## Saturday, December 27, 2008

### LaTeX: replace double quotes with tex quotes

People often make the mistake of putting " in place of  in LaTeX documents. To repair this, the only easy solution is something like:
s/$$\s$$"/\1/g
in VIM or sed.

I've seen alternate solutions posted but they're all too complicated. One recommendation was to switch to XeTeX, which sounds like overkill, and others all stated that a complicated perl script is required. The latter is technically true, but why isn't such a thing readily available?

Any other ideas?

## Sunday, December 21, 2008

### Skim: a PDF reader that allows annotations

from Sam: http://skim-app.sourceforge.net/

neat

## Thursday, December 11, 2008

### skill set

is it a marketable skill that I can bring down almost any computer system I'm given access too entirely unintentionally?

## Friday, December 5, 2008

### post rate

my post rate is too low I need to up it so that my front page doesn't show the same posts any more

## Wednesday, December 3, 2008

### scary

I think this is my worst nightmare:
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap081203.html

LA. Not the smiley.

## Monday, November 24, 2008

### .inputrc

New unix stuff!

This is, again, stuff I'd searched for forever but never found the right collection of terms. This is what bash readline is REALLY all about.

if you make an inputrc file, you can get awesome readline capabilities (similar to ipython). This post at lifehacker showed me how to do it. This site has a more complete description of how to use readline/inputrc.

Even better: VI command line editing .

There's also something called magic space but I don't know what purpose it serves all the time... it will replace 'magic' characters like !* and !& and !! with whatever command they represent if you hit space immediately after typing them (explained better here).

Wow. Awesome.

## Thursday, November 20, 2008

### MOVIES!

Making movies is surprisingly difficult. No matter what language you use, apparently true movie files can only be made by stringing together images, i.e. there is no native movie-producing feature. Gnuplot can do some simple animations but to do anything sophisticated you need to start delving into variables, and for that I switch to a real language.

So, I returned to python. As usual, it took no more than a few hours of coding and learning to come up with something. But it bothers me that it took that long: I still think python is most deficient in its failure to create a default column-text reader like 'readcol' in IDL. I can't complain that much, though: I wrote my own in about 5 minutes.

Anyway, the key is to use the .set_xdata and .set_ydata functions of a plot to update a canvas. I still don't have nearly as high a plotting speed as I'd like, but it works alright if I don't display to screen. Probably a different backend would be more effective but I don't like to mess with backends.

I use  savefig(filename,dpi=50)  to reduce the image quality so that it's easier for the animator to handle.

ImageMagick's convert can be used to stitch any kind of image into a movie given that you've installed an mpeg2 encoder (fink gave me mpeg2vidcodec ). The command is very simple:
convert -size 300x300 *.png movie.mpg

I had to use a smaller image size because a series of 1000x12kb files somehow chomped ~6-8 GB of RAM and swap space.

## Monday, November 17, 2008

### Screen cont'd

Guide to screen

Particularly useful features:

Scrollback:
ctrl-a [[scroll keys]

Switch to a numbered screen (doesn't work for me so far):
ctrl-a [number]

## Sunday, November 16, 2008

### Ultimate today

We went 2-1 in the tournament, losing the final in a windy game on universe point, 15-14. We won the first game 13-5 or 13-6, and the second by a similarly wide margin. I think I scored 15-20 points on the day and threw an additional few. 2-3 drops and 3-4 throwaways to balance that out. Pretty good on the whole for what was probably my last ultimate of the season.

Of course, that made me very exhausted for the review session this evening. Oh well, I think it worked out. I need to remember to come up with (and post!) a clear explanation of why you can use that silly little triangle to come up with the translation between angle on the sky and image size.

