Friends of Mocha

Snickers, Hershey and Tootsie

Snickers, Hershey and Tootsie

Here are some friends who sent me their picture today. This is Snickers, Hershey and Tootsie (clockwise from left), enjoying an outing with their person. Although there’s plenty of room in the car, they insist on sharing a seat! Snickers was featured in another post on this website when he came to visit in 2013.

Mocha’s web guy has to move all her other friend pictures here from her other web page. For now, you can see them here.

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Nov 9 2016


(From @GianvitoTracqui)

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Summer 2016 — 99 Days

Sure, one post for the whole summer.

Again, Summer just flying by too fast to spend the time sitting at the keyboard.

May 27 – 30 Camping, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Southern Unit





June 23 – 25 Vegas for Seth & Ashley’s wedding




June 26 – 30 Grand Canyon


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July 14 – 18 St. Louis





July 31 – Aug 4 Camping Chequamegon



September 3 – King Lear at APT


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Jan 10 2016

Planet Earth is Blue

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Brewing Day!

On the Brew Sheet for today at the KleinHerz Brewery, “Flight of the Kiwi IIPA”. I’d wanted to try a double IPA for a while. This is a kit from Wine and Hop Shop, our friendly and fully stocked local purveyor. This beer has the potential to be huge, described as, “brewed with all New Zealand hops, expect a citrusy hop character atop a decent malt backbone followed by a fairly dry finish”.  Three grains (Munich, Caramel and Victory malts) will steep in the brew pot, a total of 9 pounds of malt extracts will end up in the pot, and a whopping 5 ozs of hops will go into the brew (Moteuka, Pacific Jade), with 2 more ozs dry-hopped in at about two weeks. Estimated ABV comes in at 8.2% which for the KH Brewery would be second only to a Trappist brew we did in 1998 which was in the the low double-digit range, a few bottles of which we have stashed in the cellar, still getting better with age.

I think it’s time to crack open a bottle of last year’s Black Earth Porter, perfect on a day like today, and get this kettle on the boil.

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Happie together

Happie Holiday!29 Thanksgivings together and still happy as pie.

I’m thankful for you Elaine and our life together.

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Brewing Day at the KleinHerz Brewery

Black Earth Porter is on the brew sheet for today.



This brew will have more than 3 1/2 lbs of mixed steeping grains, 1 lb of liquid extract and 1 lb of dry extract. Estimated O.G. = 1.061.

Steeping grains

Steeping grains

Sparging the grains with water at 170 F. Get all of that grain-rich liquid into the wort!



And now, 7 lbs. of liquid extract go into the pot.

7 lbs liquid extract into the mix

Finishing the pour

Then add 1 lb. dry malt extract.

1 lb dry malt extract going in

Getting all the dry malt in

In goes 1/2 oz. Chinook hops…

Hops going in

Leaving a frothing wort at around 200 F.


Wort 2Then on to a 60 minute boil, adding another 1/2 oz. of Chinook hops at 50 minutes plus 1/2 oz. of Fuggles hops at the same time.

After the boil, in goes the wort chiller to bring it to yeast-pitching temperature.

Wort chiller

Wort chiller

And, when the wort is just right, in goes the yeast!

IMG_20150111_183514Next step: into the secondary fermenter after 5-7 days. More work for the yeast, and then it’s bottling day.


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