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BBR Interview 3

James Spencer and I did another interview for Basic Brewing Radio, and this time it was even in person, which was a lot of fun. It deals with gravity measurements and some of the intricacies of using refractometers, and concludes with a call for additional data that will hopefully corroborate my final gravity correlation.


Steamboat Stagger

Yeah, well, let’s see how you do at 6800 ft.

Name: Steamboat Date: Aug 17, 2010 9:08 am Map: View on Map Distance: 2.05 miles Elapsed Time: 19:24.8 Avg Speed: 6.3 mph Max Speed: 7.4 mph Avg Pace: 09′ 28″ per mile Min Altitude: 6,698 ft Max Altitude: 6,798 ft


Ten Deliveries

What’s the point of having GPS on your iPhone if you aren’t going to geek out about stuff?

Name:    13 June 2010 Date:    Jun 13, 2010 6:17 pm Map:    Google Maps Distance:    48.3 miles Elapsed Time:    1:50:30 Avg Speed:    26.2 mph Max Speed:    55.1 mph Avg Pace:    02′ 17″ per mile Min Altitude:    656 ft Max Altitude:    819 ft Start Time:    2010-06-13T22:17:01Z

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Refractometer Estimates of Final Gravity

A refractometer is one of the most useful tools a brewer can have. It allows for near-instantaneous measurements of specific gravity, without having to compensate for or adjust sample temperature or withdraw a large volume of wort/beer (a significant concern at homebrew scales). There are a few issues associated with accurately using a refractometer for [...]

Thermometer Calibration

It’s spring cleaning time in the brewery. I’ve given the kegerator a good once-over, scrubbed the kettles shiny, replaced all the vinyl tubing, and so now it must be time for instrument calibrations. I check the hydrometer and refractometer every few batches because it’s so easy (use water and a 10% sucrose solution), but it [...]

Way to Go, Steve-o

Why does Apple only stand up and say, “this is what we’re doing, and this is why” every year or two? When they do, it usually makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

Thoughts on Flash

Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a [...]

Build a Better Stirplate

It probably isn’t necessary to stir Iodophor.

OK, so the world probably won’t be beating a path to my door. But there’s a right way to do it, and a wrong way – and a lot of home brewers are doing it the wrong way.

The basic idea behind these homebrew stirplates is to control [...]

Sunday Runday

Now that my endurance is (nearly) where I want it, I’m trying to build in some pacing work. This is a course record for me.

Name:    5K Date:    Apr 18, 2010 1:36 pm Map:    Google Maps Distance:    3.30 miles Elapsed Time:    26:41.5 Avg Speed:    7.4 mph Max Speed:    7.6 mph Avg Pace:     08′ 06″ per mile Min Altitude:    679 ft Max Altitude:    797 ft


It’s the Little Fittings

I know, my kettle is filthy…

When I moved off the stove several years ago, I picked up a cheap stainless steel kettle on eBay. It’s only 8.5 gallons, but it had a thermometer and ball valve installed, and the price was right – $99. The only downside was that it had the pipe nipple [...]

Yeast Ranching and You

With all the writing I’ve been doing about yeast lately, I thought it would probably be a good idea to outline my general yeast propagation and storage procedures. There’s an enormous variation, both philosophically and technically, among homebrewers – from directly pitching a smack pack to acid washing and storage in -80°C freezers. My own [...]