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Short on posts

Posted in Uncategorized on July 9th, 2011 by Chris

Just wanted to leave a quick note and let you know I’m still around … I am short on time recently. We just got back from camping and will turn right around for another vacation soon. Plus, while we were packing for camping the electricity in the barn went out and the car got a flat. So, two days back from camping and the flat is fixed and the barn is half way done being re-wired. Needless to say, that doesn’t leave me any time for brewing … sadly, I know.

Here are a few things to look forward to in the near future though …

-How to control japanese beetles on your grapes (video)

-Racking the Wee Heavy into a secondary

-Brewing up a batch of all grain Hefeweizen

-Much much more … (as always)

New ways to share

Posted in Uncategorized on May 22nd, 2011 by Chris

I just installed a new app for the website that allows users to share my articles on all sorts of social media websites. So, if you like one of my articles, I’d encourage you to check out the row of icons at the bottom and share away.

One of my favorites is StumbleUpon. If you have ADD and love wasting time on the internet, there is no better site than stumbleupon. When you share an article, it will go into a category. Once it’s loaded into their category people can stumble onto it. When you’re Stumbling, you select a category and click ‘Stumble’. This sends you to an article based on your category and previous ‘likes’. For example, I’ll select ‘homebrewing’ … click ‘stumble’ … and a few hours later I’ve learned some cool home brew techniques. (And wasted a couple hours away on the computer).

Other uses for brewing equipment

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25th, 2011 by Chris

I’m sure some purists would scream … but for me, I have limited space so when possible it’s nice to have things with multiple purposes. So, I use my brewing equipment for multiple purposes. For example, brewing buckets can be used for sap collection in the late winter. You may have also noticed that I’m doing the boiling in a canning pot. So the obvious alternative use is for canning … see it in action here:

http://the2mckees.com/blog/?p=141

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First stab at a logo

Posted in Uncategorized on January 12th, 2011 by Chris

UPDATE: Jan 18th …. try 2.

Two things I learned today:

1) An image of a black dog doesn’t show up well on a black background.

2) Rascal isn’t very photogenic.

Regardless, here is the first stab at a logo. Enjoy!

Welcome

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14th, 2010 by Chris

Hi, thanks for visiting Black Mutt Brewing. This is my blog about experiments in craft brewing. My goal is to brew the finest beer and vint a stellar wine with natural ingredients. My leanings are towards dark, full, complex drinks. I plan to use both traditional and experimental methods and ingredients. I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do.

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