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There is no hope like tomorrow, no love like today.
Grasp the moment in your hands before it flies away.


Smart people don't have to prove how smart they are, while stupid people will spend all of their time trying.


Love is a four letter word so be careful how you use it...


Simple Spells of Time

‘Tis but a fine autumn morn, from which the day dawns as the flora unveils an untouched dew upon the ground, and lo and behold! The noontime destiny is but another clockwork in time. What glistens so resplendently as the tinseled leaves follows a pathway deep into the tunnels of life. Sky bound, it passes the many tendrils and appendages trying to whisk it away into the abyss. So protracted its life, yet so diminished its sight; it will never look forward nor reflect upon its misfortunes.
Unphased as a photon, it will continue a malignant growth into an oceanic realm, uncaring as time itself. Shivers and tingles pass, and it falls slowly from the air, pushed and shoved by a preternatural force, soliloquent as it speaks to nothing, dreams of nothing, looks of nothing. A somberous wail without sound escapes a mourning star; alas, its larynx dysfunctions and melts along with the winter snow. No voice to sound its fate, no destiny to guide its verve.
Fine rejuvenated evenings seems untouched by the moon’s gleam. The dew has finally been released from its icy glass prison and is now part of the precipitory waste upon the earth, forming cold miniscule droplets, merging into larger and larger bodies. The lambs and lions pass by, chasing one another with the children in the puddles, until at last! O grace, o sunshine! Bask in the golden warmth and let the tingle of heat be a part of the everlasting quest for knowledge.
‘Tis but a fine summer’s night, as the glow bugs warm eyes set upon the late rain and lightning. Yet, an air of prospering wafts and refills each blade of grass with droplets of dew. And late into the night, time progresses with uncertainty, stopping every now and then to touch each particle, each being. Still, it is blind to the light, deaf to the melodic song, numbs to its touch. Time passes it by and it continues to travel into the bowels of destiny. It ignores fate and marks its path with the mindless rupture of its heart. Hardships spread it thin, pain divides it, sadness stabs it in the back, but happiness and life just passes it by along with the rest of its vicinity. It knows none other than itself.
Loneliness is relative. It is not lonely. Yet a certain unrest stirs its heart, hits its mind, and cuts the surface. Indeed, it is lonely; a single grain of pollen in a sea of sand, just another teardrop in the ocean of dew. And still, the fine summer’s night is indifferent. A lasting night passes with a grey mist, enveloping the hearth with a shadowing skin, and leaves the dew settling upon each leaf and petal.
And so, what began begins and ends, with all lacking integrity and mindfulness. Nothing was done. The tunnels of life collapsed from the immense pressure; it had no structure anyway. The dew slipped silently away, fell through the glowing air, and passed time into a new beginning. Once again, ‘tis but a fine autumn morn.






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Welcome to the blog page of The Count von Mortiferys Hills. You may address me as Daren. Please make yourself at home and feel free to peruse the blogs as you will.

I created this cybernetic information source for your entertainment and my organization. If you have been following here before, you may notice some changes. Seasons change, years pass, people grow wiser, colder, happier, taller, fatter, skinnier... Life is too short to be unhappy and pessimistic. Find good friends, eat good food, drink good beer, have good times.

A little bio:
I am a rocker, med student, and brewmaster. I enjoy playing guitar and various other instruments, composing, writing poetry, brewing beer, cooking, skateboarding, snowboarding, and anything else really. I don't watch TV very often, except for the Food Network and Discovery Channel.


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What does The Count like to do? Let's see...play guitar, piano, violin, drums, bass, harmonica, dulcimer, cello, percussion, tin whistle, mandolin, banjo, and spoons. He writes songs and poetry, sings, reads , skateboards, draws, cooks...the list goes on. Good times eh? And The Count and his faithful friend The Baron enjoys drinking fine ales and lagers and brewing the occasional stout.

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  • The Count likes Green Acres donuts
  • The Count is an omnivore
  • The Count shall become a physician
  • The Count enjoys culinary creations
  • The Count does not enjoy being told
  • The Count owns Chuck Norris daily
  • The Count's favorite animals are penguins and dogs
  • The Count enjoys playing Chess
  • The Count's favorite guitar is a modified Fender Strat, which he modified himself
  • The Count listens to Paganini, Chopin, Mozart, and Beethoven
  • The Count also listens to AFI, The Human Abstract, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Avenged Sevenfold, Blink-182, Meg & Dia, Flogging Molly, Eisley, and My Chemical Romance
  • The Count has a younger brother who is equally awesome
  • The Count does not drink much soda
  • The Count's favorite drink is Orange Juice, followed by grape juice, pomegranate juice, apple cider, apple juice, and beer
  • The Count has lived in Rochester, NY all his life, except for 1 year in Philadelphia, PA and 2 years in Bradenton, FL.
  • The Count has traversed to cities such as Pittsburgh, NYC, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Orlando, El Paso, Las Vegas, and Hong Kong.
  • The Count is the brewmaster of The Court Brewery
  • The Count enjoys Ralph Lauren Double Black, Estee Lauder Intuition, and Acqua di Gio
  • The Count does not enjoy rap, r&b, country, or hip hop music.
  • The Count enjoys baking his own bread
  • The Count enjoys reading non-fiction books
  • The Count teaches guitar
  • The Count is the man.


