January 31, 2009

Breckenridge Christmas Ale clone

Well, I don't have much, but consider this an early Superbowl gift: a clone recipe, from the December, 2004 issue of BYO.

5 gallons, all-grain OG = 1.078 FG = 1.020 IBU = 22 SRM = 21 ABV = 7.4%

14.66 lbs (6.6 kg) 2-row pale malt
1.5 lbs (.68 kg) crystal malt (60 L)
1.0 oz (28 g) chocolate malt
0.5 oz (14 g) black patent malt
1 rsp. Irish moss (15 mins)
6.1 AAU Chinook hops (60 mins)
0.51 oz/14 g of 12% alpha acids
3.8 AAU Mt. Hood hops (15 min)
0.76 oz/22g of 5% alpha acids
Wyeast 1272 (American Ale II) or White Labs (California V) yeast
3/4 cups corn sugar (for priming)

Step by step

Mash at 152 F (6 C) for 45 minutes. Boil wort for 90 minutes. Ferment at 70 F (21 C).

extract with grains recipe

4.0 lbs (1.8 kg) Breiss Light dried malt extract
5.25 (2.4 kg) Alexander's Pale liquid malt extract
1.5 lbs (.68 kg) crystal malt (60 L)
1.0 oz (28 g) chocolate malt
0.5 oz (14 g) black patent malt
1 rsp. Irish moss (15 mins)
6.1 AAU Chinook hops (60 mins)
0.51 oz/14 g of 12% alpha acids
3.8 AAU Mt. Hood hops (15 min)
0.76 oz/22g of 5% alpha acids
Wyeast 1272 (American Ale II) or White Labs (California V) yeast
3/4 cups corn sugar (for priming)

Step by step

Begin by heating 2.5 gallons of water in your brewpot. In a separate pot heat 0.5 gallons of water to 161 F. Place crushed grains in a steeping bag and submerge in water, steeping at 150 F for 30-45 minutes. After steep, remove grain bag and let drip dry. Add "grain tea" and dried malt extract to your brewing pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 60 minutes, adding hops at the specified times. With 15 minutes left in the boil, stir in Irish moss and liquid malt extract. After boil, coold wort and siphon to fermenter. Add water to make 5 gallons, aerate and pitch yeast. Ferment at 70 F.

All you brewers can fill in the holes from the article. The rest of you? Ask me questions in the comments or ask your local brewshop for help. At any rate, I plan to brew this soon and then followup with a clone of Fat Tire. This time, I hope to not add 2 gallons of dirty water from the garden hose.

Don't ask.

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Worth 1000 words

Nobody does it better than Iowahawk, not even that pissy little 007.

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January 26, 2009

Long forgotten, but not long gone

Well, the last post in this series can be found here. Please ignore the date. I promise to continue the series with a post on bottling soon. Afterward, I plan to start a Brewing An Intermediate Beer series, followed by an all grain advanced series. To be fair, I haven't done many all grain beers because, well, I have two (soon to be three) small children around the house and, much as I enjoy brewing, I enjoy spending time with my kids even more. However, brewing is one of my best loved hobbies and I really appreciate the opportunity to post some information for the 2-3 readers that I have.

Hmm. I think that I'll even post a mead series or two. You have to be more patient with honey wine, but the results can be fabulous. I have a 17 year old bottle that I'm saving for after the baby is born so that I can share it with my wife.

See y'all soon.

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January 24, 2009

Lost recap

I love the show, but this "parody" of a roundup is far too close to the actual thing.

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January 22, 2009

Stalkers unite

While I enjoy catching up with people with whom I've lost touch as much as anyone, this is just creepy.

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January 21, 2009


A weak effort, but I don't feel all that inspired right now.


It's true! It's true! The voters have made it clear.
The One will be perfect throughout the year.

An election was held some moons ago here.
Our new President is dreamily hot.
And there's no legal limit to the spending here
In Obamalot.

