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So I bottled my first home brew today!  Now that I’ve had 2 weeks to read a little bit more about home brewing, I have some thoughts and questions on the whole process.

Boiling for an hour on the kitchen stove was messy.  I bought an 8 quart (2 gallon) stainless steel pot to cook for my 1 gallon small batch starter kit.  Until i had the stove dialing in just right, I had to stay on top of it to prevent boil-over.  The fan above my stove didn’t do too much to keep the cupboards above from becoming pretty messy.  A burner that I could use in my garage would be nice.  A larger pot would have been nice as well.

After the boiling part was done, I put my pot in the sink full of ice and water.  It sat there for some amount of time before I used the siphon to move it to a 1 gallon glass carboy.  I never checked the temperature at any time.  Based on what I’ve read since then, I assume it was too hot when I added the yeast.  A built in thermometer on the pot and immersion wort chiller would have been nice.

The auto siphon that came with my starter kit was messy, especially during the bottling process today.  Both times when the source container was getting low, the siphon would quit working.  I would manually pump it to get some more liquid, but ended up dumping out an inch or so of liquid each time then I couldn’t get the siphon to do much more.  It felt like a big waste.  The pots with a ball valve on the bottom looked really nice.  Based on what I saw on the bottom of my carboy today I’m guessing you can’t get a fermenter with something like that, so you don’t have to use a siphon?  That would be  quite nice too.

I reused old 12oz beer bottles.  I ended up filling 7 bottles of beer today.  One gallon is 128 oz which would fill 10 bottles.  I don’t expect that there is no waste, but do hope that my 1 gallon recipes will end up giving me a couple more than 7.  Is that something that will happen as I become more efficient with the siphoning process?

I’ve got a Dead Ringer IPA that I think I’ll brew next weekend.  I’m both excited about it, and worried that I might potentially ruin a good batch of beer. So I bottled my first home brew today!  Now that I’ve had 2 weeks to read a little bit more about home brewing, I have some thoughts and questions on the whole process.

Boiling for an hour on the kitchen stove was messy.  I bought an 8 quart (2 gallon) stainless steel pot to cook for my 1 gallon small batch starter kit.  Until i had the stove dialing in just right, I had to stay on top of it to prevent boil-over.  The fan above my stove didn’t do too much to keep the cupboards above from becoming pretty messy.  A burner that I could use in my garage would be nice.  A larger pot would have been nice as well.

After the boiling part was done, I put my pot in the sink full of ice and water.  It sat there for some amount of time before I used the siphon to move it to a 1 gallon glass carboy.  I never checked the temperature at any time.  Based on what I’ve read since then, I assume it was too hot when I added the yeast.  A built in thermometer on the pot and immersion wort chiller would have been nice.

The auto siphon that came with my starter kit was messy, especially during the bottling process today.  Both times when the source container was getting low, the siphon would quit working.  I would manually pump it to get some more liquid, but ended up dumping out an inch or so of liquid each time then I couldn’t get the siphon to do much more.  It felt like a big waste.  The pots with a ball valve on the bottom looked really nice.  Based on what I saw on the bottom of my carboy today I’m guessing you can’t get a fermenter with something like that, so you don’t have to use a siphon?  That would be  quite nice too.

I reused old 12oz beer bottles.  I ended up filling 7 bottles of beer today.  One gallon is 128 oz which would fill 10 bottles.  I don’t expect that there is no waste, but do hope that my 1 gallon recipes will end up giving me a couple more than 7.  Is that something that will happen as I become more efficient with the siphoning process?