## Thursday, November 13, 2008

1.  shopt -p
Maybe my hostname completion worked and then stopped working because the bash option hostcomplete was not set. Duh! Why? I don't know. Anyway,  shopt -s hostcomplete solves the problem.

 nocaseglob  is also pretty cool (case insensitive tab completion)

2. it's really hard to search for readline stuff on google. Can anyone explain to me how BASH readline works? I would REALLY like to make bash readline work like ipython, in which you can start typing a command and hit the 'up' key to search through the history for anything beginning with the stuff you've typed up to that point. But I can't even find documentation for the ipython readline! Any hints, anyone?

3. my desktop at work blocks ssh connections. I can ssh into some computers and then into it, but not directly into it.

...as usual, I made a list where not-a-list would have sufficed, and I had to add the last thing because a 2-item list is dumb.

## Wednesday, November 12, 2008

### Why do astronomers have such a strong presence on the web?

I'm not making this a complete post, just a few examples of blogs and websites I'm aware of. But we do have a strong presence on the web - astronomers have an unusually high google ranking etc. Is it just because 'we' were here first ('we' excludes me, I'm just jumping on the bandwagon and getting a free ride)?

Examples:
Pamela Gay
Dr Lisa

Science writers who write on astronomy:
Dave Mosher

## Tuesday, October 28, 2008

### Python magic / advanced numpy indexing

Yeah, indexing python arrays should really be easy.

Stefan van der Walt's page

In [85]: bi = (f.bolo_indices[np.newaxis,:] + zeros([7751,1])).astype('int')In [86]: whc = (whscan[:,np.newaxis] + zeros([1,107])).astype('int')In [87]: array2d[whc,bi] = temp2d

### Python: one-line arrays

Ahhh, refreshing:
 whscan = asarray([arange(scanlen)+i for i in scans_info[:,0]]).ravel()

Not like IDL, which takes at least 4 lines b/c of the variable declaration. There's probably a better way to do that too.

### Port vs Fink

Port failed to install:

## Monday, September 1, 2008

### 1 year of data

Weight in pounds as a function of time, starting 8/12/07, with nearly uniform sampling immediately before bed each night.

## Sunday, August 31, 2008

### fermentation

ideas + beer. Same process. They catalyze each other.

## Saturday, August 30, 2008

### Danger Zone

The Danger Zone: Where the Buffalo Roam.

## Saturday, August 23, 2008

### Merging postscripts

This is essential and really difficult to find answers to, but this guy gave it:
http://ludo.qix.it/archive/2005/08/merge-postscript-files.html

The keywords I would have liked to see:
"merge postscripts into multi-page document"
or "combine postscript multiple page"

e.g.
gs -sDEVICE=pswrite -sOutputFile=output.ps -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH file1.ps file2.ps file3.psorgs -sDEVICE=pswrite -sOutputFile=05358spectra.ps -dNOPAUSE -dEPSFitPage -dBATCH ls 05358_*.eps(the added option is to make sure the .eps isn't cropped)

### NSF eligibility

Am I eligible for the NSF GRFP? Sam says yes, I thought no, but re-reading.... umm... isn't this yes?

Applicants must have completed no more than twelve (12) months of full-time graduatestudy or its equivalent as of August 31, 2008. Full time graduate study is as defined by theuniversities attended.

No more than 12 months means 12 months is OK?

What was I thinking!?

## Friday, August 22, 2008

### Back to site editing

I'm editing class web pages, php, cgi, etc. again. I don't think I ever really understood how to do this, but I'd like to know how to use PHP to fold text. That would be sweet.

I found it by googling this time.

This is really the right way to do things:

Of course, it's pretty disappointing that it doesn't work with the non-classic template for blogger.

## Thursday, August 21, 2008

### Extracting figures from papers

I want to automatically extract figures from papers, but of course most papers come in .pdf, not .ps form...

This site has a great tool for extracting figures from .ps papers:
http://www-hermes.desy.de/notes/extras/postscript.html

If anyone can tell me how to do the same thing for .pdfs (automatically extract figures from pdfs) I'd appreciate it.

