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My hobbies

Beer Brewing:
 Go see Vance at American Home Brew, in Kearney Mesa.  He is a wealth of information and offers unbelievable help.  I have sent a lot of newbies there and he has helped them all as he helped me 16 years ago.  After 16 years of brewing I finally started kegging.  I was just fed up with bottles.  Kegging is a great thing.  I just added a 2nd keg,   I had to drill through the side of my fridge so I could move the CO2 outside so I drilled a 3/4 inch hole (2) and then put a cork through it with the CO2 tube going through the cork.  I can remove the whole assembly that way without having to undo the CO2 connections that so often leak..

 I also do kit wines.  I get very good wines, it is just a bit more boring doing wines from a kit vs. doing a beer and playing with the variables.  My favorite beers are my wheat beers.

My recipes can be found at the end.  They are not too well documented, but at least there is a little info.


Great Shareware/Freeware:  This is the software I recommend to anyone doing anything
Agent Ransack:  This is a great disk searching engine, far better than the one Windows supplies.  It offers multiple search options and is quite fast in it's searches.
Kompozer:  I use Kompozer to make my web pages.  It is fairly user friendly and has a large help community with lots of advice.
Gimp:  This is what I use for some of my graphics.  It is not yet my favorite, but it is very powerful and free.
Irfanview:  I use Irfanview for batch editing of my photos.  It can reduce an entire directory of photos to web size.
FireFTP:  This is a GREAT FTP program that intigrates into Mozilla.  This makes an FTP site look just like another disk drive.  Very useful.
Wireshark:  Ok, now this is a work piece of software.  This will monitor Ethernet traffic.  Great piece of software, if one feels like monitoring Ethernet traffic.
VLC media player:  This is a pretty good media player, it has some codecs Microsoft does not incorporate, like JPeg 2000

Christmas light show: My house The past three years I have done a Christmat light show at the house.  (This year, 2008, I seem to be behind).  I get my equipment at Lightorama.   The video of my house can be seen on my video web page.







Softball:  It is hard to call softball a hobby but where better to talk about it some.  
Over the years there have been some amazing memories, so I decided to write down my top highlights, by daughter.

Rachel:

  1. It would be hard to put anything above running the loser bracket at the Sparkler in Denver.  We won our pool then lost the first bracket game 2-1.  We (16U Thunder) then proceeded to win 4 games on Thursday, 4 games on Friday and 2 games on Saturday to make it to the championship game against San Diego Legacy. Since they ran the winner bracket it would take 2 victories to win the tournament.  We shut them out the first game then led 2-0 when they hit a 2 run homerun in the 7th to tie the game.  I told the girls we hadn't run the loser bracket just to lose in extra innings.  Erin T. came up with a runner on third in the bottom of the 7th and ended the game with a shot to the the fence. 
  2. Watching Rachel take the field in a Harvard jersey, enough said, well except she struck out the first two batters.
  3. This was just a phone call, I was in Maryland when Heidi called me to tell me that Rachel had set the San Diego CIF single season strike out record. 
  4. The week at 16U Nationals with San Diego Renegades.  Rachel pitched very well and the Renegades took 5th.  The whole week rates on this list. 
  5. One coach told Rachel once that her team mates were not her friends, they were just team mates.  The Thunder reuinions have proved him wrong, that team was special, those girls still get together, the coaches still meet for beers, Thunder as a whole is a memory that rates high.
  6. Seeing Rachel pitch her first game for Harvard.  She pitched the season opener for Harvard her Freshman year, vs. Kansas.  Kansas had just beaten 2 top 20 teams and already had 15 games under their belts.  Harvard had 0 games.  Harvard won the game 3-2, Rachel struck out 11.  What a way to start.

Meredith

  1. How do I put any game above the extra inning game at 10U states that sent us to 10B Nationals.  Tie game, runner on 2nd, 10PM at night bunt to 3rd, overthrow at first, winning run (for them) on the way home.  Katie D. backs up the play, makes a throw to home, collision at home, Beth holds on, out at home.  Next inning our runner at 2nd, Beth up, I look to Brad, the bunt king, he indicates hit away, Beth hits a shot, we go ahead, crowd goes crazy, we are headed to Saint Louis.  We went on to take 3rd at Nationals, but that moment was a moment that can't be duplicated.  I called my parents at midnight Iowa time as we made the final out so they could share the win.
  2. I will lump two memories together from 10U B Nationals.  Meredith hit a over the fence home run against the somewhat obnoxious Texas team.  I have never seen her smile so big.  The other memory was playing Hart, the team that won Ca. States.  We had practiced a pickoff play all year.  Runner on 2nd with a big lead, hoping we throw to 2nd, so she can take off to 3rd.  We throw to 2nd but Maddie (2nd base) cuts the throw and throws to 3rd, for the out.  That would be enough of a memory but in my excitement I jumped up, hit an I beam in the dugout and later got 18 staples in my head and still carry a scar (badge).
  3. I will give this memory to Merediths list.  Last year  (2008) Meredith and Rachel played on the same HS team.  Meredith started a game went 5 innings, Rachel then releived so the box score read, WP M. Brown, R Brown.  But that wasn't my proudest moment, it was when Mere told me, she would be finishing her games on her own   from now on, she didn't need Rachel to finish them for her.
 

