Monday, December 04, 2006
I've been taken over by the myspace storm so I haven't spent any time recently on this blog.
I also haven't brewed in awhile until a couple of weeks ago. This was not the fault of myspace. It doesn't have that big a hold on me yet.
I also have a you tube account to which I will soon begin adding video training journals.
Now why would I be working on Training journals? More on that in a second.
We did brew 10 gallons of the Porter recipe with some Cascade hops dried by my coworker Peter. It was like a beer circle at work. Peter grew and dried the Hops, I made the beer, and brought the spent grain to Heidi at work who made really tasty spent grain bread with the spent grain. You could taste the toastyness of the black patent and chocolate malts. Perfect with just butter.
Add 10 more to the tally. Oh, and Joe and Josh Hanson have been brewing almost non stop since taking over housing duties of the Brewing Equipment. Some "experiments" have turned out better than others. Mmmmm. Christmas beer.
SOO, back to the training journal thing. You see, I am going to be riding from Seattle to Washington DC in the summer of 2008, and I figure I better get in shape for it.
Why on earth would I do something this crazy?
Since my diagnosis as a Type 1 diabetic in 2001, I have become very involved in rasing money for the American Diabetes Association, and awareness about diabetes. You might say it's now an issue that hits a little close to home.
By bicycling across the US, I want to do a couple of things.
FIrst, I want to raise money in support of the ADA. But lots of people raise more money than I will be able to, so I need other reasons to do something that crazy.
Second, I want to show average diabetics like myself that they can do great things if they set their minds to it. Diabetes should not be an impediment to living a full life.
Third, I want to generate press for the issues that effect diabetes, and meet with my legislators in DC do discuss the issues. I'm guessing that if I show up having biked 3,500 miles, they might see me.
Fourth, I have always wanted to do something really, really big; much bigger than myself. Overcoming this challenge will be something I plan on looking back on with pride for quite some time. First, however, I have to make it happen.
Stay tuned for more information.
Posted at Monday, December 04, 2006 by Micah
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I completed 204.5 miles in 2 days in 13 hours. I can now say I've biked from Seattle to Portland and I think I'm entitled to brag just a little bit. Not that I did it alone, as 9,000 other riders went with me. On another note, my ass really hurts, and my knees too.
Our first day was 120 miles which is 50 more in a day than I've ever done. The last 20 of that was very painful. After a great nights sleep and some fantastic food from Linda our gracious host, we went the last 84 into Portland. The finish line festival was fun, but all I wanted to do was sit down.
To view some pictures of the amazing amount of bikers on the roads and rest stops, check out my pictures on flickr
, in my bicycle set, and my thumbnails on marathon photo
Posted at Tuesday, July 18, 2006 by Micah
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
I've begun putting photos a few at a time on my flickr site. Included are some photos of Ron and Jenni Lamarca at their wedding, and Steve and Jaye Hopkins at their wedding. Don't worry, there are more to come, but I'm limited to how much I can put on per month, I know, I'm cheap.
Posted at Wednesday, June 28, 2006 by Micah
Friday, June 23, 2006
Check out Steve Hopkins and Jaye (Warner) Hopkins website to the left.
Congratulations to you two lovebirds, I hope Germany was fantastic!!
Posted at Friday, June 23, 2006 by Micah
So, the brewing has temporarily been put on hold as I take some time to pursue another passion of mine, cycling. I have spent the last several months training in order to be ready for the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Ride. I am now within 80 miles of 1000 training miles for the year (starting January 1st) and after 4 weeks off the bike due to tearing my achilles tendon feel competent I can finish the ride. I've got a couple more weeks to go of training, and the weather around here is just starting to cooperate.
The farthest I have ever gone in a day is 70 miles, and the first day of STP I will attempt 130. This will make the second day around 80.
On another note, a fantastic group of diabetics just won the Race Across America 8 person team division. This is an incredibly greuling race from Oceanside CA to Oceanside NJ. Oh, and they do it in less than two weeks. Check out the info, it's very interesting.
That's all for now,
Posted at Friday, June 23, 2006 by Micah
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Fathers Day Brewfest is HERE
The aforementioned brew fest has been changed, and will now be run by the washington brewers guild at the Seattle Center. They seem to be getting their info up late, but it is posted here.
Posted at Wednesday, June 14, 2006 by Micah
Friday, June 02, 2006
I have some sad news on the passing of a great annual brew event. One of my favorite summer events, and a fathers day pasttime has been cancelled and will not be reappearing in it's past form. The Fathers Day Summer Brew Festival at the beautiful St Edwards State Park is no more.
This was an annual family and friend outing of mine for the last 5 years, and was not once tainted by poor weather. A moment of silence my friends, for the passing of a great event.
More information about this can be found here.
Posted at Friday, June 02, 2006 by Micah
Friday, March 17, 2006
Collosal Brewing Accomplished
Our 30 gallons of beer for this years Febtoberfest went off fantastic. The porter, which is the same recipe I've used for years, turned out unbelievable this year. Nice toasted flavor with chocalatey overtones and a smooth finish. The blond also turned out fantastic, and Josh Hanson has dubbed it the "Solid Gold" blonde. The amber turned out good, but I'm not a fan of the esthery overtones akin to scotch ale that came out in the finished product. Still, the crowd was pleased, and the beer was called "delicious" in the Party Crasher column in seattle's own Stranger Newspaper.
Check out the article here:http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=31002.
Thanks to Joe and Tim and Ian for hosting the event, and Josh Hanson for making it all come off.
Posted at Friday, March 17, 2006 by Micah
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Well, once again the burner has been fired up and the wert is flowing. That's right, after about a year of absence from the hobbey that is my joy, we have brewed again. Add 10 gallons of the Micah's Porter to the tally bar. While brewing, we had an extra 2 gallons of wert that tasted so good we are reducing it down for a nice ice cream sauce. We might have enough to attempt a great bbq sauce also.
The beer is part of a colossal undertaking on our part, the brewing of 30 gallons in three weeks. Then all the beer will be presented at the umpteenth annual febtoberfest coming this february, look for the links to appear here soon.
Posted at Wednesday, December 07, 2005 by Micah
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
So, by looking at the dates, it becomes quite obvious that I have not written in quite a while.
I must apologize and blame my absence on two things, I got a new job 6 months ago, and have been very busy working my ass off. Before 6 months ago, I was spending all my free time feverishly trying to find a new job. The second, and probably most pathetic reason was that I have'nt brewed since last november. My god, I know, I should be disinherited, cast away, and stoned to death for my neglectful attitude towards my beer.
Naturally, now that it's really frickin cold out, I want to go and brew beer in a cold garage, huddled around the 170000 BTU Propane burner as it heats the delicious wert. I mean really, is there a better time to brew than when it's freezing out? You do tend to get things done faster at times like these.
In the next couple of months, I plan to set up all our brewing gear at another NEW location (We lost our last garage due to a move), and brew again.
In the meantime, VERY IMPORTANT NEWS HERE, it's time again for the Washington Brewers Guild cask beer festival at the seattle center. In my opinion, the best chance every year to get the most unique and best beer in Washington, and drink alot of it for only on admission fee.
We will post our findings on this site, and hope that last years favorite from Snipes Mountain is present again, that was so damn good, a year later I can stilll taste it on my palate.
My mouth waters, hope to see you there.
Posted at Wednesday, October 19, 2005 by Micah