Saturday, December 23, 2017

RaspberryPints Screen Uploader

Raspberrypints Image
After setting up my RaspberryPints server, I wanted to share the page with everyone.  Not wanting to give away the details of the server or exposing an unhardened device to the Internet, I decided to post an image of the tap list.

The process included the following:
  • Taking a screenshot using a Cron job
  • Create a DropBox Account
  • Uploading screenshot to DropBox using DropBox Uploader
  • Exposing the DropBox image as a public image

Take Screen Shots

Scrot (SCReenshOT) is an open source, powerful and flexible, command line utility for taking screen shots of your Desktop, Terminal or a Specific Window manually or automatically by Cron job. Scrot is similar to Linux ‘import‘ command, but uses ‘imlib2‘ library to capture and save images. It supports multiple image formats (JPG, PNG, GIF, etc), which you can specify while taking screen shots by using the tool.

Login as Pi

login using the the pi user perform the following

Install Scrot

sudo apt-get install scrot
sudo mkdir /screenshots

Modify the scot command

Modify the file to provide a consistent filename.  This will allow the use of a single file name in your blog.  Using the nano editor type the following:

sudo nano /screenshots/
Now we will change the following line from being a dynamic filename to a constant filename.  The following line is changed from
DISPLAY=:0 scrot 'tecmint-%Y-%m-%d-%H_%M.jpg' -q 20 && mv /screenshots/*.jpg /media/tecmint

DISPLAY=:0 scrot 'raspberryPints.jpg' -q 20

Modify file permission

sudo chmod u+x /screenshots/

Create the Cron Job for every 60 minutes

crontab -e
0 * * * * /path/to/home/
Ctrl+X to exit and save

sudo /etc/init.d/cron start

Create a DropBox Account

Generate Access Token
Created Drop Box Account
<!*** ***>

Head to to create a new Dropbox App

Generate Access Token

Uploading screenshot to DropBox using DropBox Uploader
git clone
cd Dropbox-Uploader
chmod +x
The first time you run dropbox_uploader, you'll be guided through a wizard in order to configure access to your Dropbox. This configuration will be stored in ~/.dropbox_uploader.

DropBox Upload Cron Job

(using pi@raspberryPINTS)

crontab -e
Add the following two lines to the file and save

0 * * * * /screenshots/ | logger
0 * * * * /Dropbox-Uploader/ upload /home/pi/raspberrypintsscreen.jpg raspberrypintsscreen.jpg | logger

Exposing the DropBox image as a public image

Share DropBox image
Select the image in Dropbox.  Click the share button, and the following dialog will appear.  
Select copy link.
The link provided by DropBox is for a page.  This needs to be modified to the image.  The following is the link from DropBox
modify the www.dropbox to dl.dropbox
This image can now be shared.  My results for this page can be seen at the "On Tap" menu link.

Note: Instead of modifying the files in my initial implementation, I renamed the files and used the following:
  • screenshots/
  • 0 * * * * /screenshots/ | logger
  • 0 * * * * /Dropbox-Uploader/ upload /home/pi/raspberrypintsscreen.jpg raspberrypintsscreen.jpg | logger

Note: The additional applications are found in the root folder under
  • /Dropbox-Uploader
  • /screenshots

Sunday, November 12, 2017

#151 Plinian Legacy (NB Pliny Clone)

Northern Brewer's version of Pliney the Elder west coast style IPA, with a fresh hop aroma of floral citrus, and pine. Vinnie would want you to enjoy this fresh.

10.0 ozCarapils (Briess) 

6.0 ozBairds Carastan 

4 lbsDME Pilsen (Briess)

6 lbsLME Pilsen Light (Briess) [Boil for 15 min]

12.0 ozCorn Sugar (Dextrose) [Boil for 1 min]

Hops Used

90 Minute - First Wort

0.25 ozAmarillo 

7.3 IBUs
2.00 ozHopShot 

63.5 IBUs
45 Minute - Boil

1.00 ozColumbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ) 

42.3 IBUs
25 Minute - Boil

1.00 ozSimcoe

26.8 IBUs
15 Minute - Boil

2.50 ozSimcoe

24.0 IBUs
1.50 ozCentennial

11.1 IBUs
Dry Hop - 10 days

1.50 ozColumbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ)

0.0 IBUs
1.00 ozCentennial 

0.0 IBUs
1.00 ozSimcoe  

0.0 IBUs
Dry Hop - 5 days

0.50 ozColumbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ) 

0.0 IBUs
0.50 ozSimcoe 

0.0 IBUs
0.25 ozAmarillo

0.0 IBUs
0.25 ozCentennial 

0.0 IBUs

1California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) 

