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Fermented Grains and Hops

Green Tea IPA

Not only is Baird Beer my favorite Japanese Craft Brewer. They are also collaborating with another of my favorite US Brewers Stone Brewing Co.. Baird-Ishii-Stone Green Tea IPA is a collaboration brew, with the proceeds from the beer going to Tohoku disaster relief.

Read more here on the Baird Beer Brewers Blog, and on Stone Brewing’s site.  Click on the photo for a video by the 3 brewers involved.

Rolling Blackout

This beer was a kit that I bought on ebay from XXXX.  I brewed on an afternoon with my family during a scheduled power blackout scheduled by TEPCO**.  This is the first taste after waiting 1 week after bottling.  There is not much aroma except for maybe a hint of dark-maltiness or is it malty-darkness.  There is a little bite on the tongue as priming (3/4 cup of light malt) is starting to kick off.  There is no head to speak of, but hopefully that will develop in a few more weeks.   I was a little concerned because this particular bottle had some yeast (or something) inside the bottle on the neck, but it tastes to be ok.


  • 4 L water
  • 2 lb. Muntons Dark (Dried Malt Extract)
  • 3.3 lb. Muntons Hopped Dark Bitterness (40-45)
  • 1 oz. German Hallertau Hops (pellets, Alpha 3%)
  • 6 oz. Muntons Crushed Crystal 2-Row Barley (not much!!)
  • 11.5 g, Saflager S-23 Dried Yeast
  • 1/2 Tsp. Irish moss

**Rolling Blackouts: The theory was that because of the earthquake and damaged Fukushima nuclear powerplant everyone would have to endure months of power outages where each city or grid was on a different time so that no one would have more than 4 hours of outage time.  And that the times were rotated so that no one had to endure a very inconvenient time all the time ex. 0600-1000.   Blackouts would be announced on the TEPCO website and on the “big voice” a network or loudspeakers strategically placed throughout each city and prefecture.  unfortunately this was in Japanese so it was just eerie-echo voices that were no help at all to whether the power was about to go out, it was going to go out in the morning, or it was not going to go out at all.

I ran the “Shinnenkai (新年会) Run” in Tsunashima on Sunday and it was great!  The weather was nice and a little overcast and cool.

I got there via the Tokyu Toyoko Line having to get on a local train to make sure it stopped at the right spot.

Tsumashima is a smaller town with some buildings but not too big.  Being just after New Years and the weekend there were lots of people going to the shrines with large lines exiting from the shrine in to the nearby streets.

My favorite part was going to a restaurant afterward where you can catch you own fish and then they will prepare it for you in any one of at least 3 ways:

Shabu Shabu – Thinly sliced and cooked in a boiling soup at the table

Sashimi – Raw and delicious like Sushi without the rice

Tempura – Lighty Fried in batter

Nitatsu – Simmered in Soy Sauce, looks kind of baked

I’m not too sure about the last name… will have to check on that.

Yes it was time to clock out of work, and primp and prep for a night out on the town(s). For Melissa’s birthday we wanted to celebrate with some of her closest friends. Even Melissa S. made the commitment to leave her baby under the care of a baby sitter for the first time.
Click here for pictures After much deliberating the planning committee agreed on Creekside for a venue for dinner and drinks. One reason for the selection is that they have live music and they take reservations. I enjoy Creekside every time I go and this was no exception.

After a nice dinner, the DD’s were ready key in hand to take us to Shannon’s (thank you Jennifer, Chrissy and Melissa S.) Shannons was nice and another band was playing here, they were quite good actually. Especially the Beasty Boys song, they sounded like the real thing. If anyone remembers the name of the bands let me know and I will fill them in. We also met old-guy-“Don” who always seems to be celebrating his birthday at Shannon’s the same night. Perplexing…

We hope you had a Happy Birthday Melissa!

Congratulations to Kelly and Jeremy for getting married, and thanks so much for inviting us. It was great to be a part of your wedding on the beach in Sarasota.

It was great fun at the reception and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Best of luck in Colorado in your new house. Here are some more photos.

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We had a great turn-out for the party and are glad you could all make it. Melissa and I were impressed by all the creative costumes, and great food. We have compiled some photos of the festivities.

Thank you Pam and Harold, and Gwen for the additional photos. Thanks also to Dave for hijacking my camera.. and taking pictures until the memory card was full. Click on the thumbnail image to the right to enter the photo gallery.

There are some additional photos from Gwen and Harold, and a funny You Tube video here. Thanks again.

Also special thanks for Shawn S. for aiding and abetting with the smashing-mashup of music that played throughout the party. Let me or Shawn know if you want a copy of teh Rox0r playlist and content on DVD/CD.

Leave comments below if you are inclined.

Friends and Family are welcome to our upcoming Halloween costume party. Leave the children at home and turn on the creativity because you only get to get your freak on in public, with the attire to match, once a year.

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I’ll be adding more to this thread.. so check back for news, polls, and comments.


Here are a few fun ones. Click and play these if you want. Post your best scores! 🙂

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Welcome back Will from serving the last 7 months overseas (on land and sea). We’re all glad to have you back safely and we look forward to seeing you soon.  We’re chillin’ some Old Milwalkee for you Will so don’t worry.