Rules of the game PING / Washoos:

2010 Participant Manual

Official Rules of Ping (AKA Washoos)

Rule 1 – Definitions

  • Pit: The board containing the “holes”
  • Diddle : To determine starting player, each player will throw a washer at board from each side. Player whose washer lands closest to the 3 point hole will choose to throw first, or choose to have the other side throw first.
  • Washer: The object that is thrown
  • Round : a round is when each player has thrown all 4 washers. (one side)
  • Skunk: A Skunk can optionally be called when the lead is 11-0
  • Whitewash: Whitewash" can optionally be called at 17-2
  • Full term: Game goes to 21 points

Rule 2 – Rules of Play

Rule 2.1 - Start

To determine who will "pitch" first to start the game each player will toss one washer toward the opposite board and whoever scores higher or gets closest to the highest point hole will be the first to throw.

Rule 2.2 – Partners

Same rules apply. Partners should stand on the opposite side of boards. Partners score are totaled at end of each round. Partner from team 1 shoots - then partner from team 2 shoots. Score is totaled, until one team reaches 21.

Rule 2.3 - Play

Player A will pitch their 4 washers (one at a time) toward the opposite board followed by player B. Scoring is determined after both players have pitched all of their washers. Only 1 player may score per round.

Rule 2.4

After the first round the team that most recently scored throws first.

Rule 2.5

Players must hit the top of their board with a toss. In case of miss they toss again.

Rule 2.5 – Finish

  1. A team must go out with exactly 21 points. 
  2. If player or team goes over 21 points, then that player or team must subtract the points made on that round from their score.

Rule 3 – Scoring

  1. Only one team scores per toss / round.  Simply subtract the high score from the low score to determine total score.
  2. The hole closest is 1 point, the middle hole is 3 points, and the furthest hole is 5 points.

Rule 4 - Tournament Pool Play

  1. 10 minute time limit.  Time starts with the first throw. No new round after the time expires.
  2. NO stalling allowed.  Stalling will result in a penalty of up to 5 points, determined by hosts.
  3. At time expiration the current round will finish.
  4. A round has started when the last washer has been thrown from the previous round.

Rule 4.1 - Tournament Pool Teams

  1. Upon arrival your name will be placed in bag A.
  2. When the tournament starts two names will be drawn, that is Team 1 for that round.  Team 2 will be drawn the same way.
  3. Each individual will have their own game score card.
  4. At completion of the game the names will be put in Hat B (or Hat A, if empty).  Once A is empty new teams will be drawn from Hat B. (and vice versa)
  5. Your score card will record your win / loses.
  6. During pool play if you don't have the same partner twice (unless there are no other picks in the bag).

Rule 5 - Championship round

    At completion of pool play, which will be determined by Heidi, based on time and any other criteria she decides:

  1. The top 8 people in wins will play in a championship no holds bar tournament. 
  2. In case of tie for the top eight,, first tiebreaker is win percentage.  2nd tiebreaker is a 4 round toss off.  If there is a tie between more than two all participate in the toss off.
  3. Teams will be drawn at the start of the tournament play and will remain set through the championship
  4. The format will be single elimination.  There will be no time limit on play.
  5. Betting is allowed an encouraged..

 

Points of Emphasis

1.        When pitching washers, toe or foot must be on edge of the board, or back from the edge of the board. Toe cannot be over the edge of the board. Player can stand anywhere on the board.

2.        Washer must hit board board when thrown. If washer does not touch board, player must throw that washer over again.

3.        "Covering the point" - this is when player 1 throws washer and makes a point or points.

4.        If one player shoots, and washer lands on the board, but not in a hole, then player 2 knocks in player 1's washer, 1st players washer point counts, unless 2nd players washer also goes in, at which it "covers" 1st players washer.

