A plasma cutter makes short work of hole-making.

Keggle Project

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One of my goals for 2014 is to step up to full-volume boils to get more quality out of my beer. The other is to move to all-grain brewing. This post, however, focuses on the keg boil kettle – the keggle. About Kegs A 1/2 barrel keg holds 15.5 gallons of liquid. When you think …

It's done!

Gate is 99.9% Complete

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Okay, okay. I neglected to factor in the recent daylight savings time change. The project got stretched out over a couple weeks. I even took a half-day off last week to wrap up the first half of the build. I finished the main gate build this past Sunday and it’s looking passable! After a small …

Here's a shot of Monday's effort.

Gate Update

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I took a half-day from work on Monday of this week to continue the gate project. It was cool and rainy out, so why not build stuff in the rain, right? So the Titan Post Anchor seems to be holding up nicely. And shame on me: there’s a small detail about the post anchors that …

Aurora Dallas 2013

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Aurora Dallas was an amazing event. While I did run in to a few friends at the event, I was in “me” mode so I could have the freedom to go shoot the stuff I wanted to shoot. And when you add in the time lapse part, the element of time comes in to play. …

Sidewalk, with granite side bed included.

Gate Plans

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So Erin and I adopted a dog from Operation Kindness and he is a lovely little devil. And up to this point, we have left our fence in its current state. Because we did not require a completely gated-in back yard, we left it open on one side. And it has been great… up to …

We're right at 1.014 - right at where we need to be for two weeks in the fermenter.

Porter Progress

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Here’s a quick follow up on the porter that I am working on. It’s Brian Smith’s Prestidigitation Porter from BeerSmith + a little tweaking. I added just a little bit of cascade hops from the garden and a homemade hazelnut extract. For the hazelnut extract, I just did a 1.5 week soak. I bought raw hazelnuts from …

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Marfa Road Trip

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We went to Marfa this past weekend. It was Erin’s first time to go (my second). We had a lot of tips on where to stop, what to see, what and where to eat! Highlights included a dip on the way in to town at Balmorhea State Park, Food Shark, Cochineal, The Chinati Foundation, Pizza …

My little friend in Grand Case

Island Time

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It has been more than two months since my last post. And I have been mildly busy. I mean, we got married in May. It was a very DIY event, with lots and lots of running all over town. We had our photographers just hand us their data cards too, so the photo editing is …