The video below shows the fermentation of a spiced porter using Safale S-04 yeast and demonstrates how active the currents in fermenting beer are. It was taken on Saturday, November 13, 2004.

The video is in Quicktime format so you may need to install the Quicktime viewer.

BJCP style guideline update is published

After a lot of hard work, I've reformatted the BJCP style guidelines in XML and generated newly formatted html pages. I am happy to say that the pages validate as XHTML 1.0 strict and are much more accessible and easy to navigate now. I took the opportunity to mark up abbreviations and create hyperlinks between the styles.

Hopefully, having the guidelines in XML will make them more manageable in the future, and will provide for easier integration into applications if people have requirements to do so.

Driving sucks but the Midwest doesn't

I returned from my trip to Indiana and Wisconsin early tuesday morning, and it took me most of this week to recover. I ended up driving over 2000 miles (3200 km) in total and I felt like a wreck by the time I got back.

The trip was largely successful though. I picked up several New Glarus beers and some interesting imports.

Great lakes beer run

New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian RedI'm off on a beer run in Indiana and Wisconsin this weekend. I am hoping to pick up some New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red (and perhaps their raspberry tart). If this beer is anywhere near as good as others make it sound, it's going to be great. I think I'll also be picking up some Three Floyds beer along with whatever else looks interesting.

What's on tap?

Well, I've finally managed to fill my beer fridge. I have 5 kegs of 4 different beers on tap: a pale ale, a Witbier, and 2 porters. It feels good to have a selection of draft beer to choose from again.

Last time I had any amount of beer in the fridge I ended up drinking almost everything before I brewed again so the delay factor was pretty distressing. I have to remember not to let that happen again.

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