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The Pub / Re: Painkillers
« on: October 29, 2012, 09:05:11 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, 08:17:58 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, 02:22:33 PM »
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, 12:05:34 PM »
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, 07:34:47 PM »
Thanks Euge!

I needed that chuckle.   ;D


Equipment and Software / Re: The Beer Bug
« on: October 25, 2012, 07:06:25 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, 07:03:38 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, 11:33:52 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, 11:39:57 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!!!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Barley Genome
« on: October 19, 2012, 12:20:44 PM »
I grew up on a farm so I have a some what pro-ag perspective on this.  Take it as you will.

The big (and small) producers are looking for improvements in their crops using genetics.  This has never changed since the days when monks were cross pollonating peas at the monestary.  The methods are different but the goals are the same.  Farmers want a plant that grows well in different conditions.  They also want to use fewer chemicals to control pests and would like higher yields.  Each of these goals also just happen to increase their odds of profitablility.

The most important goal, in my families opinion, is the reduction of chemicals that are applied to the fields.  My father and his brother were the only full time farmers in his group of 8 siblings.  They are also the only two (2) to have died with severe Parkinson's Desease.  I don't think it is a coincidence that two (2) generations of farmers are dying with or from degenerative brain disorders when no one in their families ever had conditions before.  I support plant genetic research if only to save my kids generation from what my parents, grand parents and likely me have/will die from.

Sorry if this sounds like a rant, you should have seen the first version.  8^)

Events / Re: Need suggestions for improving County Fair booth
« on: October 18, 2012, 09:25:56 PM »
I do not have any knowledge when it comes to the map of IN but the AHA lists a ton of clubs in the state.  You might be able to entice some BJCP judges from other clubs that are reasonably nearby to help out.  There's no reason to limit it to the 2 in your county.  Maybe the local brew pub would help out with meals or after judging libations to lure them in.


Events / Re: Need suggestions for improving County Fair booth
« on: October 18, 2012, 11:40:06 AM »
If it is legal in your area, give away samples.  Either for as long as quanities last or for a couple hours at a time.

Definately have people in the booth who can answer questions.  The Iowa State Fairs homebrewing display is something like 8' x 6' and nothing but ribbons with names on them.   ::)  Ironically, all the cut flowers are displyed in beer bottle vases.


Equipment and Software / Re: Staining
« on: October 18, 2012, 11:30:13 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.


Other Fermentables / Re: Our Vineyard
« on: October 18, 2012, 11:22:40 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^)


Equipment and Software / Re: Staining
« on: October 17, 2012, 03:08:05 PM »
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.


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