WordPress 3.5 is out…
…Now that WordPress 3.5 is out, I thought it would be a great time to get back to work on the website, brewing, and the book I had put on hold. Sometimes my ideas and reality move in different directions.
The WordPress 3.5 update broke something in the site database, and I have reverted back to the site backup. Somewhere, in the Php, the WordPress 3.5 update does not like my code, or the code of a plugin I am using. More than likely, it is a conflict within the theme I use. However, I have customized the theme to a degree that it will take me a few days to find, test, and deploy the updated code to safely update to the new WordPress 3.5. Blah!
I think I’ll just keep it as is for now.
As for brewing, I have been working on a way to use green kale to “green” a beer for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s looking promising, although I need to do some more testing prior to actually brewing the beer. I will be brewing a low-alcohol and very lightly hopped golden ale. Then, to add the coloring, I have macerated some kale leaves and soaked them overnight. This pulls much of the color out without pulling all the bitterness from the leaves. I’m also toying with a low-heat or steam system to pull the color without the flavor.
If nothing else, it’s been a fun experiment in how to naturally color a beer for St. Patrick’s Day.
As for my hop book: I’ve been suffering from what I can only regard as the biggest writer’s block in my long history as a writer. It’s frustrating and depressing, but it is. What that means is, that when I write, the words do not make sense and I am continually deleting and re-writing. I’ve re-written a single section 27 times now, and it’s just not happening. The solution: back to basic writing exercises until I can get out of this funk.
This block started when I mistakenly deleted 3 weeks worth of writing. Ouch! Now, I’m still so mad at myself that I’ve been unable to write effectively on this book. I’ll get through it. My new goal is to have it out by Valentine’s Day. Keep your fingers crossed.
That’s all for now, I’ll be better about updating the website and staying in touch with all of you.
Oops! I almost forgot to point out the KickStarter project for the Brewery Incubator. You can check it out here: Brewery Incubator on KickStarter This is a neat project, and where we are brewing for the time-being. Come have a DEB Ale and show your support.