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All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: October 31, 2012, 02:10:18 PM »
These are rather small, but they are very good, as is all the food there.
I'm not questioning quality and flavor, just wondering how they can be so different.  I would think that the larger ones would be more common, and four on a single plate means they must be really small.  Either they cut them differently here than in Germany, or they are getting them from piglets.

Could be from piglets Tom, they are about the size of a lamb shank, only fatter.

That's about the size we get them. The ones I see from Deutschland are huge! I don't think pigs are very old when they go to the slaughterhouse these days.

Age does factor into when a hog goes to market but the primary driver is weight. 

When I was kid we aimed for 305 lbs to 315 lbs which gave the hog a nice amount of fat without being flabby.  The flavor comes from the fat and that is what the processor buyers wanted. 

Today I think the target weight is closer to 275 lbs which will net a much leaner hog.  It also means a very bland flavor.  Those last 30 lbs also go on more slowly than the previous 100 do. 

This trend isn't only driven by the market wanting a leaner product but also due to the corporate hog farms wanting to turn an extra group of hogs each year.  The profit difference between 185,000 hogs and 255,000 hogs is quite substantial (those numbers are very likely much lower than actual).  I don't remember exactly how long it used to take to finish out a hog but if you can cut 1.5 to 2 months off that time you can produce a lot more hogs.

All this also means that every part of the hog is smaller.  I have a hard seeing a hock being 4 times larger in the past than today but I guess you never know.


All Things Food / Re: Olives
« on: October 31, 2012, 10:35:35 AM »
Another groaner of a joke.

My daughter told she's looking forward to the sequel to "Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer".  It's going to be called "Olive the Other Reindeer".

(If you don't get it, sing the song)


All Things Food / Re: Olives
« on: October 30, 2012, 02:24:19 PM »
Sorry, the only things I know about olive production is that they come in cans and jars.  That and I love eating them.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cleaning kegerator
« on: October 30, 2012, 11:58:09 AM »
I tried to take the faucets apart by hand, no dice. Hopefully the LHBS will have the appropriate wrench.

It's the same wrench used to remove the buttstock sleeve from an AR-15. So you don't have to get a uni-tasker. ;)

That is good to know.  Since I already have the tool I might as well get an AR-15 now

Absolutely.  :)

Make sure to post the video of explaining that logic to your wife when you bring the AR-15 home.  We'd love to see your footwork in that dance.   8)


The Pub / Re: Hurricane broke the house I"m buying D:
« on: October 30, 2012, 11:54:09 AM »
10,000 Amps?  Wow!

The kA rating is the surge current the breaker can withstand in kilo-amps. A normal breaker will see several thousand amps in a short condition. The breaker must be able to withstand and break that current safely. 

Water can cause current in places that aren't designed for current to flow.  When this happens the breakers will burn out.  Either way, these breakers did their job.


The Pub / Re: Zombie apoclypse survival....
« on: October 30, 2012, 10:04:26 AM »
I have to believe this is a joke:

But if not, it may mean that the zombie apocalypse is nearer than you think.

I'll just head down to the basement where I keep the wine and beer.  On the way down, I'll grab the bourbon.

Plenty of baseball bats, golf clubs, hammers, hatchets, etc. down there to fend off the zombies.

That Zombie page was a humorous attempt by our government to get people to actually think about disaster planning from a personal perspective.  I thought it was funny when it came out and it does seem to get people to at least think about putting a kit together for when things go bad.

I suggest you make sure to keep a chainsaw around too.  The noise will confuse the zombies and you can use it to cut wood for the fire you'll need to cook on.  8^)


The Pub / Re: Painkillers
« on: October 29, 2012, 02:05:11 PM »
Dark chocolate will take the edge off most headaches for me.  One or two bite size bars is all it takes.


sounds like you might just have a little caffeine jones on your hands. just the tiny dose of caffeine in a good dark chocolate is enough to take the edge off a withdrawl headache. Course this does nothing to deal with the underlying addiction but as those things go it's not a very bad one to have.

