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This winter I developed a serious back problem, that was/is excruciatingly painful, and causes sharp pains to shoot down my legs. I became completely dependant on my cane in my house, and wheelchair bound out of it. After having and MRI, and discovering I very claustrophobic, they diagnosed me with Spinal Stenosis. Basically a build up around my spinal column in my lower back caused from arthritis, that is squeezing my nerves in my lower back. It will require surgery to fix it, but we agreed, to try other treatment first to delay surgery. After months of physical therapy, pain meds, steroids (unfortunately I didn't develop any super powers,) I had a steroid injection in my lower back (again, no super powers.)
My first brew back is my California Common, or American Amber Ale. I used half ounce of Galaxy pellet hops at the beginning, and the end of the boil, along with two pounds of Nugget hops fresh from my freezer (from last years crop that my wife grew.) I'm saving nearly 3/4 pound of hops for dry hopping, that is an unknown mixture of Nugget, Cascade, and Willamette hops. This is one of my favorite recipes that I'm come up with over the years, but this is the first time I've tried this hop combination. I'm hoping for good things from this brew. Below in a video of the airlock bubbling away as the yeast does it's magic turning the wort into beer.