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  • Honey I’m Home (beer recipe)

    Posted on February 13th, 2016 Dirk No comments

    My wife wanted to design a beer recipe on her own. She was interested in creating a malt forward beer that was an easy session beer. She didn’t want something too bitter. Without a beer style in mind she designed the following recipe.  I think it would be classified as a Mild.  It was named “Honey I’m Home” because of the amount of honey malt in the grist bill.  Say it like you are Ricky Ricardo.


    • 3 lbs German Pilsner Malt (1.6 SRM)
    • 3 lbs Two-row Malt (US) (2.0 SRM)
    • 2 lbs CaraPils (1.8 SRM)
    • 1 lb Honey Malt (Canadian) (18.0 SRM)
    • 1 oz Hallertauer [4.8 %] – Boil 25 min
    • 1 oz Saaz [4.0 %] – Boil 25 min
    • 1 oz Hallertauer [4.8 %] – Boil 0 min
    • 1 oz Saaz [4.0 %] – Boil 0 min
    • American Ale Yeast (US 05)


    • Original Gravity: 1.046
    • Final Gravity: 1.010 – 1.013
    • Estimated ABV: 4.3 %
    • Bitterness: 17.5 IBUs
    • Color: 5.4 SRM


    1. Mash grains in single step infusion.  Target a mash temperature of 149° F.  Mash for an hour or until conversion is complete.
    2. Batch sparge the grains and collect 7 gallons of wort.
    3. Boil the wort for 60 minutes.
    4. At 25 minutes remaining, add the first charge of hops.
    5. At flame out add the remaining hops.
    6. Using immersion chiller, cool wort to yeast pitching temperature (68° F).
    7. Transfer to fermentor and pitch yeast.
    8. Ferment at 68° F until complete. (approx 10 days)
    9. Bottle or keg.


    I really like this beer.  When fresh, it has a nice hop character to it.

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  • gdebi

    Posted on November 2nd, 2015 Dirk No comments

    I ran into a situation where I was installing a Ubuntu server for a project. This project would have the server without a GUI interface. I needed to install a software package that had software dependencies. dpkg utilities do not follow or solve package dependencies. I needed a command line utility to install packages that resolved dependencies.

    gdebi is that tool. It is in the gdebi-core package.

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  • Kim Howard – R.I.P.

    Posted on August 16th, 2014 Dirk No comments
    Kim Howard

    Kim Howard

    My sister, Kim Howard, passed away on August 6, 2014 from cancer.

    Here is her obituary and here is an audio recording of her funeral service.

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