Hefewhut?

Hello internet!

I apologize for waiting a while to post something non-aggressive. For the next couple of post I’ll be taking a break & a few of my best friends will be giving us some awesome information about God, beer & relationships. This week’s blog is written by my best guy friend/boyfriend/husband/life partner, Josh. He will be blogging about the beer he brews & keeping us updated with his current batch. I am so excited to read what he’s written & excited to try his new batch.

PSA: Josh is 24, second oldest, loves video games, beer, LOTR, GOT & most of all He loves me & our two cats. ^_^

Here’s Josh…

Brewing beer is an entertaining and relaxing craft. What I love about home-brewing is that you get back what you put into it. If you take a very casual approach to your brew, you’ll end up with a satisfying beer that won’t win any awards, but it’ll impress the hell out of your friends, and home-brew makes a great gift. If you put lots of effort and money into it, you’ll end up with something that could rival even the best craft breweries. I’ve been Home-brewing for around 6 months now. I have 3 batches under my belt, and I’m planning out my 4th batch now. I have about 3 other batches that I plan on doing; I’m just waiting for the equipment and time to free up. If I had the equipment and resources, I’d brew something every two weeks, whether it is a 1 gallon or 5 gallon batch.

Let’s start with my equipment. I have:
2 6.5 gallon Carboys
1 one gallon Carboy
1 6.5 gallon fermenting bucket
1 6.5 gallon bottling bucket
Large Nylon Bag for Brew in a Bag
Large copper wort chiller
8 gallon boiling kettle
4 two liter miniature kegs & 2 taps

My previous batches are a one gallon Hefeweizen and a 5 gallon IPA, both extract. I have an extract Hefeweizen sitting in the secondary fermenter that I am very excited about. Before we get too much further into this – let me be clear – I know nothing. I am a beginner, I started with no knowledge. I didn’t even really start paying attention to what I was doing until I got into my second batch.

Now, let’s talk about my Hefeweizen. I did a 60 minute boil with 7 pounds of liquid extract and 2 pounds of steeping grains. Only one hop addition. Check the links section for a link to my brew-toad page, which will display my recipe and most recent brew log. This was an extract kit that I bought at my local home-brew supply store. By the way, you should definitely visit and support your local home-brew store, or LHBS for short. This beer is my first in many ways and I can’t wait to find out what it tastes like when it is done. Prior to this beer, I had never used syrup extract, and I had never used liquid yeast. Another big change for me this time around, was that I added my own flavors and changed up the recipe. Once the boil was complete, I added 4 ounces of orange peels that my wife and I had cut up. I soaked the orange rinds in vodka to sanitize them, and also added them to the hot wort to help sterilize them. The orange peels sat in my primary fermenting bucket for two weeks, during which time my brand new plastic carboy and 3 pounds of apricot puree arrived in the mail from Northern Brewer. Once the two week primary phase was completed, I added my puree into the plastic carboy and transferred my beer into the secondary fermenter, or carboy. It’s been a full week since I transferred, or racked, the beer into secondary. It will sit in the fermenter for about two more weeks due to all of the sugar being added in the secondary. Once the secondary fermentation stage is complete, I plan to keg 4 gallons of beer into my mini kegs and bottle the rest, where it will sit for three weeks while the flavors condition and the beer carbonates. Three weeks is the minimum though, my beer will probably sit closer to 4 or 5 weeks because I plan to take it to a music festival this year.

My goals for my home-brewing hobby are simple: Produce good beer, have fun learning, and always improve. I’m planning to move into all grain brewing for my next batch, which I’m very excited about. Switching to all grain from extract is like switching to baking a cake from scratch instead of following the instructions on the box, so it’s a big deal to me. All grain brewing is one of my big goals, right next to temperature control during fermentation, and kegging & dispensing.

Check back for more updates on home-brew & beer in the near future. I have a bottling day coming up in two weeks, possibly a brew day coming up in 3 weeks (hopefully sooner if I can do my own batch), and a tasting in about 4 -5 weeks, so there is more to come!

For note on the beer mention in today’s blog, check out https://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/hefeweizen-209

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Hudson

Fuck you.

“I ran into a person I met at Sagemont who was a total douche all the time & used Christ to defend the way he talked to people. Within 30 seconds of running into him, he asked me how I was doing financially. Not what I do for a living but how much money I make. He proceeded to tell me about how he owns two businesses, is a student mentor at his church & runs a charity that pays for poor people’s apartments in the Woodlands. All while being an awesome husband & father. I knew him back in 2008 during the presidential elections, he went around telling people that if you voted for Obama you weren’t a good christian, and I remember him telling me all the time that I needed to lose weight because the fat on my body was a sin. Fucked up dude, no one ever called him out on anything either. He just walked past me and poked my belly button. Fuck that guy.”

