Sunday, January 17, 2016

Best Christmas Cards of 2015

It has become a tradition here at Hangman Hill Road to run an informal poll of the "best cards of the year" as we take down our Christmas decorations.  This year the competition was fierce, and we had a hard time choosing a top five.

So, here are our favorites from this year's cards (in no particular order).  Did yours make it into the top rated cards?

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Time to brew

Today's project is to scale down my beer making process and recipes to the 1- gallon scale, so that I can make some more unusual types of beer and do it more frequently. I just don't drink enough to get through 5-gallons of barley wine!

The first trial batch will be an Irish stout and so far everything went according to plan. I needed a smaller bucket for primary fermentation and I ended up with exactly 1-gallon of wort at the end of the process. Now all we need to do is clean up and wait patiently!