The weeks and the seasons roll on. SPT rolls on as well. Readership is cresting at 1200 per day, but another lull is in the future I’m sure. Facebook folks who have ‘liked’ us have topped the big 100 mark. We are nowhere near the 1000 mark such as MacDailyNews, but I’ve often wondered… why bother? We have a presence on Facebook and the wall is updated most every day. So what? For some whatever reason, I’ll keep that little Facebook frame in the right sidebar until I just don’t see any logical reason for it.
Good news… the Babes menu page has been updated to something a little more navigable and easier to read. Each year is broken down into its own relative category with cameo images of the very first babe of each year, and each topic is shown in a mini-header. Check it out right now. No. Wait until I’m done spouting about beer and life in general.
I’m still weighing the idea of adding that Pinup Babe feature to the left sidebar. It has been suggested that I start a sixth weekly babe and a Pinup babe just might go over. It would make for an even sixpack of babes and it would change every week along with the other babes, just like normal. I don’t know right now how that would go over with all you guys. I just may put it up and see. Watch for a PUOW soon.
Hmm. With more babes, that would mean more of a delay (in my routine website updates) due to the Brew Review on Saturday night. Or it would mean that I would have to change the time when the babes get selected. Usually I have the new babes all ready to go by Saturday afternoon with some tweaking later on after the review. One way or another, everyting will be in its place by the time you wake up on Monday.
How valuable are the star ratings of the babes each week? I find it odd that 60 users may vote on the Nat or Not babe, yet only 25 or so may bother to rate the other 4 babe pictures. Who would complain if the babe star ratings went away? Please comment if you have the time.
The Sunday Slinks (redundant) are relatively popular. Sunday readership is surprisingly quite high. There are 30 links or so, over a range of subjects, centering in on longer videos for your relaxation on Sunday, yet still relative to SPT’s goal of staying on topic.
To be honest, I’m looking for advertisers to help defray the cost of running the site. I have certain rules which I don’t want the readers subjected to when it comes to ads. We all deal with websites that run advertisements and we all deal with the ads that help support those sites. Right now, I’m in the research stage. One day, I may do a whole Frankly rant on website advertising. For now, there are no changes and you can feel free to move about the site.
Last Sunday, I hooked up with my buddy Jeff, and we brewed up 10 gallons each of Russian Imperial Stout to be sorta lent to the homebrew club for a year’s storage in a large oak barrel. Other members will brew the same recipe and lend their results to the barrel. When the barrel is filled, It will be stored from 6 months to a year giving time for the combined blended, fermented worts to coalesce and age, thus improving the flavor. Anticipated ABV is hoped to be in excess of 10%. 6 months or a year will go by and most of us volunteer homebrewers will have forgotten about this endeavor that we all had a hand in. I can only imagine how great it will be when we all finally get to taste and appreciate a combined-effort aged imperial stout.
Incidentally, Jeff retained the combined spent grains from his first batch and ran it through his system for second runnings. He added a ton of dry malt extract to boost the ABV a little during that final boil and gleaned another “free” batch of imperial stout which he will obviously keep for himself. Smart guy, that Jeff. Big yeast activity and a text message which stated that the beer blew the airlocks off and coated the walls and ceiling of his garage with brown, sticky wort.
I just gotta tellyuz that I’m still, body and soul and all nine and two-thirds fingers, dedicated to SixPackTech. It still gives me great pleasure to sit down at the Mac first thing in the morning, with my cup of tea and sift through what I’ve saved and what’s out there on a daily basis. Some days it’s quite a challenge, but some days it’s a breeze. I love it.
Thanks a lot for stopping by.