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    Monday, December 01, 2014
    Batch 26: Bee Happy

    The Court Brewery Batch 26: Bee Happy (mead)

    4.5 gal batch

    25% buckwheat honey
    75% wildflower honey
    Enough water for OG 1.110
    Yeast nutrient
    Yeast energizer
    Lallemand CBC1 yeast

    FG: 1.005
    ABV: approx 13.75%

    After primary fermentation, mead was split into 4x1gal carboys. Each was treated differently.
    1. kept as is
    2. aged with med toasted Hungarian oak
    3. aged with bourbon soaked med toasted Hungarian oak
    4. aged with blueberries and raspberries



    The final outcome are 4 meads with distinct flavor profiles yet retaining the base honey sweetness. The Court Brewery presents: Bee Happy: The Four Seasons.



    Spring is the base mead that has been untreated. Soft, mellow, yet lively, the light wildflower honey provides the majority of the sweetness, yet there is a touch of bready and earthy honey that also comes out from the buckwheat honey.



    Summer is aged with medium toast Hungarian oak. It has a very light tannin profile in the finish with a soft oakiness in the mid palate. Light tones of butterscotch as well.



    Autumn is aged with blueberries and raspberries. Autumn represents harvest and what better harvest than berries? I pureed blueberries and raspberries and let them age with the mead, providing a big, bold, jam like flavor and sweetness.



    Winter is aged with bourbon soaked medium toast Hungarian oak. It is bold and rich in flavors of caramel, oak, and a hint of vanilla, which complements the base honey very nicely. A good fireside sipper.

    The Court hopes you have the opportunity to taste these fine wines. Cheers!

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    Sunday, April 27, 2014
    Batch 22-25

    April 19, 2014

    The Court Brewery Batch 22: The Count's Ood Geezer

    6 lb Wheat DME
    1 lb Sucrose
    0.5 oz Willamette (60 min)

    Wyeast 3763 Roeselare blend

    4.5 gal OG: 1.060


    The Court Brewery Batch 23: The Count's Ooder Geezer

    2.5 gal OG: 1.040

    To be aged in toasted Hungarian and French Oak



    The Court Brewery Batch 24: The Count's Urrdest Gurrzurr

    1/2 Ood Geezer, 1/2 Ooder Geezer blend


    The Court Brewery Batch 25: The Count's Ermagerrd (still in the works)

    Bourbon barrel aged Urrdest Gurrzurr


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    Sunday, March 09, 2014
    Batch 20: The Count's (Complete Square)^2

    December 2013
    The Court Brewery Batch 20: The Count's (Complete Square)^2 Belgian Quad

    We took batch 19 and aged it with Maker's Mark soaked toasted French oak chips.

    ABV: 10.8%

    Only 10 bottles made. Double wax. Bottled on 2/15/14


    The Court Brewery Batch 21: The Count's Complete Cube: an EisQuad version of Complete Square that has also been aged with single malt scotch soaked oak chips. 17% abv. Only 1 bottle made.

    Posted at 12:37 pm by DmanGTR
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    Friday, December 27, 2013
    Batch 19: The Count's Complete Square

    December 27, 2013
    The Court Brewery Batch 19: The Count's Complete Square (Belgian quad)

    6 gal batch

    6 lb Pilsner Malt DME
    3 lb Amber Malt DME
    1 lb C10
    1 lb C60
    1 lb Brown Sugar
    0.5 lb Special B

    1 oz Willamette 60 min
    0.25 oz Citra 60 min

    Wyeast 1762: Belgian Abbey Ale II

    OG: 1.095
    FG: 1.022
    ABV: 10.5%

    This is The Count's Complete Square. Have you ever come across an equation where you could not figure out x? Does it frustrate you to no end when trying to remember which equation to use? Is it a pain to use that equation to complete the square and solve for x? Well, The Count's Complete Square is a big, bold, Belgian style quadrupel. It has already solved the quadratic equation and completed the square so you don't have to. X = 10.5. An estery, flavorful, and intense beer with notes of raisins, cocoa, fruity yeast, cereal grains, and thereafter aged with oak, you won't be doing math after drinking one of these.

