Oktoberfest, FU (friends unite)

Only 1 of 2 carboys made it through this brewday

Now that triathlon season is over, (at least for me), I started work on my other obsession.


Some friends are throwing an Oktoberfest party at the end of September, which left me just enough time to get a Oktoberfest/Märzen batch started.  The beer’s name comes from a phrase we use to greet each other, “F.U.!” –which as everyone knows, stands for “Friends Unite.”

For a brand new recipe [download], the brew day went exceptionally well…until the end.  I managed to drop one of my brand new carboys on the concrete.  Fortunately it was only full of sanitizer.  Though it wasn’t my intention, this may wind up to be an interesting experiment on contamination between plastic and glass vessels.

I rarely have contamination problems, but I noticed that my plastic buckets were starting to absorb stains more quickly due to some superficial scratches.  Thus I went ahead and finally bought some glass carboys.  I will be purchasing some better carboy carriers in the near future to.  Both 5 gallon batches should come out fine; I bleached (and rinsed) the heck out of the plastic bucket.  Here are the stats thus far: Continue reading

Write about it

I came across a great article by Matt Swanson and the idea of sharing what you are doing or making via some kind of mode of communication because of the opportunities generated through like-minded people. While I have admittedly oversimplified the concept, and I am not searching for any kind of opportunity–the point resonated with me.

The level of commitment is ridiculously low. It takes 10 minutes to setup a blog and start writing. But sharing what you are doing is incredibly rewarding.

I have lots of hobbies, which I try to attach to my goals.  I like my hobbies, so this usually leads me to want to achieve my goals.  At the same time like a leisurely walk through the park, I often do not hold myself accountable to the direction or speed at which my goals are being completed.  Point is, if a quick 10 minute exercise helps me organize my thoughts or hold myself accountable, then I should try a little harder to make the time.  This is my first attempt.