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On Target - Exceptional customer service

Let it be known to all the world: Aloe (employee at Manchester branch of Target) provides exceptional customer service, efficiently, and with a smile. If there was ever a deserving candidate for Employee of the month, then Aloe is the employee.

On 3/26/2017, I returned an item to Target at 2:20 PM. Aloe was on duty and helped customers get through the process incredibly efficiently, while being friendly and incredibly helpful. Customers were being helped at the rate of under one minute per person.

I tried to recognize Aloe's contributions through Target.com but I could not find a way to accomplish this. (Hint to Target management - make it easy for customers to recognize good experience from exceptional employees.)


Posted on 3/26/2017 by Wayne BothaCategories: Life
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Wrap-Up after Residential Week. December 2016.

Wrap-Up after Residential Week. December 2016.
After the residential week at Drop-In Brewing Company, I offer this wrap-up of my journey through the IBS&E BIP course in 2016. My intent with this journal has been to help future IBS&E students with experience from someone who has gone before.

The residential week included practical work in the lab and the brewery. I thoroughly enjoyed the practical work. Additional lectures were - well - ah - lectures.

Overall guidance that I offer to IBS&E students:

1. From the first time you sit down to study, and the first instructional video you watch, make note of where in the video each topic is discussed. Build your own index so that you can refer back to it and look up where a topic was discussed. (Fictitious example: Video # 97 @ 15 minute mark. Jane discusses green coffee in beer)

2. Keep a hard-copy folder with the engineering formulas, and add to it as come across more formulas. There are fewer than a dozen formula's that you use repeatedly during the course, but they come up in different situations and can get confusing. I found that a printed version of the formula, with an explanation of what each symbol represents, was invaluable for my understanding.

3. The workload varies each week. Schedule 15 to 20 hours a week for studying.

4. The workload drops off significantly after the 2nd exam.

In conclusion, I offer that you go forth and "Live the dream".


Posted on 12/19/2016 by Wayne BothaCategories: Fermentation Education
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Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it is off to school we go

Captains blog entry: Dec 4, 2016. With nervous anticipation, I am travelling to Middlebury, Vermont today, for the residential week of IBS&E course at American Brewer's Guild. This is the final phase of my formal training in professional brewing.

I plan to be back home next weekend with more brewing knowledge and fresh insights. I hope to come back with decisions on the next direction to take my interpretation of beer brewing arts.


Posted on 12/4/2016 by Wayne BothaCategories: Fermentation Education
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Week 22 of Beer School - End of this phase

Here is this week’s journal of my studies in the distance learning phase at American Brewers Guild for the Intensive Brewing and Engineering (Brewery in Planning) course. This was week # 22 of the course. The next step is to wait until early December when I attend a one-week in person capstone class and workshop in Middlebury, VT.

What I did this week:
1. Downloaded the study material for the week, which covers beer styles.
2. Invested about 6.5 hours studying - I don't have much studying at this point.
3. Attended a Scotch Whisky education class (and still tasted peat two days later).

What I have planned for the coming week:
1. Target 10 hours of informal studying by reading books in my personal master brewer's library.

What is blocking me:
1. A sense of "What now?" What should I study, as the next priority?
2. Nothing physical is blocking me from studying. The course is essentially over now, with just a week of final practical experience in Vermont, in December.

Editorial Comment: (aka “Inside the Brewing Student’s mind)
1.If I decide to play out the old cliché and open my own artisinal brewery, it will be called "Back To Square One", because every site I visit and every business arrangement that I investigate leads, to dead end.
2. I may or may not post to this blog for the next few weeks, as there might be nothing to report regarding my journey through beer school, until the capstone week in Vermont.


Posted on 11/13/2016 by Wayne BothaCategories: Fermentation Education
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Beer School Journal - Week ending 11/6/2016

Here is this week’s journal of my studies at American Brewers Guild for the Intensive Brewing and Engineering (Brewery in Planning) course. This was week # 21 of the course.

What I did this week:
1. Downloaded the study material for the week.
2. Found out that there is no additional reading for this week, which covers brewery design and safety.
3. Invested about 1 hour studying - I don't have much studying at this point, because I put in so many hours in the past few months. There is no urgency to finish my "punch list" back log of study material that I want to review.

