Advent Calendar 2015

 It was with great trepidation that I signed up for the GTA Brews Advent Calendar. Even though I am in the brewmaster program, most of these people have way better homebrew game than I do. Dedicated space, keezers, fermentation fridges – most of them have way better toys.   But I decided what the hell, and did it anyway. I needed to do a second trial of the chai winter warmer, so bought bottles and supplies, and bit the bullet. Everything went well, until time for fermentation. My fermentation chamber is a space under a kitchen counter…no temperature control there. …

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Beer Advent Calendar 2014

I finished my advent calendar a little late. Ok, a lot late. Between one thing (illness) and another (food coma courtesy of That Damned Canasian), it went a bit (a long bit) past the 25th. And then I forgot that a blog draft does not equal a blog post. Belatedly, here is what was in my advent calendar, in numerical order: 1. Mikkeller k:rlek: check this post. 2. Mikkeller Black: check this post. 3. Neustadt Springs Big Dog Porter: a gift from a derby friend, it was lovely after the taste bomb that is the Mikkeller Black. The red wine added gave it an interesting …

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Day 90 and Beer Advent Calendar Day 1

It was supposed to be Ingredients class first thing today, but this happened: Which meant that instead of Ingredients, Comm, Math and then work, I got to meet a very nice tow truck driver, take the train in to Toronto, meet my beloved and go shopping for this: I pick it up on Saturday. I am now more of a broke student than I was before, but at least this one won’t blow upon the Garden City Skyway. Note: It didn’t so much blow up, as make an increasingly loud noise, like someone was shaking a spray paint can near …

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Beer Advent Calendar, the cheap and cheerful edition

I have never had an advent calendar for the holidays to the best of my recollection. I wanted one though. The thought of little count-down treats to be unwrapped each day before the big day of Christmas appeals to me. I do love opening presents of any size. The closest I have gotten was last year when my younger brother bought me a beer advent calendar as a Christmas present. It was one of the most generous and thoughtful gifts he has ever given me. However, he lives in Calgary. We thought long and hard about how to get the …

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Calgary

I was in Calgary to visit family, but there was also beer-related activities (no, I will talk about Saturday night; the less said about it the better *grin).   Clockwise from upper left: A gift from my brother – the Canadian version of Beer-opoly. For a brief, shining moment, I owned Steam Whistle. a flight of IPAs from Stone, the day after their tap take-over at Craft Beer. What’s good after a day of hiking and exploring in the mountains? Drinking a glass of Granville Island’s heffeweizen on a patio while surrounded by said mountains. If I’d had any way to bring …

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