside for a couple of weeks to mature and carbonate. Making beer at home really is a fantastic hobby and can be a great social activity. Have some friends over and let them try your new brew. Better yet, get them involved and see who can makerepparttar 116142 best batches. Have blind taste tests with your buddies. Most of all, have fun!

Author of the website about the enjoyment of coffee, tea, wine and beer.

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