It's possible.  On the other hand it works on my 11 year old too and, as far as I know, she doesn't have the same 50-50 mix of blood cells and caffeine in her veins that I do.   ;D

A good, strong cup of coffee won't have the same effect as a bit of chocolate for me.  The caffeine is likely part of the cure but there is something else in it that has some effect too.  By no means scientific but it has worked well for me and won't kill my liver.


The Pub / Re: Painkillers
« on: October 29, 2012, 01:17:58 PM »
Dark chocolate will take the edge off most headaches for me.  One or two bite size bars is all it takes.


All Things Food / Re: What the scheiße do gas stoves need 15A for?!
« on: October 27, 2012, 07:22:33 AM »
Gas stoves (i.e. the burners on top) generally use sparkers to light.  The oven uses a contained heating element that get hot enough to ignite the fuel.  The gas isn't released until the element is well into the "red hot" zone.  The appliance doesn't continuously (or ever hopefully) draw 10A but the older the elelment, the more current it takes to get hot.  Worst case it can be quite a draw. 

As for why you would worry about tipping over a stove?  Have you or buddies ever gotten blasted and did something stupid?  Most of us have and we learned from our mistakes.  Those who didn't learn, may they rest in peace.  An entire industry exists to protect us from ourselves.  Remember "Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement."  You can't trust others to think like you do.  It's better to be safe than story.


The Pub / Re: Another one!
« on: October 26, 2012, 05:05:34 AM »
You can rent framing nailers.  You would be amazed how much faster things go with them.  I've been using air powered tools for 30 years and have yet to nail any of my parts to each other or anything else.  Accidents happen when you are tired, rushed or both.  You just have to be aware of your surroundings at all times.  If you do decide to use one do not disable the safety features.  Bump nailing speeds up big jobs but also nails feet to floors.

I typically nail shingles by hand since I normally work alone.  No point in rushing when every pack of shingles gets moved by one guy.  Sitting and driving nails gives me rest breaks.  8^)

Have fun with your projects and good luck on both of them.


All Things Food / Re: What the scheiße do gas stoves need 15A for?!
« on: October 25, 2012, 12:34:47 PM »
Thanks Euge!

I needed that chuckle.   ;D


Equipment and Software / Re: The Beer Bug
« on: October 25, 2012, 12:06:25 PM »
Isn't a refractometer only effective for getting OG?  The Beer Bug is designed to monitor constantly during fermentation.

You can use a refract to get FG you just need to apply some correction factors to the reading. This is because, If I recall, the refractive index of sugar and alcahol are similar so the refractometer can't distinguish when alcahol and sugare are both present.

Sean Terril has a good calculator for this on his site.

I use Sean's calculator and it works very well.


All Grain Brewing / Re: My first brew
« on: October 25, 2012, 12:03:38 PM »
Way to go on your first brew.  I did go to all grain for several years and I think your first one went better than mine.   :o

Some of my best beers have been born of mistakes.  I can even reproduce some of them.  Now, start planning your next brew.


All Things Food / Re: What the scheiße do gas stoves need 15A for?!
« on: October 25, 2012, 04:33:52 AM »
I would assume you need at least 10A (short durations) for the electronic starter element in the oven.  Also keep in mind that 15A is a pretty baseline circuit in most areas.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Barley Genome
« on: October 20, 2012, 04:39:57 AM »
Sorry guys, I didn't mean to start batlle on this.

What it comes down to is we cannot continue to feed the current population, much less the future population, using organic farming techniques. 

I thinks Mort has some very good points and would love to be able to support everyone without all the strange science stuff but that will only be sustainable with a much smaller world population.

For now, my jury is still out.  I guess we'll see where it all goes.

More importantly, we are having a late Oktoberfest party tonight.  Have a great weekend!!!


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