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Citra Blonde

I bottled my Citra/Simcoe hopped blonde ale late last night. It smelled wonderful, and I'm not sure why, but all of my un-carbonated beers seem to taste extra bitter to me. I doubt that it will be bitter, once it's all done, but yeah, apart from that little outlier, it has a ton of promise as another great blonde. In case you're curious this is the recipe that I used.

Yet Another Reboot

Not much to say, apart from the fact that I'm much happier with what I have now, versus what was hosted yesterday. Just maybe I'll be better this time...

  • Posted on February 02, 2014
  • by Orien Vandenbergh
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2011 Panerathon 5k

Today I ran (most of) the 5k Panerathon race. Felt pretty good for having participated in that, though I still wish I could finish an official 5k without walking. I can say (thanks to my phone) that my first kilometer is probably what killed me. As it interrupted my music to give me my pace and distance etc, I found out that I had covered the first kilometer of the race in 6:04(!), that's a crazy pace for me. If I had maintained that pace I would have cut about 5 minutes off my best 5k to date. Well, I still finished, and had fun, and that's really all that matters.

First Brew

Today marks my first foray into the wild world of brewing beer. I can honestly say that, due to my own desires alone, I would probably have never attempted this process. However, the planets seemed to align, and in the span of a 24 hour window my wife mentioned that she thought it would be a great idea, and Groupon featured a special from Midwest Supplies with a starter equipment kit, and an ingredient kit for $64, plus shipping. With those two together, it was just a matter of waiting for the Fedex driver and a free weekend before the fun began in earnest.


For the past few months, I’ve been pondering picking up some cigars and spending some time reflecting on our porch. As such, I started reading some blogs on the subject (as I am wont to do, I always research mundane life details before stabbing out on my own), found the cigars subreddit, also some lovely reviews posted rather frequently by Zack the Stogie Man neither of which seemed to be decreasing my desire to inhale.

Same Thing Different Assumptions

So, it's the year 2011, and in one shape or another I've had blogs (in various states of disuse) for about 15 years now. That said, gonna try again.

  • Posted on September 14, 2011
  • by Orien Vandenbergh
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