Update 12/13/08: One solution is listed at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=884002: use pdfimages, part of the xpdf package.

## Sunday, August 10, 2008

### Movie Review: Dark Knight

Definitely the best movie in the past... 3 years? IMAX didn't add much to the experience though.

A little bit more: most people I've talked to about it (ummm... 2 grad students and 1 blog?) thought the movie was overhyped and didn't live up to the hype. I liked it a lot, and I never saw a single preview. Lesson? Don't see previews.

## Saturday, August 9, 2008

### Blogroll

Since you're now subscribing (I'm assuming, at the moment and for the next... say... year, Kyle's the only one who will see this), here's a list of other blogs to check out:
http://sketchbrewing.blogspot.com/
http://thedrog.blogspot.com/

I'd send you to some other ones too, but they're not complete. I have vague ambitions to write a genuine science blog for the international year of astronomy and public outreach.... but I don't really know if that will go anywhere.

### Movie Review: Hancock

Saw Hancock on Tuesday. Basically, as hinted at by friends, didn't live up to expectations. The funny quit early, and they tried to insert some 'dark superhero movie' into it in the second half. From the ads, and the presence of Jason Bateman & his character, this was inappropriate. Not a great movie, stick to the Dark Knight.

### More beer tastes

Stone Vertical Epic 8: described as an overhopped Belgian, and I think they hit the mark exactly. It was pleasant and drinkable, with a strong hop flavor but weak hop bitterness. 8.6% ABV

Fort Collins brewery double chocolate stout: a reasonable dessert beer. Not nearly as dry as Stone's Oatmeal Chocolate, but not as sweet as Young's double chocolate. Chocolate undertones stayed undertones, which is not what I expect from a double chocolate stout. 8.1% ABV

Avery / Liquor Mart 40th anniversary: Just a hoppy ale, nothing special. Had a stronger hop aftertaste than most, not up to Avery's standard. No ABV label.

Steamworks Kolsch: Very light kolsch. I think it may have had a crisp flavor to it, but it was the last in line and unremarkable enough that my comments on it are untrustworthy. 4.86% ABV.

Also, talked to Bobby again, he recommends St Bernard as a good Belgian. That's on the list.

## Wednesday, August 6, 2008

### Applescripting out that VIM error

I have a frequent problem where my VIM window is too large for my macbook screen but it fits on my external monitor, so when I unplug the external the VIM file bar gets stuck behind the Mac OS menu bar. It's a huge pain to fix this normally, but I wrote/stole an applescript to fix the problem:
try    tell application "Vim"        activate    end tell    tell application "System Events"        tell process "Vim"            set size of the first window to {1000, 200}            set position of the first window to {50, 50}        end tell    end tellend try

## Sunday, August 3, 2008

### Review: Fruition restaurant

I ate at Fruition restaurant last night with the family. They serve haute cuisine. I had the beef coulotte. It was pretty tasty, but overall a bit too creamy for my taste. The wine had a hint of cherry flavor to it. The dinner was pretty good, but overall a little disappointing for the price. The French press coffee was a bit much as I would have preferred a small cup of cappuccino. I wouldn't object to going back when they switch to a new seasonal menu, but I'm not going out of my way.

## Saturday, August 2, 2008

### Photos featured in an article

My photos, article by Jeff Marlow:

http://www.atmagazine.co.uk/content/view/853/94/

## Friday, August 1, 2008

### Movie Review: The Namesake

The Namesake was pretty damned boring. The rich white girl might have been flaky and a touch rich-bitchy, but she was attractive, she loved him, and she did nothing wrong except perhaps out of ignorance. Coming of age stories like this one are dumb and take away my respect for ultraconservative, traditional cultures.

The one thing I can really say for the movie, though, is that it had awesome music. Federico Aubele's Postales showed up at one point, and there was another techno/ambient style song I couldn't pin down.