What I have planned for the coming week:
1. Download Week #22 study material when it becomes available for download.
2. Continue working down the “Punch list” back log of study material that accumulated in prior weeks.
3. Target 10 hours of studying.

What is blocking me:
1. Nothing blocking me from studying. The course is essentially over now, with just a week of final practical experience in Vermont, in December.

Editorial Comment: (aka “Inside the Brewing Student’s mind)
1. I have investigated sites for a brewery, but with sooo many new brew pubs opening up, the future is not what it used to be. Just last year there was opportunity for more brew pubs in my area - now I am not sure if we have reached saturation point. Therefore, I am uncertain of how I will use my brewing expertise. Do we really need another brew pub making yet more IPA? (I definitely will not be brewing yet another ginger saison.)


Posted on 11/6/2016 by Wayne BothaCategories: Fermentation Education
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Master Brewer Philosophy: The future isn't what it used to be. - Now that I am nearing the end of my training at American Brewer's Guild Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering Course, I realize that my future isn't what is used to be.

Nine months ago, I was an avid homebrewer, with an insatiable thirst
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Brew School: Study week ending 10/30/2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my studies at American Brewers Guild for the Intensive Brewing and Engineering (Brewery in Planning) course. This was week # 20 of the course.

What I did this week:
1. Downloaded the study material for the we
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Brewing School Blog: IBS&E Study week ending Oct 23, 2016
Brewing School Blog: IBS&E Study week ending Oct 23, 2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my studies in the Intensive Brewing and Engineering (Brewery in Planning) course at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 19 of the course.

What I did this week:
1. Visited Dr. Jelly Finger for a "Big C" c
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Anniversaries - say what? - Anniversaries seem to come faster and faster each year. In January 2001, we landed at JFK in a snow storm. Now, more than 15 years later, it seems like it was yesterday, and a previous life, all at the same time. It is 5 years since we bec...
Brew School Blog - week ending 10/16/2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the Intensive Brewing and Engineering (Brewery in Planning) course at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 18 of the course.

What I did this week:
1. Downloaded the study material fo
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Beer School. Week ending 10/9/2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the Intensive Brewing and Engineering (Brewery in Planning) course at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 17 of the course. It was an exam week.

What I did this week:
1. Completed E
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Brewing Science Training - Weekend ending 10/2/2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the Intensive Brewing and Engineering (Brewery in Planning) course at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 16 of the course. We covered some aspects of microbiology and beer foam.

Wh
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Brew School Study Log for week ending September 25, 2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the Intensive Brewing and Engineering (Brewery in Planning) course at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 15 of the course. One of the instructors is the delightfully animated and en...
Beer school update - 9/18/2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the Intensive Brewing and Engineering (Brewery in Planning) course at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 14 of the course and the topics were "Beer Maturation, Conditioning and Filt...
Brewing School - Study week ending Sept 11, 2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the Intensive Brewing and Engineering (Brewery in Planning) course at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 13 of the course and was a continuation of lectures on “Yeast”, presented by...
Brew School - Study week ending 9/4/2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the IBS&E course (Brewery in Planning) at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 12 of the course. This topic for this week, and next week, is "Yeast", presented by Dave Logsdon of Far...
Brewing School - Study week of 8/28/2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the IBS&E course at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 11 of class and I am halfway through the course.

What I did this week:
1. Downloaded the study material and weekly quizzes.
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2016 South Windsor Hop Harvest
2016 South Windsor Hop Harvest - The 2016 South Windsor Hop Harvest took place yesterday, unannounced. It is a bumper crop thanks to the green thumbs of generations of expert growers at Merry Hill farm. Have you ever seen a more perfect hop cone?...
American Brewer's Guild IBS&E Study Week Ending 8/21/2016
American Brewer's Guild IBS&E Study Week Ending 8/21/2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the IBS&E course at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 10 of class. This was an exam week, and very stressful because there is so much information to learn, relate to, and recall.
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Brewing School Study Week Ending Aug 14, 2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the IBS&E course at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 9 of class. This week was more hot and humid weather in South Windsor, CT, which is hard for homebrewers who rely on cold grou...
IBS&E Study Report - Week Ending August 7, 2016
IBS&E Study Report - Week Ending August 7, 2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the IBS&E course at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 8 of class. This was another week of hot and humid weather in South Windsor, CT, which is challenging for home brewers without...
Study Report - Week Ending July 31, 2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the IBS&E course at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 7 of class. This week was hot, humid and muggy in South Windsor, CT - perfect for drinking light, fizzy beer.

