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Sep. 15th, 2006

First of all, good luck to Alex and Lani on your marathon this weekend! You can do it!

Fucking Friday FINALLY! What a long-ass week this has been. Sadly I can not get completely hammered tonight, as I'm on call this weekend. In fact, I'm on call for the next three weekends. And thank god for that because I'm POOR.

I've been really spending a lot of my time getting back into brewing lately and reading a lot about winemaking. I ordered some stuff today to complement my brewing stuff for winemaking. I got a floor corker, a new fermenting bucket, a PH meter and an acid test kit, along with some misc chemicals. I think I'm going to enjoy winemaking even more than brewing because it's a lot more dependant on chemistry. I've been coming up with some cool wine/label concepts too but I think I'm just going to do my first few batches anonymously from kits/extracts. I'd like to start with grapes since it's crush time right now but I just don't have the time to dedicate to that right now.

Can you believe I have a 15 year old son as of today? I don't even feel old!

It's taco time.

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baldowl
Sep. 15th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love taco!
democritus
Sep. 15th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
Puttin' on the ritz!
baldowl
Sep. 15th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
No, not Taco; you know--taco.
democritus
Sep. 15th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, mmmm taaacco.
baldowl
Sep. 15th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
You got it.
dayesleeper
Sep. 15th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
just have to say that icon rocks and we should all love tacos
baldowl
Sep. 15th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
This old thing?

TACOS? As in, more than one? Damn straight!
withbutterflies
Sep. 15th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
15 years old? Veal!!!





I kid, I kid!
democritus
Sep. 15th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
I don't get it.
withbutterflies
Sep. 15th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
Young meat = veal
democritus
Sep. 15th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
OH! You sicko! Well, he IS way into baseball... ;)
withbutterflies
Sep. 15th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
Well, well, well..... nice.
pricciar
Sep. 15th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
Did you get him anything good for his birthday?

When you are on call do you get paid even if you don't get called? If so, that is awesome.

pat
democritus
Sep. 15th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
No, I got him a gift certificate to Amazon. I tried to get his mom to tell me what he wanted but she was pretty vague.

Yeah I get paid half time when I'm on call and then two hours time and a half minimum for a callback.
pricciar
Sep. 15th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
Any 15 year old worth his salt likes gift certificiates best.

That is awesome. I would want to be on call 24/7 every month and all the time. Money for nothing! Exactly like Dire Straits.

pat
democritus
Sep. 15th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
Before Shan moved out here I was on call bout 4 nights a week and maybe every other weekend. I got seriously burned out. Now I'm only going to have it about every other weekend and only from 8-12 in the morning, so it will be super chill.
pricciar
Sep. 15th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
That's not bad, time wise. How often do you get called in when you are in call? Is it regularly a couple of times, or pretty rare?

pat
democritus
Sep. 15th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
I used to get called in all the damn time, which is what burnt me out. I mean hey, who wouldn't like getting paid for nothing? This is actually my first weekend on call at the new place and the girl who normally does it said it's usually pretty chill, maybe one callback per weekend or so.
dayesleeper
Sep. 15th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
You still doing PVH?
democritus
Sep. 15th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
Yep, starting my first weekend of call there this WE.
dayesleeper
Sep. 15th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
Is there alot involved in the PH, chem side of making the wine? Id love to see an example of your home label when you are done, hell Vince ill buy a bottle off you too. Best of luck.
democritus
Sep. 15th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
Well, you can definitely take the "old school" route and leave the winemaking more to chance, and then you can go to the other spectrum like the pro wineries and get a full analysis of every component at every step of the process. I plan to hit it somewhere in the middle, checking the PH and acidity before fermentation and then checking the acidity along the way, as well as stabilizing it/adjusting sulfites when necessary. Of course with any brewing/winemaking you're checking the specific gravity before and after fermentation as well. There's a ton I just don't know about yet, I'm sure, so I don't know HOW involved I'll get in the end. There's a huge bag of Pear-Apples on the counter in our breakroom though, so I might start making wine this weekend if no one takes 'em. :)

Thanks for the well wishes, I'd be happy to share with you when it's ready! I have 5 gallons of a Sierra Nevada clone brewing right now that will be ready in a couple months too!
dayesleeper
Sep. 16th, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
Yeah my buddy Dan makes his own brew, never realized how entailed it was to make the stuff.
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