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Title: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: nicneufeld on April 01, 2010, 01:57:05 PM
Just a general question.  I know there are a lot of food-appreciative types and likewise a lot of environmental types in the wide homebrewing community.  If you were, say, in Japan where its legal to my understanding, and someone offered you a bit o' whale meat, would you try it?
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: MrNate on April 01, 2010, 01:58:50 PM
Hells yeah. I'll eat anything made of meat. No, wait... You know what I meant.
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Post by: blatz on April 01, 2010, 02:20:32 PM
no way.

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Post by: majorvices on April 01, 2010, 02:23:20 PM
While I am not down with whale killing I admit I would try a bite if it was offered to me.
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Post by: tubercle on April 01, 2010, 02:39:19 PM
I wish they wouldn't kill whales and just leave them alone. But if it was already dead, no use letting it go to waste. Yes...I would give it a try.
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Post by: rabid_dingo on April 01, 2010, 02:48:56 PM
Alaska still has tribes that hunt. I saw some of their heritage first hand. They eat for months off one whale and the whole family gets some of the whale. They also serve Muktuk, blubbler....I would be willing to try meat. I passed on the muktuk....My poor wife was offered eskimo icecream. Seal blubber blended with some spices and berries for flavor. Then realized what it was and downed an ICY cold soda to try to get rid of the flavor...the blubber instantly gelled to everything in her mouth.... :o
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Post by: babalu87 on April 01, 2010, 02:51:30 PM
Yup

Certain species of whales are overpopulated, eat em up yum
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: nicneufeld on April 01, 2010, 02:57:15 PM
My poor wife was offered eskimo icecream. Seal blubber blended with some spices and berries for flavor. Then realized what it was and downed an ICY cold soda to try to get rid of the flavor...the blubber instantly gelled to everything in her mouth.... :o

 :o  ahhhh man, that would be rough!  And the way fat adheres to stuff, I'd almost be ready to get the dish detergent out and do some gargling!
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Post by: theDarkSide on April 01, 2010, 03:06:23 PM
Depends on how much you gave me to drink beforehand.
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Post by: redbeerman on April 01, 2010, 04:04:01 PM
I'm not big on killing whales, but if someone offered some blubber up to me, I'd eat it.
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Post by: babalu87 on April 01, 2010, 04:22:43 PM
I'm not big on killing whales, but if someone offered some blubber up to me, I'd eat it.

Blubber is only the outer layer of fat, inside is very lean meat.

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01113/whale-meat-460_1113449c.jpg)

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Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: bluesman on April 01, 2010, 04:57:43 PM
Since 1986 there's been a worldwide ban on whaling. I am a proponent of this ban. ...and yes if I was starving to death and it was in front of me I would eat it.

http://www.savethewhales.org/about.html

(http://www.savethewhales.org/images/save_the_whales_card1.jpg)
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Post by: The Professor on April 01, 2010, 04:59:52 PM
Assuming that it could be legally sourced and a species that was sustainably harvested, I would certainly try it, even though I eat considerably less meat these days than in the past.  
But I do enjoy trying exotic foods, and I've heard that whale is pretty tasty.

In any case, in reality I guess  a whale steak would be no more odd or unusual than a lot of the stuff I grew up eating in a household with two generations of Eastern Europeans that consumed animals head-to-tail.  
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Post by: weazletoe on April 01, 2010, 05:20:10 PM
 I could not imagine anything more delicious than magical whale bacon.    Mmmmmm...........whale bacon............
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: BrewArk on April 01, 2010, 05:23:21 PM
I could not imagine anything more delicious than magical whale bacon.    Mmmmmm...........whale bacon............

Doesn't bacon come from the axx?
Do whales have those?
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Post by: dimik on April 01, 2010, 06:46:11 PM
I guess I would try it if it was already there. However, I am absolutely agains whaling, unless its the eskimos who only do it for food because there is like nothing else, but what the Japanese do is just criminal. Every time I watch something on whaling, it just makes me want to take those huge harpoons and shove it up the "whale hunters' " a$$es.
I would be perfectly happy if there was no whale meat on the market.
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: babalu87 on April 01, 2010, 06:55:01 PM
I guess I would try it if it was already there. However, I am absolutely agains whaling, unless its the eskimos who only do it for food because there is like nothing else, but what the Japanese do is just criminal. Every time I watch something on whaling, it just makes me want to take those huge harpoons and shove it up the "whale hunters' " a$$es.
I would be perfectly happy if there was no whale meat on the market.

Why, the Japanese arent hunting whales that are threatened.
Have you seen slaughter house videos?
Chickens?

Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: nicneufeld on April 01, 2010, 07:08:21 PM
I could not imagine anything more delicious than magical whale bacon.    Mmmmmm...........whale bacon............
Doesn't bacon come from the axx?
Do whales have those?

