All finished up...

Regulators mounted externally because of space inside of the kegerator. I kinda dig the ability to adjust them externally though. 

The casing around the media rack got finished up and once I mounted the second coldtower fan, I was able to cement the pipe and give them a good fiberglass wrap.

A little festive message for the upcoming Holiday season on the chalkboard.

Here is a picture of the whole bar now that this project is complete and all cleaned up. Now I need a new project down here. I'm debating what to do next.

Gotta grab some favorites for the break-in celebration. Stone IPA and Terrapin Hi-5.

After a little dialing in, I think that we have some good pours. I'm glad this is over with, but it makes me want to keep doing cool stuff like this. Cheers!


More progress

I had always wanted to frame up that media rack. It was finished on one, but the back side looked all cobbled together and hacksawed. I decided to do casing and frame it so that it matched the already framed up kegerator box.



In an attempt to make sure that my keg box project is working properly, I placed a glass of water with a thermometer in the box and cycled my cooling system for 9 hours. At that point, the glass of water was roughly 53*. I am going to give it more time to see what comes of it and to determine whether or not I need to run a reversion system. 


Most ridiculous kegerator setup ever...

Piping almost complete. I had to make some PVC parts fit and find a proper flange that I could use a gasket on. Now I have to bolt it down, solvent weld the piping, and wrap it with fiberglass wrap. All pretty easy and should be complete tonight. I also routed the beer lines and the Coldtower line so that the whole system stay chilled continuously. Hopefully I won't need a return for a short setup like this, but we will find out once I have completed this portion and do a temperature test. I've tried keeping everything sealed and insulated to minimize sweating or hot spots. I may be going a little overkill, but it's better to do it right the first time, eh?


Last leg of this race...

I'm down to finish work and plumbing into the kegerator. This has been an interesting project to say the least, but it has also given me the bug to do more projects like it. I haven't been messing with bikes or cars or anything for a while, so having something to tinker with is kinda nice. 


Almost there...

The front is about finished and ready for action. Now though, comes the hard part of finishing and plumbing the tap box. Everything should be golden, but Murphy's Law has reared its ugly head before.


Gettin' crazy with the cheeze whiz...

Moving along on the tap wall/bar project. I built a chalkboard over the taps with chalkboard paint and some of the same strips of wood used for the wall. The backsplash is done, but the tap system is still being constructed. I am using a cooling fan to push air into the box from the kegerator itself, but I wanted to make sure that it didn't sweat through the MDF tap box or where the shanks run through three layers of wall. I sprayed it all with rubber coating after I caulked the corners of the box. I then layered it with insulation tape, then 1" foam insulation, then another layer of insulation tape. This should prove to be effective in keeping the box and lines cold so that the beer doesn't foam up. I am shooting for the being done in the next week or so and I am pretty close as it is, but I just need to tidy everything up and make sure that the whole system works. 100% overkill...



I have a bar in the basement that had some dated-looking tile backsplash. I liked the idea of a pallet wood wall, but I found out that there is a company that sells "pre-weathered" wood for that very purpose. After tearing apart several pallets, I just opted to buy a couple of boxes of that wood and save the trouble of cleaning/sanding/staining pine from pallets. Here is the progress so far. 


Meat log...

Sometimes you have to make seven pounds of raw meat into a pile of food fit for a king. I present, my meat log.


The old Ford...

I may end up regretting selling this thing, but as time has moved on and my son has gotten older, I find myself having a blast with him and his passion for cars. I love this truck and have enjoyed the shit out of it over the last three and half years, but it only scratches a small itch and I would love to be able to have something truly insane to play with. Motorcycles are my love, but when you have a kid who has a passion for something that you, yourself have been into, then you find yourself realigning your focus. I've got plenty of time to mess with bikes, but I can only really do that alone...and that to me seems a little selfish. Instead, I think I am going to teach him some of what I know and maybe learn even more along the way. 


I guess I learned something the other day...

Being that I'm not a real big Corvette fan, but knowing a LITTLE something about them, I have never really given much of a shit for C3s. I know them as way less desired than other models and actually knew a guy in high school with one that was an absolute pig of a car. 

