Jul 27

FIGMENT Boston 2014 Timelapse on the Greenway

Timelapse video of Figment Boston (2014) — Featured artwork from Autosub, Happily Fortunes, Video Bleep, Sonic Beating, and others…

Jul 19

Harbor Islands Chillout v6.0

View of Boston Harbor from Grape IslandWhat a chill weekend on Grape Island! This was the 6th iteration of Rob’s famous Harbor Island Chillout. Pizza oven was in effect and the pipeline was full of pizza thanks for the efforts of Kirin and Rachel.

The weather was nice, too. Right around 80F with a cool breeze. Water was cold. Perfect for taking a quick dip to cool off. All in all, a good time.

Photos from the Harbor Island Chillout v6.0 here.

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Jul 14

Autosub Smoke and Steam 2014

00-IMG_5113The Automatic Subconscious “Smoke and Steam” fundraiser was a grand success! The weather was lovely, the food was amazing, the beer was tasty, and the steaming was awfully good and relaxing. And well, the company was excellent, too.  :-)

Mad props to Talena and Adam for doing a great job on the organizing. The pork was delightfully smoked by our man, Dewb. And Fig brewed a killer Nut Brown Ale. (And people liked the Ginger Cider that I had brewed for S&S last year, but somehow was never served in 2013.)

Thanks to everyone else who helped out and also to Jeremy for letting Autosub use his awesome house for this purpose. It’s always appreciated!

Photos of Smoke and Steam 2014 here

Cheers!

Jul 07

My Philadelphia Experiment (PEX) 2014 experience

Aged plywood PEX Sign

For a long time, I had heard about this thing called PEX that took place in the Philadelphia area. Only 1 or 2 of the people I knew had ever gone, mostly because it coincided with when Firefly took place. So this year I decided to skip out on Firefly and check out PEX 2014 — aka. The Philadelphia Experiment.

What did I find?

In short, PEX is a lot like Summer Camp for Burners. It’s a lot like a regional Burning Man event, except that everything is “less hard-core”. (read: easier)

For example, at Burning Man and most regionals, there is no garbage cans, no recycling bins, no butt buckets, no water spigots, no electrical outlets, no showers (hot or cold), no nothing! You bring everything you need in and you pack everything out.

PEX had showers, flushable toilets, garbage cans, recycling bins, butt buckets, water taps, electricity, etc… Oh, and there is a swimming pool, too. Which means one thing: pool party! (And a pretty awesome one at that.) Some would see this as a plus, others as a minus. In the end, I suppose it just is different.

Regardless of how you slice it, I met a lot of lovely, wonderful people there and took a lot of pictures.

Please check out my photos of PEX 2014 and let me know what you think!

Jun 08

Project MUM Spring 2014 Timelapse

Project MUM Spring 2014 Timelapse from Ranger Pretzel on Vimeo.

Feb 24

Stopping the cider fermentation and re-sweetening (or: How to brew hard cider, part 3)

partially-siphoned-ciderThe last post on brewing hard cider was on monitoring the fermentation. It was observed that after a week, the gravity was around 1.030 and it looked like it needed a few more days to reach the 1.012 range. Well, unfortunately, I fell sick and had trouble getting out of bed for a few days. By the time I was well enough again to get out of bed, I realized that my cider had over-shot the target and ended up at 1.010 — oh noes!

Fortunately, that’s not really a problem. It’s just an opportunity to talk about re-sweetening or back sweetening, as some people like to call it…

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