Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Water Water Everywhere!

Brewers Publications Presents:
Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers

Take the mystery out of water’s role in the brewing process

Boulder, CO • September 23, 2013 Ingredients like hops, barley and yeast are widely understood by brewers, but one element is often overlooked: water. Brewers Publications is pleased to announce the release of Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers, by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski, which will help brewers who have long been flummoxed by the liquid’s complex chemistry.

The third book in Brewers Publications’ Brewing Elements series, this detailed guide is the first book solely devoted to the use and treatment of water throughout the brewing process. From an overview on sources, quality and geography, the book shows brewers how to read water reports, understand flavor contributions, and adjust the chemistry of brewing water. A discussion of adapting water to styles of beer, residual alkalinity, malt acidity, mash pH, brewery process water and wastewater treatment is included.

“If you don’t get the water right, neither will you succeed with the beer,” said Charlie Bamforth, professor of malting and brewing sciences at the University of California in a review on the book. “Water is a precious commodity, from its availability, through its quality, right to its departure down the drain. It demands respect and that is precisely what it receives in this book, which is packed with valuable information, calculations and best practice guidelines for brewers large and small.”

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ready for Key West 2013

Ready to travel!

Nothing new there! I am always ready to see new things and eat new foods, but I’m especially excited to get back to Key West this year!

Key West is one of those special little places where you can always find something new. Be it a new bar, a new restaurant or simply a piece of architecture that hasn’t caught your eye before.

The history of Key West is strange, exciting and full of twists and turns. I have never read a history book that reads like a murder mystery / romance novel... But Key West is exactly that!

From the haunted buildings and cemetery tours to having drinks at Captain Tony’s, the town is full of excitement. Captain Tony’s is in the building that housed the town’s mortuary for years, and the tree that grows through the middle of the bar (and out the roof) was used as the town’s gallows before that. Add the fact that Jimmy Buffett scrawled his idea for “Last Mango in Paris” on the wall in the men’s room, and you’ve got a genuine Key West experience in one building!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Corojo

With a shiny dark brown corojo wrapper and box-pressed robusto shape, Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve may be one of the more inviting cigars I’ve smoked in a while.

I must say that the box-pressed shape always makes me happy! I don’t know why, but I like the way they smoke, and I like the way they feel in my mouth.

 This $4 Honduran beauty was sent to me a few weeks ago by the good people at Thompson Cigars, and has been peacefully resting in my humidor since.

Sniffing the wrapper reveals a smoky, earthy character that seems to fit the looks of this beauty to a T!

Construction was very nice, no nicks or dings and the structure was firm and even. No soft spots and not at all spongy.

Striking fire to any cigar usually means busting out a Zippo for me. Lots of “Aficionados” will tell you that this is a terrible way to light a puro. The oil in the lighter adds a considerable amount of impurities and flavor to the flame.

Normally, I like this. It’s just how I like my cigars. But for you, I chose to light this stick with my Xikar torch lighter to ensure I didn’t add any flavor.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Worth The Wait

I have been on pins and needles for months while waiting for the new book in the Buck Riley series, "Crystal Blue"  to become available!

Author John Cunningham has masterfully toyed with my emotions since some time in January or February; whenever I realized a new book was nearly done. With every tweet and every Facebook photo, I would get excited with anticipation, hoping it was the release of the new book!

The other thing that Cunningham does masterfully well, is character development. This has always been one of my favorite things about his books.

At some point in the first 3 pages, you would recognize the main character if you saw him on the street.

The character development combined with straightforward story lines that are full of twists and turns, and a very linear writing style, make it no secret that Cunningham is one of my favorite authors these days!

If you have ever traveled the Caribbean or watched old pirate movies you will recognize the sights and sounds that Cunningham paints in your mind!

With characters traveling to actual places, that I very much enjoy, its easy to keep my attention! At one point, Buck was at the "Beach Bar" in Cruz Bay on the island of St. John!  I actually wondered for a split second, if he saw my Kahuna Sticker on the door..... That's what I call being wrapped up in a book!

The adventure never stops

The adventure never stops
with the Buck Reilly series