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Beer School

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

I have recently decided to take up a new hobby; the great hobby of making my own beer! This has been tons of fun so far. I have beer reading everything I can find about the subject. I decided to go to a local brew shop and see what all the fuss was about. This place happens to offer a free class with the purchase of a qualifying kit. I found one that looked like it would be a good fit for me, and to my great surprise it was only 5 dollars more than what the cheapest one I found online was, and this one didnt cost me any shipping and I got a free class so all in all its cheaper at the local shop!

I showed up for the class tonight about 6pm. Brett, the guy teaching the class, was ready for me when I got there and already had a pot of water on the stove heating up. This was a one on one class, so needless to say that was a major plus. He covered a lot of stuff and knew his material VERY well. I was never able to ask a question he couldnt answer. He stressed, as did all the other material I have read, that sterilization is one of the biggest keys to making good beer. He says “If you can boil water you can make beer. If you can boil water and keep every thing sterilized you can make great beer.” The process was so easy and didnt really take as long as I thought it would, and I was out of there and on my way home with 5 gallons of wort by 8:30 or so. Now the waiting game begins. In a week or so Ill be ready to rack my beer, and then bottle it up and in a few weeks I should have about 50 12oz home made Oktoberfest beers!

Turkey time is coming soon!!

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

Well its nearly time for turkey. Every year my brothers moms side of the family has a fried turkey Its always deep fried in peanut oil. Every year for the past 5 or so years I have gone over to eat some of this tasty bird. I love it.. The meat is always so juicy and tender, unlike when the turkey is baked, its generally a bit more dry and not as tender (at least in my experince). Since the age of about 10 or younger I have known I had an allergy to peanuts. Nothing at all had ever happened to me when I would eat a PB&J. Once I hit about 22 I started to notice when I would eat one or even a hand full of peanuts I would have a stomach ache though, now at the age of 26 I get down right sick and have been known to start throwing up and stuff… This sucks because it looks like this will be my first year in a long time to have to pass on the turkey.

I know several other people who happen to hate peanuts but they could eat them all day, one of them wont even touch peanutbutter.. why cant she be the one with the allergy instead of me.. it wouldnt matter to her anyway since she hates it anyway.. oh well.. life goes on!