So it has been quite a while since I last posted, I blame life. Well the fact that life is absolutely amazing! This is probably going to be a very long post so bear with me!
Most importantly I am now a married man, off the market, take care of your little girls as women throughout the world are weeping. Ok maybe not, but I am the happiest man in the world, that I know for sure. Jamie Kayle READ, is the best wife and best woman I could ask for, she completes me and compliments me in so many ways. Our wedding was at a place that means more to me than anywhere else, Sebasco Harbor Resort. Sebasco was founded by my Great-Great-Grandfather Nathan A Cushman who also started and ran a very popular bakery in Northern New England. It is no longer in the family but I grew up spending my summers there, golfing, going to the beach, enjoying the gorgeous coastal views and of course BINGO! We were also lucky enough to have our awesome (english accent an all) Pastor Stuart McAlpine to perform our wedding. The day was gorgeous, as was my bride, and it was an amazing time with friends and family. Jamie has some great pictures and synopsis on her blog if you want to check it out.
I wrote last time about my new homebrewing hobby and at that time I believe I had only brewed one beer, well I have now brewed 7 batches (all 5 gallons) with 1 more in the fermenter as well as ingredients for 2 more beers (one of which is a 10 gallon batch).
Pennsylvania Lager – This was a Yuengling Clone recipe designed by Annapolis Home Brew Shop. It was ok and I could taste the Yeungling flavor but I didn’t (and still don’t) have the best setup for a Lager, I will need to get a fridge to ferment in, so that I can actually lager the beer.
Bavarian Hefeweizen – This was a boxed kit by Brewers Best, that turned out excellent, a veritable banana bomb.
Ultimate Amber – This is another AHBS recipe, it was pretty good and was the highest alcohol percentage beer at that point.
90 Min IPA Clone – This is one of my all-time favorite beers right now, I love the Dogfish Head Brewery and their 90 Min IPA, the clone was designed once again by AHBS. I also brewed this beer when my new Bro and Sis (Tim and Bobbi) were visiting us in DC! Tim was my assistant and though we had some close calls it turned out excellent. I almost liked it better than the real thing, ALMOST.
American Pale Ale – This is another AHBS recipe that originally began in an attempt to clone Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which is another beer I love (did I mention that I had SNPA and Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA at the wedding!), but they decided they liked what they came up with better. This one turned out quite well too and some even liked it better than the real SNPA.
My Hefeweizen – My first attempt at creating my own recipe! I was so excited to do this and it turned out quite well, the other hefe was a little better, but I can keep tweaking the recipe and make it perfect, in fact we are going to brew 10 gallons of it this weekend. I just bought a 15 gallon brew kettle and made a 70 qt Mash Tun so that i can go into all-grain brewing and brew 10 gallon batches and this will be my first all-grain batch!
Irish Red – This is the second recipe I have designed, it is good, not my favorite style of beer, but it turned out pretty good. It did come out darker than a red normally is, but with some tweaks I am sure I can get it perfect!
Irish Pale Ale – Another new thing I have learned is how to re-use the yeast from one batch to the next and make yeast starters. I took a SNPA clone recipe I found and instead of the yeast they recommended I re-used my Irish Ale Yeast from the Irish Red. This I will be transferring to a secondary fermenter (to free up my primary for the 10 gallons of Hefe!) probably this weekend.
Irish IIPA (DIPA) – I just designed this beer to re-use the Irish yeast a 3rd and final time. I had planned it to just be a nice hoppy IPA but I went so wild with my hop additions that I got the IBU’s (international bitterness units) over 100, at this point the beer really was no longer a straight American IPA (Indian Pale Ale) nor was it balanced anymore, so I decided to go all the way and make it an Imperial IPA or a Double IPA and boosted the grain and alcohol. This is going to be one strong beer!
Anyways the hobby is so much fun and I would love some day to somehow make it into my work. I’d love to open a homebrew shop/craft beer store and still would love to have a brewpub someday. For now I’ll just enjoy the brewing!
I almost forgot about my tech updates! Well for one I decided to fall out of Ian’s boat at night during my bachelor party, of course this was the only 10 minute period I actually had my phone in my pocket! So upon our return to DC we got Jamie a brand new Droid 2 which we both love (though I want a Droid X!) and she gave me her old phone. Aren’t I just the best husband ever?
The last desktop I purchased was in 2002 when i bought a beast of a machine (it was over $2,000!!) that was made by Gateway, her name was Hippo. In 2005 I found her getting slow and ready for an upgrade so I got a bunch of new parts for Christmas; mobo, AMD processor, RAM, graphics card as well as a external harddrive and one of my grandfathers old big screen monitors. This rebuilt beauty was named The Beast. Well fast forward to 2010 and my monitor farts out on me, I get attacked by my first virus in about a decade and then the mobo blows out on me. My wonderful wife allowed me to spend some of our wedding money though on fixing her up. So let me introduce you to Phoenix (risen from the ashes!)!
Monitor – 23″ 1080p beauty
New intel i5 processor and motherboard to go with it.
4 gb of RAM
Smoking new graphics card
Another great thing we got with our wedding money was a home theater system. Jamie is so excited to have 7.1 Channels bumping the music to NCAA 11 on my PS3 at all times!
All in all my life has been pretty excellent recently, good beer, great tech, AWESOME WIFE!