Hoppy Bobby American Pale Ale

I promised you the recipe a long time ago if I succeed with my brewing. The beer turned out to be just fine. I actually had a beer tasting session with ~10 friends where we rated 24 different beers blindly and my beer was one of them. It received very good reviews and that encouraged me to publish the recipe. The only thing I’m “worried” is the hazyness of the beer. I think it’s the chilling. I did it in room temperature but with wort chiller I would propably get clearer beer.

Characteristics:

Thick but quickly dissolving head. Reddish yellow colour with fair amount of carbon dioxides. Also quite hazy body Light maltiness and good amount of fruity bitter. Drinkable in all situation but might be the best used in summer with grilled chicken and vegetables.

Hoppy Bobby

Ingredients:

  • 3 kg – Unhopped Brewferm Light
  • 700g – Crystal malt 100 EBC
  • 25 g – Cascade 60 min
  • 25 g – Cascade 30 min
  • 25 g – Cascade 20 min
  • 25 g – Cascade Dry Hop (1 week)
  • Wyeast XL – 1272 American Pale Ale yeast
  • 110 g – table sugar for bottling

Goals:

  • OG: 1,049
  • FG: 1,013
  • ABV: 4,73%+0,5% (bottle fermentation) = 5,23%
  • 20 litres of fine beer
  1. Prepare yeast with the instructions in the package
  2. Heat 4 litres of water to 71 °C
  3. Turn of the heat (if you’re not using gas stove)
  4. Steep the crystal malt for 20 min
  5. Warm up the wort to 77 °C
  6. Remove the crystal malt
  7. Add water to 8 litres
  8. Start to heat the wort to boil
  9. Add the extract
  10. When boiling add the first batch of hops
  11. After 30 min add the second batch
  12. At 40 min mark add the third batch
  13. Continue boiling for 20 minutes
  14. Cool the wort a little and pitch it to fermentation bucket
  15. When the wort has cooled to 20-28 °C add the yeast
  16. Aerate and close the lid
  17. Fermentate for 1 week
  18. Add the hops for dry hopping and fermentate another 1 week
  19. Bottle with table sugar
  20. Enjoy!!

Hopy Bobby

 

 

 

Challenge Month Wrap up

It’s done. It was awesome month and not as hard as I supposed it to be. I lost 2 kg during the month and one week later I was -5 kg from the day 1 of February. That was not intentional but my idea was to decrease the amount of fat in my body and replace it with muscle. Usually losing fat also means losing weigth so I’m fine with that. After the month I noticed some change in my way of thinking. I noticed that I don’t want to eat red meat so often. I don’t know where that came from. I think it’s the read information about the red meat’s environmental impact and the white meat vs red meat health discussion. And the practical implementation not to eat red meat in Feb might have triggered my brains to actually think about these things. It’s been fully subliminal but I think I will now follow that guidelines to a certain point. It’s not bad to eat more vegetables and white meat. So at this point I think I stick with that.

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Vegan food is not very familiar as I usually cook something with meat in it. But as I challenged myself to gather some recipes and actually do it, it was no problem. I already knew that it’s going t be no problem but anyways it took a little more effort to cook the food than normally. The harder side of the challenge was to on the sport side. Six exercises per week is pretty much double than I’m used to.  I’ve had some problems with my knees and shoulders before so I decided to take care that I won’t wreck those places. That’s why I included also walking to the exercises. I stayed motivated the whole month because the social pressure and the financial aspect helped pretty much as well. It was also nice to start a new sports, climbing. I love that sports!

Total Hours during February

Total Hours During February

The best of all things was that while I was able to fulfill my nutritional and sporting targets completely, I also managed to raise 250 € for children’s hospital because they bet against me. The funds were donated by my friend and my dad. Thank you very much! :) Next year I’ll try to make this bigger!

