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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Snickers is on the plane!

Snickers ready to fly

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Well, missed on most of that.

Not to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it all the way through yet, (really?!) but I score my predictions as 3/9, with one not rated because of prior knowledge.

Amazon.com order of Breaking Bad The Final Season, Ep. 8 “Felina”.

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I’m about to watch the final episode of Breaking Bad. I’ve been able to avoid all the spoilers that must be out there and I do not know what happens. The timing of this post should be able to authenticate when I am making these predictions relative to when I purchase the final episode (Amazon). Here are my predictions.

Walter White will go out with a whimper, not a bang. Much to his surprise he will simply die from his cancer. This will leave the moral ambiguity of someone who became a monster dying a banal death, reminiscent of the Godfather keeling over while playing tag with his grandchild in a beautiful garden.

Skyler will survive with the baby. The character who has helped Walt disappear will deliver the barrel of money to her in a way that she is able to hide it and use it. Walt gets to leave at least some of his inheritance. Flynn refuses to accept any of the money and there is a final rift between him and his mother when she accepts the money. Marie Schrader receives widow’s benefits from the DEA but she never forgives Skyler and they never reconcile.

Jesse Pinkman and Todd will kill each other in a final violent clash. Todd’s uncle’s and his gang get away with no consequences.

Saul Goodman — and this is the only one I “know” in advance — gets out completely, maybe to Mexico, maybe to Nebraska, and continues lawyering. A friend has told me there is a planned spinoff “Better Call Saul.”

Lydia will get eliminated by her overseas cartel.

Let’s see….



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