Saturday, June 30, 2007 by Myself
Bulletproof Tire Ale (Fat Tire Clone)
Original Gravity 1.052
Volume 5 Gallons
Potential Alcohol: 13%
I got to brew today! I bought this Fat Tire clone kit from Northern Brewer on fathers day weekend. I finally got a chance to brew it up. If nothing screwy happens, it should be ready in 6 weeks to put in bottles. If I find a cheep or free chest freezer (5 to 7 cubit feet) before then it will be drinkable 2 days later, otherwise it will take 1 to 2 more weeks of sitting in the bottle waiting for bubbles. I did get some help on this batch, Nick and Andrew on this. This is both of them helping me with the glass carboy full of 6 gallons of water. I actually had to go out a buy one today, since my previous primary fermenter was a food grade plastic bucket and that might have been used for other things. Here is a really simple brewing process:
1. Bring water to a boil, add specialty grains between 100 and 170
2. Once boiling, turn off heat and add fermentables.
3. Turn on heat again bring to a boil and add flavor hops
4. Boil for 60 minutes, at 15 minutes left add aroma hops.
5. Boil is done, cool wurt to brewing temp (65 to75 degrees)
6. Transfer to fermenter, add yeast, seal with an airlock
7. Wait for a few weeks, carbonate/keg/bottle, and drink.
Thanks to my turkey fryer, I now have a 7 gallon pot to brew in and a burner to cook all this outside. The house stays much cooler this way. Andrew has been really interested in this process. I have been explaining the science behind this to him as it goes. He also got to try some LME (liquid malt extract), he thought it tasted like honey. One of the really cool things of this brewing exercise is that the target original gravity was 1.052, which is what mine came out to be, hopefully this batch will turn out tasting like Fat Tire.
Maybe we can have some people over later to try it
Labels: Beer, Hobbies, Kids
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 by Myself
Amazingly, Microsoft moved really quick on jettisoning a free customer. I sent them an email wondering how I get the release key for the domain. It is a good thing I did a Google search to know how to get the domain back. Within 6 hours I had had 3 send-response combinations and my service was canceled with Office Live and the domain was in my name at Melbourne IT. This is where I tell you that Melbourne IT is really expensive for everything, so I need to transfer the domain again. This time it will take at least 4 days. That is just to transfer the domain to a registrar that can be helpful and useful. I still need to design and setup the website. I should have something to look at when you visit The Pearson Family website by mid next week. Otherwise enjoy April's blog
, I will post some family stuff here tonight. Any other updates for the site move will be posted via twitter
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Monday, June 25, 2007 by Myself
Sorry to keep moving this on you, but I just can't take myself serious, being an indepently confirmed geek, and having my blog on M$ live spaces. Wordpress or typepad would have been better and more geeky, but blogger has integration with my Google account. And in the end it is just too easy, or I am lazy. Livespaces is also impossible to use and format nicely. Speaking of formats, I know this is really sparse right now. I just did not like the default blogger template, so I went the opposite way. Don't get used to this theme, it will change this week, but it will still be a very simple interface. There are other things that will change, as I try to make this a little different from a monthly post of "look what we did as a family".
There are a couple of goals I have for this new blog
- More Pictures: Every post will have at least 1 picture.
- More Posts: I would love to do daily posts, but that is just not going to happen.
- More about Me: After all this is the great big blog of Tim, not Tim's family. Not that a good chunk of my life doesn't revolve around them, there will just be more different stuff.
All the old posts and stuff will remain over on my livespaces site
. I just don't think there will be anything new going over there.