 

The Exercises in February

The Exercises in February

 

Challenge Month Week 5

It was a short week but still the 6 exercises was a must. I killed it. Easily. I was a little bit afraid how it will end because I stayed the last three days in Norway. As I’m totally into climbing I decided to check how’s the bouldering places in Oslo look like. My climbing shoes are not yet fully taken shape so I took them with me to run them in. I went to Klatreverket and it was awesome center to climb. It was in three floors! I actually missed one wall completely :D The other in Norway were basically walking with my camera because I wanted to check some places and best way to check places is just to wonder around aimlessly. I think I walked about 25 km during the trip in Norway. I got at least 7 exercises but I think I missed couple eligible exercises as I didn’t track all of my walking sessions.

The nutrition side was a bit harder part during the trip. It was extremely difficult to find some vegetarian places without having the meals filled with white flour. I found one but it was already closed when I got there. Damn you Norwegians! So I used only supermarket to keep me full. Some bananas, cottage cheese and yogurt. Nice meal you have there buddy!

Maybe needless to say but I managed to complete the week without fails. The black dudes in Oslo night tried to sell me some mild and heavy drugs but I stayed clean nicely :D Just kidding, of course I don’t use those stuff. Anyways the whole month is now wrapped with awesome results. In next post I’m going to wrap up the whole challenge month, so stay tuned buddies.

Monday

  • Breakfast:
    • a banana
    • an apple
  • Lunch:
    • punjabian cabbage
    • red lentil sambar
  • Dinner:
    • 4 slices of rye bread with cheese, margarine and cucumber
    • recovery drink
    • a handful of nuts
  • Snacks:
    • a mandarine
  • Exercise:
    • 150 min climbing

Tuesday

  • Breakfast:
    • 4 slices of rye bread
  • Lunch:
    • punjabian cabbage
    • red lentil sambar
  • Dinner:
    • 4 slices of rye bread with cheese, margarine and cucumber
    • recovery drink
  • Supper:
    • 6 slices of rye bread with cheese, margarine and cucumber
  • Exercise:
    • 45 min circuit training

Wednesday

  • Breakfast:
    • a tomato
    • 2 slices of rye bread
  • Lunch:
    • a banana
    • yogurt
    • orange juice
  • Dinner:
    • an apple
    • nut mix with dried fruits
  • Supper:
    • nut mix with dried fruits
  • Exercise:
    • 51 min walking (3,2 km)
    • 132 min walking (8,64 km)

Thursday

  • Breakfast:
    • nut mix with dried fruits
    • orange juice
    • yogurt
    • a banana
    • an apple
  • Lunch:
    • a banana
    • 50 g 78% chocolate
  • Dinner:
    • a banana
    • 50 g 78% chocolate
  • Supper:
    • a banana
    • orange juice
  • Snacks:
    • cottage cheese
    • nut mix with dried fruits
  • Exercises:
    • 150 min climbing
    • 60 min walking (4,65 km)

Friday

  • Breakfast:
    • Cottage cheese with hazelnuts and raisins
    • yogurt
    • blueberry yogurt with muesli
  • Lunch:
    • a banana
    • nut mix wit dried fruits
  • Snacks:
    • 2 apples
  • Exercise:
    • 50 min walking (4,10 km)

Challenge Month Week 4

So went the week 4 of the challenge. The results are again pretty boring. IT WAS FLAWLESS WEEK AGAIN! Had the same problems with my feet this week also. I have no idea what to do about it. Maybe rest for a bit longer. But I thought that 1,5 weeks would be enough. It might be the shoes but I haven’t had any problems before with them. To hell with it.. I was again lucky to keep training despite the little injury. Had some problems with my right shoulder also when I was climbing on Thursday. I think I ripped something while trying to push too far. Had to be careful with it rest of the week but that wasn’t a big issue.

Anyhow I was able to continue my lacto vegan diet easily. It have actually been much easier than I thought it would be. Did some southern Indian food and some vege version of chili con carne. It’s actually pretty dull to do them for myself only because I tend to eat only once a day warm meal. That leads to a situation that I will eat the same food for 3-4 days. I’m also quite hesitant to freeze portions. Don’t know why. I guess it’s just that I’m not used to do so. Anyways it would be fun to try more recipes during this month but I think I can do them later. If you have some awesome vege (or) cuisines, please share them with me and I will try them.

