I found this picture while looking through old photos with my dad in. When I reflect on my dad, often my sister is in my thoughts, too.
Another milestone this week was my younger son, pictured here along with my dad, traveling with his mom to visit one of the colleges he is considering attending. A reminder that life is never all good or all bad, rather a complicated mix from moment to moment.
My Dad passed away a year ago, today. Been talking a lot with my older son, pictured here, about him and much else on the young man’s mind. I have not had an easy week as a father, or as a son. Yet I soldier on, trying to keep the best of my dad in my heart as well as patience and love for my sons.
It has been a good brew day so far, smooth and on target. Yes, there may be a splash of bourbon in that wort sample. Don’t worry, I took my readings before adulterating it.
I think attention to detail is critical to quality. Detailed notes help me take care of every last thing without missing anything. Also super helpful to compare to previous batches.
Brew day, today. First one since graduation. Entirely appropriate attire since this is a pilot batch, a kolsch, destined for @marylandmalt.
Heading out to @brookevillebeer in a bit for their 3rd anniversary. Looking forward to enjoying our collab once again, as well as more of the amazing Summer Storm, plus whatever other goodies they have in store. Couldn’t ask for better weather.
And that’s the English IPA. Couple of experimental tweaks this time: changed a couple of hop varieties to see how they compare and dry hopping in the keg.
Cellar work in the pilot brewery today. Deep clean of both draft lines then tapped this, A Pleasant Country, my collab made at @brookevillebeer. Next up, packaging and tapping my English IPA.
Best news to start the day: the results of my nuclear stress test last week were perfectly normal. And my cardiologist is super curious about craft beer so we spent more time chatting about my brewery than my heart.