I’ve got a Dead Ringer IPA that I think I’ll brew next weekend.  I’m both excited about it, and worried that I might potentially ruin a good batch of beer.
So I bottled my first home brew today!  Now that I’ve had 2 weeks to read a little bit more about home brewing, I have some thoughts and questions on the whole process.
Boiling for an hour on the kitchen stove was messy.  I bought an 8 quart (2 gallon) stainless steel pot to cook for my 1 gallon small batch starter kit.  Until i had the stove dialing in just right, I had to stay on top of it to prevent boil-over.  The fan above my stove didn’t do too much to keep the cupboards above from becoming pretty messy.  A burner that I could use in my garage would be nice.  A larger pot would have been nice as well.
After the boiling part was done, I put my pot in the sink full of ice and water.  It sat there for some amount of time before I used the siphon to move it to a 1 gallon glass carboy.  I never checked the temperature at any time.  Based on what I’ve read since then, I assume it was too hot when I added the yeast.  A built in thermometer on the pot and immersion wort chiller would have been nice.
The auto siphon that came with my starter kit was messy, especially during the bottling process today.  Both times when the source container was getting low, the siphon would quit working.  I would manually pump it to get some more liquid, but ended up dumping out an inch or so of liquid each time then I couldn’t get the siphon to do much more.  It felt like a big waste.  The pots with a ball valve on the bottom looked really nice.  Based on what I saw on the bottom of my carboy today I’m guessing you can’t get a fermenter with something like that, so you don’t have to use a siphon?  That would be  quite nice too.
I reused old 12oz beer bottles.  I ended up filling 7 bottles of beer today.  One gallon is 128 oz which would fill 10 bottles.  I don’t expect that there is no waste, but do hope that my 1 gallon recipes will end up giving me a couple more than 7.  Is that something that will happen as I become more efficient with the siphoning process?
I’ve got a Dead Ringer IPA that I think I’ll brew next weekend.  I’m both excited about it, and worried that I might potentially ruin a good batch of beer.
My first brew day!
I can’t wait to do more! My first brew day!
I can’t wait to do more! My first brew day!
I can’t wait to do more!

My first brew day!

I can’t wait to do more!

True Love!

Who got the best teams?

Goddam phone posting shit sideways….  Here is the list of teams we each got.

Zak

  • Brazil
  • Spain
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Iran
  • Portugal
  • Algeria
Luke
  • Mexico
  • Holland
  • Ivory Coast
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Argentina
  • Ghana
  • Belgium
Larry
  • Cameroon
  • Australia
  • Columbia
  • England
  • France
  • Nigeria
  • Germany
  • Korea
Dan
  • Croatia
  • Chile
  • Japan
  • Uruguay
  • Honduras
  • Bosnia
  • USA
  • Russia

You seem very nice so far!

CrunchBang,

When we first me I had you installed on a shitty old laptop. You made that computer wonderful again, and fun to use, you were awesome!

Now you are installed on a brand new desktop that can do shit I’ve never even heard of. You are still awesome, but it is time for me to explore something else. I will miss your custom keybindings to lauch d_menu. I really like the look of the OpenBox desktop. I am amazed at how smokin fast you are on that tiny ssd!

It hasn’t all be peaches and cherries though. You know your weird audio volume issues hurt me. Especially with VLC, I’ve known VLC for a long time and never had such trouble. I really hate to say this, but Windows 8 has given me a more stable network connection. I’m sure these are problems we would work through eventually, but not right now.

Maybe someday we will meet again. Maybe not on this computer, maybe on a laptop. I think you would look really nice on a MacBook Air or something similar. Someday….

It is time to give Mint a whirl. I’m downloading Mint 16 Petra 64 bit with Cinnamon desktop environment. I will roll with Mint for a while to see what all the hub-bub is about. Who knows, maybe a month from now I’ll be saying goodbye Mint, hello CrunchBang.

No matter what happens, thanks for all the good times!

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Gauntlet was one of the coolest games there ever was!  I can’t wait for this one.

Browsing through Zite last night I ended up reading some odd articles.  One was about the mental health benefits of writing, specifically keeping a journal.  Then through some “related to this article” like link, I read about the best budget pens.  I will say that again.  I read an article about the best budget pens, yes like pens to write with.

I have never paid too much attention to what kind of pen I’m writing with.  Now that I think about it I am kinda a pen snob, but only because fuck pencils.  You won’t catch me writing with a pencil any time soon.

So apparently people really get into their pens.  This was a discussion about “budget” pens, but some people brought up $200 pens.  $200.

After reading, it did remind me that I do have a sharpie pen that I rather like a lot.  I believe it was one of the top 5 in the budget category.  

I do think I’ll have to explore some of the other top pens.  I’m pretty sure I’m gonna have to go with one of these: Fisher Space Pen.

Does anyone have a strong preference in what kind of pen you write with?

http://lifehacker.com/5947513/five-best-budget-pens 

I’m pretty sure this is the coolest song I’ve heard in a long time!