Playing catch-up: Summer and Fall

Whoops, haven’t been doing much blogging!

We finished out our time in Knoxville with a few roadtrips: NC, Chattanooga, and a hike up to the Appalachian Trail.

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Gwen, Nick, Rachel, and Alice

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the Gwens

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brewing an all-grain batch

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…..and sought refuge in this art museum, because we thought we might otherwise die from the heat.

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We made it up to the Trail on our last day in the south.

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The drive home was more insanity.

DSC_1125 DSC_1122 DSC_1121When we got home we were clearly starved for culinary creativity, since we didn’t have much of a kitchen in Knoxville.  These are the products of our kitchen in August (the yellow dots are bottles of the lager I started in May):

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Dave set up his own all-grain system at home. I am trying to get him to do a post about it!

And we got in one camping trip at Rifle River.DSC_0084

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we picked up MORE cast iron accessories in TN!

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We dine on Pear Clafoutis when camping because we are FANCY

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I made a lager

While out of the house for 8 weeks, we wanted to use our fridge to lager a beer. Lagers have to be held between 32 and 50 for about 6 weeks, which is pretty hard to do unless you have the right kind of garage, or a dedicated lager fridge.
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So I made a batch (all by myself!!) and put it in the fridge in mid-May.
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It bubbled over the airlock many times, and I had to problem solve that a bit.  I went with a foil cap for a couple weeks until the pressure died down, then put the regular airlock back on and hoped for the best while we were gone!

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