Lesson of the day…

My CO2 tank recently ran dry (last night actually) so it was something that I planned to work in to the other running that I needed to get done today, not really a big deal.  That is until we pulled up to the booze shop where I normally make the tank exchange.  Yep, thats right,…

Go West

You’ve come a long way baby…  And then you have to wonder what would make me think of an old Virginia Slims slogan.  The slogan itself seems appropriate for the thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head today.  I have started thumbing my way through a book dealing with the early history of…

Project: Wine rack

Unless I decide to decorate this one (though I might varnish to help it last longer) the rack is finished.  It ended up big enough that I can fit 2 cases in it if I so desire.  The great part of this project is the ease of the build out.  With a nice hard wood…

Working, It Happens…

I did some cutting today.  The perimeter boards for the first wine rack (box?) have now been cut out.  I know what you might be thinking.  Yes, the boards I am using are particle board.  Aesthetically, this one won’t be the most pretty to look at, but then, I also know that my talents with…

Update: miscellaneous month

I am just past the halfway point and have gotten a couple things taken care of in this month without a brew day.  Probably one of the biggest was the new faucets and shanks.  I think it will end up being sometime in the coming week that I will do the work to get them…

Geek Moment

I was watching the new Conan movie earlier tonight.  I had a realization at one point during the movie (I mean aside from the fact that I am still partial to the original over this remake).  It was during the bar scene.  I realized that as far as bar scenes go, the only thing missing…

Its all gone sour

So, today was the day.  I transferred the Tequila Blonde and added some bugs, White Labs WLP 655 Belgian Sour Mix 1 to be exact.  The whole process was a bit more heated than what my would pass for my usual transfer day. For starters I had forgotten to pick up a new spigot for…

Brewing Demos: Bell’s General Store

If you do any amount of brewing in the Kalamazoo, MI area you begin to know the workers at Bell’s General Store.  For the most part, the people who work there are home brewers as well.  This is an added advantage when looking for supplies.  For the past few months they have been doing demos…

Brewer’s Apprentice

I have been reading The Brewer’s Apprentice (Greg Koch from Stone Brewing and Matt Allyn).  (I’m actually trying to think of something profound and wise to say here but its just not coming).  But then, the book is actually pretty good.  It is a brewing book but they dispensed with the usual rigamoral of most of…

Chase the Rainbow…

July 9th Marked the first day of Short’s tap take over week at the Central City Tap House/ Epic Bistro in downtown Kalamazoo.  I figured it would be a good day to head into Kalamazoo and check out some of the festivities for Michigan Craft Beer Month.  Of course now, I am reminded what you…