Summer if Finally Over

fish tank at freddy's with gross flesh colored frogs

brainstorming and sketch sesh at freddy's.

E-Sports are real, they were playing this electronic sports (video games) tournament on the TV at Buttermilk.

cool looking growlers from Stacy

The Pavilion was gross people say and it's been closed for a few years so it's great to see that the Nitehawk Cinema is closer to opening by the park and its the closest cinema to us.

A more successful version of the Miso Tamanegi onion thing we had in Tokyo.  I'm taking notes and will try again.

Soyeon and Gabe's wedding in Fort Greene

was weird meeting Jen's Mom's sister

bees still going at it on the roof

i see you pecking at the net bro.  Also Helm's Deep has been desecrated, the squirrels have now learned they can chew through the net.  We saw 4 of them hanging out on each other twisting and folding into each other like a horrible infinity ball of squirrel. Everyday for a week I'd put a board over the hole they chewed and then the next day there's be a new hole beside it, and on and on so I gave up and will have to figure out something for next year. 

impromptu using left over jjigae to make some kind of braised chicken thing with butter
finally got this easel from Foo. I'm not foolish enough to say that it's on because I know life is busy and it might be a while til i get to painting.
Tompkins Square Bar, where they have cocktails inspired by famous authors.

Newest brew equipment, the HotRod heat stick from it's a 1650w heating element constructed into this food grade stick thing that we use to supplement that gas stovetop to heat 7-8 gallons of water for all grain brewing because the stove top can't output enough BTUs of heat and the carbon monoxide detector went off after so many hours last time. I got the option with a GFCI circuit breaker in the plug cuz we don't have one of those outlets in the kitchen. It worked like a charm and even once the water was boiling we were able to turn off the gas and maintain a boil for the hour long hops boil.  So far so good.  Also had to buy 2 more Ale Pails buckets and airlocks in anticipation of a big cider haul at the parents.  Hopefully this will be all the equipment we need to buy for all time.

first brew sesh of the season.  We just did the 2 we always do to start things off, pale ale and session ipa. 2 all grain batches means 2 ten pound sacks of grains steeping for an hr each. We didn't hit our OG (amount of sugar in the water) so maybe insulating the pot as it sits with the heat off for that hour will help us extract more sugars from the grains. It bubbled like crazy in the 80 degree apt for the first 1.5 days then stopped making me think it was a stalled fermentation, especially since it usually goes for 3 days.  It's at 4% alcohol so maybe it really did do the job in 1.5 days and is just 4% instead of 5% cuz of our poor grain efficiency.

The Gobo vine did finally produce one tiny pathetic bitter melon. And now 2 weeks later it hasn't gotten any bigger. Go ahead you can laugh.


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