Hi Robin,

You don’t know me & I don’t know you but I don’t believe I would ever want to be associated with you & your husband. I’m really unsure if you know what your husband is doing or saying while you aren’t around but I know that if you did know then you are probably just as bad as him. Tonight, my husband went to see Mewithoutyou with his best friend. Your husband used to be associated with him. Your husband said a few hurtful words to my husband and to be honest if I was there at the concert with them your husband would’ve left with a big slap on the face. I’m blogging this to tell you that I am appalled. I am hurt for my husband and his best friend and I am sad for you. I am sad for you because your husband is exactly what Christians are. total fucking pricks. You see I am a pretty simple person as it is. I believe I am a compassionate person although when it comes to messing with my husband and family the compassion fades and no fucks are given. Except this time. This time I will pray for you, your husband and your newborn baby. I will ask the gods to grant y’all everything you will ever need. whether it be finances, favor & health. I hope you & your husband live to be 100. I hope that Dent Gents makes it big & becomes a large corporation & y’all become millionaires. I hope everything is easy for y’all & I hope y’all have happiness every single day. That y’all will never ever ever feel heart break. I hope y’all are healthy for many many many years. I hope you & him love each other every day. till one of you die. Best of luck & I hope god is forever grateful for the love you’ve shown to so many. I know it means a lot to y’all.

-Lucy.

P.s.
If you know me & would like to let me know you are praying for me. Tell Jesus. don’t tell me. you telling me or josh will do nothing but keep the coal of hatred I have towards people like Hudson burning longer than it should. I know I have anger problems and that I have to deal with them but this is my option for an outlet besides yelling or posting tons of facebook statuses about people I don’t even know. Thanks for reading!

shit talker.

Do not excuse me for my language.
Also *sorry not sorry hahahaha (sarcasm)*

I have many topics I want to blog about but today I’ve chosen this topic: shit talking.
Girls are the famous for this.
shit talking, talking behind each others backs, etc etc

I am notorious for this. If you are a close friend of mine you know I am. Why am I putting myself on blast?
Well I will tell you.

Many times people will use these types outlets (blogs, facebook, twitter, instagram, tumblr, etc) to talk shit or make themselves look better.
You know how I know? because I am one of those people. Don’t get shy on me now, Internet, you are too. I am okay with admitting that shit-talking is something I take part of. It’s entertaining. Like people watching or going to a music show. I can keep my mouth close if I want too and most times I do but around certain people I am comfortable with I take part in shit-talking. Am I bad person for admitting I do this? Am I bad person for this? No. I am “only human.”

What’s the difference between gossiping and shit-talking?

Gossiping according to the bible means someone who goes around & breaks friendships up, tells others secrets & tells lies.
Shit-talking according to myself means someone who talks shit about dumb things other people post about & talks about how it bothers them that people could be so dumb.

So I’ll leave you with this question…
where do you fall?
do you gossip about folks? spread lies? spread rumors? break up relationships?
or
are you an everyday shit-talker? laugh at the fault of others post? potentially ruin your own relationships with the acquaintances on your social media sites?

Neither is cool but it helps to know who you are regardless if it’s bad or good.

Curse words, Mean words

Sometimes I am reminded of the time I was given an opportunity to share my testimony with over 50 homeless folks. As I think about it, I was not ready. super unprepared & so prideful. I really disliked being a christian who worked for a church. not that I’m not a christian now, I’m just more aware of my actions & don’t work for a church. to those folks who are christians and go to church- loosen up. most of the time I hear stories from all sorts of folks saying how when they were christians they were total assholes and I have to be honest. I was an asshole. I still am but the difference is I am aware of that & I’m not blaming God. I’m not using God as an excuse to be a dick. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve said hurtful things to without using curse words just because that’s how I was taught at bible college. (oops did I say that?) yes I did say that.

I just want to give some encouragement… if you are christian, don’t be an asshole & if you are an asshole then own up to it & apologize. if you are not a christian, don’t be an asshole & if you are an asshole then own up to it & apologize.

Love always,

Mrs. Pinkerton

Aww Ships!

FriendSHIPS, RelationSHIPS & PartnerSHIPS.

Everyone has these types of ships. I love these ships. If I didn’t have these ships I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

Friendships can turn into Friendshits (self-explanatory. also thank you Seana for this word.) Friendships are a two way deal… if one friend offers a hand & the other says constantly that they can’t take that hand then the friend just stops offering. at least thats how it is for me some times.

I would like to think I am good friend to some folks but to others I can be completely oblivious that they need me from the lack of communication or the times I’ve asked a person to hang out with me multiple times and they can’t. I’m not saying, “shame on you people who don’t hang out with me,” because I can be a bit much BUT what I am saying is if you care about someone & want to have a relationship (friendship) with them then communicating is a big factor.

