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September 22, 2014 / Gregory Williams

Brewing Season

carboy with air lock

A batch of Bucharoo Beer during secondary fermentation in a 6 gallon glass carboy with rubber cork and “s” shaped airlock.

Many people mark this time of year in US by their kids going back to school, the start of Football season, or the color of the leaves. In the Northwest it’s usually also marked by the return of cooler temperatures and pissing rain, but it seems like it’s been warmer and drier for longer than usual this year.

For this, I honestly can’t remember if I’m late getting to an inventory of my brewing supplies or if I pick it up this time every year? Unlike each batch, which I document to determine alcohol by volume and fermentation, the exercise of ordering supplies is something I don’t manage on paper. Maybe because I over buy? I’ve only been brewing for about four years. When I started brewing beer I ordered an excess of things like airlocks, Whirlfloc tablets, and sanitizer. I do the same with the main ingredients because it’s always better to have more hops, malt extract, and yeast on hand than one expects they might need, but for these freshness needs to be a consideration. The idea being not carry over too much.

Today I got down to business. It’d been a hard week and I was happy for the distraction of mindless lists and and the non-essential planning that is home brewing. My goal is simple; brew four batches, or about twenty gallons–enough for consumption and holiday giving. For my recipes that’s roughly 16 pounds of dry malt extract, 8 ounces of hop pellets, four Whirlfloc tables, four muslin bags, two pounds of speciality grains, and 30 grams of yeast. The rest of the essentials like priming sugar and water can be sourced from the kitchen.

So that’s what I sat down to order, along with an ample supply of airlocks, because I tend to break those despite the fact that the ones I use are made of plastic.

Next weekend I can finally get started as the temperature is forecast to be cool enough not to wig out primary fermentation.


September 14, 2014 / Gregory Williams

Updated Cameras Page

Polaroid Colorpack Land CameraA friend of mine asked me the other day if I was still buying cameras. I had to say no, I’ve found all the cameras I like at this point.

The most recent one to trickle in was the Olympus OM10, but it didn’t really take the cake so to speak. My last find before that was the Petri 1.9, four moths prior which for me really rounded out the set as that was the camera I had started looking for in the first place.

With all my camera needs pretty much settled, I thought I might bring the Cameras page up to date, at least for now.

So here is every camera that was featured on this site in one gallery.

I hope you enjoy it or even find it useful, and thanks for visiting!

September 11, 2014 / Gregory Williams


Today is not only the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001, but also the day 13 years ago when fear, anger, and knee jerk reactions began the slow erosion of our civil liberties by ushering in the largest and most technically advanced police state that has ever existed. 9/11/2001 was the day we traded our ideals for a false sense of security. 9/11 was a day that destroyed religious freedom, freedom of speech, privacy, and due process under the law. Today we should mourn the loss of life and remember the acts of heroism committed by first responders and private citizens alike, but we should also mourn the lost belief that we need not give up our liberty to be secure in our own country.

August 31, 2014 / Gregory Williams

Cowboys and Indians: the Wagon

Shot using the Nikon D50, a 13mm generic extension tube, and a 50mm 1:8 Nikon Lens Series E. The figurines are by Western Adventure, JPW International. See more Cowboys and Indians here.


August 30, 2014 / Gregory Williams

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier, Washington State.

Shot on the Nikon D50.

August 28, 2014 / Gregory Williams


clown fish

Another shot from that long ago visit to the Seattle Aquarium. Shot on the Nikon D50.

August 28, 2014 / Gregory Williams

Tandy 102 Portable Computer

This ended up in my possession somehow today. The operating system is Copyright 1983, Microsoft. It weighs about a pound, and boots in about a second. it has 29627 Bytes free.



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