… is the earth shaking from my happy dance. Three things:
- I’m brewing tomorrow!
- I have some beers on tap! (I’ve had only cider for a couple months)
- Grafica Obscura is back online!
I haven’t finished all of the prep work for the brewing, as typical. Tonight was spent freeing up fermenters — I moved my Belgian Dubbel from this summer out of its secondary carboy and into a keg. I think this one’s going to be good — moderately dry, smoky, with almost a whisky character. I planned to force carbonate it before putting it on tap, but the liquid poppet started leaking, meaning it had to be hooked up to something, so it went on tap.
I also fixed the other beer, my 2003 Raspberry lambic, which has had a clogged dip tube for well over a month, because of the raspberry chunks and other detritus that made it into the keg. I replaced the dip tube with a shorter one that seems to end somewhat above the crap, so the beer is flowing free, clear, and sour This one’s quite tasty also, and I can’t wait for it to get a little fizzier.
The plan for tomorrow is 10 gallons of steam beer wort, half of which will become a steam beer, the other half will be dry-hopped, hopefully to impersonate an American IPA. I still need to weigh out ingredients, grind grains, get propane…
Grafica Obscura, although a bit dated by now, was always worth a read and re-read. It’s a collection of graphics and origami hacks, essays, etc. by Paul Haeberli, formerly(?) of SGI. The pages used to be hosted at sgi, but about 6 months ago, I was going to refer a friend (hi Dan!) to a couple elegant hacks on the site, but it came up 404, no forwarding address, and the wayback machine had very few of the example images. Now it’s back, and I’m happy.
Even though Grafica’s been static since the late 90s, I still find some inspiration there every now and then. Of particular interest is the (still-)inchoate “Futurist Programming” section, which first led me to the work of Henry Massalin, author of the Synthesis operating system, an OS which rewrites and optimises its own code at runtime. Massalin’s dissertation is an amazing work, and fun to read.