I thought I'd take a minute to point out that brewing, at least the way most small craft brewers do it, involves a lot of heave-ho-ing. Last week, when Linsey put the first three batches of potential Horse & Dragon brews in the tanks, I got to do about 1/30th of the lifting involved. Larger breweries may have all their standard and specialty malts at the push of button, but at least at H&D, Linsey is (with an occasional bit of help from us) hauling around these:
Especially if you're not 6' tall:
Of course, once a bag is tossed in there, you get to see (and smell) this view, which is pretty awesome:
When you visit, you'll see it's not that long an auger. However, it felt like The World's Longest last Wednesday. But look! It functions! That milled grain falling out there started about 14 feet down and 40 feet over.
One day, if you haven't yet, you've got to take a whiff of this:
Someone who stopped by FINALLY caught us in the Brewers' Lounge (currently doubling as a plant hospital) doing what everyone thinks we're doing all day -- sitting around sampling beer and discussing its finer points. So far, so tasty!
And our Christmas lights are still up at home (but I now blame that on the ladder being here with its ladder brethren).