Monday, June 3, 2013

Spent.

*whew*

It's been an interesting few weeks.

I started off with brewing which was a running disaster. I suppose I'm still in the break-in period of R2-Dbrew. I got started with the motor screaming, and two switches not working. My rocker switches had lost their rock. My pump wouldn't stay on, and my temperature display for the HLT was flickering because the connection wasn't solid. I was able to use the spare switch next to my pump switch to activate it, and I was able to tape the HLT display in the 'on' position. My pilot wouldn't stay lit in the wind. I kept getting fireballs on my boil burner. I finally caved and decided to start looking into yeast starters. I had everything I needed to make my stir plate, and I should have tested it ahead of time. Well, the stir plate was dead in the water. But the yeast starter was fine, I just had to shake it every few hours. I also came up with the brilliant idea to cool my wort down in the chest freezer instead of using the immersion chiller. Bad idea. It took over an hour to get the wort from 100 down to 90 degrees.

Fermenting went fine, until I skipped the weekend I was supposed to xfer to my secondary. Then I was working late to catch up on things, only to get horribly sick with the stomach flu the next weekend. I haven't been that sick in a long time. It took a solid 5 days for me to get back up to speed. The silver lining is that I lost 5 pounds in the meantime. It's not a weight loss I'd recommend, but it was a jump in my effort to slim down.

Finally I got my beer into the secondary and it's now dry hopping in the garage. I thought I was in the clear until the wifey dropped the idea of a 'cleanse month' on me. A modified "paleo diet." In short, no grains. In shorter? No alcohol. I have been given clearance to drink at my beer competition in the middle of June, but that's it.

It's going to be a long month.

Good thing last month was... oh wait. That was a long month too...

SHEEP!
Middle of Nowhere, Ireland

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