Concoction of the Month

I think that I should start this month (and blog) out right by providing a recipe for one of my favorite spring concoctions: a German golden malt beverage known as the Mai Bock. A typical 5 gallon batch of this brew uses 10 pounds of 2 row Vienna malt (a German malt base is also acceptable, but I really like the nuttyness of the Vienna), 1/2 pound of a caramunich malt, 1-1/2 oz. of German Hallertauer hops, and 1/2 oz of Check Saaz hops. 2/3rds of the hops for the full boil, and the rest for finishing. If the fermentation temperature can be well controlled, choose a Munich Lager yeast (White Labs 838), otherwise, use a typical Bock yeast (WL833). Ferment for 10 days at 58 degrees, lager for at least 30 days at 48 degrees, and then keg or bottle.

Of course, enjoy this elixer while trying out the new features of Solaris 10. For folks looking at trying to configure some of the S10 features, check out the open source tool Webmin, which is now available in /usr/sfw. Enable it by running /usr/sfw/bin/webminsetup (the man page can be found in /usr/sfw/man). The newest verison, 1.200, runs as an SMF service, and can manage SMF, RBAC and Solaris Zones (not to mention, Apache, Samba, MySQL, and many other open source and Solaris tools). Additional modules and updates currently can be found at the Webmin site at webmin.com, and soon be available at BigAdmin.

The Mai Bock, a golden lager, slightly sweet, distictly malty (an my version with a hit of nut and spice), and a little higher alcohol content makes it a wonderful companion to managing Solaris with Webmin.

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