October 20th, 2003

The gentleman is always properly dressed


The EWA (English Wormwood Ale) and the Red Ninja Alt * have completed their fermentation runs and both will need to be bottled in the next couple of days. Pablo and I spoke yesterday about getting at least one bottled tonight, so if you're interested in assisting with the process or otherwise just hanging out, drop me a line. Rides can be provided where necessary.

Incidentally, the two empty carboys mean more brewing this weekend or next. I'm open to suggestions for the next project(s).

* EWA is taken largely from the recipe published by Stephen Harrod Buhner in his "Psychotropic and Highly Intoxicating Beers" chapter. I chose an English ale yeast that tends to leave a fair amount of soluble sugars and provide something of a apple or pear nose. I figured the very bitter wormwood would need something that complex to go along with it.

The Red Ninja Alt is the first beer I dsigned on my own from the ground up. Granted, I stayed within the general specifications for a beer of that type, but the recipe is entirely mine. Here's hoping that both came good in the face of my fevered brewing two weeks ago.
The gentleman is always properly dressed

Ah, the good old days...

Just in case you were wondering, these are the folks who were awarded several lucrative contracts in the reconstruction of Iraq without a competitive bid process by Dubya and his boys. Old news, granted, but I figured it was worth mentioning again in the face of evidence that Halliburton’s KBR subsidiary is engaging in price gouging in their expanded role supplying fuel to the US military. It always warms the heart to see good old-fashioned opportunism at work.

In ancient Rome, those responsible would have been butchered and then fed to the dogs.
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