1WLN4000 Clarity Ferm

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

#149 Zythos IPA

MoreBeer's Hopunion's Zythos IPA.  Hopunion is one of the main suppliers of hops in the Craft Brewing industry.  Zythos is a new "IPA style" hop blend created to optimize and exceed the aroma characteristics of the traditional, and sometimes hard to get, IPA hops. Hopunion had a team of professional hop sniffers blending combinations of hops. The interesting thing about blending hops is like blending wine - the blend actually ends up being different than the sum of the parts. Pretty cool.1

Amt Name IBUs
8.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM)
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM)
1 lbs DME Golden Light (Briess) (4.0 SRM)
9 lbs Extra Light (1.9 SRM)
6.60 oz Malto-Dextrine (Boil 60.0 mins)
Hop Schedule

1.00 oz Zythos [10.90 %] - Boil 60.0 min 35.0
1.00 oz Zythos [10.90 %] - Boil 45.0 min 32.1
1.00 oz Zythos [10.90 %] - Boil 20.0 min 21.2
1.00 oz Zythos [10.90 %] - Boil 6.0 min 8.2
2.00 oz Zythos [10.90 %] - Boil 1.0 min 3.0
2.00 oz Zythos [10.90 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days
2.0 pkg California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [35.49 ml]

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

#150 Nate's Citrus Bomb

Nate Smith Twitter
Brewed by Cervejaria Tupiniquim
Recipe by Nate Smith, @nathanhomebrew, of Oakland, CA.  Nate does a bit of judging based on his post.

Nate is a participant in the Brewing Network's Sunday Session podcast, an active member of D.O.Z.E. (Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts) Homebrew Club.

The beer has gives off citrus, mango, and pineapple.

Amt Name IBUs
12.0 oz Crystal 15, 2-Row, (Great Western) (15.0 SRM)
9 lbs LME Golden Light (Briess) (4.0 SRM)
8.0 oz MoreBeer Ultra Light DME (2.3 SRM)
Hop Schedule
1.50 oz Magnum [12.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min 57.7 IBUs
1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min 34.5 IBUs
1.00 oz Centennial [10.00 %] - Boil 1.0 min 1.4 IBUs
1.00 oz Citra [12.00 %] - Boil 1.0 min 1.7 IBUs
1.00 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 1.0 min 1.9 IBUs
3.00 oz Falconer's Flight [11.00 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [35.49 ml] -

Nate's Recommendations on the Citrus Bomb IPA:
Use WLP001 (with a starter) or WY1056 yeast. Plan on an 18-20 day fermentation: 10 Days at 65F, then raise to 68F on the 10th. Add your dry hops 5 days later, and rack 3-5 days after that. *NOTE* Fining with biofine is recommended!

In the review section, some have suggested using Brett Trois wlp644

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

German Beer Night 2016

Presenting Donation
2016 German Oktoberfest

Hosted by Colonel (GS) Joachim W. Bohn
Bundeswehrkommando USA and Kanada
(German Armed Forces Command, United States and Canada)

Enjoy German Tradition, Music, Food and Beverages,

Entertainment by
- German Air Force Band “Erfurt”,
- Ooompah Band "Alte Kameraden"
- “Alt-Washingtonia” Schuhplattler Dancers

Luftwaffenmusikkorps Erfurt - German Beer Night

Luftwaffenmusikkorps Erfurt

Founded 15 March 1991
Established as Army Band 70, later Military District Band III

About 50 person symphonic band giving benefit concerts or accompanied vows musically as a musical ambassador of the German Armed Forces both in Germany and abroad.

Oompah Band “Alte Kameraden

The "Alte Kameraden" is the German Band unit of the City of Fairfax Band. The "Old Comrades" have introduced American audiences to the lush, spirited festmusik played by Bavarian bands since 1977. The ensemble is an authentic blaskapelle wind band that performs music of the alpine village bands.

Pete Hesse - German Beer Night 2016
Pete Hesse - German Beer Night 2016
In 1995, the "Alte Kameraden" became the first American band to be selected for membership in the Musikbund von Ober-und Niederbayern (MON)—Bavaria's regional band association. Two years later, the "Alte Kameraden" was inducted into the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Militärmusik, Germany's honor society for military band music. The Fairfax band was presented with the Federal Republic of Germany's German-American Friendship Award in 1990, and recently the ensemble was honored with with a Certificate of Merit by the United German-American Committee of the USA.

The "Alte Kameraden" make over 50 appearances each year, for community events, German-American clubs, and octoberfests. They have entertained spectators at World Cup soccer matches at RFK Stadium and FedEx Field in the Washington area, and performed aboard the Gorch Fock, Germany's tall ship, in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

In 2007, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, presented the Alte Kameraden with a special commendation on the occasion of their 30th anniversary.