Republicans are forbidden forever
And quake in their minority lot
By order, they run to wherever
In Obamalot.

Obamalot! Obamalot!

The world begins to heal
But in Obamalot, Obamalot
All will be forced to kneel.

Harry Reid may never fail while in session.
By dawn, the veto threat must disappear.
In short, the taxes rise
and the spendings rise
In the socialist-ever-aftering here
In Obamalot.

Obamalot! Obamalot!
I know Joe Biden's a dunce,
But in Obamalot, Obamalot,
He'll never be president once.
Pelosi may never say an intelligent thing.
By noon, all taxes are in arrears.
In short, the taxes rise
and the spendings rise
In the socialist-ever-aftering here
In Obamalot.

To be fair, I hear that Obamalot is absolutely swimming with unicorns and magic ponies.

The first 100 days will give me an idea whether or not to wait it out, or commence relentless mocking. I will acknowledge that I love mocking and chastising politicians of all stripes, so I'm leaning towards the latter. However, I'm not in a particularly bad mood, so we'll see what happens.

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January 12, 2009

Wanna know something really scary?

I had set up TED to download my favorite shows as they appear on Bittorrent. Funny thing happened this evening, though: episode 3 of 24 started downloading about 30-45 minutes before it actually aired. Kind of puzzled me, it did. Then I watched last night's episodes and saw the digital equivalent of a watermark which said this:


Someone had apparently uploaded the version that reviewers get to see before the air date of a show. And tonight, I had episodes #3 & #4 downloaded and burned to disc before I finished watching last night's shows.

Information wants to be free, I guess. And watching 2 hours of a show in only 1:30 -give or take- makes me quite happy. I am curious as to what person(s) make it their business to give away broadcast episodes before they, umm, broadcast. My guess is that Fox would be quite interested as well.

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January 10, 2009

NFL playoff picks

I had a good year picking football games this year, straight up or against the spread. I finished first overall in the Ace moron pool (spread) and first in another league (straight up). Unfortunately, I finished second in a third league which used confidence points. In any event, some years are better than others for me picking NFL games. This year was pretty good to me.

No money was won, of course. This was strictly for ::cough-cough:: fun.

In any event, I'll recap my picks from last week and then do a little prognostication for this week's contests. On we go.

Last week: I don't have the point spreads, so I'll go with the head-to-head.

Arizona over Atlanta. At home with a hot Warner and those receivers against an inexperienced, albeit talented team? Go Cardinals! And they did.

Miami over Baltimore. More of heart over head pick and it showed. Loser.

San Diego over Indy. A talented team who has managed to beat another team consistently in recent years against a team that consistently flames out in the first round. The ultimate Duh! pick.

Philadelphia over Minnesota. Have you seen the Viking QB?

Anyway, 3-1 last week. Now for this week's picks:

Titans favored by 3 over the Ravens. Flacco finally looks like a rookie. Titans to win and cover.

Carolina by 10 over Arizona. I think that it's going to be a close contest, but Carolina will eventually wear down the Cardinals. Carolina to win, but not cover.

Giants by 4 over the Eagles. This one is peculiar. Both road teams won this year and both are playing well now. However, I think that NY is just too good. Giants to win and cover.

Pittsburgh by 6 over SD. I know that LT is out, but Rivers has been just about the best QB in the league this year. Also, Pittsburgh can be run on, if you stick with it. Not sure if Sproles is the answer to that question. Anyway, Pittsburgh to win, but not to cover. And it wouldn't surprise me if San Diego won straight up. However, I'm not putting my money that way.

There you have it. And if you're foolish enough to bet money using my picks, you deserve what you get.

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We're back. Thank you for your patience

Thanks for checking in during my longest blogging absence these last 6+ years. Christmas time is always busy for me; this year was no difference. Add in the new upcoming 3rd child and my free time has slipped away.

I still find time for beer, of course. Let's not be stupid. A man's got to have his priorities.

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