Richard Arsenault on November 25th, 2013

When you need a way to take a photo in a busy amusement park without people in the way – get in close.  With a wide angle lens on the camera I was standing just as couple feet in front of a wall when I took this photo.

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Richard Arsenault on November 21st, 2013

Cinderella’s Castle on 11/16/2013. We had just walked back to Main St when their “Move It Shake It Celebrate It Street Party” was finishing up so they had cleared the street for the parade to loop back down Main St. I took the opportunity of a mostly empty main street to grab some photos of the castle.

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Richard Arsenault on August 20th, 2013

I haven’t posted many food photos but it seems I have a theme going when I do – Bacon.  Bacon wrapped at that.  This was an experiment I first made on Saturday, then again tonight, and it’s definitely going to be found on the grill many more times.

We have a chicken cutlet, sprinkled on both sides with a little salt & pepper, folded over crumbled blue cheese, and wrapped in turkey bacon.  I pinned it together with a couple toothpicks and cooked it on the grill.

The toothpicks held it together fine, but I still lost some melting cheese to the grill so I’ll pick up some twine to tie the next version.

Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken


Richard Arsenault on August 13th, 2013

At the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA they have preserved Norman Rockwell’s personal studio, moving it from the backyard of his home to the grounds of the museum in 1986.

On the right you can see his easel, which can also be seen in his famous painting Triple Self Portrait, including the helmet still resting on the top.  A close look at the wooden floor shows cuts in the wood where he cut his canvases.

If you’re ever heading up to Tanglewood for a concert (the same reason I was up that way) go up a couple hours early and visit the museum!

Norman Rockwell’s Studio

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Richard Arsenault on July 8th, 2013

In April I moved from extract brewing to all grain, and the beer I made was this Blueberry Wheat Ale.  It’s based on Northern Brewer’s American Wheat Beer kit, with 2 ounces of Blueberry Extract added.

But I goofed.

Being my first attempt at all grain I don’t mind that it didn’t come out as planned, as long as I learn from it.  Here are my mistakes, in case they help you as well:

  • Due to a brew pot which was too small, I only boiled 4 gallons of wort.  I then topped it off with water to get to 5 gallons (being used to doing this from extract brewing) and then after that I took the specific gravity and found it too high.  I immediately realized how I had just diluted the wort.  I recently ordered this 8 Gal Brewing Kettle for the next brew day, which should be in another couple weeks.
  • I sparged too quickly.  I don’t remember how long it took, but between letting it run too fast and the issue above I ended up with just a 1.25% ABV when bottled.  I’m going to slow that down and pull 5.5-6 gallons in around 40-60 minutes for the next batch.

The flavor of the beer is also a little off.  It’s drinkable, but weak.  I’m definitely looking forward to making this beer again to see how it should really taste, but I think the next one will be a Pumpkin Ale.  The pumpkin beer season is coming and I want that one to be ready!

So here we have my weekly photo – the Blueberry Wheat Ale.  Some frozen blueberries were added to the glass before the pour.

Weekly Photo – Blueberry Wheat Ale


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