Careful about inviting your Wyoming in-laws out...You never know what they'll bring!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Last of the concrete, still a big pile, but it's out of the yard!
This is what happens when you abandon your boat for 6 months.
Did we buckle down and clean it?
Absolutely not! Let's go sailing.
Ok, we had to clean it a little when we got back, but not before a nice afternoon washed down with some cold beers. A hard but noble way to sober up.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Finally finished my backyard garden bed. Planted different summer and winter squashes. Dirt was free off Craigslist. Should have gotten free wood, but broke down and bought lumber. Lumber:$16, Dirt: $0, Compost:$10 (of which 1/3 of the bag was used), Seeds: $10 (plenty more for next year), Gas: $5 Total Cost:about $41. Those better be awesome patty-pans!
Brewing Beer with the Neighbors!
Grinding the grain (barley, malt, etc...)
Spent Grain - Grain was boiled, sugars extracted into a "wort"
Adding hops to the wort
Taste testing the product before pitching the yeast - It is very sweet.
Also, this test tube was used to test the Original (specific) gravity to later determine the alcohol content. Our guess is it will be around 8%
Yeast adds to the flavor but more importantly it eats the sugar
and poops out alcohol. Yummy.
Now we wait.