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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
3:40 pm
4th Anniversary of Kereru
We passed a milestone and did not realise it. Our brewery is now 4 years old. It's all rather different now that it's located in a 1200 square metre factory. With employees. And a plant room. Good grief! It's nearly got a life of its own!
Monday, May 6th, 2013
9:22 pm
Kereru Brewing Co
We've been building a bigger brewery for the past 14 weeks. We've got a few more weeks to go before our ~400 square metre manufacturing area is fitted out and ready to have my 100L pilot plant moved onto it for our first production in the new space.

A major milestone was passed today in that the resin topped floor has finally been covered. This has added a month to our fitout as our first contractor fell through rather suddenly, but that has been resolved with a second outfit picking up and getting the ball over the line.

Now all that remains is to have services run to the wet floor and to get our Trade Waste paperwork signed off on. Whew! You can see some pictures in the gallery on our brewery web site: http://kererubrewing.co.nz
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
11:55 pm
12.12.12 = Pohutukawa Golden Ale Launch at LBQ
On Wednesday 12-12-12 I'll be launching my summer special beer: Pohutukawa Golden Ale from the taps at Little Beer Quarter on Edward Street in Wellington. It starts at 5pm. Maybe I'll see some of you there?
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
9:36 am
What's brewing.
Beer. Beer all the time. Starting a new business is a lot of work and I've been very busy on that front. There are plans to start brewing on a larger scale as I am (or rather; have) outgrown my tiny pilot brewery. More is going out the door than I can produce and this is a fantastic thing. Hopefully increasing capacity by hiring under-utilised small brewery plant will take a bit of the production pressure off so I can focus on selling.

My beers are now being carried at a number of places in the Wellington area. You can follow along on my web site if you are interested: http://kererubrewing.co.nz
Friday, November 11th, 2011
10:37 am
11.11.11 Kereru Brewing Company Launch
Here's a small write up in the local paper.

Photo by Rosemary McLellan for the Upper Hutt Leader.
The launch is tonight at a local café. I am happy with my different beers and think the food pairings will be enjoyable to sample. Once I have my Off License I'll be able to sell from the brewery door and to members of the public.
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
10:59 pm
"A Mayonnaise Jar &Two Beers...

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.  Story goes like this:Read more...Collapse )
Sunday, June 12th, 2011
8:13 am
I am delighted to announce the arrival of a niece, Cordelia, born to my sister and her husband in New York. Her birth weight was 5lb, 11oz. and everyone is doing fine.
Friday, June 10th, 2011
2:52 pm
Care to like my brewing company Facebook page?

If I can get 13 more people to like my brewing company page I will be able to start using a nicer URL to point to it. Any takers?

Thanks in advance for your support!
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
12:03 pm
I am a New Zealand Citizen now.
It was made official on Monday at a lovely ceremony held in our local city council chambers. I hope to have a NZ passport in the next two weeks.
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
8:42 pm
Licence to Brew.
A collection of stainless fittings.
I've received my final piece of paperwork: my New Zealand Customs Controlled Area License. This means that I can now manufacture beer for sale. I am pretty certain my first brew day will be tomorrow.
Saturday, February 19th, 2011
10:38 pm
Brewery Update.
Spent a hot evening washing down everything in the brew room in preparation for commissioning the brewery next week. All that remains is a few hoses and connections that need to be sourced and I need to set up the pump to transfer wort to the fermenters.
Saturday, February 12th, 2011
3:14 pm
Brewery nearing completion.
Brewery nearing completion.

Soon. Soon there will be beer being brewed in this room.
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
12:00 am
What am I doing?
Sink installed.
I've decided to start a second business to fill the gaps when freelance visual effects work is slow (which it has been for the past many months). For some reason freelance VFX TD's are the first to go in a recession and for health reasons I am not about to sign on for 80-hour work weeks at Weta Digital so it is time to try something different.

What is pictured above is a small commercial kitchen which we are installing in our home (the rumpus room to be precise) and in this room I will be brewing boutique batches of beer. It's been a huge amount of work to figure out what all is required in the way of paperwork and what will be needed to brew 50L (15 gallons) or 1 keg of beer at a time to supply local cafés in Upper Hutt. Only a few things remain to be fitted in the brewery room and then a bunch of stainless, a fridge, some hoses and ingredients will be moved in and I can start commissioning the space and getting ready to apply for an environmental health certificate and becoming a NZ Customs Controlled Area (where alcohol is made).
Saturday, December 18th, 2010
2:16 pm
Thursday, December 9th, 2010
11:32 am
Sci-Fi alternatives to P. F. Hamilton
Read pretty much anything by Walter Jon Williams.

