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Title: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: oscarvan on May 07, 2011, 08:45:20 pm
Went to an SCA event today.... (You can Google that)

Had two growlers of my American Brown Ale. Served them up to about 7 or 8 people in an hour by 1 pm. 7pm at dinner they were still telling me how much they liked it....

I think it's a keeper.  8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: jamminbrew on May 07, 2011, 09:04:12 pm
Been awhile since I been to an SCA event... Need to dust off my staff and bracers and go to one soon!  Congrats on the others liking your beer!
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: dano14041 on May 08, 2011, 10:31:07 am
I took a growler of Irish Red and a liter of Cider to an even yesterday. The people I shared it with liked it and the it was gone a flash.

SCA events  are great for sharing your brews.

Got to try some mead I actually liked, another brewers Kolsch and Oatmeal stout.

Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: thomasbarnes on May 08, 2011, 11:54:44 pm
The SCA got me into brewing. Sadly, I quickly discovered that it's just about impossible to make medieval style beer with modern ingredients, although Belgian sour ales and some smoked beers come close. I've gafiated, but I have fond memories.
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: beersk on May 09, 2011, 01:16:28 pm
"Great, kid.  Don't get cocky."  Congratulations, a recipe that keeps people talking about it, is a definite keeper.
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: gmac on May 09, 2011, 01:56:13 pm
I googled it.  You're a very complex guy Oscar.
http://www.sca-recovery.org/
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: gordonstrong on May 09, 2011, 02:17:18 pm
I googled it.  You're a very complex guy Oscar.
http://www.sca-recovery.org/


 :D
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: beersk on May 09, 2011, 03:10:55 pm
I googled it.  You're a very complex guy Oscar.
http://www.sca-recovery.org/

haha funny! Very amusing!
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: scooter2374 on May 09, 2011, 03:15:21 pm
I googled it.  You're a very complex guy Oscar.
http://www.sca-recovery.org/


haha
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: gmac on May 09, 2011, 04:25:49 pm
Oops.  Seems I got the wrong site.  Here's the right one.
http://www.sca.ca/
This makes much more sense.
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: maxieboy on May 09, 2011, 06:30:06 pm
Oops.  Seems I got the wrong site.  Here's the right one.
http://www.sca.ca/
This makes much more sense.

Nope. You had it right the first time...  :)
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: oscarvan on May 09, 2011, 08:24:16 pm
You guys sooooo funny!  ;D

OK, here's another story.... For those of you that don't know, I fly airplanes for a living and spend upwards of 100 nights a year in a hotel in 10-15 countries. Most people that bring home bed bugs "catch" them in hotel rooms. I take certain precautions to try and avoid that.... with that in mind:


This morning at about 04.00 happily asleep in my own bed I was awoken because "something" was walking around on my leg...... Within about 2.3 seconds I was upright, uncovered and the light was on and I caught "it". A bug. A bed bug?

So, minutes later I am in my study with said specimen and a magnifying glass looking at very unpleasant pictures on the interweb, as well as visiting the web site of the amateur entomology society and trying to use their "bug identification chart"..... Lots of words I didn't understand. Did you know you can send your bug to the government to have it identified? No charge!

As I progressed I formed the opinion that what I had was NOT a bed bug. It had a two part body, but the two parts were about equal sized. The BB has a small forward part and large rear part. (Not going to say head and torso as I have no idea which "systems" are where)..... Also the BB is dark/red whereas my bug was white/tan. Furthermore my specimen was 7.5-8mm (after I squished it somewhat), BB's are smaller by a few mm. Then it hit me. BB have six legs, mine had......seven. OK, four on one side three on the other. I think it is a safe assumption that the fourth one on the side with three was lost in the scuffle in bed and on the way to my desk.

