Monday, September 26, 2011

Between Semesters

It's been a busy month since my last post. I did finally finish up all my work for the semester, though. And I can't tell you enough how much of a relief that is. It was looking pretty dire there for a bit and I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get all my assigned credits done in time. Yet here I am, a Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator. Or at least I managed to pass the test, anyway. As for practical experience, it would definitely interest me
... but there isn't much opportunity for that kind of work where I'm at now. The test was worth 3 semester hours towards my graduate degree, though, so it wasn't without purpose.

My time hasn't been spent on homework alone. Heavens no. I've been brewing up a storm! I've made homemade Ginger Ale from a kit I got for Father's day and I've got a total of five gallons of mulled mead brewing away in my basement. Homebrewing has always been a very relaxing hobby for me. I'm not sure why I stopped doing it but the gap seems to closely coincide with when my migraine headaches started coming on much more frequently. Once the brew cycle was broken, I suppose it just sort of fell through the cracks. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure what it was that inspired me to make a batch of my Milk Jug Mead the other day, but once I started I just couldn't stop. And then it became a priority to share that experience with others, so I wrote up a Hub about it and shared the link with a few of the guys at work. Next thing you know, I'm over at my dad's house and we're brewing up a fine smelling batch of mulled mead. One thing leads to another and the afternoon gives way to picking and mashing grapes with the kids and then dividing up the "must" between us so we can each experiment with 4 gallons of gloop for a traditional grape wine. I'm not sure how it will turn out but the process was a blast.

It's neat to experiment with new ways of doing things you've done before. I made an excellent batch of plain mead two years ago. This time around I decided to try different spices and did a few different batches so I can test them at different ages. I've got two one gallon jugs going and then a three gallon carboy that Tara bought me once she saw how excited I was getting. She's a good wife. I can tell she really loves me.

I'll be writing up a few more hubs in the next couple of days and I've started another blog that will be geared more toward some of my various projects. I'll provide links for my posts there as well in case you're interested. Splitting up my writing like this might seem like a bad idea, but I often run into a bit of a problem where I want to write about something but it just doesn't quite fit the content I normally write here. This will give me the opportunity to put together more how to type posts in another venue without encroaching on the creative writing domain I've got going on here at HuntingTheMuse.

I wrote this post really quickly on my Xoom, so please forgive any errors until I have a chance to go back and edit the post on my PC.


Jim Murdoch said...

Here in the UK there are two varieties of ginger ale, at least there used to be. These days pretty much all you can buy in the shops is American Ginger Ale which is milder; I have two bottles in the larder just now. In Scotland though we tend to drink Ginger Beer which is a stronger, sharper drink and there is also something called Ginger Wine which I’ve not tried but when one of my first wife’s relatives came back from Canada for a visit apparently she returned home with a case full of packets to make her own.

I’ve never tried mead but I did brew my own beer in my early twenties and very potent it was too. Now I never touch the stuff.

Brady said...

I've been having fun with the homebrewing soda. I've got a batch of root beer that I've got going right now. It smelled wonderful in the pot, but we'll have to wait and see how it turns out after the yeast carbonation process.

We managed to fill sixteen 16 oz. bottles and twenty-one 12 oz. so we'll have a hefty bunch to go through starting in a few days. If it's as good as I'm hoping, I don't think that'll be much of a problem. :)

Anonymous said...

What is a Forensic Hacker when it's at home - sounds intriguing! Never tried home brewing but your account makes it sound so fun! It reminds me of my darkroom days in university when I walked around continuously smelling of Fixer! I used to juggle to relax, will have to start that again! Just found your blog but I'll definitely have to keep an eye on it and perhaps refer some of my friends here - I'm part of a creative writing community and contest site called Strictly Shakespeare and we're always looking for fresh writing ideas! Thanks for sharing!