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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 26, 2012, 02:23:05 PM »
The old farmers rules I grew up with were:

1)  Plant potatoes on Good Friday (not till next week this year)
2)  Don't plant if you sit on the ground and you rear end gets cold

We always got plenty of spuds every year so you should be fine with your current planting schedule.  Even if this year has been been a bit warmer than usual.


The Pub / Re: Christ, what an...
« on: March 26, 2012, 12:43:19 PM »
I am begining to see a pattern, (course, I'm paranoid schizoid so take that for what it's worth)

but we all seem to be schizoid. Is it a brewer thing? or is society collapsing?

I like to think of it as a lifestyle choice.


Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: March 26, 2012, 12:42:00 PM »
New toys are always fun!  ;)

Right now I'm torn between a "real" charcoal smoker (just have a Weber Kettle right now) or a dovetail jig.  Choices, choices.


Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:29:47 AM »
It happens in every field to most people.  I used to spend all my free time reading up on new technology so I was prepared for my job as a computer nerd.  I couldn't get enough of it.  I'd do evening consulting jobs and sell hardware.  Somewhere along the line I reached the point that I can't bring myself to pickup a book or magazine on technology outside of work and I refuse to discuss the latest problems on my friends and siblings computers. 

I hope brewing never goes that direction but I can see it happening if I went pro.  I tend to get bored easily and am always picking up new "hobbies".  Brewing has lasted longer than any of the others, so far.  If I could find a legal way to experiment with distilling, brewing would probably start to fade too.  Hobbies are things we do to clear our heads.  If we do our hobby as a job, that doesn't work anymore.

You get to do your dream for a job.  Most people never get that opportunity.  Find a new hobby and enjoy both domains of life.  8^)


The Pub / Re: Christ, what an...
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:17:39 AM »
Schizoid, Paranoid and Borderline.  My 3 high scores.

Tell me something I didn't know why don't you?

The guy in the story needs to get help.  Soon.



I'm mostly German too, but I've been very indifferent about a lot of issues lately.  People take things too seriously and take them too far.  Maybe I've been drinking too much of the water lately...

Yeah, the fluoridation will make you a complacent citizen.  Before you know it, you don't even care that some crappy local brewery is insulting homebrewers!
Oh man...I've hit rock bottom...I need help!

Admitting you have a problem is the first step.

Having a couple home brews and forgetting about it again is an acceptable sencond step.



Ingredients / Re: when to plants hops?
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:49:18 AM »
If you don't own the house you should probably bury a container by the stump.  That will keep them from spreading all over the yard and keep the roots cooler as well as help limit how often you need to water them.

When/If you move, dig up the contatiner and backfill the hole.


The Pub / Re: A.I.
« on: March 18, 2012, 05:15:03 AM »
Skynet is being built as speak.   8)

More seriously, we are on the verge of another revolution.  College kids are building bots that can teach themselves to walk now.  Our parents generation don't undersand the tech we have today (my folks are/would be in thier mid-80s).  In 30 years I'm not any of us will understand the tech we have then. 

I think I'd be more concerned about becoming Borg though.  Replacable parts and implants are making huge strides forward in what they can do.  Researchers have found a way to connect nerves directly to artificial limbs and give a person close to the same mobility as thier real part did.  Others are very close to being able to replace damaged eyes and organs.  The big limiter right now is the power source, batteries as opposed to something that lasts decades. Once the tech reaches the point that a replacement arm does more than the one you were issued in the factory how many jobs will begin to require a "laser augmented, high torque, right side industrial appendage" to get a job?  I'm sure a couple billion operative units in Indian or China (or where ever the cheapest labor is in 30 years) will happily give thier right arm for the job.

The world she is a changing.  But since when is that new?


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: lagers; to rack or not to rack?
« on: March 18, 2012, 04:46:33 AM »
If it were me I'd get them out of the primary and off the trub at this point.  Go straight to kegs and seal them with CO2 but not force carb.  Store the kegs at lager temps.


Equipment and Software / Re: Is this a poor shape for a mash tun?
« on: March 16, 2012, 10:09:00 AM »
My first mash tun was the classic .5" copper manifold.  To go through the cooler I removed the valve and stuck a mini-keg bung in the hole from the inside and ran a piece of plastic tubing through the bung.  I used a squeeze clamp for the valve.

It doesn't have to complicated.

Now I have a 1/4 turn valve and use a stainless braid.


The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: March 16, 2012, 08:57:29 AM »
Today is supposed to be in the 80's, so the weather is like... JUNE.  Very weird year so far.


The Pub / Re: Guinness Ad
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:53:24 AM »
Thanks for the laughs.  Both the video and the idea that engineers can spell.   ;D


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Condo Brewing
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:47:33 AM »
My mother-in-law has a flat top glass stove.  Everything I've read about them and from what I've seen on her stove up close the only way you repair a cracked is by replacing the whole thing.  As I understand them they are made the same way as a flat screen monitor which means by the time you get it in your house it is basically one piece with all layers fused together so it's sealled.  You can't take it apart.

I could be wrong.


**** Edited to point that I am in fact wrong, at lest for some flat cook tops.  Going to get another cup of coffee now.  Carry on.  ****

Questions about the forum? / Re: Go Down
« on: March 15, 2012, 03:00:05 PM »
'Go Down' works for me now with compatibility view off.  But the 'New' button goes to the top of the page with the newest post, but not to the newest post itself.  I only care about the first problem though - PROBLEM SOLVED  ;D

Looks like 'Go Down' is working in IE 8 and Firefox 10."whatever it just upgraded to while I was testing it". 

Posting a reply still throws me in at the top of the page and not my post though.  I can live with that.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is homebrew craft beer?
« on: March 15, 2012, 02:49:56 PM »
I agree.  If my neighbor "crafts" jewelry and lawn ornaments then I "craft" beer.  Same concepts just a different medium.


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