## Thursday, July 31, 2008

### Postscript to PDF conversion

ls *.ps | sed 's/$$.*$$.ps/ps2pdf \1.ps \1.pdf/' | bash

because it's impossible to view multiple postscripts in a single window.... how annoying.

Corollary:
ls *.pdf | sed 's/$$.*$$.pdf/pdf2jpeg \1.pdf \1.jpg/' | bash

## Wednesday, July 30, 2008

### Boulder Obovoid

Obovoid is another imperial stout - "empirical stout" - and is milder than some of the others I've had lately, but still a touch bitter. Nice but not worth repeating much.

### IDL array indexing

array_indices(array, location)

instead of that x mod n_e(), y / n_e() crap

### Not a webcomic

but close enough:
Gore-Al sends son into space

### IDL string conversion

Just a reminder to me:
to convert an IDL number to a string, use string!
 s = string(x,format='(F10.5)')

Also, Julian Date conversion 
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 Tuesday, July 29, 2008 find and xargs pretty useful info on find and xargs, e.g. find /scratch/adam_work/ -name 'mmm*sav' | xargs rm Posted by Adam at 2:00 PM No comments: Links to this post Labels: computer SETI I read a paper on ArXiv today about SETI, and talked to Jeremy Darling about water masers. This got me thinking: the best way to signal your presence to the universe as an intelligent civilization is to take advantage of natural amplification. So, say, you go find a big cloud of water molecules in the right state to start masing, and blast them with some of the right frequency radio emission: you get a strongly enhanced isotropic emitter. Maybe SETI should look for those, then search for nearby coherent sources....EDIT: Isotropic? No. Posted by Adam at 12:45 PM No comments: Links to this post Labels: astronomy Monday, July 28, 2008 Hebrew Jewbilation 11 Wow... 11 malts and 11 hops, and it tastes like at least 3 different types of beer. There was an ale start and a porter finish to the first few sips, but later ones had a fuller, maltier flavor at the top of the mouth. It has some Irish Stout smoothness too. There's some residual porter-esque bitterness. A lot of depth and complexity that keeps going. Whew. Posted by Adam at 8:00 PM No comments: Links to this post Labels: beer tasting Sunday, July 27, 2008 Delirium Nocturne Delirium Tremens is a tasty beer itself, I think. I'm drinking Delirium Nocturne right now. It has a cool (opaque!) bottle, plus a pink elephant on the label. At 8.5% it's pretty strong, but very drinkable with no taste of alcohol. It's definitely my favorite Belgian brown now. It still has that wheat-soy-sauce taste to it, but very weakly. It poured with ridiculous head - I could not control it. Overall, great beer, worth the ridiculous price I paid for it, whatever that was. Posted by Adam at 8:46 PM No comments: Links to this post Labels: beer tasting Saturday, July 26, 2008 More tastings Deschutes Black Butte XX - good for a porter, reasonably drinkable, but still a porterRogue Chocolate Stout - a bit bitterer than I want in a chocolate stoutVictory 12 - pretty good, tasted a bit like a trippelSketch Wheat - much more drinkable than last time; "weirdness" gone Posted by Adam at 10:09 PM No comments: Links to this post Thursday, July 24, 2008 Guinness and Dogfish Head First, the Guinness: I'm drinking a Guinness Extra Stout right now. I'm a big fan of the normal Guinness Stout, but the extra stout is bitter - bridging on skunky. I don't like it. It has a sour edge.Last night, tried the Dogfish Head Midas Touch. It's interesting - lots of flavors, topped by grape juice. It's a champagne-meade-beer. OK, but not spectacular. Pretty drinkable.Dogfish Head Santo Palo tonight. It's a brown ale that looks more like a stout. I think it needs to mellow - it has an astringent alcohol flavor, but depth once you get further in. It was a lot better when it poured with some head than not. A little chocolate at the end, not much though.Also