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Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone’s trans-solstice festival period is going well. As this will be my first Xmas alone and I’m on a budget, I had to get creative with my decorations.

Fall Classic Tasting Notes

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, I’m finally getting around to posting some tasting notes for the Fall Classic.

The visual appearance is really great. Deep amber with brilliant clarity, despite all the pumpkin in the mash, and an off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is predominately of the [...]

A More Accurate Approach to Draft System Balancing

Balancing a draft system is one of those things that should be easy, but inevitably ends up requiring some trial and error. The basic principle seems sound: beverage tubing supplies some characteristic resistance per unit length (2-3 psi/ft for 3/16″ ID tubing), and all one needs to do is divide that into the desired serving [...]

They Made Something Darker

NASA’s developed a new material that absorbs 99.5% of visible and UV light, versus

Simple Sugars and Specific Gravity

A pound of sugar per five gallons of beer will add nine points to the original gravity and reduce the final gravity by two points.

We’ve all heard it. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve even parroted it myself in the past. But it’s only half true.

The OG contribution of simple sugars is certainly [...]

Ovens and Spices and Squash, Oh My!

Frequent visitors will probably have noticed that I tend to be a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to beer recipes. After all, brewers are discovering new things to do with malts, hops, water, and yeast all the time. That approach does get a bit dull after a while though – especially when one [...]

Reverse Mashing 2

Background

Last time I toyed with the idea of “reverse mashing”, I found that an unheated kitchen isn’t a great place to do mashing experiments in the winter. Fortunately, I have a new toy available in the form of an oven with a “Warm” (170°F – 77°C) setting, and so I was able to perform [...]

Pass Creek Trail

Thursday, I was able to get away from the brewery a little early, so I finally managed to get in a hike I’ve been trying to do all summer. Pass Creek Trail runs from Coal Bank Pass up to join the Colorado Trail. From the junction, there’s a quick but treacherous spur that runs most [...]

Burning Beers

Oh yeah, good stuff. Especially in cans. Labels were ordered today!

Runnin’ in the Rain

The last time I ran was in early June, when the former Head Brewer called me mid-run to let me know he had quit.

Name: Track 010 Date: Aug 4, 2011 2:57 pm Map: View on Map Distance: 2.82 miles Elapsed Time: 27:28.7 Avg Speed: 6.2 mph Max Speed: 8.1 mph Avg Pace: 09′ 44″ [...]