Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Rainy day update

Well it's raining in central Florida again. Which is unusual for this time of year. Usually I wouldn't have too much of an issue with it, but it's supposed to rain like crazy in the summer not the winter. Oh well. Mother nature will have her ways.

In more beer related news I'm about a third of the way through Charlie Papazian's "Joy of Homebrewing." Of course a later post of my review will surface when I'm finished, but as a small spoiler, I like it alot. It's good reading, a lot more than just a dry how-to.

I have to apologize, this is a beer brewing blog, and mostly what I've been writing about is my do-it-yourself projects and reviews of books I've been reading. That's due to the recent lack of brewing. I've been cursed (or blessed, depending on how you look at it) with copious amounts of beer. Basically, unless I want to start filling the bathtubs with beer (which wont please the wife), I'm out of containers. I've got 1 set of bottles, and 4 kegs, and they're all full. Well, at this point not "full" just occupied. And I am diligently working towards emptying them. The good news comes in that I believe one of them is very close to being done. That said, I believe the outlook for brewing in the near future (Monday) is bright. I'll keep y'all posted.

And on with the DIY. I finally made a drip tray for my kegerator. I ran into the dilemma a while back. I made the wonderful 4-tap setup, but decided to worry about the drips later. For a few months I had a towel hanging over the taps to wipe off drips after pouring a pint. And much to my surprise, purchasing ready made trays is EXPENSIVE. Much like purchasing ready made towers, but that's another can of worms. Well I got to work and found the rubber bar mats on Amazon.com for about 12 bucks. Just one table saw (which one may argue is more expensive than a wide drip tray, but I say it's more versatile) and some lumber later I finished my tray. And in all the beautiful splendor and cherry wood stain, here it is.

As you see in the second picture the rubber mat is removable, so periodic washing is easy. I'll add a few more images over at homebrewtalk, and I'll add the link when I finish the post.

Edit: Check the post out at http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/diy-drip-tray-162122/

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