tried the Avery "Ale to the Chief" Presidential Pale Ale. A little like an IPA, but really a hoppy pale ale. Not bad, not my favorite.Those Dogfish beers are too expensive. I ought to stick to Avery and homebrews.... Posted by Adam at 7:27 PM No comments: Links to this post Labels: beer tasting Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Outreach this past weekend I did the thing at Vail, Starry Nights, and it went well. Posted by Adam at 10:45 AM No comments: Links to this post Monday, July 21, 2008 Parallactic Angle So it turns out parallactic angle and field rotation are essentially the same thing. While working on the data pipeline for the Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey, I've needed to deal with this. The parallactic angle is dependent on the alt/az, and therefore the time, of the observation. So using an RA/Dec in J2000 coordinates to get alt/az isn't going to work, because my observations weren't in 2000.0.... my best hope is that the PA in the NCDF files is actually the correct parallactic angle.YARGH! Posted by Buffalo at 5:49 PM No comments: Links to this post Labels: astronomy Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Stout Tried this 9.2% bomber last night, and even drinking it over the course of an hour and a half I could feel my nose not feeling afterwards.The pour was probably the most exciting part of this beer. It came out an extremely dark, rich, thick motor-oil looking thing with nearly no head. The flavor, though, is of a very bitter and very dry imperial stout. I didn't get much of the chocolate tone, because I only taste chocolate when it is sweetened - bakers chocolate doesn't taste like chocolate to me. I think this beer would have been better if kept a little bit sweeter, much unlike the other Imperial stouts I've tried lately. Posted by Buffalo at 7:01 AM No comments: Links to this post Labels: beer tasting Sunday, July 20, 2008 how much time per year is spent traveling? I need to figure that out at some point Posted by Buffalo at 4:54 PM No comments: Links to this post Friday, July 18, 2008 Observing this weekend whoops, never made this post. Turns out I got rained out - 3 inches of rain on my night. Sad, no DIS time for P Cyg. Posted by Buffalo at 3:03 PM No comments: Links to this post Labels: astronomy Lunar Occultation Hi-Res measurements The folks at the VLT have come up with a means of achieving extremely high resolution from the ground: Observe when the moon occults a source and how long the occultation takes. Sweet.This was applied in the galactic center first, of course: Observations of binaries in GC Additional observations in GC Posted by Buffalo at 10:14 AM No comments: Links to this post Labels: astronomy ds9 commands to test distortion mapping trying to figure out whether I'm screwing something up in the distortion map phase... the -scale limits command here is new and usefulds9 testfields_*pix5*_map0.fits -cmap sls -scale limits 0 .005 -zoom 4 -match frames wcs -match scales -match colorbars &ds9 testfields_*pix15*_map0.fits -cmap sls -scale limits 0 .003 -zoom 4 -match frames wcs -match scales -match colorbars &ds9 testfields_*pix10*_map0.fits -cmap sls -scale limits 0 .004 -zoom 4 -match frames wcs -match scales -match colorbars & Posted by Buffalo at 9:56 AM No comments: Links to this post Labels: bgps, ds9 Russell Owen, DS9 As I might have expected, Russell Owen from the University of Washington - the man responsible for the Telescope User Interface, TUI, on the Apache Point Observatory telescope - has written up a help page for XPA access points on ds9. He knows his stuff... I think I need to aspire to that. Posted by Buffalo at 8:41 AM No comments: Links to this post Labels: ds9 World Wide Stout Last night, had ~4oz of Dogfish Head's World Wide Stout. It was the Nov 2007 batch and was WAY too sweet. Just like the Stone Russian Imperial Stout, it was almost undrinkably sweet, so I recapped it and am going to "cellar" it (at 78 degrees, yikes) for a few months. The Stone brew turned out a lot better on the second try, I hope the Dogfish Head does too.I also had a bottle of Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Oddly, they don't have it on their website. It has a strong chocolate flavor at the start, but it fades quickly into a generic, strongly carbonated stout - it's nothing special after the first taste. Posted by Buffalo at 8:00 AM No comments: Links to this post Labels: beer tasting 