Bacon (american bacon at least) comes from the belly.  And its hugely fatty and marbled, so completely unlike the very distinct separation between blubber and lean meat in whale meat.  So while curing and smoking might certainly produce an interesting product, it would not be too much like bacon I'd guess.  Actually curing would be a very interesting treatment given the really rich color of the meat...maybe even the salt-cured, air dried beef preparation bresaola undergoes, aged, then thinly sliced.  Having never had whale meat I wouldn't know though.  Might go rancid.
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: nicneufeld on April 01, 2010, 07:18:13 PM
Apparently back in '02 the Japanese were considering a farm for the generally plentiful Minke whales.  This strikes me as an excellent idea if it is practically feasible.  By partially domesticating them and learning how to breed them for foodstock you could take pressure off of natural wildlife whale stocks.  Research into their breeding was also a motivation for the farm, and that seems like it could potentially help in maintaining more endangered species as well.

So a refined question would be, if whales were sustainably farmed in similar (albeit underwater) circumstances as other domesticated animals like cows/chickens/pigs, would you eat that whale meat?

I imagine the majority of folks still opposed have a special view of whales, similar to how Americans view cats/dogs/horses and many Hindus view cattle.  No harm in that I guess!  I draw the moral I'm-not-touching-that line at fellow members of my own species, that's for sure.
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: glitterbug on April 01, 2010, 08:04:06 PM
So a refined question would be, if whales were sustainably farmed in similar (albeit underwater) circumstances as other domesticated animals like cows/chickens/pigs, would you eat that whale meat?

Do you actually believe that cows\chickens\pigs are sustainably farmed?

 
 
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: narvin on April 01, 2010, 08:19:09 PM
So a refined question would be, if whales were sustainably farmed in similar (albeit underwater) circumstances as other domesticated animals like cows/chickens/pigs, would you eat that whale meat?

Do you actually believe that cows\chickens\pigs are sustainably farmed?


Well, they sure aren't going extinct.  But I'm not exactly sure what "sustainability" in green jargon entails...
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: glitterbug on April 01, 2010, 08:59:37 PM
So a refined question would be, if whales were sustainably farmed in similar (albeit underwater) circumstances as other domesticated animals like cows/chickens/pigs, would you eat that whale meat?

Do you actually believe that cows\chickens\pigs are sustainably farmed?


Well, they sure aren't going extinct.  But I'm not exactly sure what "sustainability" in green jargon entails...

It means that you consume "things" in a manner that does not prevent future generations from being able to enjoy the same things you have now. Example: You can't swim in some lakes and rivers because our fathers and grandfather polluted them.
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: nicneufeld on April 01, 2010, 10:53:36 PM
Do you actually believe that cows\chickens\pigs are sustainably farmed?

By your definition, I think the concept that anything is truly "sustainable" in that sense is false, but my thoughts on that are a side issue...if it works for you more, "if whales were sustainably farmed in similar (albeit underwater) circumstances as -anything that is sustainably farmed-".
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: a10t2 on April 01, 2010, 11:55:20 PM
Assuming that it could be legally sourced and a species that was sustainably harvested, I would certainly try it

+1, same as my standard for eating any other species.
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: capozzoli on April 02, 2010, 12:07:13 AM
I would give it a try. Wouldnt go looking for it though.

What I really want to try is people....Think they are sustainable? They are green right.  ;)
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: Hokerer on April 02, 2010, 12:22:00 AM
I would give it a try. Wouldnt go looking for it though.

What I really want to try is people....Think they are sustainable? They are green right.  ;)

Yep, that lovely shade of green called Soylent
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: MrNate on April 02, 2010, 12:59:07 AM
Mmm... Long pork.

So is this whole "whale meat" thing theoretical, or are you planning a trip to Japan?
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Post by: smokeeater on April 02, 2010, 01:41:07 AM
2 pages of posts on whale meat and nobody has brought up "Catcher in the Rye"!! ???  Disappointing!

If I remember it right--its been a couple years---Holden Caulfield was pretty disappointed.
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Post by: weazletoe on April 02, 2010, 01:51:06 AM
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Bacon (american bacon at least) comes from the belly.  And its hugely fatty and marbled, so completely unlike the very distinct separation between blubber and lean meat in whale meat.  So while curing and smoking might certainly produce an interesting product, it would not be too much like bacon I'd guess. 

I'm having a moment. Don't ruin it for me.
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: boulderbrewer on April 02, 2010, 05:51:45 AM
Yes I would, it is just like asking if you could see Bigfoot at Denny's house and have a pint of old Stoner with him or drink Scotch ale with the Loc Ness monster. Who wouldn't.


Capp,

I don't want to party with you! I'm not sure if I could pass out after you. I'm not willing to take the chance.
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Post by: majorvices on April 02, 2010, 10:41:58 AM
-1 on eating people. I see what you people eat and it is disgusting. I wouldn't want to ingest that by consuming you.
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Post by: capozzoli on April 02, 2010, 11:24:32 AM
Got to lock them p and feed them grain for a while. Cleans out the meat.

