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All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: November 06, 2012, 04:27:51 PM »
The Amish folks around here have the best pork (and poultry) I've seen.  And the prices are usually less than in a supermarket.  Their sausages are to die for (literally 8))

Literally? Let's look at the latin word for "sausage": :o

Thanks Euge.  Now I'm hungry again.   8)


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Labeling bottles
« on: November 06, 2012, 12:08:27 PM »
I assumed it was the light from his nose.  That's just me though.  8^)


Equipment and Software / Re: Pulleys
« on: November 05, 2012, 03:16:00 PM »
@ MACBREW - "That solves the problem of getting them in, but with a progressive back issue, I want to get them out just as easily. "  Definitely agree with on that. At some point I hope to be able to incorporate something like what your talking about.  Maybe something like ..

I thought about recommending that one but thought the hand crank version was more affordable.  In my house, if I had the room for this type of thing, I would put in the electric one.  But I tend to over build everything.   ::)


Equipment and Software / Re: Pulleys
« on: November 05, 2012, 12:17:10 PM »
The strap winch in the link doesn't have a controller release.  When you trigger the release it just lets go.

You might be able to use something like this to control both the lift and the release.


The Pub / Re: Hurricane broke the house I"m buying D:
« on: November 02, 2012, 07:23:32 PM »
Three layers of shingles used to be pretty common.  In Iowa (Central-Southern, at least) they have amended the code and only allow 2.  They would prefer tear offs for all jobs but haven't gone that far yet.

Besides multiple layers of shingle you may also have rotting plywood sheeting which would need to be replaced.  With leakage occurring this becomes even more likely.

I've started more jobs that I thought were $250 jobs that cost me $1500 by the time I was done than I can count.  8^)

Have fun.


I can understand the question.  I didn't have anything to do with the article but I can tell you that you should throw out the grounds and use the liquid.  If you put the grounds in the secondary you will get more bitter flavor than you are looking for.

The dregs they are speaking of are the pieces that slip through the bag while the coffee was steeping.  Basically, you pour off the clear liquid and leave any solids behind.

I believe it's better to ask than assume and be wrong.


I need to take some measurements on the Bourbon Vanilla Porter I did last Friday.  Then make some decisions.  The krausen fell on the 4th day in the fermenter so I'm concerned about where the gravity has gotten to.  Started at 1.108 so this may take awhile.

Equipment and Software / Re: Stainless Oxygen Stones
« on: November 01, 2012, 03:49:01 PM »
I didn't think you were supposed to store starsan in kegs because of stainless and acid. Surely storing the sinter stone in starsan amounts to the same thing?
According to Charles Talley of 5 Star, no problems with Star San and Stainless Steel. SS in SS is OK.  :)

Scroll down and read his post.

I have never heard of any issues leaving Star San in a keg.  Could you be confusing chlorine and Star San?  I've seen chlorine eat holes in stainless.  Just a thought.


All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: October 31, 2012, 09:10:18 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, 05:35:35 PM »
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, 09:24:19 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, 06:58:09 PM »
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, 06:54:09 PM »
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, 05:04:26 PM »
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, 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.


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