PHEW! It appears I had an arachnid of sorts. For the record, my overnight bag lives in the garage and never makes it in the house. On layovers it, and the flight bag, are parked on hard surfaces, and no clothing goes on any upholstered furniture. Most if not all lives in the suitcase with the lid down.
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: gmac on May 09, 2011, 09:03:59 pm
Post a picture of your critter.  
Besides being great at finding web sites ;) I also spent a couple years as an exterminator and have an education in environmental pest management.  I've seen bed bugs more than once, and a few things you don't want to think about.  
In college we had some guys that grabbed a used couch and moved it into their dorm and brought bed bugs with them.  They'd get drunk, pass out on the couch and wake up the next morning with huge red welts all over them.  That was my first bed bug job when I was a student.  I'm surprised we don't have more threads on stored product pests.  Indian Meal Moth, rice and granary weevil, confused flour beetle, cigarette beetle...I've seen 'em all.

I don't travel off the continent but I travel a lot and I live in fear of bringing the little buggers home with me too.  They're a real pain to get rid of once you've got them.  Glad to hear your taking some precautions.  
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: oscarvan on May 10, 2011, 05:11:23 am
Not exactly preserved for observation and the macro function on my camera leaves to be desired.....here as seen through a magnifying glass....

(http://www.woodenshoemusic.com/PicPages/Linkto_files/P5080002_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: gmac on May 10, 2011, 07:44:47 am
Nope, not a bed bug.
Some sort of little spider, who knows what kind.  Given you're in Pennsylvania, I think it's probably an Amish Wood Spider.
Here's a short documentary that gives you more information about Wood Spiders.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHzdsFiBbFc
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: oscarvan on May 10, 2011, 08:05:45 pm
Nope, not a bed bug.
Some sort of little spider, who knows what kind.  Given you're in Pennsylvania, I think it's probably an Amish Wood Spider.
Here's a short documentary that gives you more information about Wood Spiders.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHzdsFiBbFc

Based on the 8 leg scenario that's what I figgered, but thanks.
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: gmac on May 10, 2011, 08:52:51 pm
I'm guessing you didn't watch the documentary? 

If I had to guess the actual type of spider, I'd suggest it's probably a variety of Sac spider.  Normally found outside but they often come inside and are thought to be one of the main suspects when people are bitten by spiders.  Check out this link and I'll bet it looks a lot like what you found.
http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/SacSpiders.shtml
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: oscarvan on May 11, 2011, 04:06:39 pm
An uncanning resemblance. He toast now.
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: maxieboy on May 11, 2011, 07:16:02 pm
I'm guessing you didn't watch the documentary? 

If I had to guess the actual type of spider, I'd suggest it's probably a variety of Sac spider.  Normally found outside but they often come inside and are thought to be one of the main suspects when people are bitten by spiders.  Check out this link and I'll bet it looks a lot like what you found.
http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/SacSpiders.shtml


Sac spiders, crotch crickets, who's knows what goin' around with those "SCA" folks...  :o  ;D  8)
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: oscarvan on May 12, 2011, 08:25:50 pm
I'm guessing you didn't watch the documentary?  

If I had to guess the actual type of spider, I'd suggest it's probably a variety of Sac spider.  Normally found outside but they often come inside and are thought to be one of the main suspects when people are bitten by spiders.  Check out this link and I'll bet it looks a lot like what you found.
http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/SacSpiders.shtml


Sac spiders, crotch crickets, who's knows what goin' around with those "SCA" folks...  :o  ;D  8)

Smile. There's an arbalest aimed at your ass.... ;D
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: tschmidlin on May 12, 2011, 09:45:27 pm
Smile. There's an arbalest aimed at your ass.... ;D
:o

That clears it up.  Definitely this one:  http://www.sca-recovery.org/
Title: Re: Must be doing sumptin' right.....
Post by: oscarvan on May 13, 2011, 11:19:06 am
Nah, more like this one:


(http://www.woodenshoemusic.com/Siege/Pluvia_Mortis_files/P5190008.jpg)