So there’s only 5 days left of the challenge and I have to crush 6 exercises during span of time. I’ll be 3 days in Oslo so I guess I have to pack my training stuff with me :)

New gear!

Monday

  • Breakfast:
    • 2 egg omelet
  • Lunch:
    • creamy mushroom sauce
    • 2 potatoes
  • Dinner:
    • 2 slices of rye bread with cheese
  • Supper:
    • 250 g quark
    • a handful of roasted pumpkin seeds
    • a handful of peanuts
  • Exercise:
    • 45 min circuit training

Tuesday

  • Breakfast:
    • an apple
    • a banana
  • Lunch:
    • feta salad

      Punjabian cabbage and red lentil sambar

  • Dinner:
    • 2 egg omelet
  • Snacks:
    • 250 g quark
    • a mandarine
  • Exercise:
    • 82 minutes walking (6 km)

Wednesday

  • Breakfast:
    • an apple
    • a banana
  • Lunch:
    • Chili con carne
    • Rice
  • Dinner:
    • 6 slices of rye bread with margarine, cheece and cucumber
  • Exercise:
    • Steel Panther concert. I should count as two exercises.. Just kidding. This was a rest day

Thursday

  • Breakfast:
    • 2 egg omelet with cheese
  • Lunch:
    • Chili con carne
    • Rice
  • Snacks:
    • recovery drink
    • a banana
  • Supper:
    • 6 slices of bread with margarine, cheese and cucumber
  • Exercise:
    • 120 min climbing

 

Friday

  • Breakfast:
    • Muesli
    • Yogurt
    • Banana
  • Lunch:
    • chili con carne
    • rice
  • Dinner:
    • recovery drink
  • Snacks:
    • 200 mozzarella
    • 100 g feta
    • 2 tomatoes
    • olive oil
  • Exercise:
    • 46 min running (8,3 km)

Saturday

  • Breakfast:
    • muesli
    • yogurt
    • apple juice

      Weight is going up and down

  • Lunch:
    • chili con carne
    • rice
  • Dinner:
    • 6 slices of bread with margarine, cheese and cucumber
    • a handful of roasted pumpkin seeds
    • a handful of peanuts
  • Snacks:
    • a banana
    • mandarine
    • 250 g quark
  • Supper:
    • 4 slices of bread with margarine, cheese and cucumber
    • a handful of roasted pumpkin seeds
    • a handful of peanuts
  • Exercise:
    • 60 min badminton

Sunday

  • Breakfast:
    • muesli
    • yogurt
    • apple juice
  • Lunch:
    • punjabian cabbage
    • red lentil sambar
  • Dinner:
    • 4 slices of bread with margarine, cheese and cucumber
  • Supper:
    • a mandarine
    • recovery drink

Steel Panther @ Pakkahuone, Tampere, Finland

Steel Panther. The greatest heavy metal band on the planet. I have been their fan from 1984. They are bigger than Warrant or fucking Mötley Crüe. They are beautiful. They are entertaining. The are everything. Yesterday they were at Tampere, Finland to perform the most glorius rock concert on Earth.

The gig started with a big blast. They started it with the favourite song of mine called ‘Eyes

of a Panther’. Awesome. Immediately after that followed ‘Tomorrow Night’ which is also pretty damn good song. After those songs they started their little stand up comedy show in which they introduced the players in the band. The speeches between the songs are a big part of their show and they continued them between songs every once in a while. The topics are, of course, all the primary sources for their lyrics. I’m talking now about women, boobs, pussies, drugs, partying and fucking. The speeches are scripted but they have put a lot of effort to make them fucking entertaining. The Steel Panther concerts feels sometimes like a stand up comedy club with really good music between the jokes.

After the band introducing they played ‘Asian Hooker’ which excited the audience completely. They followed the song with ‘Just Like Tiger Woods’. We heard pretty much every hit track from their first two records. They also played three songs from the outcoming album ‘All You Can Eat’. They played the two single tracks ‘Party Like Tomorrow Is the End of the World’ and ‘The Burden of Being Wonderful’. I have to admit that I don’t like those songs too much. They are lacking good melodies and the lyrics are quite lame too. But they also played a new song called ‘Gloryhole’ which was awesome with it’s catchy blues based main riff and very entertaining lyrics.