5.        At the finish if A has gone over, say 22 points B could by mistake, throw one washer into the 1 point hole and put A at 21.

6.        The team that last scored throws first.  In the case one team loses points they would throw second the next round.

7.        3 person/team can be played.  Scoring is highest score minus next highest score.

 

 

Worlds Greatest

This is a new part of my hobby web site, I love the places that proclaim Worlds Best.  I have started getting photos of us by those places, I mean how cool to say you were at the site of the Worlds Best Hamburger.  I have a couple of photos and will add photos as I get them.

Worlds greatest fudge, found in Nantucket.  Rachel tasted the fudge, did not feel it deserved the title Worlds Greatest. 

Worlds Greatest Fries in Boulder, Co.  Mere and I had just had lunch at our Gyros restaurant so we didn't eat the fries.  We go to Boulder every year, next year we will eat the fries and report back on them.

 

The Knowlwood, home of the World's greatest hamburger.  The best part of this is that it is in Irvine, that close to us.  The only thing better than this would be to have Disneyland that close.  The burger is darn good, and the malt is excellent.

 
   


 

Book reviews

So why do book reviews, does anyone care what I read, probably not, but my memory is somewhat suspect so this way I don't re-read, or worse re-buy a book I already read or bought.

I recently started re-reading and new reading of H Rider Haggard.  Here is possibly one of the best openings to a book I have ever read.

'I have just buried my boy, my poor handsome boy of whom I was so proud, and my heart is broken. It is very hard having only one son to lose him thus, but God's will be done. Who am I that I should complain? The great wheel of Fate rolls on like a Juggernaut, and crushes us all in turn, some soon, some late -- it does not matter when, in the end, it crushes us all. We do not prostrate ourselves before it like the poor Indians; we fly hither and thither -- we cry for mercy; but it is of no use, the black Fate thunders on and in its season reduces us to powder.




Author

Book

Comment

Cobin, Harlan

 

 

 

Gone for Good

Really enjoy the Cobin books.

 

No second Chance

Really enjoyed this one, but not one of his best

 

The Woods

Really enjoyed The Woods.

 

The Final Detail

 Loved it

  Fade Away  
  Deal Breaker  
  Darkest Fear  
  Tell no one  
  Promise Me  
     
Lippman, Laura    

 

The Last Place

Mostly Character development books, liked this the most of her books I have read

 

Every Secret Thing

This book had some good moments, but kind of slow getting to the conclusion, which was good, but not great.  Lots of character development.  I am now tired of Lippman, the books are just too slow for me so I am done.

Hiaasen, Carl

 

 

 

Skinny Dip

Really enjoyed this book.  Good Florida humor.  Not as good as Dorsey, but very funny at parts.

 

Skin Tight

 

 

Double Whammy

Older Hiaasen book, but I enjoyed it.

 

Sick Puppy

My favorite Hiaasen book to date

 

Nature Girl

Enjoyed this one.  Very funny at times.

Patterson, James

 

 

 

Cross

Patterson is great writing for airport reading.  This is a decent Alex Cross book.

 

Lifeguard

Enjoyed this one.  Good action, book kept moving

Ludlum, Robert

 

 

 

The Matarese Countdown

 

 

The Bancroft Strategy

Very good book, enjoyed it.  Some great twists and a good look at slippery slopes and right and wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kellerman, Jonathan

 

 

 

Obsession

Good airport read, not one of Kellermans best, but a good read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loomis, Gregg

 

 

 

Sinai Secret

Fun book, entertaining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cussler, Clive

 

 

 

Treasure of Khan

I love Cussler books, can read one on one flight, but this one was just too many improbably predicaments.  It finally got old.  

Rollins

 

 

 

Map of Bones

This was a fun read, enjoyed it but would not recommend it.

 

Amazzonia This was a great book. I couldn't put it down.  Yeah it got a little far fetched, I don't think it had to go so far, but it was fun never the less.  I will be getting another book of his to try out.
  Sandstorm Pretty good book, here is the deal, I loved reading it, but when done, didn't feel great about reading the book.  It was a little far fetched, but I enjoyed reading it.
  Black Order I liked this book, had fun reading it, that is the thing about Rollins, they are a fun read, mostly a bit chase sequence but fun.  Then they have a nice happy ending.  I think I like Bell more, a little more substance and not necessarily the ending you want, kind of like the good old movies.
  The Judas Strain I think I read this, but don't remember, how is that for a review.
  Evacuation Liked this book.

