Candied Ginger

I’ve been doing a bit of web design work lately, and one of my new clients is my writing coach, Chris of Firefly Creative Writing. I’ve been on a few of her amazing writing retreats, where she plies us with home made delights like strawberry scones and ginger-almond granola. The ginger granola is delicious, and so I decided to try and make a candied ginger ale, a slightly modified recipe from Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Book (I omitted the cloves. Cloves are evil.). I even made a little movie, where I learned that I really need to start turning the phone sideways …

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Prud’homme Beer Specialist, session 4

Draught was the lesson for today, and I think the main thing I learned from it is that I am never ordering draught again unless it’s from a place that takes their beer more seriously than the corner sports bar. Does that make me sound like a beer snob? I’m trying to avoid that. It really is no biggie as I am not inclined to to to my corner sports bar to drink anyway. Also wrote a test on history, and got the test on ingredients, fermentation and ageing/packaging back that we wrote the week before. I am so focused …

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Brew Day – Abbey Ale Test Brew

One of the first beer brewing books I bought was True Brews by Emma Christensen. I had found her blog by searching the internet for 1-gallon brewing and immediately started following her. The book was exactly what I needed, as most books that I saw in my local book store were primarily about larger batches. Plus, the thought of making my own sodas, cider or mead eventually also intrigued me. Emma announced late last year that she is working on a new book of 1-gallon recipes focusing only on beer, and was looking for test brewers. I thought about it …

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US vacation, the beer version

My beloved and I had planned our 10th anniversary vacation back in April, before I was let go from my job of 12 years, before my life was turned upside down. I had thought a few times about cancelling it due to my change in finances, but am glad that Keith convinced me otherwise. We had not gone anywhere together for almost a year when finally got on the plane in December, and it was time to reconnect. Actually, getting on the plane was a bit touch and go – we left on the day of the ice storm. After …

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