Boozy McBeer

Let me say: BEER MAKING IS FUN. First, the guy at the beer store was super cool… I told him I'd been given a beer kit for Christmas, and I was here to pick up the malt and hops kit. He asked me if I'd also been given a gift certificate — when I told him I had, but it was at home, he just said to bring it next time and let me take all my supplies for free! Thank you to Saira and Ryan for helping me make it — now the pictures:

The beer: a nice brown ale kit.

Sterilizing everything.

Boiling the water.

Creating the wort.

It's really grain!

The wort in the bucket.

Checking the temperature.

Transferring to carboyle.

Adding the yeast.

Did we do it right?

A job well done!

Hiding in the basement.

I'm making a mix CD for a friend right now… Here's what's made the short-list so far (yeah, what am I, twelve? no — it's not for a secret crush!):

Low + Dirty Three – Cody
Sunstorm – Desert Song
The Sixth Great Lake – 300 Miles
Papa M – Glad You're Here With Me
Sodastream – Heaven on the ground
Rheostatics – Onilley's Strange Dream
deardarkhead – Never Coming Down
DNTEL – Last Songs
Edith Frost – True
Explosions In the Sky – A Poor Man's Memory
Fields Of The Nephilim – Intro (The Harmonica Man)
freelovebabies – intro / pretty as a picture
Hanged'up – winternational
Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson and Sigur Ros – Bum bum bambal
Hood – The World Touches Too Hard
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Drop
January – Projections
Kings of Convenience – Winning a battle, losing the war
Mark Hollis – The colour of spring
Mercury Rev – Little Rhymes
Mojave 3 – Prayer for the damned
My Morning Jacket – Bermuda Highway (demo version)
Pink Floyd – Julia Dream
Psychic TV – The Orchids
Rachel's – Tea Merchants
Rian Murphy & Will Oldham – Song of Most
Roboshop Mania – Childish Song
Set Fire to the Flames – love song for 5 ontario (w/singing police car)
Sigur Rs – Starlfur
Stars of the Lid – Ballad of Distances (Part 1)
The Beta Band – Won
The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Sisters! Brothers! Small boats of fire are falling from the sky!
Carmen Quinones with Mercury Rev – It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World
Huun-Huur-Tu – Agitator

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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