Child, Lincoln

 

 

 

Deep Storm

I am enjoying Child’s books.  They are kind of techno books, not so much sci fi as tech.  This was not my favorite Child’s book but I enjoyed it.

 

Riptide

A great book, modeled after a real island and treasure.  It bordered on becoming a little improbable but pulled it back at the end.  This was a great page turner.

Doetsch, Richard

 

 

 

The Thieves of Heaven

I was really liking this one, then it took an odd twist that made it less likeable, in my world.  All in all, it was ok, but not one I would highly recommend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher, Paul

 

 

 

The Lucifer Gospel

Fun adventure, not real memorable

 

 The Aztec Heresy

Ok, I didn't like The Lucifer Gospel, so why did I try again.  This book almost possessed me to write a review on Amazon, it is the worse book on this list.  There are plot lines wrapped up in the last chapter as if the author ran out of pages, so he just ended it.  As Simon would say, dreadful!

Moore, Christopher

 

 

 

You Suck

Well, this was certainly an odd one.  Yep it was funny, and enjoyable, but odd.  I think I jumped into the middle of a series, which is ok, it worked, but I should have started with the first.

Preston, Douglas, Child Lincoln Mount Dragon Loved this book.  This had two great Sci-Fi angles to it.  The computer angle was a little over the top, but the bio medical story was fantastic.  Really have enjoyed the Preston Child books.
  Relic Loved this book.  I felt it had a great plot line, moved well, had some scare built in, I think I will even watch the movie which got very mixed reviews.  There are almost 2 endings to the book, you think you are done and then you aren't.
  Reliquary Loved this book, even more than Relic
  Cabinet of Curiosities Very good book, one of my favorite Preston/Child books.  I am getting a little tired of the hero knowing EVERYTHING.  Come on....
 

Wheel of Darkness

Now this one was a average book..  When you play supernatural forces there is nothing you can't do, so nothing has to make sense.  Why did they do it, well they were possessed, now that is an easy thing to write.  And worst of all, he pulls it throughout the book.  How can you try to figure out a villain when suddenly someone is possessed! 

  Book of the Dead Read this before the two books I should have read first.  I liked it though.  Should have read Brimstone and Dance of Death first.  Wish authors would put the sequence on the book.  If they write a trilogy, number them!
  Dance of Death First I read the third book in the series, then this book, which is the 2nd book, why, because it is not obvious.  Shouldn't an author number them, like they did in Star Wars.  I liked this book, it explained a lot in the 3rd book, now I will read the first book, which should help this book.  I am a little tired of Preston/Child, the books are so similar.  They have a formula that works and they are going to ride the train.  Now on to Brimstone.
  Brimstone Liked it
  The Ice Limit LOVED it.  From the very first page I enjoyed this book.  There was cool science, cool characters and a lot of page turning excitement.  They really developed one of their better characters from the Brimstone series, although you don't have to know him at all from that series, this book stands on it's own.  Great twists and constant action and character development.  Best of their books!
Preston, Douglas Blasphemy I was really enjoying the book, then about 2/3 through I didn't like the way it turned, then at 3/4 it turned right back on me.  I really enjoyed it.
Bell, Ted TSAR Loved this book, first Bell book I read.  There were some great story lines going on, some surprises and kept me entertained and thinking.  Lots of adventure, some very exciting chapters. 
  Spy Enjoyed the book.  Try to read them in order, it would help.  Once again I am reading a series out of order and missing things.  I liked Tsar and Pirates a little more than this one, but I enjoyed it.
  Pirates Loving the Ted Bell books.  A lot of fun to read.  He doesn't worry about offending other nations.  Most authors won't make enemies of other Nations.
  Assassin Ok, this book was AWFUL. There were chapters that rambled and went on about senseless things that had so little to do with the story, probably because the story was fairly lame.  The start was decent and the end was good, because it was basically the end.
Brown, Dan The Lost Symbol I loved 3/4 of this book, maybe 4/5.  I thought the ending got a little weird, mystical and religious.  There also may have been too much symbology.  It was page after page of this means that.  I also thought a couple of the twists were a little predictable.  But that said, I really enjoyed the book and powered through it quickly.
H Rider Haggard King Solomons Mines One of the best books I have ever read, and I have read it at least 5 times.  It was written in the late 1800's and was used as the basis for Indiana Jones.  It is well written, has great action and adventure
  Allan Quartermain Another fantastic book following Allan on an African quest
  Allan Quartermains wife Great book that takes Allan on another African adventure, his first, and how he meets his wife.  Got this book for free on the Guttenberg Project.  They have most of Haggards books there to be downloaded
  She Read this as a teenager and again recently.  Fantastic book
Iris and Roy Johansen Storm Cycle This was the first Johansen book I read and I ran to Barnes and Nobel and bought two more.  The story kept moving, the characters were great.  The main character was good enough that he deserves a series of books written about him.  There could be prequels and sequels easily to this book.
  Silent Thunder This book started a little slow but then really picked up the pace.  It is another book in the long lost hidden treasure genre but that is not the main theme.  The book also takes a similar plot line to Storm Cycle, strong female character and a strong male lead who protects her at all costs.  A little stereotypical.  Still enjoyed the book and really hit the last 50 pages hard.