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Post by: babalu87 on April 02, 2010, 11:43:58 AM
Got to lock them p and feed them beer for a while. Cleans out the meat.




Fixed
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Post by: majorvices on April 02, 2010, 01:01:55 PM
 ;D good one.
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: nicneufeld on April 02, 2010, 01:07:12 PM
If I recall correctly, wagyu beef in Japan is fed beer as well, and that's some very finely marbled meat.  So perhaps we beer-drinkers are better tasting than we look?
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: glitterbug on April 02, 2010, 02:11:52 PM
check out hufu, human flavored tofu  ;D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdfxNYKWcN4

Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: marty on April 02, 2010, 03:09:43 PM
I had a couple of "dry baconed" beers earlier this year, why not a "dry whaled" beer, maybe use some whale oil smoked malt
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: bluesman on April 02, 2010, 04:14:33 PM

Capp,

I don't want to party with you! I'm not sure if I could pass out after you. I'm not willing to take the chance.

Can't blame you there.  ;)

When we were building my Brutus stand...we went to lunch and he was talking about eating live chick eggs  :o

I almost threw up in my mouth.

 ;D

Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: Beertracker on April 02, 2010, 07:39:04 PM
While I am not down with whale killing I admit I would try a bite if it was offered to me.

+I'm with the major! If it's good enough for the Eskimo's, it's good enough for me.  ;)
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Post by: rabid_dingo on April 02, 2010, 09:34:59 PM
I think whale farming would need some transparent aluminum...Lots of it.
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Post by: capozzoli on April 02, 2010, 10:02:04 PM
 ::) Here we go again. Every body remember where we parked.

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Post by: babalu87 on April 02, 2010, 11:03:35 PM
I think whale farming would need some transparent aluminum...Lots of it.

Actually, they can be contained fairly easy through frequency
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Post by: a10t2 on April 02, 2010, 11:37:53 PM
I think whale farming would need some transparent aluminum...Lots of it.

Remember, even numbers are the good ones.
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: aledawg on April 03, 2010, 03:04:39 AM
Just a general question.  I know there are a lot of food-appreciative types and likewise a lot of environmental types in the wide homebrewing community.  If you were, say, in Japan where its legal to my understanding, and someone offered you a bit o' whale meat, would you try it?

I've had it many times, in different shapes and preparations, and it is delicious and nutritious!  My favorite version is BBQ'd whale steaks, and it is awesome!

-ad
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: yugamrap on April 06, 2010, 06:55:03 PM
Like others, I'm not big on whale hunting, but I'd try it if it was offered to me.  I've eaten some pretty interesting stuff over the years - even some rattlesnake.
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Post by: corkybstewart on April 06, 2010, 07:03:13 PM
Like others, I'm not big on whale hunting, but I'd try it if it was offered to me.  I've eaten some pretty interesting stuff over the years - even some rattlesnake.
Rattlesnake is probably the toughest meat I've ever eaten.  Horse is probably the tastiest, tenderest meat I've ever had.  I wouldn't give whale a second thought but like some others have said it's not something I'm going to search for. 
Title: Re: Would you eat whale meat?
Post by: akr71 on April 08, 2010, 12:47:40 AM
While I am not down with whale killing I admit I would try a bite if it was offered to me.
+1 - yup, if the whale is already dead, not eating it isn't going to save it.
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Post by: novabrew on April 08, 2010, 12:55:11 AM
I would.  What beer would go with whale?
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Post by: bluesman on April 08, 2010, 01:07:07 AM
I would.  What beer would go with whale?

Probably a big beer. Pa Da Bing.......
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Post by: MrNate on April 08, 2010, 01:41:28 AM
He'll be here all night folks, try the... whale?
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Post by: capozzoli on April 08, 2010, 02:30:29 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCRT9NyWsFU
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Post by: fatdogale on April 08, 2010, 04:12:33 AM
Whale related....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Vmnq5dBF7Y
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Post by: nicneufeld on April 08, 2010, 01:18:25 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCRT9NyWsFU

Hah, I used to know how to sing that song when I was a little kid...

ROFLMAO at the other video!!!!
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Post by: bluesman on April 08, 2010, 03:04:56 PM
I had a date with a whale once...then I lost my appetite. Pa da bing!
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Post by: dirk_mclargehuge on April 08, 2010, 05:01:02 PM
I have eaten whale meat while I was an exchange student in Japan.  It chewed like roast beef and tasted like fish. 

Was I happy about it?  Not particularly, but the girl who cooked it was hot, so. . .  Would I eat it again?  Probably not, but it will depend on how hot the girl is.
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Post by: hamiltont on April 08, 2010, 05:22:30 PM
I'd probably give it a try at the state fair...  Moby Dick on a Stick,,,  Oh boy!!  ::)
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Post by: marty on April 08, 2010, 08:35:25 PM
I would.  What beer would go with whale?

Harpoon

http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/