r@fink brews

Monday, March 28, 2005

Rak racks

I racked (or as Nancy says "snorkeled") the cream ale into the secondary today. It looks like a very light brew and yes, it does smell good. Man it is super nice today, sunny, no wind, and in the sixties. Woo hoo!

Monday, March 21, 2005

I'd like to add fermentation to Otto Von Bismarck's list

"Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made."
Otto Von Bismarck

If you've ever seen beer in the fermentor you might agree.
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This picture is from 3-18-05, three days into fermentation. I should rack into the secondary before the weekend.
It's amazing that good beer can come from this vile concoction.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

A new blonde in the house

Yup, it's brewin' day. The wort is chilling in the pot, the fermentor is waiting , and the air is alive with the sweet smell of hops, grains, and malt. All I need now is a little cooling time so I can pitch the yeast and put this blonde to bed. Drink up Shriners!

Thursday, March 10, 2005

new brew

Got the Cream Ale kit in the mail yesterday. Looks like I'm a brewin' this weekend. It's a good thing too, the brown ale is slowly disappearing. I should have brewed earlier to prevent the dry spell coming.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Yup, it works

The Brown Ale is still flowing out the mini kegs. It fits real well in the fridge, and seems to be staying fresh. Looks like a good system all around.
Do you ever get these in the mail?

It's one of those credit card offers, you know one of the hundred or so you get in the mail every month. This one is different though, it is printed with a fake wear mark where an inserted card would be. Why would they do that? Are they trying to get a thief to steal the letter and try to use the card? I don't get it.