What I did this
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Study Report - Week Ending July 24, 2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the IBS&E course at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 6 of class.

What I did this week:
1. Studied Hops. This week's lectures are presented by Matt Brynildson. This week's studie
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Week Ending July 17, 2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the IBS&E course at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 5 of class.

What I did this week:
1. Studied brewhouse calculations including Engineering calculations.
2. Previewed next w
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Study Report - week ending July 10, 2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the IBS&E course at American Brewers Guild. This was week # 4 of class.

What I did this week:
1. Studied grain milling and mashing, including the complex biochemistry that takes place
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Study Report - week ending July 3, 2016 - Today would have been my father's 80th birthday and I am thinking of him as I write this. My father drank a total of about three beers in his life time and the craft beer movement would have been foreign to him. However, we would have been...
Study Report - week ending June 26, 2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the IBS&E course at American Brewers Guild. This was the second official week of class.

What I did this week:
1. Downloaded all the class materials that were posted in the online stude
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Study Report - week ending June 19, 2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the IBS&E course at American Brewers Guild. This was the first official week of class.

What I did this week:
1. Downloaded all the class materials that were posted in the online studen
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Study Report - week ending June 12, 2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the IBS&E course at American Brewers Guild. The student web site became available to my class this week, ahead of the official course starting next week.

What I did this week:
Logged in
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Study Report - week ending June 5, 2016 - Here is this week’s journal of my study activity for the IBS&E course at American Brewers Guild.

What I did this week:
Listened to my MP3 recordings of MBAA Practical Handbook for the Specialty Brewer series of books. (After reading the bo
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American Brewer's Guild - May 2016 Progress Report
American Brewer's Guild - May 2016 Progress Report - After receiving the prescribed texts for the IBS&E (yes, doesn't that acronym just roll of the tongue?), it was time to read, read and study. I am an auditory and tactile learner. While reading the books, I made recordings of the books and ...
Un-American Budweiser - The current advertising campaign promoting Budweiser as being a patriotic brand is false advertising. I am shocked that the TTB approved this label. TV commercials showing immigrants taking their oath to become citizens is unacceptable, bec...
Scrum and Agile Simple Truths - I am coaching scrum teams through an organizational transformation from waterfall delivery methodology to Scaled Scrum and Agile. The transformation is hard, with all the changes that accompany an organizational transformation such as human...
Northern Hemisphere - CT - Hop Season - 2016
Northern Hemisphere - CT - Hop Season - 2016 - Just like craft breweries are popping up all over Connecticut, hops are growing, growing, growing. Just like the craft brewery scene, some of these hop plants are good and strong. Others are ah, well, not so strong. Some will yield good ret...
In Case U R Wondering What I am thinking: Bacon fat vs Fish Oil - After failing at yet another diet, I now have empirical evidence that my body's immune system is molecularly incompatible with healthy lifestyles. My body rejects all weight loss programs after a "teaser" period. Therefore, it is time to en...
American Brewers Guild - Intensive Education
American Brewers Guild - Intensive Education - For a few years now I have wanted to learn more about brewing beer commercially. Towards the end of 2015 I decided to pull the trigger and enroll in the intensive brewing sciences program at American Brewer's Guild. Now, after studying the ...
Winter 2016 Wine and Spirits Season - Here in Connecticut, we had a mild Winter. Most days were warmer than average winter days and this was in stark contrast to last year which was the coldest, harshest winter on record. I am an outdoors person and get cabin fever after 13 min...
Connecticut Real Ale Festival - Jan 31, 2016
Connecticut Real Ale Festival - Jan 31, 2016 - Yesterday, I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Dr. Terry Foster at the Connecticut Real Ale Festival in New Haven. I am now the proud owner of the latest definitive books on Pale Ale and Stouts & Porters, signed by the author, in true l...
The Waypoints in life
The Waypoints in life - Yesterday, I took a private tour at Waypoint Spirits in Bloomfield CT. As an award winning brewer I know my way around brewery sciences, but was shockingly uneducated about distillation until yesterday.