 

 

 

Beer

Yeast Variety

Malt

Adjunct

Bittering Hop

Finishing Hop

Special Instructions, Notes

Rattlesnake Red

Dry Kit Yeast

DME

Roasted Malt & Crystal Malt

?

WIlliamette

First beer, from a kit.  Do not remake

1/7/96

Liquid Amber

Dry Windam Yeast

Prehopped Glenbrew 70 & 3 lbs DME

 

Prehopped

Cascade

Good but use liquid yeast!

 

Honey Wheat

German Ale 1007 Wyeast

3 lbs liquid Wheat extract

2 lbs Honey

1 oz Hallertau

1/4 oz Tettanger

Good but try 1 lb honey and DME  Maybe use later wheat recipes with Honey

Bass

American Ale Wyeast yeast 1056

4 lbs light malt extract

3 lbs light DME

8 ozs 40 crystal malt mixed with

2 oz roasted barley

1 oz Norther Brewer

1/2 oz Fuggle

Irish moss  Very good mildly dark beer

 

Son of Sam

British Wyeast Yeast Liquid

 

Munton & Fuson Premium Kit

3 lbs Amber DME

 

1 oz Hallertauer  hops

 

1 oz Tettnang hops

Very good dark beer

 

 

Rocky Racoon Honey Ale

London Wyeast Liquid

4 lbs light liquid malt extract

2 lb honey (wild mountain)

1 oz Williamette hops

1 oz Williamette hops

Good but go to 1 lb honey next time

 

 

Pilsner

American liquid Wyeast yeast

2 lbs Liquid extract

3 lbs DME

 

1 lbs. Rice extract

1 1/2 oz WIlliamette

1/2 oz Williamette dry hopped

Very good beer!

Summer Wheat

American liquid Wyeast

3 lbs DME Wheat

3 lbs liquid Wheat

 

1 oz Tettanger

1 oz Hallertaur

Burned malt very slightly right at the beginning. Awesome beer

Pilsner

American liquid Wyeast yeast

2 lbs Liquid extract

3 lbs DME

 

1 lbs. Rice extract

1 oz Williamette

1/2 oz Will at 15 min left

1/2 oz Williamette dry hopped

Very good beer

Olympic Wheat

Bavarian liquid Wyeast

3 lbs Liquid Wheat extract

3 lbs Wheat DME

 

 

 

1 Tettnanger for bittering

 

1/2 oz Hallertaur at 10 min left

1/2 oz finish Hallertau

Good.  Won the neighborhood taste test vs Summer Wheat.

Cara-Vienne Wheat

German liquid Wyeast

3 lbs Liquid Wheat extract

3 lbs Wheat DME

 

 

1/2 lb Belgian Cara-Vienne Barley, steeped

1 oz Tettanger

1 oz Hallertaur

Not a keeper.  Not bad but no award winner.  Don’t think I liked the Belgian Barley

Ales from the Crypt

American liquid Wyeast yeast

2 lbs Liquid extract

3 lbs Amber  DME

 

 

1 oz Hallertauer

 

1 oz Hallertauer

Ok but not as good as others

Mackeson Triple Stout Clone

Wyeast #1084 Irish Ale yeast

8 lbs. Light Malt

1 lb chocolate malt

1 1/2 lbs black patent malt

1 lb crystal malt 60L16 oz lactose

1 oz Bullion hops bittering

1 oz Kent Goldings finish

1 teaspoon acid blend.  Pretty good stout.  Needs 3-5 weeks before tasting  Good sweet stout

Orange Mohawk Beer

Bavarian liquid Wyeast yeast

 

3 lbs Liquid Wheat extract

3 lbs Wheat DME

 

1 oz Coriander 5 min boil

2 orange rinds (Valencia)

5 min boil

1 Tettnanger for bittering

 

 

1 oz Hallertaur finish

Very good beer.  Use more orange and only the most outter rind part.

