Winter Warmer

December 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’ve been brewing my own beer for roughly a year. I have a lot of my own equipment, and I’m borrowing some from a friend while I acquire the rest. I just started my fifth batch tonight, a darkish ale with above average alcohol content called Winter Warmer.

I get my supplies from Northern Brewer, a company based in Minnesota. If you have your own recipes, they have all the supplies you could want, or at least all I can imagine. They also have recipe kits of their own. You just browse their recipes, pick one, and they send all the ingredients with instructions.

Don’t worry, I’m not kidding myself into thinking I’m becoming the next Jim Cook; it’s a fun hobby, and it’s really good beer that’s significantly less expensive than buying microbrews.

Anyway, this recipe calls for something I’ve never done before, a yeast starter. See, normally you boil the ingredients for a while, cool it down, add yeast, and let it sit. Boiling breaks down the complex starches into simple starches the yeast can eat and turn into alcohol and carbon dioxide. But this recipe gives the yeast lots more starch, resulting in the higher alcohol content.

Apparently, the normal amount of yeast for a typical 5 gallon batch doesn’t cut it for this recipe. They can’t handle all that starch and get stressed out or something. I don’t know the details, but I know that in general, if the yeast are happy (they have the right food, the right temperature, no other bacteria to compete with, etc.) the beer probably won’t suck. I also know that NB recommend a yeast starter, and they haven’t steered me wrong yet.

Long story short, I just gave my yeast an all you can eat buffet and put on some Barry White. So instead of about a dozen billion yeast cells, I’ll be adding a couple hundred billion on brewing day so they can handle the job. This batch should be ready in February or so. I’m anticipating it’ll be worth the wait. It has been for each batch so far.

I like my new hobby.

One last try to typeset math in a blog post.

December 6, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Here we go.

[; e^i\pi + 1 = 0 ;]

Thanks, Euler.

Please comment if you can see this math nicely typeset, but not the stuff in the previous post.

Busy TeXing the world.

December 6, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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This is just a test, really, of my new Firefox add-on called TeX the World.

[; \int_{\partial M} \omega = \int_M d\omega ;]

You’re supposed to see some integrals above, if this add-on works the way it’s supposed to. I’ve tried it on Facebook, but the only people who can see the math, as opposed to the code that’s supposed to generate the math, are those who have the add-on.

If it works the way it should, the above math will appear as an image within the document, and anyone, even folks without the add-on, should be able to see it.

Here goes.

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