Friday, October 28, 2011

Brewing in the Snow

As the great pre halloween snow storm of 2011 is nearly upon us - some soap box jockeys screaming 10 inches of snow - I thought it best to make some more beer.

A new brewing associate Aaron and I will be making a batch of "Chimaybe" a Chimay red clone attempt I came up with today. He gave me two bottles of Chimay and I cultured some yeast from one of them

We will also be making two batches of Brandon O's Graff which I have made before and loved. This time I will be making an all grain version using .5 ounces of cascade hops, 3 pounds of Pale malt, and 1 pound of munich malt.

I plan on mashing this for an hour then boiling the runoff for 30 minutes adding the hops at the beginning of the boil.

Last week Aaron and I brewed up a low end of the scale DIPA - I used beersmith 2 to work it out, I'm still learning the program so I know there are some errors.

Type: All Grain Date: 10/22/2011 Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal Brewer: Ian Boil Size: 8.24 gal Asst Brewer: Boil Time: 60 min Equipment: Stainless Kegs (10 Gal/37.8 L) - All Grain End of Boil Volume 6.24 gal Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 % Final Bottling Volume: 4.25 gal Est Mash Efficiency 86.4 % Fermentation: Ale, Two Stage Taste Rating(out of 50): 30.0 Taste Notes:


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
4 lbs Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 2 26.7 %
2.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 32.6 IBUs
2.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 7 10.7 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 8 3.2 IBUs
2.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 10 0.0 IBUs
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 3 6.7 %
10 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 66.7 %
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 6 12.5 IBUs
4.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Dry Hop 14.0 Days Hop 11 0.0 IBUs
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 45.0 min Hop 5 14.9 IBUs
2.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 1.0 min Hop 9 1.4 IBUs
Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.078 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.046 SG Est Final Gravity: 1.020 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.010 SG Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 7.8 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 4.7 % Bitterness: 75.4 IBUs Calories: 151.6 kcal/12oz Est Color: 7.7 SRM
Mash Profile
Mash Name: Single Infusion, Light Body, No Mash Out Total Grain Weight: 15 lbs Sparge Water: 5.16 gal Grain Temperature: 54.0 F Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F Tun Temperature: 54.0 F Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE Mash PH: 5.20

It is still bubbling away in the fermentation freezer, along with a cascade Munich smash IPA I made the day before.

Friday, October 14, 2011


We finally got rid of cable! in exchange, we got a Boxee Box. You can get the software for free and build one yourself but for $169.99. So far it seems like a good alternative, it requires a bit of learning but doesn't seem to be like an old linux system or anything. I would liken it more to a slightly more complicated version of an On Demand Cable Box.

The remote is really neat with its simple layout and full keyboard.

I also found some third part applications that allow you to use hulu(which has been sadly removed from the official boxee app area) and almost all other tv networks. There are also massive databases of movies and television shows through some off the radar apps - just spend some time looking.

At the moment it seems worth it - no monthly charge, no limits on what you can watch(some shows do cost money but there are ways around that, others are just ad supported which just means that every once in a while there will be an ad. Cool Remote to play with as well.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Night Running with the Magicshine

I just got back from a 3 mile run - so out of shape - it took me 29 minutes.

I like running at night because there are fewer people to point and stare and because it is so much COOLER. Winter running is fantastic, but I prefer spring and fall because of the cooler air and pleasant smells.

My constant companion used to be a Gamma Headlamp from Alpkit - a nice little piece of kit but I have had two of them break on me - which the company offered to replace gratis but I am still sad about the product. Now I use a Magicshine light from here:

This thing is the brightest headlamp I have ever used and is a Chinese knockoff of a Lupine lamp that is almost 100% close to the original. The Lupine lamp costs nearly 400 dollars if I remember right. I bought the optional headlamp strap( it was meant to be mounted on bike handles I think) and while it is nowhere near as streamlined as a Tikka it isn't all that bad to run with. The battery pack takes some time to get used to - I strap mine on a chalkbag strap and put that around my waist as tight as I can stand which stops it from moving around.

The magicshine is nearly as bright as a cars headlights and will really make sure motorists don't miss you on the side of the road. I have gotten some weird looks from police officers driving by but so far no arrests for lurking.

On a side note, the website where I bought it issued a recall on the battery packs about 8 months ago, I sent mine in and while it took a really long time I got a nice new(better constructed) battery pack that will not burst into flames.

Happy running

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Belgium Hoptober

Jus thad this for the first time, and while I am not a giant fan of Hop Bombs(which this is not despite the name) its hoppier than I am prone to drinking/making. Its a really drinkable session(6%) blonde ale with 4 types of hops and some rye thrown in. The bitterness is very low but the aroma is where I imagine the hoptober name came from - got to brew something like this soon. It is delicious. I bought a half rack of it, then I bought some Sierra Nevada Pale Ale(meh) i had to get through the Sierra nevada so I could buy another case of hoptober. It really is quite good.

also - heated pool ahahaha.  

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fridge Cat

This will sound like a question posited by a certain cat in a specific hat however for us to continue on with this I must ask you: Do you have a fridge cat?

Well we do. She pads lightning quick toward any open door, thumping loudly across any floor. She grunts and giggles while struggling to keep you from closing the fridge.

Why she does this we do not know. Any door, be it basement or refrigerator she finds irresistible and rushes toward it with reckless abandon.