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The Ironism

The lair of Lars J. Nilsson. Contains random musings on beer, writing and this thing we call life.


Beer selfie: Fungrims APA batch 3

This is the first impressions of my “house APA” in batch 3, now 3 weeks on bottle. Since I haven’t written any brew report for it, here’s a run-down: It’s a 5.4% ABV single- and dry hop Amarillo on pale ale malt, Münich I and Caraamber. I want to zoom in to a light, easy to drink, Amarillo for the summer [...]

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Brew Report: Dale’s Pale Clone

So last Sunday I spent the evening brewing up the Dale’s Pale Ale clone I had planned. On the whole I’m happy with the process, I’ve zoomed in on my efficiency now, 75% percent before boil, which i a great confidence booster: hitting the pre-boil gravity exactly gave me a happy little jolt.

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On Pitching Yeast

The last home brews I’ve done I’ve used yeast starters. If someone happens upon this and don’t know the theory it goes like this: if you’re brewing you want to make sure that 1) your yeast is alive, before the brew day when it is usually too late; and 2) you want to make sure you use enough yeast for your [...]

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The Next Brew: Dale’s Pale Clone

Time to plan the next beer to brew, and I guess the title says it all really. Lately I’ve been experimenting with a single hop Amarillo as a “house ale”, however I’ve never really been satisfied with it: either it’s the dreaded “dish water amarillo” or simply a slightly too warm fermentation or [...]

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Review: Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie My rating: 4 of 5 stars It was a long time since I read a science fiction book this good. It’s a four and a half, borderline five star book easily. And what kicks it that high is good story telling, compelling ideas, a richly crafted universe and an intriguing main character.

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Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exists, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. Neil Gaiman