Mike Gray Blog: Beer, Barbecue, Catholicism, and Other Interests

  • How I Accidentally Made a Hard Cider that Tastes Like Fritos

    How I Accidentally Made a Hard Cider that Tastes Like Fritos

    The moment of truth. I had kegged and carbonated the hard cider after waiting so long to complete it. Sure, I tasted some off notes when I sampled it a couple months ago but certainly those flavors had aged out. The most recent sample seemed alright to me, though my wife, a supertaster if I’ve […]

  • COVID-19 Halloween, Feasts, and the Need for a Societal Pressure Safety Valve

    COVID-19 Halloween, Feasts, and the Need for a Societal Pressure Safety Valve

    I thought there was a high probability that Halloween 2020 was going to be the worst Halloween ever. With COVID-19 restrictions and genuine fear in the community, my prediction was for few trick-or-treaters, cancelation of activities, and a general feeling of disappointment. I was wrong. While the traditional Halloween parade was cancelled (and my little […]

  • Why Busy Catholics Should Read Fratelli Tutti

    Why Busy Catholics Should Read Fratelli Tutti

    [Check out my post on Where Peter Is. Here is a sample.] I am a busy husband and dad with a demanding job, so reading a lengthy papal document is not the easiest thing to take the time to do, nor is it typically high on my list of things to do. That said, over […]

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