Peter F. Hamilton has written some OK space operas. Long and somewhat shallow with a half-heartedly clever payout after reading what felt like three telephone books. I appreciated his earlier Mindflower books, but in the end I feel he is falling victim to his editor's unwillingness to be ruthless in paring back to the essential story and I feel like I am wasting my time when I read his books.

Walter Jon Williams, on the other hand, is vicious with his editing. Only the story remains and there is a wonderful lack of superfluous prose. I like the way he writes women and his books are, with the exception of one or two titles, worthy of reading aloud in our home. This is a significant feature on account of my wife having very high standards for literature and we search far and wide for the best books to read aloud to each other.

So if you've never tried him - go get a few of his titles and try them out.

The Dread Empire's Fall series ("The Praxis", "The Sundering", and "Conventions of War") is a three volume space opera with excellent characterizations (with strong female roles), dialog, mystery, insurgency and gripping space battles.

"This is Not a Game" is an enjoyable mystery set on the backdrop of contemporary social networking. Again with the female lead characters and being 'read aloud' worthy.

"Angel Station" is a brilliant novel which is also on the 'read aloud' list.

There are others, but these first titles make a good introduction to his writing style.

And then there is Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series. There are a bewildering list of titles to sort out, but they are best read in chronological order. Many of her stories have been repackaged several times and getting it all in the correct order is difficult. Below is my suggested list of how to proceed. I have left out the repacked titles so you will need to be careful and not be fooled by the remaining titles. There is a rumor that she is working on a new Vorkosigan story.

Bujold deals with very advanced social concepts and hit a lot of good political, sexual, racial, and gender issues - along with some of the most tense and page turning stories that are not info-dumps. She is possibly one of the best authors I have ever been introduced to (my wife has been reading them aloud to me while I cook our meals). They are awesome. Dialog, characters, and plot are all wonderful. Every morsel that she includes is for a particular reason and often times a detail in one book will click with a later story (her editor is ruthless and it makes for excellent reading). Her father was a failure analysis engineer and his rational thinking and voice has been echoed in her writing and characterizations.

If you read the Bujold books then DO NOT read the plot entries on the Web. The spoilers are not worth knowing. Allow yourself to be surprised. Don't even read the back covers of the novels! You have been warned.

The book title is listed first and short stories/novellas are listed below with the "--" indents. A link to Amazon follows each.

Cordelia's Honor
--Shards of Honor

Young Miles
--The Warriors Apprentice (novella)
--The Mountains of Mourning (novella)
--The Vor Game (novella)


Ethan of Athos

The Borders of Infinity
--The Mountains of Mourning (Read the intro and then skip)
--Labyrinth (novella)
--Borders of Infinity (novella)

Brothers in Arms

Mirror Dance



A Civil Campaign

Irresistable Forces (compilation)
--Winterfair Gifts

Freefalling (takes place earlier)

Diplomatic Immunity

And then there are John Varley's Gaea series (Titan, Wizard and Demon) and his Blue Champagne short stories (my wife began seriously courting me by loaning this book to me before we started dating).

So - this is as much a list for myself to potentially send on to other friends of mine and I hope you find these stories as enjoyable as we
did. I do recommend them as read-aloud books. It is an awesome form of quality time.
Monday, November 22nd, 2010
3:05 pm
Why I won't be flying to or in the US.

That America "land of the free" does this crap is beyond belief. I have no desire to travel to the US until this terrible business stops. I do not wish to be "full body scanned" or to receive an "enhanced pat down".
Saturday, October 16th, 2010
6:30 pm
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
6:59 pm
Exploding Fizzy Cats!
There is rampant coccidiosis in the cat shelters around Wellington and our new cats have been exhibiting symptoms. The results of giving them the pink antibiotic to treat this has resulted in some of the most dramatic cat behavior I have ever seen. Frothy bubbles that would do a party-machine proud and glowering looks are the result. Apparently this is a common reaction in cats to bad tastes. Most likely the worst taste these poor kitties have ever endured.

A bit of tasty food seems to stopped the frothing and I can't help but wonder if we will have a bit of resistance from the cats when we do it again tomorrow night.
Friday, July 30th, 2010
9:38 am
Blood donation.
Gave blood yesterday and am thinking that pumpkin soup might have not been the best choice for dinner. I'm feeling a little worn out today. I think there will be meat for lunch today.
Monday, July 26th, 2010
10:17 pm
Wallpaper Meme
01. Anyone who looks at this entry has to post this meme and their current wallpaper at their LiveJournal.
02. Explain in five sentences why you're using that wallpaper!
03. Don't change your wallpaper before doing it! The point is to see what you had on!

Why not? Click for larger version:

- Grey is easy to look at.
- Grey does not interfere with any colour decisions for visual effects work.
- Grey does not hide any icons in patterns.
- I like it.
- Grey is a good indicator of colour-temperature on my two displays.
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