Grill up some bratwurst on the Egg for Oktoberfest

Today marks the start of Oktoberfest in Germany! Why not has your own celebration? Break out the Big Green Egg and grill up some brats (soaked in a beer bath first of course) and eat up!

 

What you’ll need

  • A good hearty dark beer
  • Red onion slices
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Sauerkraut
  • Good bratwurst
  • One stick butter
  • Hardwood chunk charcoal

 

Make it

  • Fill your Egg with hardwood charcoal & open the draft door. Once you’ve lit the coals and a few are burning, heat until Egg reaches 350° F.
  • Place the brats and butter in a foil ban. Pour enough beer in the pan to cover the brats. Use sauerkraut, red onion slices & bacon as flavoring for the bath.
  • Heat the pan on the grill until the beer simmers. Continue to simmer for up to 15 minutes. You’re looking for the internal temperature of the brats to reach 160° F with a meat thermometer.
  • Remove the pan from the grill and place the brats on the grill. Grill until browned on all sides. You can return the brats to the beer bath and place back on the Egg to keep them moist until ready to serve, or just eat up!

 

Serve up with a great beer, plenty of fixin’s, and a good German potato salad wouldn’t hurt.

 

Happy Oktoberfest!

Get your Hot Tub Ready for Fall

Yes…like it or not, fall is upon us. In fact, it starts this Thursday, September 22nd. A lot of folks aren’t keen on fall—but I personally love it! It’s an outstanding opportunity to take full advantage of crisp cool nights in the comfort of a hot tub.

 

Of course, the best way to make sure you’re set for those terrific evening soaks is to get your hot tub ready for the coming season. Is yours ready? Here are some reminders of things you might want to do to get your hot tub in the best shape to take care of you in the coming months ahead.

 

  • Deep clean & drain your tub. This is a great time to give your tub a deep cleaning before draining it for the months ahead. Clean Start is an outstanding product that will give your tub’s plumbing and parts a cleaning and sanitizing—those parts of the tub you can never reach yourself.
  • Clean (or replace) your hot tub filters. One of the most neglected things in the hot tub in our experience—and the key to keeping your hot tub clean AND hot! Most fail to recognize that proper flow through your filters to the circulation pump and heater are key to making sure your tub is always up to temperature. And—here’s a news alert: rinsing your filters with a garden hose or under a faucet is not cleaning them. You need to use a cleaner that degreases the sleeves of your filter to get rid of body oils and other matter that clog the filter and prevent them from cleaning properly (and, again, ensuring good flow for heating). Filters should be replaced every two to three years, whether you think so or not. It’s a small investment to keep you in clean hot water! Get new filters and filter cleaner today.
  • Need a new hot tub cover? If your cover is getting so heavy you think you’re getting a workout or straining your shoulders and back to get some therapy, it’s time for a new cover. Heavy/water-logged covers leak energy, put undue stress on a cover lifter (which could cause it to break or damage the cabinet it’s attached to!) and can let unwanted debris in the tub. Call our Service Center for a new cover today.

 

Take care of your hot tub so it will take care of you this coming season! And, if you’d prefer we do the work for you, don’t forget our Signature Water Care Service. We can do everything you need to get your tub in pristine shape for fall.

Keep Colds & Flu at Bay this Season with Your Sauna

Cold and flu season is again just around the corner. While getting a flu vaccine, making sure you’re getting a good daily dose of vitamin C, and plenty of rest will help your immune system ward off colds and flu, a sauna can also be your friend.

 

Why? Viruses tend to thrive in colder conditions; hence the reason colds & flu are more frequent in fall and winter months. It’s been found that raising your body’s core temperature will help prevent those viruses from taking hold. Higher temps keep them from replicating in the body. And, it never hurts to sweat those toxins out of your system—any residual germs taking hold will likely be flushed as well.

 

Fatigue is one of the other things that tend to help viruses find the foundation to start attacking your immune system. Not only does sauna use boost your body’s natural immune response, it will also help ward off fatigue.

 

A traditional steam sauna is ideal to inhibit virus replication. A sauna session heated to 175 degrees or higher used 3-4 times per week would give your body an excellent added defense against cold & flu. However, even daily use of an infrared sauna will boost your body’s immune responses and flush the toxins necessary to give you the best chances to keep colds & flu at bay.

 

If you don’t have a sauna at home, consider it! Our line of Finnleo Saunas is easy to set up in a room in your home, and many only require a standard household outlet to operate. Why not give yourself a little bit of an in-home spa experience and defend against the cold & flu at the same time? We promise you’ll love it! Visit our showroom today and take a look at the entire line.

Give hot tub yoga a try

Hey yoga lovers! If you have ever thought about giving hot tub in your yoga a try, rejoice! Swim University has created “Hot Tub Yoga for Beginners”.

 

Some of us, as we age, can find some of the bending, stretching & balancing associated with yoga to become more difficult to achieve. But, when you add in the buoyancy of hot water to the mix, many yoga positions will again be within your grasp. The hot water will also help keep you limber, and also aid in preventing a lot of post-yoga muscle ache. It may just be the ticket for you!

 

The certified yoga instructor uses Hatha Yoga as the basis for the regimen. In the video (available for purchase), she will take you from a variation of a Sun Salutation warm up on to a number of positions: Bandhas, Drishti, Warrior One & Two, Side Plank, Seated Chair Twist, East Pose, Airplane Pose, Tree Pose, and Seated Leg Raise. More positions complete the session and finishes up with a five minute cool down.

 

What a terrific new way to embrace healthy living in the privacy of your own back yard! If you have friends you normally attend yoga with, you might want to consider making this a weekly event at your home.

 

Take a look here at Hot Tub Yoga (https://www.swimuniversity.com/introducing-hot-tub-yoga-video/). Let us know how your hot tub yoga sessions progress! We’d love to hear about it.