Its been a long time since I have posted anything here, so I thought I should write about an early homebrewing session, and explain some of it as I go.
For this brew I decided on an all grain kit from hopdawgs.ca, the Garage Floor IPA. It was a very tasty beer, and its too bad I don’t have any left. I will have to brew it again soon.
Heating up 10 gallons of water takes a bit of time, but the Blichmann burner works really well for this, and its easy on propane too. I get about 4-5 brew days out of a tank.
Once the strike water is heated to the correct temperatue, we mash in, and then walk away for an hour. This converts the starches in the malted barley into simple sugars for the yeast to eat, and create beer.
Next up we boil for an hour and add hops at 60mins and at 15,10,5 mins.
Once were done, we cool the wort down to 68c, and then rack (transfer) into the carboy. Once we have the beer we toss in the yeast, and leave it for a couple of weeks before we bottle. 5 days before bottling I dry hopped the beer with 1.5oz of whole leaf Cascade hops for added hop aroma.
The details on the Beer:
- OG: 1.056
- FG: 1.010
- ABV: 5.9%
- 85% domestic 2 row
- 5.4% Crystal 80
- 5.4% honey malt
- 4.2% munich
- 1oz Chinook 60mins
- .5oz Simcoe (15 mins)
- .5oz Amarillo (10 mins)
- .5oz Amarillo (5 mins)
- 1oz Amarillo (0 mins, flame out)
- 1.5 oz Cascade dry hop for 5 days
Since I switched to Optik TV a few months ago, I have had one glitch with the PVR that required a hard reset (which formats the hard drive). I’m posting the steps here in order to start building a repository of user documentation for Telus’ Optik TV platform.
1) Pull your set-top-box out so that you can see the connections on the back of it.
2) Unplug the power (small black round connection) so that all of the lights on the set-top-box go off.
3) In about 5 seconds, reconnect the power.
4) On the front of the set-top-box, press and hold down the OK button as well as the down arrow button at the same time. When you see the “LINK”, “HD”, “RECORD” lights on the front of the set-top-box blink rapidly, then you can release the two buttons.
5) If done properly, on your TV screen you should see a grey single gear.
After a couple of moments, the screen should advance to display 2 gears and a loading bar near the bottom of the screen. This indicates that your set-top-box is re-downloading the software necessary to perform the reboot. This stage will take quite a while to complete (approximately 30 minutes). Once that is done, you should see a screen with 3 dots which means the software is installed and your set-top-box is finalizing the settings and initializing.
Once complete, you will have a factory default configuration on your Optik TV set top PVR. Any recorded programs will be erased. The nice part of the Optik TV platform is that you will retain your PVR timers and series timers, and if you have configured remote recording control from the iPhone or website, it will still work.