So, I finally did it. This blog is now hosted at larsan.net instead. So kindly update your bookmarks and your RSS feeds. This place is now dead, here’s where the action is:
June 21, 2010
June 18, 2010
Comments Off on On popular demand: My addictions
Since someone asked, here’s a run down of the Internet applications I regularly use, and why. Enjoy!
- Google (there’ll be some of these):
- Gmail – Since I started GTD’ing I’ve come to realize how much an empty inbox is worth. But then, you need search capabilities to back it up. At the moment, I’m doing all my emails, private and business, via Google. Also, the Android Gmail application rocks.
- Calendar – What can I say? It is simply the best. I currently have 2 calendars for myself, one for me and one for my business appointments, as well as one calendar for St Jacobs Chamber choir.
- Reader – Again, the best of the bunch. The ability to stay in sync with your reading list is a must have. I kind of like the interface as well. And I use NewsRob on Android too.
- Documents – Not so much, but it is convenient at times. Otherwise I’m very much off-line when it comes to document management and editing.
- Picasa – This is where my public albums live. That’s right, you may be in there! Have a look, fungrim’s the name.
- Remember the Milk – This is where my tasks and projects live. Live the simplicity, the Android application, and the name. I’m a paying user here.
- Hootsuite – The geek weapon for managing you social presence. Good stuff, but not for the weak hearted. I currently use it for Facebook (daytime), 2 twitter accounts and my LinkedIn account.
- Evernote – Together with WebClipper it’s the ultimate web reference tool. This is where I collect references and ideas. Good Android application too.
- TripIt – Damn convenient! Just forward your booking email to it and you have it all sorted out. This saves you from receiving a booking confirmation for, say, a flight and then manually insert it to your calendar. Decent Android application.
- Dropbox – Again, damn convenient! A shared storage that just works. Access the same folder from multiple computers. There’s all sorts of neat stuff you can do with this, and I have only started.
- Xmarks – Bookmark synchronising over multiple browsers. What would I be without it?
All of the above with the exception of Xmarks and Hootsuite works very well with Android (xmarks doesn’t exist on Android and the Hootsuite application isn’t very good) which is perfect, I’m a very happy nerd!
And yes, I’m on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and LinkedIn as well. You’ll find links to my profiles below:
That’s about it. Not too addicted, eh?
June 4, 2010
Comments Off on The First Taste: Fungrim’s APA #2
Time to address the second batch. I have tasted it before, but was slightly disappointed. But my more experienced friends adviced me to wait a while longer. Some beers needs a little bit more than 2 weeks in bottle. It has now been 5 weeks in bottle, so let’s have a go!
- Looks: Off white head. Descent retention. Hazy amber gold with a redish cast. Much like batch 1.
- Nose: Some American hops alright. Citrus mixed with malt and… Banana?! WTF?!
- Palate: Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation
- Taste: Light. Small body. A nice easy flowing bitterness. Some citrus. Well balanced, not too sweet, not too bitter.
- Overall: A lightweight. Easy to drink and forget. Not bad though, even though the banana smell puts me off a bit.
If batch 1 was a 3 out of 5 (with some bonus for being the first try), this is a 2. I won’t be making it again. But very served very cold on my sunny balcony a late summer day? Hell yes!
May 2, 2010
Comments Off on Fungrim’s APA #2: Bottling
And so, after two weeks we’ll bottle. If you wonder why the bottles are in the oven, that’s where you sterilize them. And yes, the caps I’ll use are sterilized as well, as are the rest of the rest of the equipment.
Before we got here I added some sugar, 72 grams to be exact, to the brew. This will provide extra nourishment for the surviving yeast, so that when we open the first bottle on two weeks the yeast will have worked some more and produced a nice carbonation.
The FG (Final Gravity) ended up at 1017, which tells us that the ABV will be approximately 5.4%. So a bit lighter than the last batch.
Now, more waiting, but I’m looking forward to the first taste, it smelled wonderful!
April 17, 2010
Before pitching the yeast I took a sample for testing the original gravity (OG). This is roughly a measurement on how much carbon hydrates are left in the brew. The yeast will go and feast (sorry) on the carbon hydrates, leaving the FG (final gravity) lower, and the difference bwteen them will tell us the alcohol strength. Easy, huh?
Now we wait one week, then it’s time to switch to a new fermentation barrel. And after one week more it time to bottle. 🙂
Come on yeast! Do yer thing!