Saturday, October 15, 2016

Graff -- A Beer-Cider Hybrid (Apple Ale)

The next batch of homebrew is the combination of two familiar creations. One part ale and four parts apple juice makeup Graff. The idea behind Graff is to add a small amount of malt and hop flavor to nullify the strong alcohol taste usually found in strong cider. With some inspiration for this thread at homebrewtalk, I got to work putting my recipe together.

Apple ale ingredients
Grains and juice ready to be combined.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Chair Repair 2

My friend had offered to give me his broken chair to see if I could fix it, so I jumped at the opportunity.
I discovered that the back had fallen off due to two of the bolts failing in tension. It looked like the other two had come loose at some point, so the entire load was placed on the ones which broke.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts

"The things I would do to these cookies are only legal in Flavortown."
My coworker gave me a bunch of walnuts from his trees. I had more than I knew how to eat alone by cracking them open and eating them, so I decided to bake with them. Cookies seemed like an obvious choice, as not only are they easy to bake, but they are also very delicious. Since summer has ended, the temperatures outside have dropped low enough to start baking again, so it was a perfect time to bake some cookies.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Maple Mead -- Oaking Completed -- Taste Test

A browner shade of yellow
After a few weeks of oaking the Maple Mead, it was time to remove the oak chips from the mead. At first glance, the color change of the brew was obvious. The oak chips turned the mead from pale yellow to a translucent brown.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Maurice White's Mic Stand

I always thought there was some kind of spiritual connection between Maurice White and some street called White Avenue. Actually, that's entirely untrue, I didn't even know his name until they announced on the radio that he had made the jump to Electric Kingdom two nights previous.... but in any case, I found this cast iron brake rotor on the side of White ave. which had his initials on it, so I figured he probably wanted me to make a microphone stand since it's already the correct size, shape, and weight for a base.
brake rotor
First disassembling the thing. Wow! that's a lot of grease.
cleaning out bearing