Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Moving Preparation: It sucks!

I've been stuck in Clarissa's apartment, packing like crazy while she's out in Portland looking for apartments for us & doing job training.
This is how far I've gotten so far. Everything has to be packed in a 5 x 8 x 9' tall truck space, so I have been basically distilling my life into the tiniest space available. Sadly, the kegerator had to go, but I was able to sell it to my good friend Fritz. So now he has moved up to kegging, and I should be able to buy a larger deep freezer when we make it out to Portland.

I picked up my keggles when I was in Ohio, and a propane burner. More importantly, I picked up a 1996 Subaru Outback for $1400. After $1100 of engine repairs, it's more like a $2500 car, but the engine should be good for 100,000 miles at least.

I also picked up a 60 qt. cooler to transport the "beer resume" (which includes a saison, the "Meetification" pale ale, the BQ IPA, and the "Woody" barleywine) out to Portland, which will eventually become my mash tun when I set up a 10 gallon outdoor system at our new place. I'm also bringing out a recently kegged Flanders Red, which is almost 1 year old, and a keg of the all-Brett session ale.

Can't wait to get out west and start brewing outdoors!


wakingupdrunk said...

i've been thinking about moving too and can't imagine the pain in the ass it will be to load up all this homebrew gear. did you have any long term aging beers still in fermenters? i have quite a few that i supposed i'd have to bottle off ahead of their time.

Seanywonton said...

Actually, compared to looking for a new apartment and setting up with a moving company, the homebrew packing was pretty easy!

The only things I had that were not ready to bottle, I just put them in kegs. It will be interesting to see how the wild ales survive a week long cross-country trip on a truck in August.