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Equipment and Software / Re: Staining
« on: October 18, 2012, 04:30:13 AM »
If it will be stored outside, I would either finish the whole thing or just go with oil and no sealer.  You will need to reapply the oil every 6 months for a couple of years.  Once the wood is saturated you can cut back to "apply as needed".  Moisture changes will mess with light woods more than heavy ones.

Paul

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Other Fermentables / Re: Our Vineyard
« on: October 18, 2012, 04:22:40 AM »
Iowa is having a terrible apple crop too.  It's funny that this situation can be good and bad.

It sucks for me in Des Moines but it has been a god send at my mother-in-law's house.  She's in her mid 80s, has 4 apple trees (30 year old trees) and just can't throw out any of the fruit.  This year she doesn't have to since there isn't any.  The other good side is that maybe she'll use the 100 bushels (hyperbole I know but she has a lot) she has stashed around the house from the last 10 years.

Your vinyard is beautiful.  That's yet another thing for the "mythical acreage" someday.  8^)

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Staining
« on: October 17, 2012, 08:08:05 AM »
On most of my wood projects I only stain what people will see. 

As Mort said it is also determined by what the finish is intended to do.  If I want the wood completely sealed I finish every surface the same way (i.e. stain+varnish or whatever the top coat is).  If it is only to make it pretty I just do what people can see.  It doesn't hurt to let the wood breathe.

Paul

*** Edited for type issues.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Cheap hydraulic cider press
« on: October 16, 2012, 10:30:29 AM »
Wild!  500gal a season?  Just, wow.  That is quite a setup he has.  I love how creative people are.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon Porter
« on: October 16, 2012, 06:56:33 AM »
I brewed a standard porter about a month ago and added ½ a bottle of Jim Beam, 8 oz of cocoa nibs and 2 vanilla beans a week ago to the secondary and now it is re-fermenting.  I have bubbles in the S airlock every 2 -3 minutes.  Not sure if this is normal and if it is how long it will take to stop.

That's a LOT of Beam!


I agree but it really depends on the definition of "bottle".  Half of a 1/5 would be a lot.  Half of a pocket bottle, not so much.   8)

Paul

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Other Fermentables / Re: Cheap hydraulic cider press
« on: October 16, 2012, 06:52:58 AM »
It might be just a tad more force than you need for cheese.  Apples wouldn't stand a chance.

 ;)

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Dark Shadows
« on: October 15, 2012, 01:01:31 PM »
Both the original TV version and the 90's remake are available on Netflix streaming.

The kids loved the remake.  I don't know if they have tried the original version yet.  We haven't seen the Johny Depp version yet either.  I'm glad to hear it it's funny.  I'll have to find a copy of it.

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The Pub / Re: Returning Commercial Kegs
« on: October 15, 2012, 12:08:17 PM »
Not really looking to get a deposit back.  Just trying to figure out an easy way to get the kegs returned.

Otherwise, they'll get put out on a dock by the trash and a scavenger will grab them.

It isn't likely the distributor has the deposit anyway.  Returning them would gain you karma points but that's about it.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Returning Commercial Kegs
« on: October 15, 2012, 11:50:50 AM »
A neighbor of mine gave me a half barrel keg once that he had forgotten to take back to the store for 8 months (it got stacked behind the garage) and he didn't want bother with it.  The distributor was stamped on the keg.  I called them and explained why I had it.  They gave me the address to drop it off at.  That was one confused warehouse receiving clerk.   ;D

Paul
 

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The Pub / Re: Stratos (highest parachute jump attempt)
« on: October 15, 2012, 08:24:34 AM »
Very cool to see this done.  More importantly than setting the record though is the research and development that went into the equipment.  It will drive the tech to make a space launch failure more survivable.  Until now no one really knew if something like this jump would work. 

Again, very cool.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Baby Boy - New Brew!
« on: October 15, 2012, 04:27:08 AM »
Congrats!!!

My little boy went to college this Fall.  It feels like just last week we were at the point you are.  The advice for a parent is the same as for home brewing, Relax!  He will teach you stuff you can't imagine.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: That moment when...
« on: October 14, 2012, 05:01:12 AM »
Thanks for the chuckle this morning.  :)

I've never done that but have had equally frustrating experiences on brew day.  I'm sure you wanted to transfer the mash to a bucket and back anyway, right?

I hope the rest of the day goes smooth.

Paul

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Jumping back into the game
« on: October 12, 2012, 01:34:41 PM »
Many people use that type of burner with no issues.  I'm sure it would work you also .

Paul

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Pimp My System / Re: Sculpture Build For The Non-Mechanical Brewer
« on: October 12, 2012, 07:08:22 AM »
Not sure why the images don't appear in the post.  When I created the post they appeared...  Anyway the brewstation I built also is also where I store my brewing equipment.. It has wheels on it so when I am ready to brew I wheel it out into the middle of the garage.  I store all of my equipment on it - even the propane tank. When I'm done I wheel it back into it's corner and hope the wife doesn't hit it when she pulls into the garage (which she's threatened to do many times).

I'm definitely going to use the stand for storage as well as brewing. I'll also be adding casters to my design so I can roll it out of the garage. Really, the trickiest thing will be making space in a one-stall garage!

I would definitely put casters under it.  Even if you don't move it often you will need to move it.  For another $80-$90 mobility is more than worth it.  IMHO

Paul

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Pimp My System / Re: Sculpture Build For The Non-Mechanical Brewer
« on: October 12, 2012, 04:29:47 AM »
I use Sketchup a lot anymore.  I didn't even think to mention it.

Your drawing looks like good start.

Paul

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