Coffee or Tea?

I preferred coffee for most of my life, but my experiences with coffee in the evening mostly lead to me not sleeping at all, or sleeping very badly.

So I am experimenting with some herbal tea mixtures to sleep better and still enjoy a hot drink at night. I did think about hot chocolate, but that has other disadvantages like huge amounts of sugar. I am very curious to see if this latest self improvement project will bear fruit soon.


Another Tool Gone

I love interesting little tools that do one thing well. But not when it comes to note-taking. I have set my sights on one app that lets me store all my notes on whatever subject. Code snippets, notes on books I read, recipes, everything.

For many things, Obsidian has been my go-to app for the past 6 months. Easy to use, locally stored, syncs beautifully with all my devices. But a pain when it comes to storing recipes in a format that is easily used when cooking.

No more! Today’s Obsidian Roundup (highly recommended newsletter!) mentioned that the CookLang plugin for Obsidian is now available.

CookLang is a markup language for recipes. I am going to play around with this a bit and will be retiring Paprika Recipe manager soon for something that is easier and stores my information in a non-proprietary way.


New Venture: Brewing Beer

Learning new things is always exciting. Learning new things about stuff you love even more so!

For years I have loved beer. Mostly craft beer and special beers, not a big fan of “regular” beer.

Some of my friends share that love, and with one of them, the idea of brewing our own beer came up. Being big fans of IPA’s that was the first batch we made. Starting to brew turns out to be as simple as ordering a Starting Kit online and following the instructions. Our IPA turned out pretty great so we moved on to brew a Belgian White (another favorite of ours).

There we hit a bump, lack of control over temperature led to the beer boiling to hard, thus losing a lot of the yield for that batch. Still tasted good, but not as we wanted it to turn out.

So we invested in a brew system that lets us control temperature more and decided to brew another (and bigger) batch of IPA. That batch of 20 litres is currently fermenting on my dinner table. My writing of this post is accompanied by the slow bubbling of the fermentation vat.

It’s a fun new hobby and I learn a lot about beer in the process. I am very curious how our next batch turns out. Stay tuned!

More info about our brewing (in Dutch) here.