The band played very tightly even though they use backing tracks a lot. There’s backing vocals, guitar riffs, harmonies, keyboard stuff etc. coming from a computer. Personally I don’t care that much but some of the stuff could be done on stage easily. There was a funny moment on ’17 Girls in a Row’ as Stix Zadinia didn’t follow the click track precisely and he had to slow down the song a little bit to catch it again. He was laughing behind the batteries while trying to catch the track. Entertaining stuff for me but I’m sure that 98% of the audience didn’t hear anything.

I have seen Steel Panther once before the gig so I did know what to expect. The show was at least as entertaining as their previous visit in Finland. There was a one thing that dissappointed me slightly. The boob count per minute ratio dropped a little bit from their previous visit. But in other ways it was awesome. You should see the band live if they are coming near the place you live in. If they don’t, just go further. They are worth it.

The full setlist can be found here.

Challenge Month Week 3

Three weeks done. With ease! I haven’t measured my waist but I think I have gotten a little bit fat away from that area. The body weight hasn’t dropped which is quite ok thing as I don’t need to be any lighter, just more muscle and less fat. The challenge has been so much fun that I think I will continue this way of living after the month. Of course I will bring back the meat but I think I will cook vegetarian food much more often than I used before this. I will also try to exercise about 4 times a week.

I bought climbing shoes for myself so now I can’t stop the sport too fast, hehe. I found out that there’s quite a few outdoor bouldering places near where I live so I think I will head outdoors when the environment is dry again.

The only problems I had last week were with my feet. I went to running on tuesday and got my left ankle and/or foot table quite sore again. I don’t know what’s causing it but now it went away faster than previous week. I was able to continue exercising normally with other sports so it didn’t slow me down.

  • Exercises: 7/6 (success)
  • Food: No faults (success)

    Weight after three weeks

Monday:

  • Breakfast
    • a mandarine
    • an apple
  • Lunch
    • tofu wok
    • rice
  • Dinner
    • 2 slices of rye bread with margarine, cheese and cucumber as toppings
    • 2 dl milk
  • Supper
    • handful of pumpkin seeds
    • handful of peanuts
  • Snacks
    • recovery drink
  • Exercise
    • 45 min circuit training

Tuesday:

  • Breakfast
    • 2 slices of rye bread
    • an apple
  • Lunch
    • black-eyed pea masala
    • rice
  • Supper
    • handful of pumpkin seeds
    • handful of peanuts
    • 2 slices of bread with cheese
  • Snacks
    • recovery drink
    • 250 g quark
  • Exercise
    • 50 min running (8,3 km)

Wednesday:

Bouldering walls

  • Breakfast
    • 2 slices of rye bread
    • an apple
  • Lunch
    • tofu wok
    • rice
  • Dinner
    • 2 slices of bread with cheese
  • Supper
    • handful of pumpkin seeds
    • handful of peanuts
    • 250 g quark
  • Snacks
    • recovery drink
  • Exercise
    • 1 hour floorball

Thursday:

  • Breakfast
    • a banana
    • an apple
  • Lunch
    • vegetable roast
  • Dinner
    • 2 slices of bread with cheese
  • Supper
    • recovery drink
    • 4 slices of rye bread with cheece and cucumber
  • Snacks
    • a banana
    • 250 g quark
  • Exercise
    • 2 h 15 min climbing

Friday:

Boys @ work are cheering me with they own way. Almost every day.

  • Breakfast
    • a banana
    • a mandarine
  • Lunch
    • vegetable roast
  • Dinner
    • 8 slices of bread with margarine
  • Supper
    • 4 slices of rye bread
  • Exercise
    • rest day

Saturday:

  • Lunch
    • falafel
    • rice
    • minty yogurt sauce
  • Dinner
    • vegetable roast
  • Supper
    • 6 slices of rye bread with cheece
  • Exercise
    • 45 min walking in a hilly forest

Sunday:

  • Breakfast
    • 2 slices of bread
    • a banana
  • Dinner
    • creamy mushroom sauce
    • 2 potatos
  • Supper
    • 2 slices of rye bread with margarine, cheese and cucumber
    • handful of peanuts
    • handful of roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Snacks
    • 250 g quark
    • recovery drink
    • an apple
    • a banana
  • Exercise
    • 1 hour floorball
    • 1 hour floorball

Challenge Month Week 2

Some falafel balls

After the first weekend I started to feel bit ill but luckily I didn’t get bad flu. I was able to continue my workouts as planned although I had to lighten them slightly. That meant walking and instead of running and lighter version of circuit training.

