Archive for December, 2010

Package (Feels Like a Book)

15 December 2010 at 10:48 pm
by Jonah

Got an unaccounted for Amazon package today addressed to me. Do I wait until Christmas to open it?

Snow, Finals.

15 December 2010 at 8:30 pm
by Berck

It’s going to snow tonight and tomorrow. Says the people who get paid to say such things.

This is annoying news for me, as I’m taking my final two finals tomorrow and snow will complicate my transportation plans. To make things worse, my calculus exam is scheduled at 8am, which is an incredibly stupid time for any sort of exam, particularly for a class that normally meets at 9:25am. This means I need to get up early enough to drive my car to the baseball fields in order to catch the bus to the campus. Thus far this semester, I’ve managed to motorcycle to class every day except one.

This isn’t because I’m crazy, but because we’ve had the warmest winter in Colorado Springs since I’ve been here. It’s only snowed twice this year. Last time was the Sunday after Thanksgiving which turned out to be incredibly inconvenient. Sydney was flying out on the redeye back to New York, so the snow didn’t really get going until about the time we left the apartment. Denver was clear, but I had to drive at about 30mph through a near white-out as soon as got south of Castle Rock. I didn’t get home until 2am, and then had to get up a few hours later to go to class.

Normally I’d be seriously excited about the snow. In a past life, snow used to mean that I got to sleep in and Jonah and I would get a late breakfast at Chic-Fil-A as I took her to work. Now snow means getting up early to ride a bus, so I’m a bit less excited.

In other news, I checked my beer yesterday and it’s only dropped to a specific gravity of 1.020. It should be down to 1.010 by now, but it’s pretty cold in the apartment. I was hoping it’d be ready to rack last weekend, but no such luck. Maybe this weekend…

First Beer!

4 December 2010 at 7:35 pm
by Berck

Sydney gave us beer making equipment for our wedding. (Yes, our wedding was a long time ago. But that’s okay, because as Sydney said, the longer she waited, the better the gift.) I picked out a lot of swanky beer making stuff rather than going with some kit.

I activated my yeast on Thursday afternoon. Friday, I made a starter for the yeast. Today, I brewed.

Things went mostly as planned. I was astounded at how bitter an ounce of hops was as I tossed it into the pot. The recipe kit I was using came with 2 ounces of bittering hops, and 1 ounce of aroma hops. They say it’s 36 IBU’s, which I think is more bitter than I like. So, I only used 1 ounce of the bittering hops. It still smells ridiculously hoppy, so we’ll see how it comes out.

The initial specific gravity was 1.051, which is right on spec: it was supposed to be 1.049-1.053. If all goes well it should be about 6% alcohol by volume.

It’s got to spend about a week in the primary fermenter, then another week in a secondary fermenter. Then I bottle it, and it takes a couple weeks in the bottle to carbonate.

Here’s some pictures.