Evan LaBrant's Blog


persistent surf
August 8, 2015, 3:30 am
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In your attempts to encounter and influence
the carapaceous encrustations of another’s mind
Be not a ship headlong and hell-bent
toward the rocky shore
But the soft surf, persistent
Wave on wave on wave

As you seek to break down the stoney façade
of the hermit, the bigot, the zealot
Be not the Bomb, intent on annihilation
forgetting the façade holds within
a child, a coward, a broken soul
But like the frost, enter brokenness
and so expanding, efface
Freeze, thaw; freeze and thaw.

“If you try to change it, you will ruin it.
Try to hold it, and you will lose it.”

Remember, my friend, monuments are constructed
not destructed
brick by boring brick
And all the sand on every shore
grain by grain
Wave on wave on wave

Remember, my friend, when you seek saliency
of sacrifice or sacrilege,
whatever the case may be,
that fertile soils cascade from craggy crevices
where weathered walls once stood defiant
The patient, painstaking labors of a
trillion, trillion, trillion tiny beings
Freezing, thawing; freezing and thawing

The water turns mountains into molehills

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Broken Bowl
August 8, 2015, 3:19 am
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I prayed to be used
Broken bowl spilling Spirit sacrilegiously on
empty souls dying for a deep drink
Not a splash or trickle, wet skins with
parched mouths, parched throats
parched minds, parched souls
sapped strength, hardly living
barely alive
We live a lie
sometimes

I prayed to reflect the Son
Broken mirror brightly beaming broken rays upon
matte black hearts just begging for the Light
For bright beams that penetrate, investigate,
ignite the great
Fire inside
Not shattered beams or burned out bulbs
half-lit faces with
dim eyes, dim words
dim thoughts, dim hope
Blind sight, blind to insight, groping through deep twilight
We barely live alive
sometimes

I prayed You’d meet me here
in brokenness, contrite of heart and soul
Repentent, penitent; I know that’s redundant
but
You met me here: You said,
“I am that I am is near.
And you are that I am, My dear.
This brokenness, that’s where it starts
but not where it ends.”
And I thought that was it, thought that was the point
In my broken places, wholeness shows through
in my messed up choices, forgiveness shines true
Grace abounds, such sweet graces
to fill the holes and empty spaces

So how can I sit here, a broken bowl
splashing Spirit insufficiently on broken souls?
Brokenness: that’s where it starts, but never the end!
You’ve come in, cleaned house, glued up and made amends
Grabbed me out from the sin and mire

You spoke to recreate
A whole vessel, a brand new me
Not to splash and spill Your Spirit
like terra cotta shards
That’s Your job, God
to splash and spill
and overfill
Overflow, fill with joy

And I’ll learn to pour
deep draughts of sweet Spirit
sacramentally
To speak life where You call me
And be whole as You are wholly within me



Like Liquid Gold
August 8, 2015, 2:49 am
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Kissing you was like taking sips straight out of the honey jar
lips interlocked and lapping up life like liquid gold
poured straight from the labor of ten-thousand buzzing souls
All the birds and bees of the flowers and trees
Swept up and dried down inside the hive of the collective mind
And I drank deep the exhilarating luxury

Relaxed, and yet, taken aback
Jumped headlong, yet hesitant
Feet planted, I teedered and toddered
Untethered and unfettered, your lips firmly anchored onto mine

God, I’ve never been so thirsty in my life
I’m a naked man all alone on a desert island
with no clothes, no spring or drop of rain
to quench this mouth or cool this skin
And you’ve handed me the end of a hose
Tapped straight to the deepest well ever drilled



Be Made; Behold
August 8, 2015, 2:39 am
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In this world there is
beauty to be made,
beauty to behold
Can we truly ever witness
the glimmer of a soul?
The spark that lights a thousand fires
inside the deepest darkest chasms
when gentle breath on which is blown,
the flames are deeper stoked within us
Plural lights seem separated
tiny beacon lighthouse islands
singular and isolated
pulsating dots that probe an ocean

But in the source we find them not singular
not self-sufficient, self-sustaining
incandescents; fluorescence waning
Instead, we find a silvered lens
reflects in which that sphere of fusion
three-fold elements in all dimensions
burning bright: the providential Union
This light lights up such beautiful things
creative power in created beings

Our beauty, two-fold manifesting
found in Nature’s full undressing
and peeled back, the covers seems
such superficial, wistful things
Dare I ask from God the nude?
The barest breast, the finest muse

Indeed, I beg and barter
plead
for thirst fulfilled and spirit’s need
A beauty flashed, it far surpasses
the need, the want, the wanton haunt
The flattered, fettered, feckless flaunts
most minuscule, most finite jewels
while all around an endless ocean, a constant motion
the locomotive, the emotive
evocative and provocative
spin and dance, eddy, flurry
It’s in this ocean we swim and float



MeriClone Labs is Relaunching!
June 15, 2014, 9:15 pm
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Hello World!

Just a drop in the bucket of life, but MeriClone Labs will be relaunching for business. We have 11 varieties available, and first shipments will be made at the beginning of July.

 

It’s been a slow start, but MeriClone is gearing up for full service soon.

 

Please visit my website at http://www.mericlone.com to see the available varieties and to place orders.

 

Evan



BALE (Bessey, Andy; LaBrant, Evan) Pale Ale
March 20, 2011, 11:11 pm
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Recipe:

  • Grain Bill
    • 19 lbs pale 2-row
    • 4 lbs Vienna
    • 1 lb 40L Crystal
  • Mash/Sparge Schedule
    • Dough in @ 162 degrees (grain @ 78 degrees), 7.5 gallons
    • Mash @ 152 degrees, 1.5 hrs
    • Sparge @ 175 degrees with enough runoff for 12.5 gallons
  • Boil Schedule
    • 1 oz Cascade whole cone (7.5% AA) @ first runnings (~60 minutes)
    • 1 oz Cascade pellets (5.5% AA) @ 45 minutes
    • 1 oz Crystal whole cone (4.6% AA) @ 30 minutes
    • 1 oz Cascade pellets (5.5% AA) @ 15 minutes
  • Final volume: just shy of 10 gallons
  • Yeast: 5 gallons pitched with Safale S-05, 5 gallons pitched with WLP001 California Ale Yeast

It’s really that simple.

Notes:

  • OG: 1.059
  • FG:
    • US-05: 1.011
    • WLP001: 1.009
  • ABV:
    • US-05: 6.5%
    • WLP001: 6.6%
  • Primary: 2 weeks
  • Secondary: 2 weeks
  • Container: Keg
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September 3, 2010: Modified Apelwein
September 4, 2010, 5:27 am
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Here’s a little recipe I’ve been wanting to try.  It’s basically fermented apple juice (with some added concentrate to up the apple flavor).

Recipe:

  • ~5 gallons apple juice
  • 2 cans apple juice concentrate
  • 1 packet Montrachet yeast

It’s really that simple.

Notes:

  • OG: 1.050
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