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“Reader” Mail

A warning to all now:  This post will contain very little on the subject of anything beer related.  Feel free to move along now.

Everyone gets spam.  If you have an e-mail address (which I’m guessing you do as you’re reading something on the internet) you’ve received it.  If you’ve ever started a blog then you definitely know about getting spam.  Back in the early days, the spammers would just harvest your e-mail address and the e-mail addresses of anyone who had posted a comment on your blog and spam those.  Then the spammers realized that while cramming the interwebs with e-mails for all sorts of questionable pills, products and money making schemes was great, it would be even better if they could somehow devise a way to get their seemingly-legitimate websites higher in the search engine rankings.  How better to do that than to make it look like a bunch of people were linking to their crummy site?  And so, blog spam was born.  The bots crawl the internet, looking for blogs and post seemingly random comments with buried links to sites that, unless your using a Linux workstation or a Mac (or a Windows PC you really don’t care about), you really don’t want to visit.

Luckily, some folks smarter than I have created countermeasures for this sort of junk, and it all ends up in a bucket of fail that I occasionally wade through, just to be sure I haven’t missed that one other fan that’s out there.  Most of it is, well, just plain stupid but some of it is slightly humorous…at least to me, anyway.  So, while blowing off steam from a rather crappy day at the office, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some of these gems with you.  I’m sure they’ll be as funny as a Jay Leno monologue.

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The Power of Suggestion

First off, a small disclaimer.  When it comes to a bar’s beer selection, I am one of “those guys”.  I am definitely one of those picky beer drinkers who will ask the bartender or bar owner why there isn’t at least one local beer on tap or, if nothing else, at least in bottles.  […]

I’m all famous and stuff…

Me pointing at my name on the wall

No, really!  I’ve got my name on a plaque on a wall and everything.  See?

It only took me four years and seventeen days, but I finally managed to drink 125 different beers and get my nameplate put on the wall at Taco Mac (Amy […]

Got Yeast?

If you frequent any homebrewing forums or have any friends new to brewing, there are several topics that come up almost daily.  I’ll give a blanket answer to the first question… No, your beer is probably not infected.  Yes, when it’s fermenting it should have all that ugly bubbly gunk on top.  Yes, it will sink and go away for the most part.  Now get your head out of the bucket.

The other questions usually revolve around fermentation and yeast.  “It’s been 24 hours and my airlock isn’t bubbling yet.  Why?”  “I used a four month old vial of yeast that UPS left on my porch in the 110 degree heat and now my fermentation has stalled at 1.020.  What do I do?”  “Do I need to make a yeast starter?  If so, how do I do it?”  And finally, “What things can I do to make better beer?”

I’ve been there.  The nervous newbie who got a kit from the homebrew shop and read the instructions, took my vial of yeast, warmed it up to room temps and dumped it straight into the bucket.  I’m not here to say that you can’t do that, because you can do that and make decent beer.  I’ve done it a couple times in the past and I know of plenty of people who do that every day.  Is it beer?  Sure.  Could that beer be better with a small investment in some equipment and time?  Absolutely.

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Rob and Amy Invade Athens

Copper Creek Brewing Company

I have been itching to take a road trip to Athens to tour the Terrapin Brewery for a while now.  Given the fact that we’re about 100 miles away from Athens with nary a straight road in between, we’ve always figured that a trip of that magnitude deserved a […]

Some Brewday News Too

(Sorry, had to break this up into two posts – goofy picture gallery is, well, goofy.)

Tom and David brewing up some Irish Red

Next up are a couple of brew days that I failed to document.  The first was on July 3rd, when Tom and David, a couple of friends that I […]

Just had to share this one.

Just wait for it…

Beer score!

Decided to hit one of the local bottle shops at lunch today in search of Sierra Nevada’s 30th Anniversary series. They had just received their one and only case of this limited release so I snagged three bottles for safe keeping. Not sure who was more excited, me or the folks behind the counter.

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OK, OK, just one more thing...

The bomber shelf

(I just realized that if you’re reading this in reverse chronological order you’re probably scratching your head and thinking “WTF?”)

Just finished the next set of shelves and got them mounted and the bottles roughly arranged.  Blasted Sierra Nevada bottles threw off the arrangement.  Oddly, that’s all of my normally […]

One other thing!

To the guys who keep finding my site while looking for a clone recipe for Terrapin’s Hopsecutioner IPA:  Sorry, ain’t got one.  If you find one though, feel free to pass it along. 🙂

Also as a follow-up, the Terrapin Rye Pale Ale clone recipe that I brewed a month or so ago is […]