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Sawdust, Sneezes, & Spackle

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Island Life, Preparations, Slider, Work | 2 comments

Sawdust, Sneezes, & Spackle

I know you, our dedicated blog reader, are disappointed that we haven’t been posting regularly. Well, in all honesty, we’re probably going to continue that trend. We’ll try harder, though. I promise. Life hasn’t been too exciting lately. We’ve been working on the brewpub pretty much all day, every day. Recent projects include deconstructing, cutting, and sanding about 3 million pallets; sneezing and wheezing as sawdust takes over our space; attempting to clean bathrooms with no running water; hauling buckets of water from home; caulking, spackling, and painting...

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Brewery Renovation Day One

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Brewing, Island Life, Slider, Work | 3 comments

Brewery Renovation Day One

We don’t have power yet, but we do have a key! Let the demolition begin. We removed the drop ceiling first, which added another two feet to the ceiling height. That helped open up the space a bit. Many years ago, when this was a furniture store, the renters built a mezzanine over the back quarter of the main space. You can’t even stand up in this new room and it drops the lower ceiling to barely six feet. And then, they, and every tenant after, proceeded to fill it up with junk. I can’t imagine why any one would build this bastard half-floor, so we proceeded to rip it out....

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RBC First Beer Tasting

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Brewing, Island Life, Slider, Work | 3 comments

RBC First Beer Tasting

During the Rincón Plaza Art Walk this past Thursday, Rincón Beer Company made its debut! Although last-minute, the event went well. Sage had two beers ready for sampling: Sandy Blond Ale and Overhead IPA. We passed out free samples of each, along with comment cards for people to rate the flavor, mouthfeel, and general taste of the beer. We were excited to get some feedback on our product, albeit a bit nervous to put it out there in the world! Once we learned about the Art Walk, Sage came up with the idea to do a beer tasting there. We talked to our friend Anthony, who owns an art...

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DIY Project #1 Billion – Motorized Grain Mill

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Brewing, Island Life, Slider | 2 comments

DIY Project #1 Billion – Motorized Grain Mill

Crushing my grain has been a bit of a chore with my current set up. I installed a low-cost corona mill in a bucket and I’ve been using my drill to spin it. For a 10-gallon batch, though, I run through two fully charged batteries. My hammer drill doesn’t really have the torque to power it and started smoking the last time I tried it. I needed to build a proper milling station for weighing and crushing grain. I decided to re-purpose my original brewing stand and find a way to mount my mill to be powered by a proper motor, all while keeping dust down. Especially since the dust can...

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Brewery Upgrades Part 2

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Brewing, Island Life, Slider, Work | 6 comments

Brewery Upgrades Part 2

Naomi and I have been discussing the brewery quite a bit lately and we’ve decided to go legit from the start. That means a commercial location, proper permits, and everything else that’s involved. To help this process along, I’ve enlisted the services of a professional business expediter to grease the proper wheels and handle all interactions with officials. Considering I have to pay rent on my commercial space while waiting on permits, I expect her fee will be well worth it. She also comes very highly recommended! One of my biggest bottlenecks was going to be having enough...

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Into the Mangroves

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Beach Fun, Explorations, Island Life, Slider | Comments Off on Into the Mangroves

Into the Mangroves

Our friends Bob and Diane were in town from St. Thomas for a dental vacation, and they invited us down to La Parguera for a day of cruising through mangrove swamps in a little boat. Naomi and I had been wanting to do this for quite a while so we jumped at the chance. B & D arranged for the rental of a little flat-bottomed boat named “Johnny’s Boat,” and we met at their hotel at about 10 am. After stocking up on ice and beer, Bob took the helm and slowly motored us around the waterfront to look at the houses built out in the mangroves. These homes were built on pilings in...

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