When I posted my blog-year-in-review I asked if anyone had suggestions on ways to improve The Mad Fermentationist. A fellow beer blogger, Joel, contacted me with some ideas on how to improve the visuals of the blog. He designed a few new banners and gave me a link to some html code that makes a random one appear at the top of each page. Joel also suggested a wider post area (up to 1000 pixels), and a new dark wood grain background. After implementing the updates last night I'm really happy with the way it turned out (I've already got a box of homebrewed sour beers headed his way as a thank you).
Hopefully no one was too attached to the old 1970s wallpaper background. If you have any other suggestions, let me know.