Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Innovative use for your brew kettle

Regular readers know that I'm not brewing as much as I would like. Who this side of Dogfish Head is? A lot of that has to do with my duties as a dad to 4 kids. During the Christmas vacation my oldest boy came to me with an interesting problem. One of his brothers gave him one of those snakes that grows while you soak it in water. This particular one, being of the extra special Christmas gift variety, grows to more than 4 feet long. You can't exactly put that in a mixing bowl or beverage pitcher and let it got for 5 days. Space will quickly become an issue. Partly due to quick thinking and partially due to the fact that my wife is terrified of snakes and had already ruled out any of her kitchen equipment, we had to come up with an innovative place to grow this creature. Since I'm not brewing, my 7.5 gallon brew kettle seemed to make a nice place. Please excuse the poor photo, but you can make out the snake on day one. I can't wait to pull that thing out once it's fully grown.

There's a snake in my kettle

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Guy's New Year's Resolutions

This year, I expect to be much better than the last. But I expect that every year. This time though, I thought I’d make a few resolutions for New Guy Brewing. The year 2012 was a pretty good one around here, we made some good brews, a few good wines, and learned a few things a long the way. However, there’s always more to be done. With that in mind, here’s what I’m shooting for in 2012: •A blog post each week- something meaningful- more than just the Hump Day Drinkin’ songs which are kind of easy •At least 12 batches of beer. That’s one per month, though I expect I’ll need to double up a few months to make up for the busy times (baseball season) •Another 100 beers added to my list. I hit 100 just before the ball dropped on 2012, so it’s reasonable to expect I can get to 200 in 2013. •Make the move to all grain. This is one that I’ve been putting off for some time. I’ve reached that point in my brewing where it’s the inevitable next step. •Finally, I will make an amazing beer related gift for my sister in law for Christmas 2013. This year’s spice rack (pictures to come) was all right, but left something to be desired. I’m counting on you to keep me accountable. I’ll post updates through the year to keep tabs on how many of these things actually happen. Happy New Year!