Rudolfs Red Nosed Beer

Irish yeast

 

3 lbs DME

3 lbs liquid malt

1 lb honey

 

2 Cinn sticks

1 tsp Cinn

1 oz Ginger

3 orange rinds

1/2 lb Crystal

1/8 lb roast

 

2 oz Cascade

1 oz Saaz

 

 

Very good seasonal beer.  Cut back Ginger and increase Cinn.

40 Weight

 

 

 

 

London Wyeast

 

6 lbs liquid malt

1 lb med DME

1 lb honey

Some grain (looked like 1/2 crystal and 1/4 roast )

Chinook bittering hops 1 oz

 

Liberty finish hops

Very good beer

Padres Gold

Bavarian liquid Wyeast

3 lbs Liquid Wheat extract

3 lbs Wheat DME

1 lb Honey

 

 

 

1 Tettnanger for bittering

 

1 oz Hallertaur Dry Hopped

Good clean beer. 

Ale Bopp

 

Strawberry blonde

German yeast 1 liter starter

2 pounds extract

3 lbs DME

1 lb Belgiam rock candy

 

4 1/2 pints strawberrys at secondary racking (liquidized)

1 oz Fuggles 4.3 bittering

 

1 oz Fuggles 10 min boil (4.3)

 

Pectic enzyme

1 oz Gellatin

Lactose

Not enough strawberries.  Need at least 6 pints

Hava weizen or two

Weihenstephan wheat

4 lbs extract

3 lbs DME

 

1/2 Fuggles

0 oz finish

Interesting beer.  I like it on certain occasions.

Country Style Vienna

German Ale 1007

4 lbs. pale malt syrup

4 lbs. wheat malt syrup

1/2 lb Crystal 20

1/2 lb Crystal 60

1/2 lb Crystal 90

1 oz Tettang 30 min boil

 

1 oz Golding 10 min boil

1/2 oz Saaz 2 min boil

Could use yeast 2206 (Bavarian)

GREAT beer

Honey Red

English Ale Yeast, White labs pitchable

7 lbs. Pale syrup

3 lbs. Honey (not boiled.  Added to steep at end.)

1 lb Cara Munich 70L

5 oz Chocolate

3 lb Roasted

oz Northern Brewer 60min

 

oz. Cascade 10 min

2 oz Willamette 5 min

oz Cascade steep

1 oz Chinook dry hopped

Highly recommended by Brew shop.  Not my favorite, but good.  Took about 5 weeks before getting very good.  Dave loves it.

New Orange Mohawk Beer

Wyeast White Beer yeast

 

4 lbs. Liquid Wheat extract

3 lbs. pale DME

 

1 oz Coriander 5 min boil

2 orange rinds (Valencia)

5 min boil

1 Tettnanger for bittering

 

 

1 oz Hallertaur finish

Changed original Mohawks yeast and dry malt and quantity of malt. Cut back on coriander.  Original better, but keep the Bavarian yeast

Bass Ackwards version  II

American Ale Wyeast yeast 1056

4 lbs light malt extract

4 lbs British 2 row grain.  Partial Mash

8 ozs 60 crystal malt mixed with

2 oz roasted barley

1 oz Northern Brewer 6.9

1/2 oz Fuggles 4.3

Partial mash in grain bag.  45 min boil.  AWESOME beer.

Ale Bopp

 

 

German yeast

2 pounds extract

3 lbs DME

1 lb Belgiam rock candy

 

 

1 oz Fuggles 4.3 bittering

 

1 oz Fuggles 10 min boil (4.3)

 

Very light beer.  Very good.  Incredably clear

Rudolfs Red Nosed Beer II

Irish yeast

 

5 lbs liquid malt

1 lb honey

4 lbs British 2 row grain.  Partial Mash

 

2 Cinn sticks

1   tsp Cinn

1/2 oz Ginger

4 orange rinds

1/2 lb 40 Crystal

1/8 lb roast

2 oz Cascade boil

 

oz Saaz 10 min finish

oz oz Saaz 2 min finish

 

.Too Gingery.

Country Style Vienna

German Ale 1007

4 lbs. pale malt syrup

4 lbs. wheat malt syrup

1/2 lb Crystal 20

1/2 lb Crystal 60

1/2 lb Crystal 90

1 oz Tettang 30 min boil

 

1 oz Golding 10 min boil

1/2 oz Saaz 2 min boil

6 week long secondary

Dave and my Raspberry Wheat

8/3/98

California White Labs Yeast.  Same as Sierra Nevada Yeast

3 lbs. Liquid Wheat extract

3 lbs. Wheat DME

 

 

 

1 Tettnanger for bittering

 

1/2 oz Hallertaur at 10 min left

1/2 oz finish Hallertau

Fermenting at 78

Lactose, 1 bag and 1 container Raspberry

Bass

8/3/98

Wit White Labs Yeast.