My private tour guide took me from z
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Your call is really important to us - Really? Then why:

1. Don't you answer the phone? Why must I hear about your great web portal and other services while you "appreciate my patience?"

2. Don't you speak in normal language? Would you say to your spouse "We love you", or do y
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Investment Advice from the Botha Market Research Center - With the recent VW emissions scandal, the stock price of VLKAY fell off a cliff. Everyone over reacted for a few weeks. The CEO resigned. I bought VLKAY stocks.

The price of VLKAY has recovered nicely as people realized that the world has
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Inside the brewer's mind - complexity
Inside the brewer's mind - complexity - In my sour beer program, one of the experiments has become overwhelming lacto, and nothing else. All you taste is a single, sour dimension when you take a sample of it.

To add some complexity, I raided the freezer and found frozen Red Ras
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Inside the brewer's mind: "Water, water, every where... "
Inside the brewer's mind: "Water, water, every where... " - Water science is possibly the most common frustration for home brewers. You can make beer with a variety of clean water. If it is good enough to drink, then you can probably safely make beer with this water.

The problem is that it isn't t
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Inside a brewer's mind - Equinoxes - Despite mechanical heating and cooling systems, the weather still plays a significant role in malting and brewing. Before refrigeration, beer was brewed during cool and cold weather, because fermentation temperature is essential to superior...
Inside the brewer's mind - Moderate Alcohol Craft Beers
Inside the brewer's mind - Moderate Alcohol Craft Beers - As an award winning homebrewer, I have the ability to produce beers with the ABV (Alcohol By Volume) ranging from about 4% to 12%. It is hard for any brewer to produce flavorful beers under 4% ABV or over about 11% ABV. IPA's range from abo...
Inside the Brewer's mind - A student's impression of American Brewer's Guild
Inside the Brewer's mind - A student's impression of American Brewer's Guild - I completed the Brewing Science for Advanced Homebrewer's course at American Brewer's Guild (and have the certificate to prove it.) Here are my impressions of this course and facility, as a student.

I have wanted to attend this course for
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Cold Creek Brewery
Cold Creek Brewery - Yesterday, I visited a new brewery in my part of the world - Cold Creek Brewery in Ellington. As a home brewer and craft beer adventurist I indulge in the excitement of visiting new breweries whenever I can make the opportunity.

The brewer
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OktoberFests - two paths lead to the same party - Oktoberfest began on October 12, 1810 to celebrate a royal marriage. Most of us don't care much about the marriage - we are more interested in the celebrations for weeks leading up to the marriage, fueled by consumption of OktoberFest beer....
Create your own SCRUM story - Last night, I dreamed that a SCRUM organization offered me an open-ended grant for research. They told me to develop and document a process to follow when facing wickedly complex problems.

I called my SCRUM buddies and we formed a researc
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Inside the brewer's mind - Dissapointment - When you truly and deeply care about the beer that you produce, it is hard to present and share beers that don't meet your standards. I frequently experiment with new recipes, partly because it is fun to continue learning and partly in purs...
Inside a brewer's mind - The Art in Mastering the Craft
Inside a brewer's mind - The Art in Mastering the Craft - I attended a training class at American Brewer's Guild over the past weekend. The class was crammed full of information, and we discussed many finer details in mastering the craft of brewing exceptional beer.

As an award winning brewer, I
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Brewing Science Education - Yesterday was the first day attending training course " Brewing Sciences for the Advanced Home brewer" at American Brewers Guild in Middlebury, Vermont.

Here are highlights that stood out for me.

1. We studied the Briess Brewer's Library,
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Inside the brewer's mind - Brewing Sciences Education - I am travelling to Vermont later today, to attend the Brewing Science for Advanced Home-brewers course. I am looking forward to it, and getting answers to some nagging questions that I have.

1. What is the best way to modify my brewing wat
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Inside the brewer's mind - Tired, never burned out - What is the difference between being "Tired" and "Burned out?' You are tired after finishing a long brew day, especially when things go wrong. (Not that anything every goes wrong on my brew days of course. But hypothetically, you might just...
Inside the Brewer's Mind - Pumpkin Beers - What is the distinction between "Well prepared" and "Premature Delivery"?

