Victor’s Spoils IPA

Adapted from Victory and Chaos IPA recipe.

  • 4 lbs amber LME
  • 3.5 lbs light DME
  • 1 oz East Kent Goldings 6.3% @ 60 min
  • 0.5 oz Cascade 6.2% @ 60 min
  • 1 oz East Kent Goldings 6.3% @ 45 min
  • 0.5 oz Glacier 5.6% dry hopped
  • Wyeast #1028 London Ale

IBU: ~40
Original Gravity: 1.045

Add half of malt extract at beginning of boil. At 10 minutes left, added rest of extract + coagulant tablet.

Brewed 3/30/14.

Dogfish Head Shelter Pale Ale clone

Adapted from recipe on Ingredients

  • 6.6 lbs light, unhopped, liquid malt extract
  • ~7.0 oz light dried malt extract
  • 6.0 oz crystal malt 120L
  • 2.0 oz amber malt
  • Magnum pellet hops (60 min) (0.5 oz of 14.7% alpha acid)
  • Magnum pellet hops (20 min) 0.5 oz of 14.7% alpha acid)
  • Glacier pellet hops (10 min) (0.5 oz of 5.5% alpha acid)
  • Cascade pellet hops (0 min) (0.5 oz of 6.2% alpha acid)
  • Kerry Coagulant and Fining tablet (10 min)
  • Wyeast #1187 Ringwood Ale yeast


  • Target Original Gravity: 1.052
  • Measured Original Gravity: 1.056
  • Target Final Gravity: 1.013
  • Measured Final Gravity: 1.020
  • Target IBU: 30
  • Target ABV = 5.0%
  • Final ABV = 4.7%

Steeped the crushed grain in ~1 gallon of water at 155 ºF (68 ºC) for 30 minutes. Removed grains from the wort and rinsed with 1 quart (0.9 L) of hot water. Added ~1.5 gallons of water plus the liquid and dry malt extracts and bring to a boil.
Cooled the wort outside in snow for ~40 min, cooled easily to 75 ºF (24 ºC). Pitched yeast and aerated the wort heavily. Allow the beer to cool to 68 ºF (20 ºC). Hold at that temperature until fermentation is complete.

Brewed 3/9, bottled 3/23.

Better Red Than Dead Irish Red Ale

Recipe from, adapted to 5 gallon recipe


  • 6.0 lb Light Dry Malt Extract
  • ~0.415 lb Cara Red 20
  • ~0.311 lb Crystal 120
  • ~0.207 lb Roasted Barley
  • 2.0 oz Fuggles 4.6% a.a. pellet hops (45 min)
  • 1 oz East Kent Goldings 4.5% a.a. pellet hops (15 min)
  • #1084 Wyeast Irish Ale Yeast


  • Target Original Gravity: 1.053
  • Target Final Gravity: 1.016
  • IBU: 24.54
  • Boil Time: 60 minutes
  • Efficiency: 75%?

Activated liquid yeast packet the night before.

Steep specialty grains for 30 minutes in 2 gallons of 160°F (71°C) water. Sparge out grain bag separately with 0.5 gallons water, add runoff to brewpot.

Bring to a boil for 60 minutes and add Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops at 45 and 15 minutes remaining respectively. Add wort to primary fermenter and bring total volume to 5 gallons.

  • Measured Original Gravity: 1.054
  • Measured Final Gravity: 1.018
  • Final APV: 4.8%

Put in fermenter ~ 3:30 on 3/2/14. Temp 74 degrees. Gave the fermenter quick shake to aerate at 3:45.

3/3/14: Temperature dropped to 62°F on fermometer, a little low. Slow bubbles indicate fermentation has started.

Racked to secondary fermenter 3/9, bottled 3/16.