I went to bouldering on thursday and oh boy that was fun! I’m going back this week and I’m already started thinking to buy own climbing shoes. Needless to say I’m super excited about the sport. I have to learn proper techniques because my popeyes (forearms) were exhausted after 30 minutes of climbing. On saturday I went to play badminton and now also my calves are wrecked.

I had fantastic week after I got the flu away. I did 7 exercises and the overall time was 7 hours. No craving for meat as all the vegetarian foods were awesome. My body weight went down by 900 grams but that’s not as bad what I expected. I have no intensions to lose weight. I just want to transform the fat in my body into muscles. I think I’m on a right track. Keep it rollin’!

The week 2 of the challenge was a SUCCESS!

Monday:

  • 07:30: a mandarine and a banana
  • 11:00: sweet potato lentil soup
  • 17:00: 250 g quark and handful of peanuts
  • 19:00 45 min circuit training
  • 20:00: 4 rye bread slices with margarine, cheese and cucumber as toppings and recovery drink

    Chinese Tofu Wok Layered with Poor Instagram Filter

Tuesday:

  • 07:30: a banana and a apple
  • 11:00: falafel with mint yogurt sauce and basmati rice
  • 14:00: 250 g quark
  • 17:00: 2 rye bread slices with margarine, cheese and cucumber as toppings
  • 18:00: handful of peanuts
  • 18:00: 47 min walking (5,3 km)
  • 20:30 recovery drink and 2 rye bread slices with margarine, cheese and cucumber as toppings

Wednesday:

  • 07:30: a banana and a mandarine
  • 11:00: falafel with mint yogurt sauce and basmati rice
  • 14:00: a mandarine
  • 18:00: 1 hour of floorball
  • 20:00: three slices of bread with margarine, cheece and cucumber

Thursday:

  • 07:30: a banana and an apple
  • 11:00: falafel with mint yogurt sauce and basmati rice
  • 16:15: 250g quark
  • 16:30: 1,5 hours of bouldering (wall climbing)
  • 19:00: a recovery drink
  • 21:00: handful of roasted and salted pumpkin seeds

Friday (the rest day of the week):

  • 07:30: a banana and a mandarine
  • 11:00 black-eyed pea masala with rice
  • 17:00: 250g quark
  • 23:00: handful of roasted and salted pumpkin seeds

Saturday:

My body weight after 9 days

  • 09:30: Muesli with yogurt and orange juice
  • 12:00: a mandarine
  • 12:40: 1h 25 min of walking (5 km)
  • 14:15: a banana and an apple
  • 15:00: 1 hour of badminton
  • 17:00: a recovery drink
  • 19:00 chinese tofu wok
  • 22:00 2 carrots and half a paprika with blue cheese dip

Sunday:

  • 10:00: 2 rye bread slices with cheese and cucumber as toppings and orange juice
  • 12:00: a mandarine
  • 14:00: black-eyed pea masala with rice
  • 18:00: 2 rye bread slices with cheese and cucumber as toppings
  • 20:00: 90 min floorball
  • 22:00: recovery drink

Falafel with Minty Yogurt Sauce

This was my first time ever to try to make falafels. I have eaten them once in the middle of a night during some summer festival so my experience level about proper falafels is nearly zero. Anyhow these freaking vegballs what I made with my bare hands were quite awesome actually. Definitely going to make them again! Sorry that I don’t have any proper photos of the portion. Originally I wasn’t going to share to share the recipe but it was way too good to be forgotten.