Last week I was in a local liquor retailor and surprised by the number of pumpkin spiced beers already on the shelves. To put it in perspective, we are in August an
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Dirty Details of SCRUM - As a Certified Scrum Master (SCM), I frequently encounter real-world difficulties when implementing the Scrum framework. Although we all want the benefits of Scrum such as improved transparency and reduction of useless paperwork, most organ...
Who says that Sex Doesn't Sell?
Who says that Sex Doesn't Sell? - As a brewer, I am always ready to try something different. It was not always like this. I used to be a very conservative drinker, but now that I know my way around the brew kettle (and have the awards to prove it), I am more adventurous.

I
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Scrum Adversity - As a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), I am a long time believer in the principles of Agile including transparency and dedicated scrum teams. As a Project Management Professional (PMP) with experience in waterfall Systems Development Life Cycle...
We are all of this earth
We are all of this earth - One of my favorite activities is to walk for an hour on a hiking trail in South Windsor. Similar to Central Park, which is a small oasis in the sea of concrete in New York City, Nevers Park in South Windsor is a small parcel of land for our...
Behind the Brewing Scenes. Octoberfest in humid August - It is August in Connecticut. Hot and Humid. Perfect weather for tending to Octoberfest. What, you ask? Why am I talking about Octoberfest in August? Well, the fact is that Octoberfest is a lager beer which means that it takes months to ferm...
Valley Malt - Malt of the Month Club - In the brew kettle
Valley Malt - Malt of the Month Club - In the brew kettle - Yesterday I had the opportunity to brew a batch of beer with all malts from Valley Malts. It was a completely different experience. All malts that I purchase from my local home brew supply store, and online retailers, is of unknown crop yea...
Valley Malt - Malt of the Month Club
Valley Malt - Malt of the Month Club - Where do malts come from? The homebrew supply store, of course. Just like milk comes from the fridge, and fresh vegetables come from the produce section of the grocery store.

I heard about Valley Malts in an interview with Andrea Stanley a
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What your hobby teaches you - If you are a home brewer, then you can learn abut yourself through your hobby. Then, you can apply this knowledge in other areas of your life.

In your pursuit of your hobby, your natural learning style comes out. For example, I learn best
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SharkWeek - This week is SharkWeek. Non-stop science fiction from the deep waters. Some mutations of sharks that star in the movies are multi-headed monsters and mega sized sharks. Here are my observations from shark week.

1. The sharks are generally
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Introducing Agile thinking to Waterfall minded IT projects - I have been engaged to help traditional waterfall project teams become more agile. Executives with waterfall minded projects face these challenges:

1. Projects are late, and over budget.
2. Projects are bloated, with clearly too many resou
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The Definitive Guide to Clean Beer Barrel Aging
The Definitive Guide to Clean Beer Barrel Aging - The Definitive Guide to Clean Beer Barrel Aging

The first time that you get a spirits barrel to age your clean beers, you will have more questions than answers. Here is what I experienced, in the hope that it can help you maximize your bar
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Inside the brewer's mind - Juggling Act
Inside the brewer's mind - Juggling Act - A home brewer is faced with many demands, which require a juggling act. For example, here is a snapshot of the current initiates in my basement brewery.

1. Although a few months late, I have brewed up two batches of OctoberFest. I was not
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Common Homebrewer Fustrations - Inside the Brewer's Mind - When I present my beer at events, the normal response is along the lines of "You made this? - It is very good". Then, my consumers walk away with a full cup of hand crafted beer with no further communication. (Perhaps my cold, disinterested...
The inside scoop - Barrel Buddies - It has been a few weeks since I purchases Onyx Barrel # 134. This week, I unexpectedly got a great deal, and purchased Onyx Barrel # 61 as well. They are now Barrel Buddies in my basement.

As previously noted, aging beer in barrels is a l
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First hand experiences with Barrel aging home brew - It has been a few weeks since I purchased Onyx Barrel #134. Here are my first hand experiences over the past few weeks.

1. Barrel aging is a lot more work than producing regular beers. It is not a "set it and forget it" exercise. When you
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Onyx Barrel # 134
Onyx Barrel # 134 - A few weeks ago I purchased a used whiskey barrel. Every craft beer consumer and brewer is intrigued with barrels. The mystique of aging beer in barrels to obtain flavors that cannot be obtained in any other way is more attractive than a br...
How to deal with Overwhelm - If you are an active homebrewer, then it is easy to become overwhelmed. Most homebrewers work at day jobs, have families and intense interest in making exceptional craft beer. This means you have limited discretionary time outside of your j...
Cleaning your basement. When does stuff become junk? - "Age is a very high price to pay for maturity"(Tom Stoppard). This quote rings true every time you have to do complete a tedious chore.

