Wednesday, July 18, 2012


So I've been thinking a lot lately about how unfulfilled I feel on a particular level.  You see, I am a software engineer in my day job.  I absolutely love what I do, aside from the fact that being tied to my desk everyday is slowly killing me.  I do try to get up and walk around the office more, and take a quick walk at lunch.  We are on the fifth floor of our building and I take the stairs every morning.  I even sometimes go down to the first floor bathroom so that I can make the long climb back up and get the blood flowing.  That's a different issue though.

The reason for my feeling this way is that each task I'm assigned at work is based on someone else's idea.  That is fine, and it keeps me busy, but the freedom for creativity is somewhat constrained by what our product needs to do and has a certain look and feel to it.  On one hand this is good and provides me with steady work, so I am by no means bored.  I just get jealous when I read story after story online about this or that person having some great idea and developing the next "must have" app.  It is a dreamer's mentality that I simply do not possess.  I guess we all secretly want what we don't have.  I just wish sometimes I could get that one idea that I could sort of mold and create something real out of it.  I'm not naive to realize that creating an application is not time consuming and that is nearly impossible with three kids that need tending. Anytime I do try to think of some problem that needs to be solved, I quickly punch holes in it and dismiss it as a possibility.

I guess I should be happy that I have a solid job that I love and am able to contribute to an organization's bottom line in a very tangible way.  It is just that sometimes, I wish I was my own man with nobody to answer to and coding away on some application that I truly believed in and was my baby.  KWIM?  Maybe I'll just stick to brewing beer for now as a creative outlet.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


All-grain brewing, why did it take me this long to make the switch? Back in the fall, I ordered two partial mash kits from Norther Brewer (Surly Bitter and Surly Bender) and took the next step in home-brewing between extract and all-grain. It turned out to be a relatively smooth transition as it offered me a little bit of something new (steeping some grain in a cooler) and something familiar (adding liquid extract to the wort pre-boil). Both beers turned out well and gave me confidence to take that next step. Of the two, I prefer the Bender. The Bitter was a little unbalanced for my liking. While I love hops, there wasn't enough malt sweetness to even it out and this came out as too hoppy for what I was expecting.

So for Christmas this past year, I asked for a few other pieces of equipment (a false bottom just to name one) and asked for an all-grain porter kit. Well, I must say that this porter turned out beyond my wildest expectations. It tastes soooooooo good. As my lovely wife said, "Oh that's smooth!!!!" I concur. It is so smooth, it is difficult to have just one pour. I am trying to conserve it as much as I can until I can get the next one in the pot. So, next up is an American Amber Ale. Another easy drinking, simple style to attempt an all-grain brew. One thing I noticed right away with this porter is that it didn't have any of that "twang" that I've been so accustomed to with extract brews. That is enough for me to never look back! Now, I need to make some time to brew up my next batch.
Once I've mastered this type of home-brewing, I'll turn my sights on brewing lager. But that can wait.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


Well, I have finally graduated to kegging my home brew. I must say that I am quite pleased. I brewed a sweet stout similar to Lancaster Milk Stout. I have had a test pint and while it isn't fully carbonated yet, I think it is a winner. So, since I have a two tap tower and a second empty keg, I ordered the ingredients for a Cream Ale this morning. I'm back!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Over a year?

So it has been over a year since I've said anything brilliant on here? That is probably because I've censored my self to protect others. I'd probably offend some with my thoughts so like Mom always said, if I don't have anything nice to say, then don't say it.

Besides, when things have occurred to me as possible things to write, I realized they were topics that made me angry. Mostly political stuff so I just kept it to myself and let it fester. However recently I came to the conclusion that I just need to let those things go. Who the hell cares what I think about a given topic? It isn't my place to change the world.

So, will I give up reading news all the time? Probably not, but I will try harder to just shake my head and move to the next article instead of thinking about any single one of them for too long.

There are other more important things to write about such as the new kegerator I got a few weeks back. That is for another post...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Last Night's Speech

So I didn't watch the President's speech last night on health care. Quite frankly, nothing he was going to say would sway my opinion on the whole matter. However, I was surprised to read this morning about the Representative from South Carolina, Joe Wilson, who so rudely yelled out during the speech. How immature? How disrespectful? Whether you agree with the President or not, respect the office and keep your comments to yourself in that situation. Completely unnecessary and ridiculous. So this is how our elected officials conduct themselves? Both parties are guilty of unruly behavior at times, and I'm sick of both of them. Last night was just another example on why I've grown disgusted with members of our Congress. Rep. Wilson could easily show his dissent by not voting for whatever legislation finally makes it to the floor. Yelling at the President on national TV is not the right way to go about things. I bet he just wrote his own ticket, right out of office. What a joke!