Aug 25

A hard cider yeast experiment

lalvin-d47-vs-danstar-nottiIt’s still summer-time, yet I was getting a hankering for some hard cider. I don’t know why. It seems incredibly popular these days, but I’ve been brewing it for 7 years now, so I don’t see what the big deal is. That said, a curiosity struck me recently regarding cider. Traditionally, I’ve always aimed for a low-alcohol, semi-dry / semi-sweet hard cider. Something that won’t offend and play to many palettes. This means using cider with an original gravity of 1.050 and then stopping it early at around 1.010 or 1.012 — the perfect semi-dry/semi-sweet spot.

The curiosity these days for me is about a few things.

  1. A tasty, yet dry cider. (FG of 1.000 and 1.005)
  2. A high-alcohol cider. (6% ABV or higher)
  3. What yeast to get there?

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Aug 17

Saco River Float 2014

The Saco River Float of 2014 was a grand success. Thirty or so friends and acquaintances from the Portland and Boston (and NY) area came to float down a 2-mile stretch of the Saco River. A huge thanks to TJ and Deanna for hosting all of us! Here are the resulting photos and video from the trip. Enjoy!

1-Saco River Float 2014-001

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!

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