 Thursday, July 17, 2008 Mac terminal stuff xterm-color has some annoying features when SSHing to other compys, including 'top' not functioning properly. The error I receive:top: no termcap entry for a xterm-color' terminalThe solution:From MacOSXhints, in bash just add export TERM="vt100" to your .profile file. Posted by Buffalo at 3:25 PM No comments: Links to this post Labels: computer Awk sexagesimal to decimal conversion In VIM I often need to convert columns of RA/Dec from Sexagesimal into Decimal format.%!awk '{ra = ($2+$3/60+$4/3600)*15; dec =$6+$7/60+$8/3600; print $1,"ra=",ra,", dec= ",$5,dec}'The far more irritating inverse operation: %!awk '{h=($2/15); h=h-(h\%1); m=($2-h*15)/15*60; m=m-(m\%1); s=($2-h*15-m*15/60)/15*3600; d=-($3-$3\%1); am=(-$3-d)*60; am=am-(am\%1); as=(-$3-d-am/60)*3600; printf "\%s \%02i:\%02i:\%02.2f, -\%02i:\%02i:\%02.2f \%s \%s \%s\n" ,$1,h,m,s,d,am,as,$4,$5,\$6}' Posted by Buffalo at 9:12 AM 1 comment: Links to this post Labels: astronomy, computer Wednesday, July 16, 2008 Outreach Observing Some notes for this Friday...the ISS will rise at about 10:55 on Friday, July 18th, and 9:43 on Saturday, July 19th.Jupiter will be in the sky, but Venus and Mercury will not. Jupiter will rise in the Southeast Denver, CO 2008/07/16 10:15 pm Sunrise/set: 05:46 am / 08:26 pmPredicted passes for: ISS daylight-saving time enabled Local Duration Date Time (min) Approach Max. elevation Departure------------------------------------------------------------------------2008/07/17 02:57 am <1 10° above N 10° above N 10° above NNE2008/07/17 04:30 am 5 12° above NNW 31° above NE 10° above E 2008/07/17 10:30 pm <1 13° above WSW 15° above WSW 15° above WSW2008/07/18 03:19 am 4 10° above NNW 16° above NNE 10° above ENE2008/07/18 04:54 am 5 15° above NW 78° above W 10° above SE 2008/07/18 09:19 pm 5 13° above SSW 29° above SE 11° above ENE2008/07/18 10:55 pm 4 17° above WNW 25° above NNW 10° above NNE2008/07/19 03:42 am 5 13° above NNW 32° above NNE 12° above E 2008/07/19 05:18 am 4 16° above W 22° above SW 11° above S 2008/07/19 09:43 pm 5 19° above WSW 71° above N 10° above NE Posted by Buffalo at 9:08 PM No comments: Links to this post Labels: astronomy google accident I'm still trying to figure out why google doesn't link to my page for the term died in a google accident, but we'll see if this page ever changes that. I link to XKCD #369 from that page with that phrase. Posted by Buffalo at 8:23 AM No comments: Links to this post Labels: computer, meta meta Why a blog? I've been strongly opposed to blogs for the longest time (after all, Desert Strike coined the word BLOG as an acronym for building), so why use one now?1. link power - more links to my own pages if done correctly2. google owns the blogger2.a. google made it really easy3. it's easier to add content here than to my real 'web page' which is already too content-heavy. Still, my web page is more useful for displaying code, my cv, etc.4. needed a place to post beer reviews / brewing related content that doesn't fit on a normal web page unless I made a blog there5. easiest way to take notes that I can't just accidentally delete...and now that I've made this post,6. because I like metahumour Posted by Buffalo at 8:14 AM No comments: Links to this post Labels: meta DS9 - crosshairs on command line ds9 