I heat my strike water on my stove while drinking my morning coffee. Then haul it out to my garage/brewery on my two wheel hand truck. Grind and add my grain. Then, before getting this thing, I had to lift it onto an old thermal cooler fridge I used as a shelf for it. Now I wheel it out and set it on this cart in the low position and jack it up or down depending on where I need it.
This beer finished at 1.016. After just 2 weeks in the bottle it tasted very close to Breckenridge Christmas Ale in spite of the extra alcohol. But it has a really nice "creamy" mouthfeel. Thank-you all for your responses.
Bluesman another nice thing is when I am done brewing I wheel (not carry) my tun full of spent grain to the driveway for.cleaning. This thing really eliminated a lot of lifting. I am 56 years old and have had 3 hernia surgeries since I was 50. So eliminating bulky awkward lifting is priceless to me. I am thinking about putting another one of these in my basement so after racking to my bottling bucket I can just jack that up for bottling. Instead of lifting it onto a stool.
That was a great read. They said beer consumption has dropped by 1.2%. I wonder how they quantified that. If it was by total amount of beer sales that drop might represent beers not bought because of home brewing.
I was at the redbox yesterday looking for The Heist. With Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy it must be pretty good. It wasn't there. The only other movie that box had that seemed even vaguely interesting to me was Super 8. I have not seen any advertisements about this movie. I only remember seeing a trailer from it. In the trailer there was a spectacular train wreck. Then something mysterious after that. I figured it was only a buck and a half so what the heck!
BTW I have a nice theater set up in my man cave and I love kicking back with home brews and watching movies. I particularly like movies that light up my big plasma TV.
Anyway this movie really reminded me of the old Speilburg. From back in the day he did that "Amazing Stories" series on TV. It was a very original concept and very well done. The first half of the movie reminded me of the old Alfred Hitchcock technique of presenting the graphic with no graphics. What made him "the master" was he would build the details to the scenes in your mind without presenting them on the screen.
The plot to the movie slowly unfolds piece by piece as the movie progresses. Leaving a lot of question in your mind but answering them all in its own time. I am really surprised this movie didn't get more hype. But maybe that is why I enjoyed it. Often movies that get a lot of hype are anti climatic when you see them. Because you have already seen all the best parts in the trailers.
This movie borders on the realms of family movie. It does have a monster in it that might be scary to small children though. There was very little swearing in it. And the violence was not of a really graphic nature.
The other night I came home from work and found a bag of empty tall necks on my front deck. As I was peeling the labels off of them after a good soaking, it occurred to me, some people wouldn't like finding that sort of thing on their deck.