I was watching Mecum the other day and saw a 427/435hp car go for something like $750k. I was floored and called my dad, who knows more about me when it comes to this stuff (well, because he was there). He sent me an article today.






Did me some fisherin'.

Caught a black tip in the low country fishing offshore about a mile and a half.


How appropriate...

Before its time...

Seat finished...

And man did it turn out better than I thought. This was an Old Gold seat that I bought to use on the '69 build. I was just going to use it as it was, but an old friend who is good at this kind of thing wouldn't let me run it like that. I'm glad to have friends like that. 



A couple of more orange pieces for the '69. I swear I'll do nothing else crazy.

The seat is a sneak peak by an old friend.


I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts...

As a long time stoner/doom/sludge fan, this year (especially this summer) is going to be one to remember...and hopefully for not the wrong reasons. The perfect storm of things are occurring and it has me being skeptical about things.

1) Sleep is finishing up a tour. They hadn't been to Atlanta in 21 years prior to this, so it was kind of a Great White Buffalo experience. They may never be back, but I was there.

2) Acid King released their first album in 9 years. I haven't ever been a huge fan of bands fronted by women, but Lori S. is a total badass and albums like Busse Woods are the kind that you can play from start finish and not feel like you stopped bobbing your head.

3) High On Fire came out (just this past Tuesday) what can be debated as their best album to date. I love High On Fire and have listened to them for a long time. If I can avoid missing one of their shows, I go to it. I'm a BIG fan, so to say that it's arguably their BEST album is saying something. Not only that though...they'll be here on August 22nd.

4) Neurosis is doing their most extensive US tour in 15 years. They're playing here in Atlanta the week before High On Fire (and both weekend shows to boot). Much like Sleep, I've never gotten to see Neurosis live and may never again, so I'll be at that one as well.

Now I know that's all Bay Area bands (but I mean come one, we are talking stoner metal) and there is plenty of other stuff that has happened in the genre, but these alone make this summer kind of a big deal to those who are fans...and that's the reason I'm skeptical. I'm hoping that it's just some sort of cosmic alignment where the Universe gave an assist to a genre that has some long overdue recognition coming its way. With most things though, you don't want throngs of people ruining it, so I hope it's not the bands realizing that they need to capitalize on the surge of hesher kids who are into it for this year, because that only means it's a moment in time and will be over when people find the next trend to be "different" with.

I know all of that sounds ridiculous, but let's be honest, everyone is a bit stingy and I'm being selfish about what is turning out to be one of the best summers of music I've experienced.

Rant over.


New High On Fire...wowzers!

Alright, being a long time fan of this band I'm always excited for a new release...this one takes the damn cake though. The whole album is fast becoming my favorite from start to finish that Matt and the guys have ever produced. By far though, the song titled The Cave is the one that is making my skin tingle. I wish I could link it, but there isn't anything out there yet. It's flat out amazing.



Not the store at the mall, the buckets that keep our heads from becoming mush in the case of some dumb ass turning left without looking.

I got myself one of these Bell Bullitts to give a whirl. These bastards are nice.

The boss...

So like an idiot, I punched my tank and cracked the paint. Needless to say, it needed a saviour. Thanks to Heckman Customs, it got one.


Smokey Mountain Chopper Fest...

There are pictures, but I'm having a hard time with remembering.
Sent from spaaaaace...


Midnight Rambler...

I want an old Porsche so bad.


Black Trackers

Works Performance coming through for the '69.


After all these years...

I still love this bike.

Mission Accomplished...


Holy Jeebus...

Amazon Dash...

Amazon's new Dash button will make ordering household items as easy as the push of a button. Paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, etc. will be available in a snap. 

They also came out with the "Colorado Edition."


Big Wheel...

A little color for the mag...

I swear I won't go crazy with the Orange shit...just some touches.


A year ago...

As of yesterday, it's already been a year since the world lost Dave Brockie. Time flies, man.

Rear laced...

Will be a roller soon. When John gets me the paint and my special guest gets me the seat...I'm excited about it coming together.