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Same Shift, Different Day

Well, I’m unemployed again. Today’s tips, in order, were:

$1.11 $0.09 $0.11 $0.21 $0.00 $2.10 $0.01 $0.00 $0.00 $2.32 $3.21

Not only did I not make minimum wage, I had a flat – technically, I lost money by going to work today.

The moral of the story is: tip your driver well. You never know […]

Playa Dust Pale Ale

Sometimes I just can’t leave well enough alone. I decided I needed a second beer ready for Burning Man, so I whipped up a hopbursted APA recipe that would use up some odds and ends on a day’s notice. Apparently I angered Ninkasi with my lack of planning though: I accidentally doughed in with 3.75 […]

Toward a Better Refractometer Correlation

Last month I posted a brief summary of the troubles I was having with the de facto standard refractometer correlation for final gravity. Specifically, I found that it under-estimates FGs by, on average, about five “points”. More interesting, or at least more useful, I also found that the degree of the discrepancy is fairly well […]


“Powerthirst” used to be the name of my Double IPA, but it was by default. The truth is, a 1.100 OG, 120 IBU beer isn’t that extreme any more.

Recommended serving size: 8 fl oz.

This beer is.

14.5% ABV, 110 IBU, half a pound of malt and a quarter-ounce of hops per pint… […]

Black Rock Maibock

Graphics courtesy the Beer Labelizer.

It’s so damn hot! Brewing was a poor choice!

Seriously, it was pretty nasty yesterday, but I had to get in my Burning Man brew session; I’d already put it off at least a month longer than I should have. From last year’s burn I learned two important facts: