Homebrew: Beginning the Oaked IPA

I thoroughly enjoy homebrewing, and I took the time to take pictures of this session so that I could share my hobby with others.

The first step is to get your notebook and your brewkit. I like to keep notes of my brewing. It’s not necessary, but it’s nice to go back and look.


Next, clean and sanitize your primary fermentor, air lock, and spoon. I washed it with Ajax dish soap, then sanitized with one-step.

Cleaning the primary

After washing the primary, I put ice in it and filled it to the 2 gallon mark with water. I then set it outside. I did this because I have a wort chiller on order and will need a way to chill my wort. This will come in handy later.

Next, lay out all of your ingredients.

All of the ingredients

Time to start brewing. Get a pot of water to around 150F and steep your grains to create the wort.

Grains Steeping
Not exact, but close.

After steeping for 20 minutes, remove and discard. Then bring the water up to a nice rolling boil. At this point you will add your remaining malt. Whether they are dry, wet, or a mixture depends on the kit. I am brewing an IPA and mine had both.

Dry malt extract
Liquid Extract

Next you will add your bittering hops. Mine were Columbus, which were awesome smelling, and Cascade. It will look swampy and smell delicious.

Mmm, hoppy

This boils for 55 minutes. At the last 5 minutes, you boil in the flavoring hops. After it has boiled for an hour, remove the wort and cool it rapidly to 70F. This is where the ice water comes in, I simply poured the wort into the water. I then added enough cold water to make 5 gallons.

Room temp wort

Finally, add the yeast, give ‘er a stir, and set it in a dark cool place. It will sit in the primary for 2 weeks.

In the brew closet

And here’s a treat. Two days later, it was bubbling. It does this because yeast eats sugar and gives off alcohol and carbon dioxide.

G-Tablet Saga: Part 1

I purchased a Viewsonic G-Tablet tonight in hopes of it being a replacement for an iPad. I had every intention of flashing its ROM when I got it, but I was surprised at just how crappy the TapNTap stock ROM was.

I had to reboot the thing 3 times just to connect to wireless. I’m going to play around with it a little in it’s stock configuration and will review as necessary. Then I will flash it with a ROM with xda-developers and do more reviewing.


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