4 lbs. light malt extract

3 lbs light DME

8 ozs 40 crystal malt mixed with

2 oz roasted barley

1 oz Northern Brewer

1/2 oz Fuggle

Fermenting at 78

That’s my Honey

9/6/98

British Ale White Labs

6 lbs DME

3 lbs Honey.   Put in at very end of boil.  Turn off heat then add.

1 lb Victory grain

1 oz Fuggle

1 oz Kent Golding 10 and 5 min finish oz each time

Bottled 9/19/98

Mackeson Triple Stout Clone

9/12/98

White Labs Irish Ale yeast

8 lbs. Light Malt

1 lb chocolate malt

1 1/2 lbs black patent malt

1 lb crystal malt 60L 16 oz lactose

1 oz N. Brewer Bittering plus a little Fuggles.

1 oz Kent Goldings finish

1 teaspoon acid blend.  Pretty good stout last time.  Needs 3-5 weeks before tasting. Good sweet stout. 

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

9/20/98

California White Labs Yeast.

4 lbs. light malt extract

3 lbs light DME

1 lb  crystal malt 60L16

1 oz Perle

oz cascade finish

1 oz Cascade Dry hop

Only a 30 min boil

 

GREAT beer

Munich Wheat 12/27/98

California White Labs Yeast.

4 lbs. Liquid Wheat extract

3 lbs. Wheat DME

1 lb. Munich grain

1 oz Cascade bitter 35 min boil

1 oz Cascade 15 min boil

1 oz Tettanger finish

 

Bottled 2/15/99

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

2/21/99

California White Labs Yeast.

4 lbs. light malt extract

3 lbs light DME

1 lb.  crystal malt 60L

1 oz Perle

1 oz cascade 10 min finish

1 oz Cascade finish

35 min boil

bottled 9/3/99

Strong Pilsner  9/18/99

German Ale/Kolsch Yeast  White labs

4 lbs. Light malt

California White Labs Yeast.

1 lb. Belgium Rock candy

 

1 oz Williamette 30 min boil

1/2 oz Williamette 10 min boil

oz Williamette dry hop

Ok but not awesome

Wheat

11/1/00

California White Labs Yeast.

6 lbs light DME wheat

 

1 oz Hallertauer  hops

 

1 oz Tettnang hops

Great beer especially with a lemon

Wheat

12/28/00

Wyeast 3333 german wheat

3 lbs light DME

3 lbs light wheat DME

lb munich roasted grain

1 oz Hallertauer  hops

 

none

1 lemon skin and one slice at end of boil

Belgium White

6/1/2003

 

3 lbs DME

3 lbs extract

 

 

 

These secondaried for about 2 months

Strawberry Blond

6/1/2003

 

6 lbs DME

 

 

 

These secondaried for about 2 months

Stout 8/21/2003

Irish white labs yeast

9 lbs extract

lb roasted barley lb black patent lb chocolate 1 lb crystal 60

1 oz bullion boil

 

1 oz kent golding 5 min finish

 

Bass

8/21/2003

California White labs yeast

7 lbs extract

8 ozs 40 crystal malt mixed with

2 oz roasted barley

1 oz Northern Brewer

3/4 oz Fuggle

 

 

Oatmeal Bass 1/6/2006

California White labs yeast

4 lbs extract

3 lbs DME

8 ozs 40 crystal malt mixed with

2 oz roasted barley

lb oatmeal

1 oz Northern Brewer hour boil

oz Fuggle 15 min boil

1/2 oz Fuggle 1 min boil

SG 1.55 This was one oatmeal thick beer.  Took forever to strain.    Secondary 1/13.  Bottled 1/20.  Only got 36 bottles, lost a lot to thickness

Strawberry

Light

Wheat

1/9/2006

California White labs yeast

3 lbs not wheat extract

3 lbs wheat DME

1 lb rock candy

 

1 oz Tettang

 

Short rapid boil, 25 min.  Added strawberry extract during bottling.  Secondary 1/20.

