Monday, June 11, 2012
I recently performed an upgrade of my Debian Squeeze server to include the upgrades available in squeeze-backports. After the upgrade, I noticed a lot of dmesg's like the below. In fact, they were repeating every 10 seconds. The cause was simple: the ancient monitor I had plugged into the server. It was an HP monochrome monitor from probably the early 90s.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Since I currently don't have any product ready to keg, I put a local craft brewery's beer on tap. I quickly realized that the 10 foot run from my DIY kegerator to my tap tower was allowing the beer to warm up too much giving rise to foam and nasty warm beer!
In commercial tap systems, a refrigerated solution of propylene glycol is circulated along side the beer lines to keep the product cool in transit. I decided to replicate this method. After three attempts, I finally have a system that is working perfectly and replicates every aspect of a commercial system except one: the cost!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
For too long I've been a connoisseur of beer but, until recently, never engaged in the manufacturing process. As my twitter followers know, about a month ago, I made my first batch using malt extract and a recipe from a local brewing supply store. If I learned one thing from that batch it is this: brewing beer is easy!
I realize there are many that would argue that opinion (or perhaps even punch me for saying it) but lets face it: people have been brewing beer in one form or another for thousands of years. Long before the Internet existed to enable us to readily exchange information, and long before we understood the role yeast played people were making passable beverages. I contend that, with the correct application of research, discipline and DIY desire, anyone can brew beer. Naturally that begs the question: what am I going to do differently?
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, November 6, 2009
Many reviewers feel the need to complain about a product, or they somehow aren't doing their job. I plan to simply serve up the facts and observations I've gained with a week of actual use: