May 24, 2005

Swampy McSwamperson

I’m really swamped lately, folks. And though I seem to still be able to post to the blog, my attention is split and unfocused. I just want to mention that so that because a large percentage of the people I have daily interactions with can’t see me in person. Don’t even ask what later today is going to look like. It’s 1:30 — so much for resting up for the morning meeting. Bleh.

I just got back from my cousin’s where we launched a second batch of beer on the heels of our first, extremely successful brew. It is a nice break from doing so many virtual things.

If I weren’t pushed to do some of these things, my overriding reaction would be to go all hermity and retract into my shell. I guess that’s my comfort zone.

Well, you know what they say. “Some days you eat the bear. Some days, the bear eats you. But always dress for the hunt.”

And this early in the morning covered with sticky barley malt extract, that’s about as much sense as I’m going to make.

Posted by James at May 24, 2005 10:05 AM
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That's effed up yo.

Sorry you're swamped, bro.

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 25, 2005 7:53 AM

I can't say I recommend covering yourself in a sticky malt extract before going bear hunting. :) You know what you need? That poster of the little kitten who is trying desperately to cling to a branch. You know, the one captioned "Hang in There"

Then you can throw darts at it.

Posted by: briwei at May 25, 2005 11:26 AM

I hope the bear's hands are clean.

Posted by: Julie at May 25, 2005 12:53 PM


I feel your pain...swamped to the max.

And I got a nice batch of strawberry wheat in secondary right now. Racking it to glass this weekend to clear and it should be ready to go in a few weeks. Fly on out for a cold one when it's done.


Posted by: Bill at May 25, 2005 11:37 PM


Tempting me with wheat beer? No fair!

I'll trade you for one of our crude honey nut brown ales. (We've been going straight from fermenter to keg, maybe we should rack off this time.) Well, one or more. Your dad reportedly enjoyed our first batch, but I wasn't there to get his reaction.

Anyhow -- you're making me thirsty!

Posted by: James at May 26, 2005 8:08 AM

My dad told me he loved your beer last I spoke to him on the phone.

Just racked - looking and smelling good, I was impressed by the totality with which the yeast beasties worked over the 6 lbs of strawberries I put in there. I just hope it clears enough to look more like a wheat beer and less like pinkish-tan sludge...

Posted by: Bill at May 29, 2005 10:10 PM

I have faith that your sludge will clarify. If not, I have even more faith that it will be a quite deilicous sludge.

Our beer was the best result possible from an nut brown extract recipe, but very good ingredients, excellent sanitation practices and a bunch of honey in the mix served us quite well.

Beer - it's all natural biochemistry goodness!

Posted by: James at May 30, 2005 11:18 AM

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