“Alt-Washingtonia” Schuhplattler Dancers

Original Bavarian Dance Club of Washington DC
"Serving as a link with the old homeland by preserving and sharing Alpine customs and traditions in the new world"

Food and Drinks

Keg Label Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier
Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier
In addition to the entertainment, the food and drinks were delicious.  This year the beverages was Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

German Beer Night 2015

2015 German Beer Night Letter
2015 German Beer Night Letter

Entertainment from 2015

German Army Band Hannover SymoblGerman Army Band Hannover (Heeresmusikkorps Hannover)
Established 1 July 1956 as Musikkorps II A, later Army Band 1; associated with the 1st Panzer Division

Oompah Band Alte Kameraden
Video from German Beer Night
99 Luftballons 
The "Alte Kameraden" is the German Band unit of the City of Fairfax Band. The "Old Comrades" have introduced American audiences to the lush, spirited festmusik played by Bavarian bands since 1977. The ensemble is an authentic blaskapelle wind band that performs music of the alpine village bands.

Original Bavarian Dance Club of Washington DC
"Serving as a link with the old homeland by preserving and sharing Alpine customs and traditions in the new world"

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Grand Cru Pinot Grigio Heritage Estates

I decided to make a jump into wine.  This was probably on par with many of the wines that are consumed at neighborhood events.  It has a good nose but a little thin on the body.

Grand Cru brings together the advantages of varietal grape juice, with the convenience and value of a 10-litre, 4-week wine kit. From the first swirl to the final sip, you will surely discover a style to suit your individual taste.

 A typical dry Pinot Grigio style, this wine boasts aromas of tart green apple with crisp citrus and honey flavours. This wine is dry with overtones of green melon leading to a crisp, clean finish. A bouquet of honey and herbs completes the experience.

VARIETAL Pinot Grigio
OAK Unoaked

Wine Kit Price Ranges

Below is a table from multiple sources that I put together to get an idea of the different levels of wine kits.  

Range Price Brands Comments
Value $60-78 Heritage Estates
Grand Cru
Vintners Reserve

Midrange $85-95 Cellarcraft Sterling
Grand Cru International
World Vineyard

Premium $125-133 Cru Select

Ultra Premium $165-170 Cellarcraft Showcase

Some Additional Resournes for choosing Wine Kits

2007 Top Win Kits

German Beer Night 2014

German Beer Night Kickoff
German Beer Night Kickoff
This was a lot of fun.  This event typically sells out every year and was cancelled last year due to the Navy Yard shooting, a year ago yesterday.
We attended with the Dulles Airport Rotary where the base's commanding officer, Brigadier General Hasso Koertge, is a member.   He is the Commanding General of German Armed Forces Command for the United States and Canada.  Past invite

Gates open at 6pm

German Armed Forces Command
Traffic and Transportation Division
23745 Autopilot Drive, Dulles, VA 20166

IMPORTANT: For admittance to the German Beer Night please bring the confirmation letter and a government issued ID! (for self and guest)

Everything from Dirndl and Lederhosen to Jeans and T-Shits. I am probably just going for Jeans and a polo.  Imagine that.

Food is included with your admission as is the beer.

Money if you want to buy souvenir: hat, mug, etc.

A little information about the Reston Headquarters.

Photos from Past Events
2009 -,oktoberfest/Interesting
2009 -
2009 -
2010 -
2014 -

Videos from past events

German Beer Night Anvil Player
Anvil Player

2009 German Beer Night Band Performance
2009 - German Beer Night at Dulles Oktoberfest  

Sunday, August 28, 2016

#148 Citra Session IPA

NHC 2015 Gold Medal Citra Session IPA.
NHC 2015 Jason Bryant

Jason Bryant of Reston, VA, member of the Wort Hogs, won a gold medal in Category #23: Specialty Beer during the 2015 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in San Diego, CA. Bryant’s Specialty Beer was chosen as the best among 410 final round entries in the category.

Jason makes consistently good beers.  I have learned a great deal from him over the past year.

Jason also has brewed a number of beers with commericial breweries including Old Ox, Gordon Biersch with Justin Damadio, Brew Loco and others. When writing the post I found a number of contest that Jason has entered and done well: Garage Brewers 2013, NHC 2014, NHC 2015, Spirit of Free Beer, Burp SoFB 2015, Mountain Ale and Lager Tasters 2013, DC Homebrewers Cherry Blossom 2014.  I am sure there are others but these were some quick results from his work.

Congratulations for the 2015 HNC gold medal.
3 lbs 4.5 ozPale Malt - 2 Row
1 lbs 8.5 ozMarris Otter
14.0 ozMunich Malt
10.5 ozAromatic Malt
7.0 ozCara Pils
7.0 ozCrystal Malt 10L
7.0 ozCrystal Malt 40L
Hop Schedule
0.45 ozNugget - 60 min
0.90 ozCitra - 10 min
0.75 ozMosaic - 10 min
0.88 ozCitra - 5 min
0.66 ozMosaic - 5 min
1 pkgsSafale US-05 American
Dry Hop Schedule
0.66 ozMosaic - 4 days
1.75 ozCitra - 4 days

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