Top Gun (1986) Drinking Game

Top Gun has been a staple in my life. It’s one of those movies that subconsciously ingrains itself inside you. For all of middle school, I thought that was actually how you made out (sorry 7th grade boyfriends). I knew I had met my best friend for life when racing go-carts she screamed, “I feel the need…” and I finished, “The need, for speeeeeeeed.” I even had the first line of my online-dating profile as, “Talk to me Goose.” You’d be surprised how many men responded with, “Duck?”. *condescending frown* Someday I dream my future husband will propose to me by singing, “You’ve lost that loving feeling…” I could go on forever about my love for the cowboys of the sky.

I’ve always wanted to make a drinking game to this movie, but my request for flybys had always been negative. So I asked another Top Gun enthusiast, the formal editor of UVM’s Water Tower.  He had a background in movie drinking game rules, so I knew I had come to the right place. He inspired some ideas and in the end- this is what I pulled together.

Take me to bed or lose me forever.

Drink every time…

  • Someone alludes to their penis/sexual innuendo
  • They high-five
  • Maverick is being rebellious/dangerous
  • Maverick’s dad is talked about/referred to
  • Sunglasses are worn

Death Rule

Drink every time a call sign is used.


That’s right Ice… Man. I AM dangerous. *CHOMP*

I have an active imagination and always pictured Val at every scene just chomping after every line and Tony Scott screaming, “Goddamn-it, Val!” “Awe, come on Tony! I promise it’ll be so cool!!!”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) Drinking Game

220px-TMNTMoviePosterAs I begin to write this I am laying on the couch in my winter coat, layered with 3 blankets (including an electric) and a space heater blowing dry hot air onto my feet. The heater and gas are broken in the house, which is currently 40 degrees. This is how I spent last night. Luckily the Gas Man is on his way. While I wait, I’ve decided to make good use of my time and watch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trilogy VHS’. My love for VHS’ can be a different blog post. 

As kids, my brothers loved the Ninja Turtles. My mom made them home-made costumes for Halloween one year. I was always secretly jealous and wished I could have been Mikey right along with them. They took an empty refrigerator box, and transformed it into the TMNT Van. They even let me help with coloring it and I got to play along with them. Luckily for me, their love of ninjas was deeply ingrained in me and even now, I LOVE those fucking turtles… along with every other 90s-ninja movie.

Now, everyone knows that TMNT II: Secret of the Ooze is my favorite Ninja Turtle movie. EVERYBODY CALM THE FUCK DOWN I’M NOT SAYING IT’S THE BEST. The first is obviously the best. It’s real. You feel for the turtles. You even feel for the misfit, Danny, who’s Dad is kind of a piece of shit.  You wish you could talk to Splinter and tell him your family troubles and he could give you words of wisdom. You remember your unfailing love for pizza.  And even I got a chubby for April O’Neil (what’s the female chubby? Nubby? Ew). Casey Jones parades in, all vigilante and greasy… All around, the first movie is the best. No one can argue that.

But come the fuck on. The Secret of the Ooze has Keno. Ernie Reyes Jr. got his promising start playing Keno, the young and enthusiastic do-gooder pizza delivery boy, “Did I mention I study Martial-Arts?” who wants to join The Turtles. This lead to my top 5 favorite movie, Surf Ninjas. I also think Donatello KILLS IT in this one. He’s such a nerd and pulls out all the puns. AND VANILLA ICE. It’s just feels so right.

All of that said, after watching the trilogy, the first is actually the best with the drinking rules.  The Secret of the Ooze and TMNT III are just fun to watch if you’re a dork like me. I hope you enjoy this while getting shit-faced with your friends (or in my case, brothers) and reminiscing childhood.


Drink every time:

  • Someone walks through a sewer
  • Raphael is being emo
  • The brothers act more like teenagers rather than turtles
  • The Turtles/Splinter uses a cliche 90′s term (cowabunga, tubulurhhh)
  • “Pizza” is said, or heard

Death Rule

Drink every time a classic “ninja” move is pulled out.