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Batch 44: CocoCitra 2.0 – Coconut/Chile IPA (Brew Day: 7/7/18)

It was already July before I managed to brew something with barley this year.  I had plenty of other distractions, if you couldn’t tell by the pictures of smoked (or smoking) meats or by my tales of various other fermentables I played around with. It was all fun, but now it was time to get back to my brewing roots. Mmm.  Beer. It wasn’t tough to decide what kind of beer to brew.  Summer is a good season for IPAs, and I’ve been itching to try another round of KB Light.  I still haven’t managed to get my hands on…

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That’s right.  Here’s another post about something that isn’t beer. I’m coming to terms with the idea that, not only will some of my blog posts be about something other than beer, but it’s possible that beer posts may be come a minority among my subject matter. Boy, I hope not, but it’s really not that big of a deal.  Joe and I still brew several times throughout the year, and I haven’t really been posting about those. Besides that, I actually enjoy the stuff I make that isn’t beer. So why not start with a GIF of some pork…

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Winter was not particularly brutal this year.  I mean, we had a few heavy snows, but there have definitely been snowier winters in the past five years.  And we had some near or below zero (Fahrenheit) days, but not enough to kill the boxwoods in front of my house like a few years ago. That said, winter WAS particularly long this year.  We were still getting snow in April, and it didn’t warm up for the grass to really get growing until well into the month.  Once it did start growing, however, mowing the yard once per week was not…

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Even though I’m a bit slow to write about my adventures in all things fermentable, I’m not just sitting around doing nothing. I looked back to see what I managed to accomplish in 2017, (yes, I know, old news, but at least it isn’t fake news.)  Truth be told, I actually pulled off 17 batches last year.  Weird – 17 in ’17 – I definitely did not plan that.  It’s hard to say if I’ll top that this year, but at this time I am not on pace to do so. And of those 17 batches, 13 were actually beer. …

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If you can believe it, I’m actually writing about stuff I did this year.  I mean, it was, like, 7 months or so ago, but at least I can say it was stuff I did this year. So what did I do this year? Well, to start, I continued to stray from the malted barley path.  Whilst I still had my inaugural hard cider batch in fermenters, I had managed to take a stroll around our local YMCA one Saturday morning (November 18, 2017 – yeah, I know that was last year.  Shut up.) They were hosting a local craft…

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Batch 39: Branching Out, Like an Apple Tree – Cider 1.0 (“Brew Day” – 10/26/2017)

Don’t let those bottles confuse you.  There isn’t a single ounce of beer in either one. Yes, I embarked on another diversion from my normal beer brewing hobby, and the truth is I have begun to expand my thoughts to a world beyond malted barley.  (Gasp!) I mean, there is already so much beer in Joe’s basement from our endeavors over the past few years that we couldn’t possibly get through it all any time soon.  If an apocalyptic event were to occur, we would really be screwed.  That said, we would certainly give our best effort to down every…

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Wow, I am really moving along like a tortoise with this blog.  If I had any followers, I would apologize, but I am pretty sure I am the only person who reads more than 2% of what I post.  (Thanks, by the way, to all the folks who – whether knowingly or not – have provided the inspiration for many of my brewing exploits, even if you have never read a word from this sad little blog.) So, now that July 2018 is in full swing, it seems appropriate to blog about October 2017, right?  Just kidding – I keep…

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Batches 36 & 37: For the Children, Well, Not Really (Brew Days – 9/7/2017, 9/11/2017)

Okay, so the beer is actually for the grownups, but we’re not always grown up.  And the grownups for whom these batches were brewed are dedicated to the education of our children.  Indirectly, then, these batches were for the children. Or at least they were brewed in the general direction of our children. And while this blog post is about 4 months behind schedule, the beers were on time. On time for what? Well, two friends of mine took their dedication to the education of our kids to the next level by running for the local school board. After signing…

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Batches 33-35: Three Wheats to the Wind (Brew Days – 7/1/2017, 7/3/2017, 7/8/2017)

As we wrap up another holiday weekend, bringing Summer 2017 to a close, I shall now document how I spent the previous holiday weekend. Because beer. And, you know, because talking about what I did, like, 2 months ago just makes sense. It does.  Really. So, Independence Day weekend was here, and I now had a propane tank to go with the outdoor burner than Noelle had given to me as a very thoughtful gift.  It might have been a gift she actually gave to herself, moving me out of the kitchen so she wouldn’t get to smell my wonderful…

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Batch 32: Strawberry Watermelon White Shiraz (Started 6/11/2017; Bottled 7/9/2017)

Yeah, I really didn’t fashion my next beverage from fresh fruit, but I do like the photo.  It sort of says what I want to say. As quickly as the first batch of wine that I made for Noelle seemed to disappear, I thought I should actually start a third batch while there were still plenty of bottles of the second.  Yes, it makes sense, and no I don’t have a problem. So I did.  I made it.  A third batch of wine, but it was a little different from the other two.  I stayed with the light Shiraz theme,…