Rock n’ Roll
Double Chocolate Chip: The type of cookie I ate last night, while watching disc three of the PBS series “The History of Rock & Roll”, originally aired in 1995.
Marianne Faithfull was only 17 when she had a hit with “As Tears Go By” (that the Rolling Stones wrote.) She talked about how fashion was ultra important during the Carnaby Street hey day. I found myself wondering, as often I do, whether I’m paying enough attention to my fashion. The answer is no. But then I remembered: oh yeah, she was 17.
The Byrds actually sounded kind of shitty when they first started. That’s inspiring.
The Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black is sort of a cheesy song, but it works.
Does Mick Jagger really have a small penis? Did Keith write that in his book just to prove that, yeah, he really is a big dick?
The Mamas and the Papas were kind of cool. But they only really had, like, 2 hits that still hold up.
I gotta get my hands on some more live concert footage of the Beach Boys.
Very Important Article in Zymurgy
The new issue of Zymurgy, The Journal of the American Homebrewers Association, has published a 4 1/2 page feature on dogs and brewing. According to the writer, whose name I will withhold simply because I do not care to look for the byline at this moment, dogs are the “most vital tool ever for brewing.” Since the beginning of time, “brew dogs” have guarded the brewhouse from intruders, and acted as mice and rat control. Plus, dogs like beer, or rather, they like the concept of beer, and will sometimes munch on spent grain. But mostly they will be your buddy and companion during the [boring] homebrewing process.
Cats, on the other hand, are not good companions for homebrewers, because they drink wine.
“Your average cat is the type of wine drinker that holds the glass in his paw by the foot, swirls it around, sniffs, spits, draws air over the palate in that sort of reverse-bubble-blowing thing and then talks about notes of blackberry and diesel.”
The author’s own dog, Halsey, was dedicated to his role. He never licked himself down there, and even went to beer club meetings and home brew shops wearing a backpack to hold gear.
Sadly, Halsey is no longer with us. But new dogs, Remmy and Glory, are on the job.
Today I started my brewing education. Already went wrong in five ways.
1. Put too much water in
2. Boiled over and killed pilot, gas escaping and boil interupted
3. Not enough dextrose
4. No hop bag
5. Forgot to get ice
6. Did not sterilize thermometer.
I guess thats 6.