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I know it’s not what I normally post but this is pretty cool.

My parent’s came over for a quick visit to check out the house and while they were in Atlanta we went to the Georgia Aquarium. The Georgia Aquarium has the world’s largest indoor aquatic habitat where they have 4 whale sharks. Yes four whale sharks. 

We happened to get to there right as the whale sharks were being fed. It was really cool. The handles use small boats to move out into the tank and then move back and forth as they dispense the food for the whale sharks. It was really cool to see all four whale sharks swimming towards you with their huge mouths open feeding.  

I would say buying your first home is a special enough occasion for a Westy 12… Yeah it was worth the wait.
I actually drank this a few nights ago but I just got around to posting it.

I would say buying your first home is a special enough occasion for a Westy 12… Yeah it was worth the wait.

I actually drank this a few nights ago but I just got around to posting it.

My work brought in a food truck just for us today!!! 

I got the shrimp po’ boy and fries with a truffle mustard dipping sauce. The shrimp were cooked perfectly. The highlight was the truffle dipping sauce. I LOVE truffles so I was all over it. One of my team members got the fries too but didn’t like the sauce so I gladly took it from her.

Well it looks like the brewery got a big upgrade…
My GF and I closed on our first house today. We are going to take some time moving in but we can’t wait to get totally moved in.

Well it looks like the brewery got a big upgrade…

My GF and I closed on our first house today. We are going to take some time moving in but we can’t wait to get totally moved in.

First world homebrewer problems…

First world homebrewer problems…

Baking some bread. I’m starting to get the hang of it.

Dr. Pasteur did update his title to Senior Director of Quality Control of Brewing and Baking Operations. Here he is performing the industry standard “Bite the Package” test to ensure the quality of the yeast.

Brining and roasting a pork loin. I didn’t get a finished shot. It was too good to stop to get a finished shot. 

Kegging my Barley Wine. I plan on letting this age until at least the fall. It’s around 10.5% abv. 

Kegging my Barley Wine. I plan on letting this age until at least the fall. It’s around 10.5% abv. 

Bottling my IPA for my buddy that is taking care of our cats while we will be out of town. 

Of course Dr. Pasteur had to come over and make sure everything was done correctly. 

BTW I swear I don’t stage Dr. Pasteur’s pictures. I may stage some food or brewing pictures, but all the ones of him are genuine. He really is just obsessive about brewing. 

My GF had the day off so she came and picked me up for lunch. Since she was driving she picked that we should go to one of her favorite places, Roux on Canton. 
I had an oyster po boy and a Terrapin Recreation Ale. Not a bad lunch if I do say so.

My GF had the day off so she came and picked me up for lunch. Since she was driving she picked that we should go to one of her favorite places, Roux on Canton. 

I had an oyster po boy and a Terrapin Recreation Ale. Not a bad lunch if I do say so.

Packing up some beers that I sent down to the Humpback Homebrew Competition. Of course Dr. Pasteur was there to oversee everything. He does take his job as Senior Director of Quality Control seriously.

Packing up some beers that I sent down to the Humpback Homebrew Competition. Of course Dr. Pasteur was there to oversee everything. He does take his job as Senior Director of Quality Control seriously.

I had some salted fat back and navy beans that I needed to use in pantry so I made some baked beans. 

I really think salted fat back is so much better than bacon for this. You actually get a nice little chunk of pork. 

Kegging my American IPA. It’s actually pretty good. It has a really nice hop nose. The bitterness is there but it is well supported by some malt. 

Kegging my American IPA. It’s actually pretty good. It has a really nice hop nose. The bitterness is there but it is well supported by some malt. 

I pulled out a bottle of Chianti that I brought back from my trip to Italy for our anniversary dinner. 
It’s nice and fruity and went really well with the steaks. 

I pulled out a bottle of Chianti that I brought back from my trip to Italy for our anniversary dinner. 

It’s nice and fruity and went really well with the steaks. 

Since my GF is really a steak and potatoes girl I had to make a steak. I got two bone in ribeyes and topped them with a mushroom gratin and served it with some roasted carrots and mashed potatoes.