The countdown begins.

So, while transferring, fortifying, and oaking what remains of last year’s Chaimera tonight, I had an idea that I’d like to throw out to the rest of the valiant Flagon Slayers: Year End Party.  Bring the best you’ve made, period.  I’ll put down a bottle of Chaimera, Cyser, Cider, some of the Atomic Porter, and anything I make for the rest of the year that makes the cut.

Here’s how to play along at home:  when you determine something’s worth this final second year throwdown, just label it specially and hide it in the cellar somewhere. Sometime around the start of 2009, we have a Bacchanalian tasting party, the likes never seen by mortal men. Gentlemen, start your fermenters.  Fautz, start making excuses.

Leave me a comment if you’re in.

2008 already?

Wow, time flies. I’ve been brewing a lot more than I’ve been writing lately, which is good for me, bad for those following along at home. I did find the time to finish writing up my favorite of the latest brews, the Christmas Cyser, and it’s one I’d really recommend.

Big news on the Flagon Slayer front, as well. It’s become a sort of travelling brewing party, and as a group, we’re attempting to make two batches a month, showing up on the weekend to whoever has an empty carboy. That being said, I’d like to welcome Chris and Ross on board!

January is Porter season: Chris brewed one (his first brew!) last week, and I’ll be putting one down this weekend if all goes well, and post the recipe.

Finally, I just have to share this: Linux-Based Wine Cellar Monitor. How cool is that?

Fun with Pumpkins

Well, Halloween’s coming up, and I haven’t updated in quite some time, for the simple reason that we haven’t been up to brewing anything lately.  There are two links that really need to be passed on, though, both involving pumpkins.  The first is actually brewing related: an interesting flickr photo stream about brewing in a pumpkin. The second is just plain cool, for those who are electrically inclined: Evil Mad Scientist’s Snap-O-Lantern. Very nice!

Happy Programmers’ Day!

September 13th is the 256th day of the year, which we all know is the number of possible values in 8 bits (what most people mean when they refer to a byte. Not the old PDP guys with their 36 bit words, but I digress), and is therefore suited to a semi-unofficial holiday.  I took a semi-holiday while at work, thanks to Kingdom of Loathing, and now am celebrating by drinking some of the beer left over from the last holiday we celebrated, St. Bartholomew’s Day.

What else did we do, you ask?  Well, I’d be happy to answer: we brewed a pomegranate mead, and Cory taught us how to breathe fire. Pictures at the bottom.  Also, it occurs to me that with saints Bartholomew, Arnold, Hildegarde, Augustine, and the like, we could have a pretty good set of holidays…

What’s next for this intrepid gang of brewers?  Well, Aaron and I have been cooking up a scheme evil enough to match his brilliant name of Zombeer.  Sticking with an islandy, White Zombie theme, we’ve decided it should include sugar cane, kava, and blue lotus.  Should be interesting, no matter what.

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