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Homebrewing Adventures!

3 Jul

Before my car accident a week ago Sunday I planned on brewing up a brew last week. After the accident I wasn’t in a mood to brew and had a lot of insurance calling/emailing to get all my ducks in a row. Due to the holiday (tomorrow is July 4th) I had a few days off this week and decided I would brew not one but TWO beers!

The first I decided would stretch my abilities to build a recipe (made so much easier by the internet and BeerSmith software) and stretch my equipment.I decided to brew two gallons of an Imperial IPA.

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My First Brew!

17 Dec

My last post was about how I had started home brewing and I used a picture of my first ever brew fermenting in my pantry. Here it is again:

My Everyday IPA fermenting

That is from the Brooklyn Brew Shop Everyday IPA kit. The kit came with 95% of what I needed to make beer! I mashed, sparged, boiled and then put it in the pantry to ferment (what you see above). After a couple weeks I bottled (which is probably the messiest part) and then the bottles went back into the pantry for two more weeks.

The two weeks ended yesterday, so I popped a couple test glasses in the fridge to chill and finally got to taste the fruits of my labor.

It's Beer!

In my head (after reading many online forums) I imagined flat beer or sour apple tasting beer. I thought for sure that the little yeasts were all dead and there was going to be no head. Well, as you can see it had head!!! Maybe a little over-carbonated, but it had a good aroma and nice lacing as I drank. Best of all, it tasted REALLY good!

You’ll notice the awesome flip top bottle. I happened to have purchased that full of Flensburger beer! I emptied the bottle (into a willing mouth) and then cleaned and sanitized it before filling it back up!

Right now in my pantry I have a custom Festivus Winter Spiced Ale fermenting (with all the good holiday spices in it) and next week I plan to make a recipe I designed called JC’s Strawberry Moon with the famous JC!

New IKEA Desk!

13 Apr

So, if you have a good memory, you will know that after my first visit to IKEA I wrote a blog post entitled “IKEA is probably evil.” Well, I still think the place is big and confusing, but I now own something from IKEA. For Christmas JC’s parents got me a $100 gift card to IKEA which I decided I would use on a desk. After a couple visits and a lot of thought I picked out a desk.

Then I went to IKEA to finalize my decision and that desk was gone. Discontinued I guess. Luckily though in its place was a brand new series of desks that I liked even better. I also liked the name! Micke! I ended up getting the medium size desk and the drawer unit on casters.

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Adventures in Home Improvement!

8 Apr

No, not the TV show starring Tim Allen! REAL home improvement! For those of you who are friends with me on Facebook, you have probably already seen most of these photos, but since they were such a hit there I decided to blog about it!

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Cutest Thing You Will See Today!

22 Feb

Today I am off to Busch Garden’s Bud & BBQ event with my parents. Miranda Lambert is playing tonight and my mom REALLY wants to go, and I don’t mind beer nor BBQ. Throw in a couple roller coasters and I’m there.

Before I left I wanted to leave yall with something that is crafty, geeky, cute AND AWESOME!

This is a 6-foot long Guitar Hero inspired scarf made by The Domestic Scientist. Read all about it at this post. By the way, that blog has one of the cutest tag lines ever “Mad Science With a Hint of Nutmeg.”


Bath Bombs

29 Jul
Its like a bad tasting wedding cake!

It's like a bad tasting wedding cake!

Today Joe is going to explore his feminine side. While taking a mission on PMOG (you know, that passive on-line game that is a Firefox extension) I was brought to the Craftzine Blog. This blog has a bunch of posts with “how to’s” with lots of napkin decorating that I have no interest in, but maybe you do?

But what caught my eye was a post linking to a “how to” on making those nifty bath bombs. Once I began reading it I realized that it appeared very easy. Check it out at

I also thought this was interesting since I have been to Basin’s Downtown Disney store and recalled that these bombs weren’t very cheap. Their online site confirms that. $16 for 6 small ones? I’m no expert, but none of the ingredients look very expensive!

So if one of my female type readers would like to make this recipe and try it out, let me know!


17 Jun

I’M PISSED! A month and a half ago the president of the homeowners association and his wife stopped by the house to ask if they could use my water to water a couple new plants they planted behind my house. I told them no big deal and they said that they would use it for a couple days and if I saw a bump in my utility bill to just send them the bill… Continue reading