Monday, January 31, 2011

Ill Communication

Took my kiddo to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo this weekend. We did the requisite midway rides, a walk through the cattle barn and watched part of a cattle auction. Her favorite part is the agriculture and farming section for children. Always fairly enjoyable, I don't mind it too much. I walked around while she watched what she later called the "most boring 'magic' show ever". I discovered something I later decided was propaganda. It was three simple lists of products made from wheat, corn and rice. The first one I read was wheat. I fully expected to see beer listed as one of the products made from wheat, but it wasn't listed. I chalked it up to the fact that it was an exhibit for children. Then, to my surprise, I read the products made from rice and corn only to find that beer and brewing were both listed. WTF?! The Big 3 are hitting them young, dang it! I'm calling the President. If you drink beer made with corn or rice, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG. That is all...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Waiting on a Troll

Should be in the 817 this week, thanks to my favorite shop Trinity Bicycles. One of two that I have heard about. It's going to be a good one! That's right... I'm talking about the Surly Troll. I'm going to build a commuting machine from this frame, piece by piece as funds allow. The hardest part will be waiting to finish.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Top Secret Brew

With the guidance and assistance of my good buddy Nick from the Cap and Hare Homebrew Club and ingredients from our supply at Rahr, I made a dream come true. We brewed a 10 gallon batch of a beer I've been dreaming about for a long while. More details will come, closer to the time that it's ready to drink, but for now... I will keep it mostly a secret. Let's just say, if you know me, it shouldn't be too hard to figure out. I'm learning more and more about brewing and loving every minute of it. If you are lucky, you'll get to taste it at a Wednesday tour at Rahr. If you are really lucky, it might make it to small production in the near future.