500 Words

I spent the past several days at Gencon. Apart from some mild psychological scarring on the part of Gabe, I think the boys handled my absence quite well. Like in past years, I enjoyed a good many games.  D&D was the focus and my game of choice, but I managed …

Calvin and Hobbes

Isaac has decided our Halloween costumes already. It started when he picked up his first Calvin and Hobbes book.  He loved it.  This crazy kid has all sorts of crazy stuff happen and then he gets in trouble and stuff? It’s good stuff. He also made the connection that he …

The Salt Beer

Thick, white head forms as the glass fills.   It holds promise, this beautiful beer. An experiment. A new recipe, taken from the latest Brew magazine. It is not often that I venture from my safe, plain book.  One recipe book has dominated my brewing career.  No more.  A friend …

The Continued Refinement of Wheat

My last three beers have been wheat beers.  I started with something simple, and I continue to add complexity and flavor. So far they’ve all been good. Here is the latest, brewing silently in my basement.  It should be ready to drink in another couple weeks.  I look forward to …

Gencon 2010

Captain America walks next to Solid Snake, a Big Daddy lumbering in their wake.  Two Links pass each other, acknowledging each other with a nod. This is Gencon. There are a good many things I like about this convention.  The hours of the day are packed with fun, breaking only …

Kolsch

Before brewing this beer I must admit that I had never heard the word Kolsch.  I still don’t really know what it means. But it is a good beer. The local brew store had a sale.   They wanted to get rid of their Brewers Best kits in order to …

Solid Oak Transformer

In those dark, cold months of winter I often turn to woodworking to keep myself busy.  This winter is no different. It always seems like a poor fit.  Even if I should manage to finish a project, I can’t actually finish it.  The garage is far too cold for stains …