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All Things Food / Re: Soft Beer Pretzel
« on: August 31, 2012, 12:13:59 PM »
Another good recipe that use often is from Alton Brown.

You can get lye at most Ace Hardware stores and farm stores that stock supplies for home canning too.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I once had too Many Beers.
« on: August 31, 2012, 12:02:37 PM »
I vote for Pedro.   8)


The Pub / Re: Kia Sorento
« on: August 31, 2012, 12:00:58 PM »
That video is my neck of the woods.  She was lucky the traffic was fairly light.  That stretch can be much busier than it was in the video.

On another note, the clutch in my truck started slipping last night.  One of the other perks of owning a manual transmission.   ::)  I really shouldn't complain after 11 years and 77K miles out of one clutch but it's hard not to mumble a bit.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Brew Recipe
« on: August 30, 2012, 02:25:20 PM »
No, Alabama is not there. Hopefully will be next major legislative session. The bill passed the senate but never came up for a vote in the house.

I didn't think it had passed but it's been a long day and I've been known to be mistaken now and then.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Brew Recipe
« on: August 30, 2012, 12:00:09 PM »
alabama is there guys, mississippi is the lone state, to my best knowledge.

I hadn't heard it finally got through.  That's great for them.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Brew Recipe
« on: August 30, 2012, 10:51:56 AM »
The Feds already did their job by making it legal for the states to allow it.  Whether homebrewing is allowed in your state is considered a "states" issue and the Federal government does not have any jurisdiction on it.  That's my understanding at least.

Alabama will get there one of these days.

I don't really know that I care if the recipe is released or not.  If you do, good luck in your quest.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I once had too Many Beers.
« on: August 30, 2012, 07:24:04 AM »
I once had too many beers,
I drank up every time they said CHEERS!
I thought I could fly,
I was lucky not to die
But my story brought the ER nurse to tears.


Edited injuries to story because I think it works better.

But just the same,  I also think that those that complain so loudly  about the patent office would probably feel very differently if it were their intellectual property, invention, or idea  being appropriated by someone else without compensation.

A someone who made a living (kind of) for 30 years by writing, copyrighting, and selling music, I have to say I heartily agree with Al.  I know that he's involved in the arts, too, so we both have a first hand interest in cases like this.

I don't want to get this into politics or a fight.  Just to be clear I agree that people want to protect their work and I agree that they should be able to.  The problem with quite a few patents issued today is that they are being issued for things that should be copyrighted not patented.  "Look and feel" and software code fall in the area of art not physically built stuff.  One example I've seen recently is that many patents today simply describe a concept with no actual design or build evidence to support them.  That isn't what patents were for way back in the day.  At one time you had to turn over your invention for review to get your patent approved.  It seems that has changed.

Like I said, I'm not here to fight and I shouldn't have made the first comment, so I won't say anymore on it.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What do you think of this commercial
« on: August 29, 2012, 11:46:09 AM »
The commercial is funny (at least a little) to me.  Mostly because I know that most of us are not like that.  Some people do want to use clams in beer but that's another thread.   ;D

I have been to BWW and I can say, with no reservations, that you haven't missed much.  Most of their dishes are not even actually wings but chicken fingers with sauces.  At least that's my recollection.  YMMV


The Pub / Re: Cell-phone woes
« on: August 29, 2012, 08:04:52 AM »
My complaint with phones (I have an old flip phone 5 yrs generation past the "brick" phone) is that the battery life goes and then the reception diminishes....I can't take a call from inside my house anymore, and even out back it fails me.  My wife's Iphone 4s is 3 of 4 full bars at same location.  Time for an upgrade.

Oh, and texting inside the house is becoming verboten as that reception has gone fast.

If you are on Verizon, you can try updating your tower map.  Dial *228 and select option 2 from the menu.  Wireless carriers are constantly adding/deleting towers.  If you haven't updated your tower map your phone can struggle to find towers that will talk to it.

I don't guarantee it will help but it has made mine work better over the years.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: star san and pbw question
« on: August 28, 2012, 03:07:40 PM »
Ok so don't rinse the star san,  and rinse the PBW
second question- with a bottle drain tree and bottle washing attachment do i first use the PBW, then run tap water, then run the star san?

It depends.  If you are starting with clean bottles, just rinse with Star-San.  If you still need to get the gunk out, then PBW, rinse and then run the Star-San through.  I put my empties away clean so I don't have to work so hard on bottling day. :D



Samsung seems to have lost their case with Apple right now. I'm wondering if the Apple Samsung verdict will have any influence on this situation.  As far as consumer confusion goes; I could definitely see some people assuming that Fox is selling the beer under a subsidiary company.

These would get nailed to the wall in a US court, technicalities aside, they are blatantly trying profit from Fox's work.  Who knows what a Colombian court will decide.


As for Apple v. Samsung, the US is the only country Apple will win their suit in.  As far as I know (and IANA-IP-L) we are the only major player that grants "look and feel" or "software" patents.  Without going too far on this topic, we need to stop and invalidate all these patents that do not have any physical product behind them.  Apple wasn't the first company to produce a flat, rectangular case with rounded corners.  If they get their way, they will be the last one to.

/end rant/


All Things Food / Re: New Hottest Chile...Carolina Reaper?
« on: August 28, 2012, 12:34:26 PM »
They would likely be useful in anesthesia production but I can't imagine eating them.   :o

I like hot peppers but Hungarian Yellows were the end of the line for me.


I love and use habaneros frequently, but that's my limit.

I like habaneros as well, I prefer my peppers to have some flavor as well as a bit of heat.

I like habaneros too, in moderation.

The problem I had with Yellow Hungarians could have been caused by the conditions I grew them in.  I lived in Lincoln, NE and had a very productive garden but it can get hot and dry there in late summer. 

We made chili one afternoon and put less than 1/2 a pepper and only a few seeds in 1.5 gallons of chili.  We thought we were going to die when we tasted it.  I'd swear it could have peeled paint off a car and it just kept getting hotter.  We gave a few peppers away but no one ever asked for more.   ;)  Maybe I should give them another try.


All Things Food / Re: New Hottest Chile...Carolina Reaper?
« on: August 27, 2012, 01:45:10 PM »
They would likely be useful in anesthesia production but I can't imagine eating them.   :o

I like hot peppers but Hungarian Yellows were the end of the line for me.


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. 


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