Monday, April 20, 2015

Beer will be brewed

I've been going through my equipment, taking stock of what I have and what I need. 

This is the all important kettle for boiling the water and wort. Wort is hops and water combined. All of this learning about brewing beer has me so excited!

These are the food grade buckets. One will act as a fermenter and the other will be used on bottling day. There's a lid for the fermenter. Fermentation will take about a week.

The important ingredients include the malt extract (I've learned that what I bought was an extract kit and it must get this name from the malt extract). The hops come next and the final step will be to pitch the yeast. I hope the yeast is hungry and eats all the yummy hops I'll be providing. The instructions say this is an easy kit. I hope so. I'll brew by myself and maybe bottle by myself. Things I'm missing:thermometer and hydrometer. I'm also trying to figure out how to use my sanitizer. I have a powder that needs to be mixed with hot water.

Future posts include, TV, Picasso Cafe veggie dinner and Sandals reunion week. I have so many photos to get to from Antigua! In other news, Prickly Pete has come to live on our front porch. We let the winter kill the last cactus. Why not try again? 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Cheers to the weekend!

Cheers to the weekend! Chomps, the Bengal cat, is having a nice catnap. He's resting up for the weekend. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


I'm doing the happy dance while I'm listening to "Happy" from Pharrell because I lost 1.6 pounds in 2 weeks!! That means I lost weight on vacation! How is that possible? Truly, I don't know the full reason.

My strategies included, no cheese and try to avoid dairy. I didn't have any cheese! Avoiding dairy all together was not entirely possible (Hello, red velvet cake, which I ate one amazing bite of.) Breakfast included proteins (eggs, bacon, sausage, and my new favorite smoked salmon) and fruit (mostly melons.) Finally, I did my very best to avoid bread. I forgot during one dinner and helped out on the bread basket. I still went hog wild on the drinks but I tried to keep it more towards rum and diet. 

I loved the drinks there! Reggae tops, banana daiquiri's, purple rain, blue hawaiian, and then of course the local beer and wine. Why not have wine with dinner or lunch or both? All inclusive resorts are the best. 

I almost forgot to mention mimosa's. I'll need to repeat that good decision sometime around here. So successes were had on many fronts (not gaining 5 pounds and having a fantastic trip. Getting home safely was another success.)

The full review of the resort will be coming soon but I can't say when because I need to blog all about it on the computer where the photos are at. #mobilebloggerproblems I would like to say that Sandals Grande Antigua is a fabulous resort, which I will need to revisit ASAP.