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Introduction Post

Posted by toklas on 7/13/2015 at 09:49:34 AM

The 1% Rule.
In an online community, 1% contribute content, 9% comment or participate on that content, and 90% read or lurk. When Olan asked a few months ago for someone to lend the site "a woman's touch", I took the 90% route and kind of semi offered, hoping that somebody else would step up to the plate. But with the new BrewUnited sleek look and ease of use for making blog posts, I figured it might be time to put my big-girl dress on and actually contribute.

This blog.
It's difficult to say what the aim of this blog will be. Frankly, I don't have a master plan for this blog, and at any point if there are requests for me to write about something, I probably will oblige. This blog is likely going to be a blog about how I brew beer, all of the mistakes I make, what works and what doesn't work for me, the latest thing I've wasted money on, etc. I'm actually hoping that I'll learn a lot from you guys posting responses to my blog posts here: so please, please don't be afraid to respond with suggestions, ideas, or general comments.

General brewing intro.
Just to start, I'll begin with a quick intro of my setup. I do full-volume brew in a bag. My favourite calculator is the biabacus. I suggest that anybody who is doing BIAB consider at least trying out the biabacus: I've tried a few calculators and this is the most accurate to date for me. I don't even use Beersmith anymore. It takes a few brews to tune in the numbers for your system, but I will use my first few blog posts as an opportunity for you guys to see how that works. Let's be honest though - every 2nd brew, I just throw whatever leftover I have all together with some kind of base grain and hope everything turns out ok.

General geographical information a.k.a sorry about my abuse of units.
I'm Canadian. If you look at my brewing log, it's a hot mess of lbs, kg, ounces, grams, degrees F and C. Also, you'll notice that I spell words with a u, such as "colour" and "flavour". Or some words with an s, like categorise. I like hockey. Football has 3 downs. I say things like "give'r". Sorry if my spelling throws you off, and to help you convert kg to lbs: 1kg=2.2 lbs roughly.

Seriously, let me know if you want to hear about something in particular. I'm a mediocre brewer at best, my brew days are generally filled with idiocy, mistakes, blundering, haphazardry, and good music. I hope that in this blog you find some entertainment, and I hope from doing this blog I get to learn from some fantastic people.


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Not really sure what to suggest, but maybe if you talk about some recipes you've perfected, styles you like/don't like, etc. that might give people some ideas of what to ask.

I'd say talk about being a brewster, but I can't imagine there's really anything all that different other than how you might get treated by "that guy" at club meets.

PS - I also like hockey.

posted by uberg33k on 7/13/2015 at 10:38:45 AM

Welcome! I look forward to reading your contributions. Cheers,


posted by brulosopher on 7/13/2015 at 10:42:06 AM

Welcome! Nice to "see" another voice here. Thanks for the BIABacus link. BiaB is my primary brewing method and I haven't seen that one before. Can't wait to check it out!

posted by tracebusta on 7/13/2015 at 12:46:14 PM

Welcome aboard!

The more the merrier.

posted by nzo on 7/13/2015 at 02:50:24 PM

Cool intro! I am in the same boat and decided to start contributing as well. I submitted my first post and Olan is getting it tee'd up. I look forward to your future posts!

posted by Half Day on 7/15/2015 at 03:25:46 PM