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Super-Hopped Beer Kit Braggot

Published on September 7th, 2017

My last post on Fast & Easy Beer Kit Braggot was enough to get you started. On this occasion, I also chose to hop the braggot because it was being made in a beer style. And, yes, I went crazy with the hops. And, yes, hopping at this stage of fermentation is a little unconventional (but that’s my middle name).

At this stage, the braggot had fermented in our basement for approximately 4-5 weeks. I racked one-quarter of that braggot (a murky sink water beige colour) into a freshly sanitised 5 litre fermenter and bottled straight away with a few Citra hop pellets in each bottle; carbonated with demerara sugar. I put these bottles aside in a dark place.

That left me with the remaining 15-or-so litres of braggot in my basement that I intended to super-hop. No, that’s probably not a term, but you get the point. I wanted this braggot to pack a pucker.

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Fast & Easy Beer Kit Braggot

Published on August 31st, 2017

Braggot is a mead style brewed using honey and malt. To that end, braggot could be looked at as either a honey dark ale (or stout), or as a malted-mead. It was historically served as an intentionally fermented beverage, or poured as a mixture of ale and mead in the mug.

Don’t believe the ‘style advocates’. Braggot can be a lot of things, even though many people think of braggot as a particular style of beer with honey characteristics, or as a style of mead. See, I just hit you with some rules to break. Braggot can be pretty much anything you want within the confines of honey, malt, fermentation & your willingness to take a risk.

The styles and array of beverages produced in this way are as endless as your imagination. Some braggot I’ve made has fermented through to 10% ABV with a clear finish like malt-honey wine that spent three months in a fermenter and self-carbonated in the bottles over a hot summer. I’ve made braggot that brewed, carbonated and tasted like beer without more than a faint suggestion of the flavour of honey. And I’ve made crazy reaper chilli sack braggot with an ABV higher than wine (and where I made certain mistakes that won’t be repeated). It’s nothing like beer if you ferment it to a clear dry finish, or as a thick highly alcoholic portal to oblivion.

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Jean-Jacques André & 63 Years of Artistic Nudes

Published on July 31st, 2017

Jean Jacques André has made a life shooting artistic nudes. Inspired by his father (a symbolist painter) and the natural environment, his career began in 1954 and continues to the present day.

Some of André’s simpler nudes are to my eye absolutely gorgeous; others (that are not represented here) are intense, surreal and to another taste entirely. However, because of that career transition over so many years he’s exactly an inspiration worthy of the photographer’s investigation. Rather than shoot a predictable static style over that period of time there is a dramatic evolution of vision and technique.

Yes, I could write all the art-speak portfolio biographic diatribe about the decades through André’s career. But I won’t. That investigation is left up to you. I’m a big fan of his earlier work and not so much the present.

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  2. Jean-Jacques André & 63 Years of Artistic Nudes
  3. William Eggleston Portraits
  4. The Gamber’s Fallacy & The Hot Hand Fallacy
  5. Social Media, Image Theft & Naive Cock-Jockeys

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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