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It's 22nd July. Happy Pi Approximation Day!
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What would happen if the Rev. Sidney Chambers and Farther Brown were to be appointed to the Anglican and Catholic churches in Midsommer?
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When I watch the live feed of the NOAA Okeanos Explorer, I want to point at the black spots and say "You missed a bit."

Okeanos Explorer
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#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday




I can't help feeling the aim of every change LiveJournal makes is to drive non-Russians off the site.
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Anything can happen at night when you're driving around the mean streets of the little city. Most nights, nothing happens. This was one of those nights.

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Jaxon IPA

Pours a slightly cloudy* dark amber colour. The head is large and foamy, made up of extremely fine bubbles which fade away to a thick cap.

First sip: Lots of toffee malts with a faint hint of coffee. Mild hops taste at first, but it builds into a very long-lasting, almost pine resin hoppyness on the back of the tongue. Mouth-feel is medium, slightly creamy, and a little astringent, with a mild carbonation tingle on the tongue.

Oh, this is a yummy beer. It is perfect for hot Summer days. And, as I discover, hot Autumn days. I think this is the perfect BBQ beer, but I may be a little biased about this because I am using it to wash down a left-over sausage and hot mustard sandwich**. Like the Brewbacca last episode, I could easily smash a six pack of this - and then fall over because the wobbly boots get me*** - because oh boy does it go down easily. Even so, it is worth taking time to drink because the beer tastes better was it warms slightly in the glass - the malt becomes more prominent and you become used to the hops. It is very English that way.


Jaxon IPA
Badlands Brewery, Orange NSW
5.6% alc/vol
500ml bottle

*Or very cloudy if you pour in all the beer and yeast. Can't be Wasting Beer.
**Left over sausages from dinner last night. Not left-over sandwiches. Just wanted to make that clear.
***That's 3 litres of 5.6% beer!

Jaxon IPA

Same again, sir? Yes please!
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I should do a little opening sequence for these videos.

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I have to say that, no matter how hot it is, it's never too hot to eat a curry meat pie.

mmmmm
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Brebacca Kolsch
A dapper Brewie.

Pours a very pale, clear* yellow. The head is large and foamy, and fades away to a thick cap rather than lacing.. A lot of carbonation visible in the glass.

First Sip: a lot of mild, biscuity, almost sweet malts, with a brief citrus lemon flavour. Very mild but long lasting hops on the swallow. Mouth-feel is medium and a bit creamy** and slightly astringent, with a nice carbonation tingle.

Badlands claim they follow the German purity laws but I argue that if they did, they wouldn't call this a Kölsch. It wasn't brewed in Cologne, so it can't be a Kölsch; it's a Kölsch-style. Kölsch is a very yummy beer.

This is a very yummy beer. It reminds me of the afternoon in front of P J Fruh brewpub in Cologne, Brauerei Früh am Dom, washing down a kurrywurst mit pomme frites with the haus bier. What a glorious afternoon that was. And the weather was a lot cooler. I love this beer; I could drink it until I get the wobbly boots. Next time I go to Orange I will certainly get a sixpack. And a meal containing more bacon than I could eat in a week, but that's another story.

Brewbacca Kolsch
Badlands Brewery, Orange NSW
4.9% alc/vol
500ml bottle

*if you are careful. There is yeast sediment in the bottle, so if you get it wrong you pour a very pale, cloudy yellow.
** when you pour the sediment in, otherwise you are Wasting Beer.

Brebacca Kolsch

Same again, sir? Oh my word yes.
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Another brew from The Badlands

Heaps Hoppy Kiwi Pale

Pours a very pale, slightly cloudy amber The head is small and fades to a thin lacing.

First sip: Mild malts and citrus flavours almost overwhelmed by hops. The hops flavours are not overly strong but linger for some time. Mouth-feel is thin, slightly astringent, with a mild carbonation tingle on the tongue.

I was expecting the "WAH! HOPS!" hit of Sierra Nevada Torpedo , but no, this is quite mild by comparison. There is a lot of hops in it - Heaps hoppy! - but maybe the Kiwi hops are a milder variety. I wouldn't normally enjoy a beer like this...

but...

It's 43C/110F degrees outside. THIS BEER IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEED. It goes down massively easily and provides hydration, nutrients, and sugars. This beer is GOOD FOR YOU. I am really, really enjoying this brew. I know the weather is affecting my judgement but I don't care. . I wish I had a six-pack.

Heaps Hoppy New Zealand Pale Ale
Badlands Brewery, Orange NSW
4.2% alc/vol
500ml bottle

Heaps Hoppy Kiwi Pale

Same again sir? Oh so very yes! Make them cold.
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Last night's sunset. 1 frame per second.



1:50 - Colour changes start
4:16 - Contrail from Upper Left corner
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An oldie, but a goodie.

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Another brew from my favourite microbrewery.

U-Boat Lager

Pours a slightly cloudy pale gold, with some carbonation visible. The head is medium and fades away quickly.

First sip: Strong malts and citrus up front, with a medium-strength grapefruit after-taste. Very mild hops linger on the tongue after the swallow. Medium and slightly astringent mouth feel. Slightly foamy carbonation tingle on the tongue.

It's 40C outside, and 32 inside under the evap a/c. I haven't had a beer for days. Also, it is a very yummy beer. This probably explains why a third of the glass vanished in the first sip. And it *is* a yummy beer. On a day like today I didn't want a heavy, warming brew. I needed something cooling, and U-Boat hit the spot. The label is right; one sip of this and I wanted to sink a schooner.

U-Boat German Lager
Badlands Brewery, Orange NSW
5.2% alc/vol
500ml bottle

U-Boat Lager

Same again, sir? Yes please!

U-Boat Lager

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