This past weekend, I invested a few hours in cleaning out my basement. My basement, like most basemen
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2015 Strawberry Fest - June 13, 2015
2015 Strawberry Fest - June 13, 2015 - I attended the 2015 Strawberry Fest in South Windsor yesterday. My main purpose at this event is to enjoy a plate of the best strawberry shortcake on the planet. As a bonus, I catch up with local friends at the event.

You need to be invol
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Seasons
Seasons - This is the growth season. Fields are planted and corn is coming up. South Windsor used to be a farming community, and some of the surrounding towns are still mainly agricultural while South Windsor has developed into an above average incom...
"Your call is important to us" - We all cringe when you hear the recording "your call is important to us", because you know that isn't. If "your call was important to us", then someone would pick up the phone and answer your question.

This past week, I have experienced tw
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Relay for Life - 2015
Relay for Life - 2015 - This past weekend was "Relay for Life" in South Windsor/Rockville, CT. I am involved in two teams for this event, and photos are attached.

This year's event was held on June 5, 2015 at Rockville High School. (Yes, I know, it should have
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Now, what was that taste again?
Now, what was that taste again? - Last summer, I tasted a variety pack of beers from Hooker Brewery, which is local to me. Hooker is located in Bloomfield, CT which is just a few towns away.

I recall the fact that some beers had a Belgian flavor, but not much else about t
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2015 Harvest Ale - Inside the brewer's mind
2015 Harvest Ale - Inside the brewer's mind - A friend has planted hops for me. The photo shows the newly planted rhizomes and climbing ropes on the side of her historic tobacco barn. We will have a party to harvest the hops each year and I will brew a batch of beer while friends harve...
Do you use yeast nutrients in beer? - I was asked if I use yeast nutrients in my beers. The answer is: "Yes, I use yeast nutrients." Below, I elaborate on my personal experience of usage of yeast nutrients. I normally brew five gallon batches, which is the de-facto standard bat...
The Sour World - get started, in any direction
The Sour World - get started, in any direction - Although I have won awards for my Saisons, I have always had a feeling of "Is all there is?" I don't like tasting and sampling Saisons because they seem to have weird flavors. I think that most people "enjoy" Saisons because their buddies t...
Simple sugars in Imperial beers - I recently brewed an all grain beer, which included some simple sugars. After sampling this Double Imperial IPA style beer (8.8% ABV), I observed the following regarding simple sugars:

1. The alcohol seems to be different than an all-grain
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Quiet waters run deep - "My name is Wayne and I am an Introvert". No, this isn't a 12 step program. This is just a reminder that introverts are born this way.

In "Quiet", Susan Cain documented research proving that babies who react to loud noises are more likely
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An IPA by any other name would be as delicious - Summer is upon us in Connecticut, with temperatures approaching 90 degrees this week. I have two beer tasting events this week, where I share my award winning beers with friends. I have focused on making IPA's for these events.

I am often
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Living with Bladder Cancer - I am writing this, in the event that it can provide comfort or support for anyone dealing with bladder cancer. More than a decade ago I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. I have undergone variety of treatments over the past decade - surgery...
One day at a time - Projects are accomplished by carrying out the tasks necessary to complete the project, one day at a time. Day in, day out. This is not glamorous, life-changing or headline news.

99% of project success is about keeping on. One day at a tim
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How project managers get in the way of projects - Stop It! - A team moves at the speed of the leader. If the leader can't keep up with the team, then the team is hindered, frustrated and will leave the organization at the first opportunity.

On projects, I have observed the following behaviors from
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I would rather send money to Nigeria - Even dumber than the "thought leaders" that send me spam mail to tell me how great their services are (which obviously they are not, otherwise I would be calling them, not receiving spam from them) is the spam email I received today from JP...
Let me point you in the right direction - I received the spam email below from Bethany Longley, asking to be pointed in the right direction. My response is "Go in any direction, as long as it is far away from me." This email from Bethany Longley is absurd because my business clearl...
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