Ingredients (4 portions):

Falafel:

Falafels on a pan

  • 1 can (400 g ) chickpeas
  • 1 little onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1,5 dl fresh parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 1 dl bread crumbs (I used rye bread crumbs)
  • 1 tblsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 0,75 tsp salt
  • 0,5 tsp chili powder
  • Oil
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

Minty Yogurt Sauce:

  • 200 g Turkish yogurt
  • 2 tsp dried mint
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tblsp lemon juice
  • 0,25 tsp salt

How-to-do:

Minty Yogurt Sauce:

  1. Mix the ingredients
  2. Put in a refrigerator until falafel is ready

Falafel:

  1. Toss chickpeas into a colander to strain excess water
  2. Use blender to make 1 dl of bread crumbs. You can also use towel and rolling pin if you don’t have a blender
  3. Chop onion, garlic and parsley
  4. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and use a hand blender to blend to a smooth dough
  5. Form balls from the dough (I made something like 15 balls)
  6. Pour some sesame seeds on a plate and roll the balls on it until they are covered with the seeds (optional)
  7. Fry in a hot oiled pan for about 10 minutes
  8. Serve with basmati rice and minty yogurt sauce

 

Challenge Month Week 1

So the challenge has now started. Of course I was drinking beer until 12am yesterday as it was allowed. Luckily I didn’t get bad hangover so I  was able to start exercising almost immediately after wakeup.

My last meal before the challenge!

Saturday:

  •  10:00: 55 min km run/walk (7,5 km)
  • 11:00: muesli with yogurt and banana and recovery drink
  • 12:30: lentil soup 
  • 18:30: 65 min walk (7 km)
  • 19:45: four slices of rye bread with margarine and cheddar
  • 20:20: 45 min circuit training

Sunday:

  •  10:30: 3 scrambled eggs, 1 rye bread slice without toppings and 2dl orange juice
  • 12:oo: 45 minutes walk (4,3km)
  • 14:00: 2 tofu sausages
  • 17:00: lentil soup
  • 17:30: 45 min circuit training
  • 19:00: 2 slices of rye bread with margarine and cheese
  • 20:00: 90 min floorball
  • 22:15: handful of peanuts and recovery drink

Stats in the beginning of the challenge

Overall  exercise time was 5 hours and 55 minutes so I think it was enough for two days. I twisted my ankle during the first run so I decided to keep it safe and walk the rest of the exercises. It is still a little bit sore but I can walk with good shoes. On Saturday I tripped in a forest and bruised the palm of my left hand. Can’t do push-ups or similar moves perfectly but I think it’s going to be ok tomorrow.

Didn’t had many kinds of different vegetarian food during the weekend but I have the whole month to fix it. I was helping my friend with something and as a reward he bought me tofu sausages which we grilled outside. Holy shit they were horrible!! I can eat pretty much everything but these were out of my limits. From below you can see a video what is the best use for these horrid tofu sausages from hell.

In short the first week was a success as I did every exercise needed and did not fall into prohibited matters. Let’s keep going!

Finlandia Instruments Heron Marked Guitar

Finlandia Instruments Heron Marked My friend ordered custom made guitar from Finlandia Instruments. He finally got it couple weeks ago and he asked me to take some photos of it. Of course, I said when I heard that I will get a decent red wine bottle for that.

I think I have to invest on another flash to get more control of light but these photos are taken with only one strobe. Some reflectors were used to balance the light evenly on the subject. The environmental photo of the guitar is light painted with my flashlight.

Guitar Specs:

  • Body: Spanish Cedar
  • Archtop: Birdseye Poplar (AAAAA)
  • Neck: Spanish Cedar, 2-piece, neck-thru-body
  • Fretboard: Eben, 16″-radius, 24 jumbofrets, 15-24 scalloped
  • Headveneer: Poplar
  • Scale: 25.5″ – 648mm
  • Nut: Bone
  • Inlay mark: Pearl
  • Binding: Poplar
  • Hardware: Gotoh/Schaller
  • Bridge: Schaller Hannes
  • Pickups: BKP Black Hawk + Schaller Piezo
  • Pickup frames: Spanish Cedar
  • Preamp: Schaller Flagship

The rest of the pictures can be viewed within this gallery: