A Year In Time

If you’ve been to my site before, you will notice all my Brew Day posts are missing and I haven’t had many posts in quite some time. So, what have I been up to? Well, to quote Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

I was just looking around and enjoying the brew in life. I did however, Tweet a lot and if you have the time, check out my Twitter Feed or Facebook Feed to see most of my adventures in beer and brewing over the past couple years. I thought about creating all of this as separate posts, however since my social media pretty much covers it, I thought I would just provide a recap of the most memorable.

I have brewed over 30 batches of beer to date, including several 10 gallon batches.

My flagship beers C & D Citra IPA and Hardwood’s Brown Drown won 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place at a couple homebrew competitions. Check it out here.

On my trip to Body, CA., a cool little ghost town just north of Mammoth Lakes, I came across hops growing at a few of the towns houses. This amazed me that hops were planted here and were still thriving.

I created a new beer for a friend in exchange for some awesome custome made tap handles. It just so happens this beer turned out great and is named Hardwood’s Brown Drown.

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Picked up a grain mill, the Monster Mill 2.0 to be precise. This mill has worked great and with the large hopper I added on, milling a full batch of grains is extremely easy and provides a great crush. Here is a view of the rollers with a quarter as a size reference.

 

Bought a beer candle “On Tap” from Yankee Candle Company, and an “It’s 4 o’clock somehwere” from The Chive for my homebre corner.

Had a visit from Norm the Elf and ended up with a great Christmas Ale that I gave as presents.

Dug up my hops and split off a bunch of rhizomes. Tried to give most of them away, but there was just too many. It’s great to see my hop plants thriving.

One of the most awesome things I did, was go on a trip to Ireland with my family. And, what is Ireland without Guinness. We toured the Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Whiskey,

the oldest pub in Ireland, The Brazen Head,

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the Temple Bar, which was one of the most fun times we had – it had the best atmosphere.

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Ireland was great and we enjoyed a lot of Guinness from the source and other Ireland’s best brews. The views were incredible and we can’t wait to go back.

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Added a third tap (Nitro Stout Tap) and water filter to my homebrew setup and a vintage tap and guages for my Tap This Bar.

And recieved one of the best gifts from my family.

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