I have never seen so many vehicles on the stretch of road leading back to the Second Water trailhead. While the trail had more hikers than we are used to meeting, it was not very congested. Continue reading “Second Water Hike”
I began with recipes for pilsners and lagers. My most successful beers were stouts.
My projects yielded at most a case at a time. One memorable failure involved two cases of a pilsner I was brewing. Two o’clock one morning I was rudely awakened by explosions that sounded as if they were emanating from my basement. Continue reading “Home Brew”
In Scottsdale, the rich eat each other. Back in the 90’s before much of the area was built up, Henry Becker bought parcel of land for upwards of two and a half million. The land is zoned for low density residential use. Becker wanted to develop the land commercially, but was rejected by the city council. Continue reading “Roadside Arizona”
We were shown the distilling process from beginning to end. It begins much like brewing beer… with whiskey it is called mash, with beer it is called wort (pronounced wert).
Unlike beer, the grain, whether wheat or corn or rye is crushed into a powder. The grain is mixed with water and cooked for up to eight hours at around 160°F , which brings out the sugars. The mash is then cooled, and then pumped to another container where yeast is added and it ferments until the proper alcohol content is reached. Continue reading “Getting my drink on”
The rodeo is the main attraction on the grounds. There is live music all day. There are food vendors, and tents featuring fine crafts, tee shirts, leather goods, equestrian supplies, and of course beer tents. At four dollars a can, they are not price gouging. Continue reading “Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo”