Batch #21

Batch #21

Wow it’s been a while since we’ve done any brewing.  Being retired really takes a lot of time getting everything done.  But, we’ve found a hole in our schedule that gives us a couple of weeks at home to brew, wait and bottle.

Today’s batch is another Smash Ale but with a little bit of a citrus twist- literally a twist of fresh limes and then some dried tangerines.  Our brewmaster is being creative with this one by adding some wonderful Cuban honey to add just a little extra sweetness.  Hmmmm I’m thinking this may be a little bit sweet and sour on the palate.  It’s a 2 fermentation brew but with each fermentation taking only a week it’ll still only be about 2 weeks and we’ll be ready to bottle.  I’m excited about this one since I do love a wonderful fruity tasting beer, like a shandy.  Oh and the name- Caribe Rompió Cítricos- Caribbean Smashed Citrus! Interpret it as you desire!

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Whoa!

Whoa!

FL thunderstorms and lightening are frightening. Last night we experienced it first had as a bolt of lightening and ginormous clap of thunder hit at the same time plunging us into darkness. After we picked ourselves up off the floor, changed our pants (lol) we discovered our entire block was out. Jon found the top of the Street light across the street in our yard, gigantic pieces of glass from the globe everywhere and the post base basically shattered with blocks of concrete blown into the street! The transformer next door was mushroomed with oil seeping  out. So here we were at midnight standing in the rain with no lights, no a.c. drinking an evening libation with our neighbors and mulling over the power of that storm. Who ever said life is boring?

Launch Day!

Launch Day!

It’s been a dream of mine forever to see a space launch. So on Sunday we were planning to go to Cape Canaveral to watch the Space X launch. What a perfect way to end our anniversary/birthday celebration week! Due to mechanical issues it got scrubbed from Sunday to Wednesday. Plan B kicked into place and on Wednesday we packed up the car with our chairs, snacks, drinks, and the 4 of us. Off we headed to our adventure- Disney Springs first for lunch, over to Cocoa Beach and Rn Jon and the launch at 6:34. It rained, and cleared, and rained and cleared and as the sun came out on the beach and we stood their with our binoculars and cameras…. it got scrubbed with 30 sec. Left in the countdown!  Dang! But, we had a blast anyway. So a space launch is still on our FL to do list! 

Looking for a little something extra?

Looking for a little something extra?

A while back I was looking into various ways to bring just a little bit of extra income into our household.  Considering the fact that Jon was getting ready to “retire” out of an organized congregation but still active in our mission work and Waterside Community I really wanted something that I could do whenever and wherever.  I tried on-line juries, but nothing ever really came of them.  Then I ran across something called usability testing.  If you aren’t familiar with what usability testing is it is a way that companies will see how easy something is to use by testing it with real users.  As part of a panel I will receive a test with screener questions.  If I qualify to accept the test I will be asked to complete tasks either on my computer, laptop, phone or tablet all while speaking my thoughts out loud.  Sometimes it may be a live test but most of the time it is a test that will then be uploaded and reviewed by the researcher.  The purpose is to see where I as a tester may have encountered problems, experience confusion, how easy or difficult the site was to use, etc.

I love being part of a panel of testers.  I will admit I’m not going to get rich doing this but it does bring a little bit of extra “pin” money into our household and gives me a chance to try out some new website prototypes.  I’ve run across some very interesting websites through my testing!

So, which usability sites do I use?  For the past several years I’ve mainly used UserTesting.  Not too long ago I signed up for Intellizoom.  Just recently I’ve become a tester for Userfeel and Userlytics.  I either receive an e-mail inviting me to do a screener test or I keep my eye on the website during the day to see what tests are being offered.

So if you’re looking for a little bit something extra on your own free time, whenever and wherever I’d invite you to check these out!