Bottled 2/5/06 VERY clear!  What a great beer

MEAD

Mid Feb 06

Wyeast 3632

15 lbs Costco Pure Clover honey

1 teaspoons yeast nutrient cellar pro

1 teaspoons Diammonium Phosphate

20 min 170 pasteurize

 

 

1.12 SG at start

Pitched at 70 degrees, moved to secondary Mar 3, 1.015 SG

Belgium White

3/11/2006

American White Labs Hefeweizen WLP320

4 lbs wheat extract

3 lbs wheat DME

1 lb rock candy

1 oz Coriander no boil

5 Valencia juiced and some rinds

No boil

1 Tettnanger for bittering

 

 

1 oz Hallertaur finish

 

Raspberry

Brewed 10/12/07 kegged 11/25/08

East Coast Ale Yeast

6 lbs DME

1 lb rock candy

Will add Raspberry beer flavoring at bottling

1 oz Fuggles

No finish hops

Only a vigorous 20 min boil.  A little sweet, but pretty good.  I would use some finish  hops, or maybe more bittering hops.  The raspberry came through, but not strong.

Belgian Wit

11/23/08

Wyeast Am Wheat 1010

Partial Mash

4 lbs Wheat Extract

2 lbs German 2-row

1 bls Belgian wheat malt

1 lbs flaked wheat

1 lb flaked oats

8 oz crystal 20

Partial mash:

Water to 175, oven to 160.  Bag all cracked grains put into water, move water to oven for 1 hour.  Leach grains 2 times in 150 degree water.  This is the start of wort

2 oz Saaz.  1 oz long boil

oz 10 minute oz 1 minute

oz bitter orange for 10 minutes oz coriander 10 minutes.  Cracked coriander in bowl

Kegged 12/12/08

Really active ferment, done in 2 days.

 

Way to much coriander, a little bitter, great color.  Might soften out after time.

Bass Pomey

12/28/08

Ca Ale Yeast White Labs

7 lbs malt

8 oz 60

2 oz 90

6 oz 20

Boiled 40 minutes

 

oz Fuggles bitter

oz British Champion bitter

oz Fuggle finish

oz Champion finish

3 pomegranates juiced and boiled 5 minutes.  Really liked the smell of the Champion hops, so used more at finish.

Pinot Gris Wine

12/29/08

Grand Cru Vida Via

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petes Strawberry blond

11/13/09

Kegged 12/26/09

WYEAST

Northwest 1332

4 lbs DME

2 lbs Wheat

1 pound 20 Crystal.  Boiled 50 minutes

oz Cluster

oz Tettnang

8 Pomegranates, put in with 4 minute boil

Added strawberry extract at secondary.

Fantastic beer

Doppelbock

Brewed 12/28/09

WYEAST 1007 German Ale

10 lbs malt

1 lb Victory

lb 90 Crystal

lb Special B

1 oz Brewer for boil

 

1/2 oz Tettnang 10 min finish 1/2 oz Tettnang 2 min finish

Ferment in cool environment.  More like a lager. Hour boil, 3 gallon wort.  Kegged 1/22/10

Pilsner

1/22/10

Wyeast American Ale

3 lbs DME

2 lbs Extract Malt

1 lb Belgium rock candy

 

1 Williamette hour boil

oz 15 min boil

oz Williamette finish

Secondary 1/29/10

Wheat

WYEAST

Northwest 1332

Or

3463 or 3942

 

6 lbs Wheat DME

1 lb liquid Belgian Beat sugar

Wheat flakes

 

1 pound 20 Crystal. 

pound 40 Crystal

1 oz Cluster

1 oz Tettnang finish

Some Coriander and Orange peel, not bitter orange.

Recipe kind of like the Petes Strawberry blond, which I loved. Using the 20 Crystal to add malt flavor and the 60 to add more color, sweetness and flavor.

Mackeson Triple Stout Clone

4/4/2010

 

White Labs Irish Ale yeast (did not activate)

One day later 1338 Euro Ale yeast

 

2 lbs. Light Malt (DME)

6 lbs Amber DME

 

1 lb chocolate malt

1 1/24lbs black patent malt

  lb crystal malt 60L

12 oz lactose
1  oz Cluster Bittering 1 oz Kent Goldings finish REALLY slow start, I thought the first batch of yeast was dead, maybe maybe not.  It is finally starting 4/6 PM.    Got a good brew going.  Not sure which yeast did it.

Petes Strawberry blond vs. 2

6/11/2010

Kegged 12/26/09

 

WYEAST

Northwest 1332

 

7 lbs DME, ended up making a 1 gallon starter with 1 lb of DME.

 

1 pound 20 Crystal.  Boiled 50 minutes 1 oz Cluster 1 oz Tettnang Strawberry extract