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Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers (Book Review)

Published on July 16th, 2019

Cover of Water by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski

As a home brewer with a couple of University degrees (BComp MBAS) and neither of them in chemistry my first comment about this book is “Holy fuck!”. This book being Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski. No, seriously, this actually is as advertised… a comprehensive guide to the chemistry of water at all stages of the brewing process from the tap to the disposal of waste. It’s also a book that you can take from stage one of your brewing career through to building and running your own brewery on a commercial scale. So, I’m impressed. And I learned a lot… but it’s a tough read for the non-chemist.

So, from a home brewer’s perspective, I’m not sure exactly if you have to take the time to read Palmer’s book about water. But at the same time I know you’ll get a lot out of it if you can only wade through the highly complex explanations. I’d love to read another version – an edited university text book with side notes and diagrams. Not quite the Dummies Guide… but a graduates step into the concepts that build into the knowledge that makes water chemistry make sense.

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The Importance of Live Strategic Documentation

Published on June 20th, 2019

There is a benefit from making a Business Plan that is greatly diminished if you are just jumping through a hoop and that plan is thrown into a drawer that you’ll never open again. The same goes for a Strategic Marketing Plan, an Electronic Marketing Plan and your Financial Budget, if they get pushed into that same drawer. What most small businesses fail to consider is the competitive advantage of keeping these as a live strategic business tool.

Strategic Documents are about Planning not to Fail

I know it’s tedious to create strategic documents – Business Plan, Strategic Marketing Plan, Electronic Marketing Plan and a Financial Budget. And there isn’t a small business owner who does not cringe at the idea these might need to be opened and and rewritten. I get that; they are tedious and painful to make in the first place. If they’re made at all – only 3-5 per cent of small businesses even make a business plan. Especially if they’re made honestly and critically. An awful lot of business owners just make rubbish up and call that a plan and that’s self-serving assurance that the task was completed.

The question to ask yourself is why do we make these documents in the first place? The answer is because they are about scoping out the business environment that you want to operate in and understanding as much about your competitors, your operations and the customers as possible. While, of course, understanding that you can’t control most of these things. Understanding, as well, that the more you know about the environment enables you to effectively compete and sustain your success.

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Groups Killed my Passion for Film Photography

Published on June 14th, 2019

Self portrait holding a Zenza Bronica ETRSi 120 film camera

Photography, especially shooting old film cameras, was a passion only five or six years ago. I enjoy slowing down and really looking and thinking about what a picture should become on that piece of analogue film. I loved processing the film in chemicals in the bathroom; I loved scanning them into my computer frame by tedious frame; sometimes I loved to get a picture printed, as well. I never did get around to building that darkroom.

That passion ended for me when it was made clear that I’m not and never will be a part of the film photography community. And it all started with a random tweet by Shelley Sometimes about film photography not being analogue. I’m sorry, but anything that isn’t digitised is analogue. It’s a simple matter of understanding what the hell digitisation is and how it works… but we needn’t go there. Somebody cool told all the cool kids that it was uncool to say analogue in relation to ‘analogue film’ and things got ugly.

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  2. Groups Killed my Passion for Film Photography
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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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