Update: Site mostly fixed

As you can see, the site appears to be back in mostly functional order at this time. We’ve only got the one style up and working, and since my boss reads this, that’ll be the only thing fixed while I’m working today (Hi Steve!). Hopefully I can get the captcha installed, otherwise I think we’ll be looking at Poker run wild in no time. I also hope to get the style switcher functioning as quickly as possible too. That’ll be interesting, as the current codebase is some kind of bastardization of WordPress 1.2 and WordPress 1.5. Oh well, at least it looks right again. 🙂 The admin side of 1.5 seems much nicer. If nothing else I no longer seem to get random white pages. That’s a positive. Ah well, back to the real job. Enjoy the corrected visage.
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10% off Sale at Austin Homebrew

Nothing new, as I’m currently awaiting a few different shipments from various places, but I wanted to pass this along to anyone that reads this. Good until 5pm CDT Sunday, anything in the store is 10% off. Good stuff. I’ve taken the opportunity to order a Kolsch and a Wheat kit to brew up. As always, increasing the fermentables and adding to the hops should improve the end result. 🙂
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AHA National Homebrew Competition

This Friday is the deadline for submission to the 1st round of the AHA National Homebrew Competition. Now, I’ve only been brewing for a few months, but I like to think I’m getting the hang of this thing (most people seem to like my stuff). As I’d previously mentioned, I took a comment from my dear friend Aaron to heart, and felt that I needed to prove my hop-mettle once and for all. To that end, I brewed a rather potent concoction.
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New recipes on-hand

I’ve been pretty neglectful in keeping progress updated, so I thought I’d drop a note to say that we’ve got several new recipes onhand. The first (and most dear to my heart) is the first beer we brewed at the trailer, a clone of Victory’s Hop Devil Ale. You may be asking why we’d go back and do the clone over again, so let me explain. I love Victory Hop Devil. Some people love Jesus, some people love ice cream, others even love Hello Kitty, me, I love Victory’s Hop Devil Ale. One of the most amazing and delectable beers ever made on this planet. I’m stuck in Iowa though (hey, prohibition ended like 8 decades ago guys!), so no Victory for me. 🙁 As well, the first time around, we seriously shortbrewed this delectable concoction, ending with only 3+ gallons instead of the full five.
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Lagers, Kegs, and drinking.

Here at the trailer we are reviled for keeping things cold. Our friends and guests are often aghast at the “comfort” levels we maintain. We keep the thermostat set for a temperature range of 62-65 throughout the winter, mostly because we prefer the cooler temperatures. This has an interesting side affect of keeping some rooms cooler than others (well, this and the fact that many of the vents are blocked off). In fact, the bathroom closet maintains an average temperature of 45 degrees throughout the winter! Obviously this is an opportunity, one that we can’t ignore!
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Nothing new, but an update nonetheless

No real updates, as we haven’t done much brewing in the last few days, but I felt an update was necessary. We moved the cider to a secondary fermentation, and have superdoused it with campden tablets (15 all told). I believe the plan is to move the cider to the demi-john purchased this weekend and top off the demi with CO2 from our kegging outfit. Perhaps when we move it to the third we’ll get a better idea of the potency of the off-flavors/vinegar. Maybe the campden worked, though I’m doubtful.
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Boiling is always a good thing…

Last weekend we decided it would be kind of fun to make a “hard” cider. Given the overall simplicity of brewing a cider, we charged headlong into it. We already had some dry champagne yeast, and the ‘rick decided to to pick up some Apple Cider from the god-fearing grocery store and go to town. I cautioned that we should bring the entire mess to a boil before attempting to ferment, but like all good ideas I have the ‘rick choose to ignore me. (Sidenote, don’t the “intellectually superior” piss you off sometimes?) At any rate, five gallons of Apple Cider were dumped into the the carboy, along with the dry yeast and some spices we boiled into a pan of water, and we waited.
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