Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Salutations, 2012

Out with the old, and in with the new. I'm sure many of you did your duty to drink goodbye to 2011. I know Nikki and I did. Without delving into personal issues or national security, it was a rough year for the two of us, and we're both glad so see it off. In our recycling bin, the number of liquor, wine, and beer bottles mixed with the recyclable bag of tortilla chips, salsa, and gingerbread mix can attest to that. But the beginning of the year is a time of reflection of the past year, and foreseeing what may be in the future. Learn from your mistakes, and better, learn from the mistakes of others. Looking back onto my post almost exactly a year ago, it's almost embarrassing that most of the targets I've missed. But if you shoot at the prize fish in the barrel, you'll likely miss, but you're still walking out with a few dead fish. Let's rewind to last year.

Well, traffic did increase over the year. It hasn't double like I was hoping for, but it has grown steadily. While I'm not the internet superstar I dreamed of becoming we're making progress.

I did in fact buy my own t-shirt. And it fits great! I also got myself a DeMalt t-shirt, and I wear them to all beer related outings I go own. I also managed to make my own ATOTB business cards which look great as well.

While I didn't update my equipment as dramatically as I had hoped, I did manage to put a disconnect on my last stretch of high temp tubing which made my brewing a lot easier. Doing this has made me able to pump my hot water from the HLT, instead of having to lift the boiling cauldron of death up onto my Home Depot special backyard furniture and gravity drain it. Not only did it make my job safer, it also substantially improved my efficiency upwards to 80%.

The competitions... yeeeeah. About that. Aside my one work competition, I entered only one sanctioned competition this year. Which is about 1/3 of the competitions I did the year before. Ah well, chin up, move forward. We'll see how this year goes.

My most immediate goal this year is to finally catch that elusive hard cider. Finally it may be within my grasp. The SWMBO got me the book "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1580175201/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=atal03-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1580175201">Cider: Making, Using & Enjoying Sweet & Hard Cider, Third Edition</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=atal03-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1580175201" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />." Bring it on cider. You're mine.

Here's to 2012! Raise your glass and lets start this year brewing your mash off!

Oh, right. By the way, we're all supposed to die at the end of the year. So make this year count!


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