pmm*_map0.fits -zscale -match scales -zoom 4 -match frames wcs -crosshair 17:33:02.7 -13:04:49.5 wcs fk5 -lock crosshairs wcs &ds9 pmp*_map0.fits -zscale -match scales -zoom 4 -match frames wcs -crosshair 17:33:02.7 -13:04:49.5 wcs fk5 -lock crosshairs wcs &ds9 mpp*_map0.fits -zscale -match scales -zoom 4 -match frames wcs -crosshair 17:33:02.7 -13:04:49.5 wcs fk5 -lock crosshairs wcs &ds9 mpm*_map0.fits -zscale -match scales -zoom 4 -match frames wcs -crosshair 17:33:02.7 -13:04:49.5 wcs fk5 -lock crosshairs wcs &DS9's crosshairs are extremely useful for checking on WCS coordinate matching, especially when they can be set precisely using the command line. I don't know how to set the coordinates exactly interactively... that may come later. Posted by Buffalo at 7:46 AM No comments: Links to this post Labels: computer, ds9 Tuesday, July 15, 2008 Mountain Sun Went to the Mountain Sun, had the Thunderhead Stout and Stone's Levitation IPA.The Thunderhead Stout is one of my favorites. It's rich, slightly sweet, full bodied. I can't identify any particular flavors, but it's delicious.Stone's Levitation IPA is dark brown for an IPA. It's hoppy and pretty tasty, but nowhere near as good as the Dogfish Head IPAs. Posted by Buffalo at 10:25 PM No comments: Links to this post Labels: beer tasting SSH Learned something knew about ssh... keys are stored in ~/.ssh/known_hosts. If a remote key changes, you may be denied access if your saved key is wrong. Posted by Buffalo at 12:19 PM No comments: Links to this post Labels: computer The System Cat and Girl is a webcomic probably best described as being subversive.Today's comic reveals that my role is to perpetuate a system. It's always nice to analyze your workplace and world on a deeper level. I am perpetuating evil, but the alternatives are scary.Also, just to make sure there's a tie back to beer, Goats has a litany for beer. Posted by Buffalo at 11:50 AM No comments: Links to this post Labels: beer, comic Explosion Our "Workie Ticket", which was doing its primary in the carboy, popped its top. It made a mess but should still be healthy... the yeast was going extremely strong at the way-too-hot 78 degrees it's sitting at this morning. It already has a fruity aroma, though, so it's likely that all of our brews are going to be extremely fruity. Bleh.Our Honey Brown , which was excellent at the start, has gotten a bit too dry and alcoholic. The first few sips have a strong flavor of alcohol to them. However, once you get into the beer, it gains a little bit of depth and isn't too bad... probably the alcohol talking. I think most of the bottles are probably overcarbonated at this point, but we only have a few left. Overall point: Honey beers need to be drunk within about a week of bottling for peak deliciousness; apparently honey dries out very strongly. Posted by Buffalo at 8:03 AM No comments: Links to this post Labels: beer tasting, brewing Monday, July 14, 2008 Pumphouse Brewery Review Went to the pumphouse brewery last night and 'tasted' 4 beers.First, for a brewpub, it's pretty weird to serve tastes in single-sip servings, but that's what they did. They didn't charge, so I didn't object, but it was difficult to get a strong sense for what the beers were meant to be.Beers:Cherry Saison: light colored, mild cherry flavor, no sweetness or depth to match the cherry flavorGinger saison: strong ginger flavor, no depth or interesting beer flavor. Like a dry but strong ginger aleSaison: just... averageCopper: Weak flavored reddish beer Posted by Buffalo at 9:56 AM No comments: Links to this post Labels: beer tasting Tuesday, July 8, 2008 Buffalo the Destroyer! Buffalo the Destroyer!Adam GinsburgI'm not going to explain this nickname any more than I explained my other nickname, Keflavich Posted by Buffalo at 4:00 PM No comments: Links to this post 
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