A little thumb twiddling
Let me start with this: I hate waiting. Even when it is the most rational thing to do, as it is right now for me in regards to the brewery thing. I am one of those people that has to be taking action towards a goal. When I am forced to wait for whatever reason, I will often look for baby steps that relieve my frustration. And sometimes (often?) those steps don't actually get me any closer to my goal. But at least I feel better.
I've been idly looking around at locations lately. Mostly online, but also while biking around. I put in something like 60-70 miles a week, so I use that opportunity to range in and around downtown Concord and see what's for lease. I must say that this place has some interesting hidden gems. Maybe I'll remember to post some pics when I ride tomorrow.
Beer [drinking] event-wise, I went to Charlotte Oktoberfest a couple weekends back. That was quite fun. Not my first time at a beer fest, of course, and this one was as well run as I've seen. Lot's of good beer and good times. I had a keg in the Cabarrus Homebrew Club tent - Nomad Pale Ale, specifically - hopefully you tried some.
We had a bit of a disaster with brewing equipment a couple batches ago. I usually keep the equipment in the back of my truck because I don't have a better else to put it right now. Well, some ants decided to make their home in the truck bed. Thankfully, they didn't get into the equipment too badly. We mostly had to wash them off the outside of the mash cooler with nearly boiling water. Then we power washed the back of truck out and I sprayed along the edges of the bed with pesticide. I've been keeping the equipment in my brother's garage for the past couple of weeks. So thanks to him and his wife for the kindness.
Partly because of that disaster, and partly because it's past time, I'm upgrading the small scale equipment. I'm switching to keggle mash tun and boil kettle. The HLT is already 20 gallons. That puts a 10 gallon batch step between 5 I do now, and the 30-ish gallons on the all electric system. That's probably for the best, and it will make for a better pilot system than my battered 5 gallon setup. And that gives me more time to complete the second control panel for the big setup.
We brewed a pumpkin Saison. Smelled delicious, but I think the choice of the Saison Dupont yeast was wrong. I wanted something dry, but I think it accentuates the tannin-y, minerally qualities too much. We'll see how it turns out after aging. And as I type, I can hear the batch of Drunkelweizen (Imperial Dunkelweizen) bubbling away. They should both be ready for a camping trip at the end of the month.
And just a final word, one that hopefully leaves you with a warm fuzzy. I posted something like this to Facebook a while back when the government shut down, and just wanted to reiterate: fuck those privileged assholes. Maybe I voted for some of them, but as whole, they don't represent me. We don't need their permission to get together with the ones we love and have a few beers. Eat, drink, and be merry. This, too, shall pass. And should death come for you, remember to tell him: "Not today."