Monthly Archives: July 2012

8th Anniversary

Gay and I went to Madison Park Conservatory for dinner to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. Nice summery night and good food. We had oysters and their pate with blueberry jelly for appetizers, I had the steak and Gay had the pork belly. For drinks, I had their Brooklyn 46, the first cocktail I’ve seen offered with Makers 46, and with dinner I had Dogfish Head’s Faithfull Ale.

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6 beers in 8 days

I first brewed beer in the early ’90s and sporadically since then. I always brewed with extract and always wanted to try all-grain brewing, which seemed more like the real thing. After a long hiatus, I recently started brewing again and was reminded about how difficult the process was given my lack of proper equipment. I also had to relearn a lot of the process because I hadn’t brewed in so long.

I happened across Brewing TV  on my Apple TV’s podcasts section. I started staying up late after Gay and the kids went to bed watching old episodes. After a week or so I had watched all 60+ episodes. They made all-grain brewing seem easy and fun. So I decided to try all-grain and to get all the proper equipment this time. And rather than brew and wait several weeks to try another batch, I decided to get plenty of fermenters and brew a bunch of beers in a short amount of time so I could learn about it as quickly as possible.

Sparging & Lautering

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The ‘Busy’ Trap

The ‘Busy’ Trap – NYTimes.com
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/the-busy-trap/

“The goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play. That’s why we have to destroy the present politico-economic system.” This may sound like the pronouncement of some bong-smoking anarchist, but it was actually Arthur C. Clarke, who found time between scuba diving and pinball games to write “Childhood’s End” and think up communications satellites.

The current politico-economic system doesn’t need to be destroyed, it needs to be encouraged – Capitalism’s goal is 100% unemployment.

The Puritans turned work into a virtue, evidently forgetting that God invented it as a punishment.

Religion seems to always be hypocritical, short-sighted and misguided.

…I’ve always understood that the best investment of my limited time on earth was to spend it with people I love. I suppose it’s possible I’ll lie on my deathbed regretting that I didn’t work harder and say everything I had to say, but I think what I’ll really wish is that I could have one more beer with Chris, another long talk with Megan, one last good hard laugh with Boyd. Life is too short to be busy.

I agree!

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