My adventures in home brewing and other fermentation projects along with other usually related thoughts.
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Keeping things alive on the blog with some things, until I get back around to actually writing my backlog of posts. Enjoy :)
Certified Organic Porter
After the last porter I bought this was more than a pleasant surprise. It was a reminder that porter still is one of my favorite ales out there.
So, what's good about it. Well, certified organic, but then again, shouldn't all beer be? The ingredients are so terribly simple that all beer should either be certified organic, or come from grains or hops that were produced on a farm that is too small to be able to afford the organic certification.
This is just a nice beer to look at. Dark cola color, but crystal clear. Nothing but the deep dark brown to obstruct the light showing through. Maybe the head leaves a little bit to be desired as it dies down pretty quickly, but there are worse qualities in a beer. In my opinion this is one of those beers that most definitely gets better as it warms up. The flavors and smells are allowed to come out, and the smell just gets bigger. It's rich, malty, with an almost mocha flavor going on in there. Ove…
Stuff to play in the car
I've been out on the road a bit for the last few days, and when you're doing a lot of driving, you find you have a lot of time on your hands for listening to stuff. At least that's been my experience. This time around I've been catching up on my backlog of podcasts, and a new one has made it into circulation. Andy Dowling
As of this moment, his site appears to be down, but if you get the chance, open up your favorite podcast app
and search for 'The Andy Social' podcast. The few I've been through so far have been interviews and conversations dealing with driver safety, touring bands, and promoters. Really well done interviews. Give him a listen. Me, I'll be looking forward to what's coming up next.
Check him out, tell him I send you. It won't mean shit cause I don't actually know him, but it sounds nice...doesn't it? Lord
While we're at it, Andy's main job is playing bass for an Australian band called Lord…
Looking for agile project tracking online
A while back I was looking for a hosted solution for tracking some personal projects I'm working on, trying to get organized and all that. In the office I'm in a world of Jira, so I was looking for something that, at least superficially, worked in a similar manner...I believe in tool consistency so as to avoid getting confused...
I also wanted something hosted because the less I have to maintain myself, the better (one of the reasons I'm sold on Chromebooks).
I also wanted something free. Until I have to pay for something, I'm not willing to pay for something. I'm cheap.
In my research one name that kept popping up was Trello. Check it out. It's totally awesome. It's totally simple. It totally didn't give me all the features I was looking for. It's great, but it's not what I was after.
I also had the opportunity to try out Visual Studio online for project tracking, and loved it. The problem there was a…