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Tim Taylor Clone On

March 21st, 2011 · No Comments

I took it upon myself to start another batch last Saturday. It’s suppose to be a Tim Taylor clone but I don’t know. It’s awful red. Yes, red. Smells nice though. I’ll have to admit that I didn’t actually measure things to accurately and the BOIL was more of a, ‘its really hot,’ and I used yeast salvaged from the last batch — very surprised that that worked — but I’ve got another batch on.

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Twelfth Night At Toad Hall

March 20th, 2011 · No Comments

We’ve brewed this batch (Twelfth Night at Toad Hall) several weeks ago and I just put it in bottles as directed.  Now I just need to leave them alone until Christmas. Compared to other batches brewed from grain, this one took up loads of space — nearly 9 kilos of grain.  It almost didn’t fit into the pots and boilers.

Checking the bottles, I can see sediment starting to collect at the bottom of the bottles already! How exciting!

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Bristol Row and a Bum Leg

March 29th, 2009 · No Comments

I rowed in the Bristol River Avon race and it was outstanding. Young Bristol won but we pulled up behind and took 2nd overall. Not a trophy for 2nd and there were only 9 boats but at least we were there. Lovely day for a race!

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PS: The bum leg bit has to do with me bumping my leg — I’ve been to A&E and to the fracture clinic. The injury resulted from putting the boat in the water and I stepped off the slipway. No, I didn’t slip..I stepped.

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March 6th, 2009 · No Comments

I’ve been psyching myself up for gig rowing tomorrow. Please see — I wasn’t selected as part of the crew. I guess being as old as I am I won’t get much oppurtunity to row. It was kinda disappointing but at the same time a relief. The Appledore race isn’t suppose to be easy but I was ready to tape up my thumbs (as they tend to blister real quick) and get on with it. Bummer man!!

Wonder if we’re rowing on the 15th

We’re talking about Bristol but no committment yet. 🙁 — I wanna row.


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Last Few Brewing Experiences

December 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I’ve taken up home brewing again. Last year for my 40th birthday, my sister-n-law got me a Tom Caxton Real Ale kit. She did this because I had talked about my experience and had shown her some of my kit: glass carboy, food grade bucket, bottle capping device and a few other bits and bobs.

So just before my 41st birthday I finally break this kit out and see what I need. I was sure enough that I didn’t want to use ordinary sugar to make it with because that makes it taste funny; I read that on the internet somewhere. I was also grumbling internally about bottling. so I asked around and a friend of mine turned me on to a home brew supplier nearby.  After a short trip there, I had a pressure keg and some proper brewing sugar.

First thing I had to do was clean the mouse nest from my food-grade bucket. Seriously! A mouse had set up home in my bucket.  My bucket has the faucet near the bottom and the faucet was not hooked up — so a mouse made a home in it.

The first batch was just OK. It’s been several months so my memory of it is a bit vague.  The pressure keg I used was one of those plastic ones which works fine but I tend to think I was in too much of a hurry and needed to give the beer more time to mature. Subsequent batches ensued as needed. I believe I’ve made two or three since.

I’ve also acquired a Mr. Beer kit and have made two batches.  I’ve still got plenty of it left. Its OK beer but seems a bit weak.

These stories will follow.

Cheers & ON ON


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Aspirations of Running again

August 9th, 2008 · No Comments

I have aspirations of running once more but haven’t actually done anything about it.  I’m not feeling sorry for myself, after all I’ve lifted weights and worked out enough to put on a few pounds of muscle. I always did the strenght training.

And of course, I’ve taken up rowing, which, when racing, is a cardio and muscle building event all rolled into one.

But I remember the good old days of running with the Churn Valley Hash.  Ahhh! Memories.  Well I figure I need to do something about this. I’m in Texas right now so might need to pick up a new pair of running shoes; cross country of course since where I live there isn’t much of any where else to run.  What am I complaining for — that’s hashing!  Geez — I’m an excuse monster.

Need to right about a few other things.

ON ON — Flounder

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Pilot Gig Racing

June 15th, 2008 · No Comments

I’ve started a new and exciting sport called Pilot Gig Racing. A Pilot Gig is a big row boat with six people rowing and one directing and steering called a coxswain. All together we row like vikings with giant oars and hurtle the boat along at a reasonable pace.

There are plenty of websites with information on gig racing so look them up. What I’m going to talk about is my personal experience with gig racing.

My first experience with a Gig was of being invited out to simply give it a go. Why was I invited out? Good question! While awaiting an Indian take-away, my wife and I started chatting with Bob who asked if I row. The only rowing I had done was on a rowing machine but gig rowing sounded interested. During this conversation I was informed that I was stocky — not quite sure how to take that.

The first actual time I rowed, I dropped the oar in the water and caught a few crabs. Catching a crab is when the oar doesn’t want to come out of the water as if a crab is on the end of it pulling it in.

What can I say about Gig racing in general? If you’ve never raced before the first time is the clincher. Practicing is one thing but to row flat out for 15 minutes is another. Especially when trying to catch another gig. It is the most grueling workout or sporting-like thing I’ve ever done. It’s great! An event can last upto 20 minutes and there are even ones where crews row long distances around the coastline. It’s all about core strength too — simply holding onto the oar is challenging but making that oar bend slightly when rowing, keeping in time with the everyone and simply keeping it up for 15-20 minutes is an amazing experience.

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First Run in a while

March 16th, 2008 · No Comments

I did my first run in several weeks down at Stowe woods. The woods has a nice path cut through it so running was fairly easy going. Ruth, Layla and I started at the bottom and walked up the road, and I do mean up, which warmed us up.

At the top, I started the Garmin having already had it on for a while so it could find its bearings. Roo took off with her ususal quickness while I lagged behind.

Layla trotted along nicely beside Roo but stopped until I caught up. This was annoying Roo somewhat so I caught up and ran with Layla instead. She didn’t stop but I was hoping she would pull me along; she’s too gentle for that.

It was only 1.44 miles and we ran it in 17 minutes but its a start.

On On

Flounder (That’s my Hash NickName)

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Wales V France

March 15th, 2008 · No Comments

What an outstanding game! Congratulations to France. I won some money on this one. 🙂 teehee. Nice to be a winner once in a while — how about two years in a row!

Wales was just fabulous!

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Bad Weather Forecast

March 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Bad weather has been forecast for today. This BBC article explains it pretty well. I haven’t seen much so far. I suspect I slept through it. However, when we woke up this morning the Rayburn had blown out which is our main source of heat.

It’s a debate as to whether I should go to work or not. My homework is calling me and I should be focusing on that. While I have been working quite hard recently, not just on homework but also at work, I suspect it will not matter if I show up for work or not. They can live with out me for today

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