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The Pub / Re: Kia Sorento
« on: August 27, 2012, 10:59:59 AM »
Funny, it was hard to get a standard transmission.  Nobody wants them anymore but both my wife and I learned on standards and our kids will be learning to drive in a few years so we want them learning on a standard so that they know how.

This has always been my thinking too.  I make the kids learn to drive my F150 5speed manual before they can get their license.  The older one thought it was fun, the second one has fought it pretty hard but was the only person in her group who could move a car out the way one night because it had a manual in it.  She still doesn't like to drive a manual but now understands when Dad said "you don't have to ever buy one but you need to know how to use one so you don't stranded somewhere just because the only car available is a stick shift."  8^)

The next one can see over the dash of my truck yet but I've still got a year.

I've heard good things about the newer Kias. 


The Pub / Re: Cell-phone woes
« on: August 27, 2012, 07:24:12 AM »
My house house has 3 LG Env3 that are between 2 and 3 years old.  We've had a couple of bad batteries but other than that no issues.  I've had phones last 5 or 6 years and I abuse (physically) my phones pretty badly.


I have 2 in primaries right now and the marching band season starts tonight.  The short story here is no brewing for awhile.   :-\


The Pub / Re: I'm bidding on a house! Bar?
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:09:28 PM »
That works even better!  Thanks for the edit.   ;D


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:07:15 PM »
Here Comes the Sun - George Harrison

The Pub / Re: How often do you have a crowning moment of brain damage?
« on: August 24, 2012, 07:30:32 AM »
How often do you have a crowning moment of brain damage?

Every time I open one of these threads.


These are like driving past a car wreck.  As much as you may not want to look, you just can't help yourself.

Equipment and Software / Re: Reliability issue with Chest Freezer/Keezer
« on: August 23, 2012, 03:18:53 PM »
I can only speak to my experience but I purchased a new 7.5 CF freezer 5 years ago (I think, maybe 6) and use a Ranco digital controller.  It is still working great.

My experience with used, direct purchase, appliances is that they were replaced for some reason.  I don't typically expect much out of them.  Many people would say I have a massive pessimistic outlook on the world (think Eeyore or Marvin) but I am not surprised by failures.

If I were you, I would buy a new one.  Treat it right and you may be pleasantly surprised.


The Pub / Re: I'm bidding on a house! Bar?
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:28:52 AM »
Reading through this thread is just another reason I'm happy to live in Iowa, I guess.  I've honestly never considered "defensibility" as a feature when buying a home.   ::)

When I was in high school, we watched a documentary about meth in economics class.  It was about a little rural city in Iowa that survives by robbing stores in the surrounding cities, where they buy off the police with meth, because nobody has jobs because they're all high on meth all the time.  Drugs are really, really bad and drug addictions suck.

When I was in high school, I lived with my parents.  I went so far as to poison the air in my room to keep my mom out.  She couldn't come upstairs at all for a while and my dad made me stop.

I can't deny that could have happened.  But generally, if the "little rural city" doesn't have a name, it's a bit more difficult to buy into the story.  Most days "back in high school" feels more like "back before running water" to me. 

Deal with the world you live in but around here you can feel safe.


The Pub / Re: I'm bidding on a house! Bar?
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:06:46 AM »
Didn't you acquire some swords a while back?  You're set.

1.  Bokken.

2.  My bare hands work better as defensive weapons.

Although katana are the choice weapon of self-defense around JHU...

Reading through this thread is just another reason I'm happy to live in Iowa, I guess.  I've honestly never considered "defensibility" as a feature when buying a home.   ::)

Of course, in Iowa 30% of the population now have concealed carry licenses so anyone attempting an invasion will likely be stopped long before they get to my house.

Of more relevance, I like turtles too.


The Pub / Re: Someone stole a whole canning line
« on: August 23, 2012, 08:11:51 AM »
How do you fake a fire? cardboard cutouts of flames?

 ;D ;D

Maybe some cotton batting and spray paint to simulate smoke.

Thanks for the laugh this morning.  I needed one.   ;D


All Grain Brewing / Re: composting spent grain
« on: August 23, 2012, 05:44:12 AM »
I have a large enough yard that I can simply spread the spent grain on the lawn.  I basically put it in a homer bucket, use a large spoon and broadcast spread it as if I were planting wheat in the days before modern equipment.  The squirrels love it and it decomposes without any issues.

The only time it has ever gotten a little ripe was a year or two ago in the spring.  I had brewed quite a bit over the winter.  When the snow melted I had a lot of grain on the ground and it was all wet.  A little sun and a couple passes of the lawn mower got rid of it though.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter
« on: August 22, 2012, 11:31:40 AM »
I typically bring my starter wort up to a rolling boil and then turn off the flame.  Then I let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes and then cool it down. 

I figure a rolling boil is over 212F and the wort stays above 200 for quite awhile after you turn off the heat.  I've never had a problem.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: how long does dry hopping last?
« on: August 22, 2012, 11:23:33 AM »
The hops will fade over time but I don't think you will any big changes in 4 - 6 weeks.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I've lost that "new hobby" smell
« on: August 20, 2012, 11:32:46 AM »
Brewing outside in January/February was probably the hardest time for me to not throw in the towel. 

A few years ago we put on an addition to our house and "my room" was a wood shop with a walk out to the backyard in the basement.  I still brew outside (technically) but the only things outside most of the time is the propane burner, the kettle and a remote BBQ thermometer.  I setup my mash cooler and everything else in the shop and only step out to manage the hot break and add hops.

I don't know if I'd still be doing this if I still had to wear long johns, insulated coveralls and heavy gloves to brew.


The Pub / Re: Ebay Ban
« on: August 17, 2012, 03:01:00 PM »
no, Ebay is free market, and should remain....sell away.

The AHA/BA should reduce the membership buy to 1 ticket per member, and require you show your membership card and id at the fact, this should hold for any member purchased ticket on any day....(a ticket you got before anyone else could).

I also believe that the GABF should increase its days to 5 days with 2 members (daytime). sessions.  If anything, reduce the number of booths per day....entice people to come back on multiple days.  Beer fans will, mere consumers will not.

I agree.

The problem with limiting any "type" of item is where does the limit stop?  Does beer related mean CO2 tanks and regulators?  How about bottles or hops, yeast, bottle caps?  The only way to stop a scalper is to not buy from him/her.  Supply and demand will drive the market, just the way you learned in econ class.  If someone is willing to pay 2X or 5X the retail price of a ticket, that isn't your (or my) problem.  The event organizers got all the $$ they were looking for so it's all good.  The AHA could limit the number of tickets per purchase but that is about where it stops.



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