In bible college someone said in order to make friends or have friends, you have to be friendly. I try to be friendly. I have little get togethers & invite all sorts of people usually the people I invite show up & have a good time. They meet new people and everyone has a good time. Why? because they’re friendly. They want to have friends.

When my best friend, Giovanna & I started hanging out more & more, we would talk constantly about our days, guys, music, food & etc etc. when we disagreed on situations we would swallow our pride & apologize to each other & move on… we most likely just laugh about how we both got our feelings hurt then eat chick fil a.

The moral of the story here is, be a good friend or a good person.

Please note: I wrote this blog about a month ago & have been editing it since the first time I typed it out.

Love always,
Mrs. Pinkerton!

Acquired Taste

Alcoholic beverages are an acquired taste. Just like onions, prune juice & cake. The only difference is the effects it puts you through if you have too much of it. Onions gives you smelly breath, prune juice makes you poop & cake gives you a sugar rush. I hate all of those things except for alcoholic beverages. I used to be against beer and vodka but now I’m all for having a drink or two with friends and family that are 21 & older. I am totally against under-age drinking & driving under the influence. I am not, as of now, against getting drunk. I know it’s in the bible that we shouldn’t drink to get drunk although sometimes you drink too much & you don’t even realize it because you’re having a good time. I’m not giving excuses I am telling you the truth from my perspective. It’s literally taken me almost a month to just type this blog out. Which I apologize for blowing this off but I think I just care too much of what people think when I talk about alcohol. BUT It’s not a big deal to me anymore whether I have a drink or not. So with that said, I am going to encourage a type of beverage every so often. As for this blog post today.. I encourage cranberry juice & titos vodka w/two limes! It’s my go-to drink when I don’t want beer! Tito’s vodka is texan made & cranberry juice is good even without vodka! ^.^

Love always,
Mrs. Pinkerton

Dude, God. Bro. Man.

Several years ago, I heard a teaching by Scott Crenshaw. It was my favorite teaching. I listened to it over and over again for many years now. He shared a story in this teaching about a kid who had just rededicated his life to Jesus. He was the type of kid who many called a stoner, hippie or a peace lovin dude. One night at youth this kid was asked to pray for everyone & so he did. The youth leader was very nervous because this kid was a undignified person. He was himself. At all times. Genuine. Authentic. The real deal. This kid starts to pray & says something along the lines like this, “Dude man God. you are so cool. thank you for loving us & giving us this time to hang out with you. alright well i’ll talk to you later man.” When I think about people who I would want to be like, I think about this kid.

For about a year now, I’ve been weighing my options & deciding who I think I am, who God says I am & who I am for others. I’ve decided that who I am and where I’ve been are two different things. My past whether it was good or bad- helpful or hurtful- it is my past. If the people who surround me can not except that then I apologize although if I were who I was at the age of 16 I don’t believe I’d have my job. Or Josh.

 

What this blog post all comes down to is my belief in God. The sweet struggle of believing & having faith in God the trinity is so hard. By far one of the hardest decisions of my life. When I was much younger I always knew God existed. When I even try to believe God doesn’t exist my heart stops & I get all like Eminem, vomit on my sweater moms spaghetti-nervous with sweaty palms. Etc, Etc.

Lately, when I think about the kid in the teaching Scott spoke about years ago- I strive to get to back to that place. Where the only thing that matters is pleasing Jesus & loving people. I know some folks might look at my life & believe I’m some fallen away TBI alumni Which I am. I’ve fallen away from believing what I was told to believe to believing what I know in my heart & the experiences Ive been able to experience with a clear mindset.

If you don’t agree with me & have taken the time to read this blog post- thank you. I know God is faithful to complete what He has started in me.

Dios Fiel folks!
Love always,

Mrs. Pinkerton

I’m not Lucy Saenz anymore.

josie grossie

Never been kissed is probably one of my favorite movies. I could go on about it but this blog post isn’t about giving y’all a review about a late 90’s film.

As many of y’all know, I’m not Lucy Saenz anymore! Yes, it’s true. I’m Lucy Pinkerton & I love it! On December 8th, 2013, Josh & I signed our marriage license. On January 25th, 2014 we had our wedding. It was the best day ever. We were surrounded by all the right people & received so much love from our family and friends.

Like I said in the beginning… I’m not Lucy Saenz anymore. It feels so great to say that over & over again. Not that being Lucy Saenz was so bad. I just really love being a Pinkerton. So far as a Pinkerton- I’ve come to love my family even more as well as my friends. I can sincerely say without my friends and family, Josh & I wouldn’t have had a wonderful wedding.

To wrap this short intro blog up, I would like to say Thank you for taking the time to read this & I can’t wait to continue writing about God, beer & relationships as well as my life as Lucy Pinkerton, with the internet.

Love always,

Mrs. Pinkerton