Pumpkin Ale and Hurricanes and Stuff (No Comments)

I was walking through the store on Monday and noticed that several breweries had already released their pumpkin ales. I’m always curious about them, but seldom pleased with the results of other breweries pumpkin ales. Usually I find them to have to much cinnamon or to be lackluster in other ways. Anyhow, I was primarily surprised to see them in August because I consider them a fall or October beer. I plan to brew a Pumpkin Ale soon, but it won’t be ready until early October. Will Christmas Ales start showing up around Halloween now?

In other news, and there is a lot of it, life has been interesting around here. We spent last week on Vacation in Grand Cayman. The local brewery has changed hands and is now called CayBrew and the beer has improved a bit. Unfortunately, they only offer a lager and although better than before it is still not quite as good as Red Stripe which is practically a local brew down there. I’m not sure if my two readers are aware, but a Hurricane just went through the Caribbean. Fortunately, we got off the island just in time, but it made the last couple of days of our vacation very tense.

While we were down there, the GFI outlet that our refrigerator is plugged into tripped and we lost all of the food in our fridge and freezer. Apparently the outlet is going bad. Fortunately, our neighbors are saints and cleaned up the worst of the mess and only left the less than smelly food for us to throw out. They noticed the problem when the melting popsicles pooled on the floor and I can only imagine how bad the smell of rotting food was. They said the once-frozen bag of shrimp was fizzing, which is never good.

And in the minor nuisance category, our Media Center is acting up and refuses to run with the Graphics Card installed. I tested the card in another system and it does not seem to be bad, so I am going to try all sorts of driver updates and such to see if I can fix it. I hate mysterious issues like this. Anyhow, we can watch TV on a Monitor and DVD’s through the Playstation, so we’ll get along okay until it is fixed.

I think that’s enough for now, I’ll update again when I get around to ordering brewing supplies, which should be soon.

– Chris

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