    Bottled 2/15/14

    Posted at 01:14 am by DmanGTR
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    Thursday, October 03, 2013
    Batch 18: The Count's Drie Appels

    October 3, 2013
    The Court Brewery Batch 18: The Count's Drie Appels

    6 gal batch, no boil

    6 gal Green Acres UV treated apple cider
    Danstar Bella dry saison yeast

    OG: 1.052
    FG: 1.000

    ABV: 6.83%

    Post primary fermentation, will be divided into 3 x 2gal batches
    Batch 18a: dry spice w/ apple pie spices (cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg)
    Batch 18b: dry hop w/ Citra cones
    Batch 18c: medium toasted Hungarian oak, and Maker's Mark bourbon

    First bottling (10/26/13): a bottle of 18b was bottled still with a few citra cones added to the bottle.
    Second bottling (11/24/13): all batches bottled except 1 gal of batch 18b, which was freeze distilled. Also, a special cuvee bottle of 18a and 18c blended in 1:1 ratio was bottled.
    Third bottling (1/18/14): 3 bottles of eised cider bottled at 14% abv.


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    Thursday, October 18, 2012
    Batch 17: Grand Malus

    October 18, 2012
    The Court Brewery Batch 17: Grand Malus

    5 gal batch (no boil)

    5 gal Green Acres UV treated apple cider
    2 boxes cider mulling spices (8 oz each), make sure there are no preservatives!

    1 Wyeast 3191 Private Collection Berliner Weisse blend
    1 Wyeast 3726 Private Collection Farmhouse Blend

    Medium toasted American oak chips (post fermentation)
    Maker's Mark bourbon (post fermentation)

    Posted at 02:10 am by DmanGTR
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    Wednesday, July 11, 2012
    Batch 16: Canterberry Loons

    July 10, 2012
    The Court Brewery Batch 16: Canterberry Loons

    3 gal batch
    Extract

    3 lb Briess Bavarian Wheat DME
    1 lb Briess Pilsner DME

    0.5 oz Williamette (60 min)

    Wyeast 3278 Lambic Blend

    2 lb Ranier Cherries
    1.5 lb Blueberries

    OG: 1.052
    FG: 1.008
    ABV: 5.9%

    Posted at 01:21 am by DmanGTR
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    Monday, August 02, 2010
    I survived the first week of med school

    Well greetings all. It has been a bit since I've updated here. Things have been epically crazy. Bottling beers, buying books, groceries, furniture, moving... yes, medical school has begun. I've commenced a new chapter in my life. Perhaps this is the final chapter? Well, only if it kills me. The first week has been intense. I've never had anything like it. This is even crazier than Drexel's post baccalaureate. And I love it. Everything has been langweilig as of yet (German for boring). This is exciting, intense, mind bending, mind smothering, and most of all, mind building. I've met some awesome (and some not so awesome) people. I've even taken up a bet with my friend that I can survive 10 weeks without drinking a single beer. I've extended that bet personally to include any sort of wine, beer, liquor, and/or liqueur. This is more for my benefit than anything else, but there's a 6 pack of local beers on the line too.

    Anyway, I'll be away from the beer scene for a while, 'though I'll still partake on the BA discussions every now and then. Actually, I'm in anatomy class right now but I can't pay attention to lectures. So mundane. Anatomy is kicking my ass. Histology is pouring lemon juice and salt onto the wounds. And orientation week was wasting my time. Hooray. Peace out y'all.

    Mood: Whoa!!!!
    Music: Eisley

    Posted at 11:16 am by DmanGTR
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    Monday, June 14, 2010
    Batch 15: The Count's Medical Monster RIS

    June 10, 2010
    The Court Brewery Batch 15
    The Count's Medical Monster Russian Imperial Stout

    6 gal batch
    All Grain

    19 lb Pilsener Malt
    2 lb Kiln Amber (Victory Malt)
    1.5 lb Roasted Barley
    1.5 lb Chocolate Malt
    1 lb Special B
    1 lb C60
    0.75 lb C120

    3 oz Summit (16.5% aa) 75 min
    3 oz Willamette (4.8% aa) 10 min

    Nottingham Yeast Cake
    Finish with Lalvin EC-1118
    Add Bourbon, oak chips, and vanilla extract to secondary to taste

    OG: 1.160
    FG: 1.025 (prior to bourbon addition)

    Posted at 09:48 pm by DmanGTR
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    Friday, April 30, 2010
    Batch 14: The Count's Gah Feh Jzuhw

    May 15, 2010
    The Court Brewery Batch 14
    The Count's Gah Feh Jzuhw: English Brown Ale

    5 gal batch
    All Grain

    8 lb Pilsener Malt
    0.5 lb C60
    0.25 lb Chocolate Malt
    0.25 lb Special B
    Handful of Roasted Barley

    1 oz Willamette (4.8% aa) 90 min
    0.5 oz Willamette 10 min

    Nottingham Yeast Cake

    Mash: 156�F 30 min
    7 gal preboil volume
    Add 7 cups of brewed coffee and 1 tbsp vanilla extract to secondary.

    OG: 1.060 (crazy efficiency!!!)
    FG: 1.013
    ABV: 6.18%

    Music: Michael Angelo Batio
    Mood: Been better, been worse


    Posted at 03:19 pm by DmanGTR
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