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All Things Food / Re: anybody have a weber?
« on: March 07, 2012, 08:09:59 AM »
I have one, the natural gas version, and we love it.  It works great and has held up really well.

My kids were letting the lid free fall against the back stops and popped out the corners on the bottom that normally hold the lid place.  Obviously this was user abuse but Weber sent me an entirely new base free of charge and no questions asked.  The service call center is great to deal with.

Paul

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Carbonating
« on: March 06, 2012, 05:42:25 PM »
Many years ago I witnessed what happens to fully carbed mini-keg when you add in a bit of shaking due to a 4 hour road trip.  Let's just say, we didn't ever use that keg again.  It held but it didn't sit flat anymore.   8)

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Prioritizing Next Equipment Purchase
« on: March 06, 2012, 10:31:14 AM »
Depending on the faucet, you can get adapters that would allow you to hook on a typical hose-bib threading.  If not the kitchen (I know I can't do it with our current kitchen facuet) maybe the bathroom?

I think a chiller is a very good next step.  If not, what about aeration?  You could get one of the aquarium pumps or go with disposable oxygen bottles.

Stir plates are so easy to make I wouldn't buy one.

Does anyone sell water beds anymore?  The faucet adapter used to available at any store that sold water beds.  If those places don't exist anymore, Northern Brewer (as well as most other LHBS) has a brass version that works great.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Prioritizing Next Equipment Purchase
« on: March 05, 2012, 02:56:45 PM »
+1 on the turkey cooker.  It can make a huge difference in your brew day, especially if you go all grain.

One thing I would recommend, if you don't already have one, is a valve on you large kettle.  I brewed for many years with just a kettle and siphoning the wort to the fermentor.  A spigot on your kettle is a huge time saver.

Paul

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All Things Food / Re: Roasted some Coffee Today
« on: March 05, 2012, 09:11:03 AM »
Roasted another 3 quarts of beans today along with smoking a turkey & a few brats. As they all "rested" in the kitchen I can't explain how unbelievable it smelled with all 3 of the aromas melding together. It was amazing!  Cheers!!!
I've actually come to detest the smell of resting coffee beans.  i don't know why, but over the past 6 months it's gotten worse and worse.  I still love the coffee, but not the smell of fresh roasted beans.

Oh man, that's most unfortunate... What do you think caused such an affliction?  Cheers!!!


I can understand that.  The smoke is quite pungent when you're sitting in the cloud roasting the beans.  I also don't really like that level of aroma but once I start cooling and the smoke clears I'm back loving the smell. 

Paul

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Wow, just wow!

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Tornado hit my son's school
« on: March 03, 2012, 07:34:06 AM »
I'm glad to hear your kids are okay Keith.  The buildings can be rebuilt. 

Encourage them to talk about it if they can.  They will be less scared of it if they can talk it out.

Paul

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Go Down
« on: March 03, 2012, 07:19:04 AM »
Since we didn't see much in the way of front end improvements or changes I assume the upgrade was to implement back end administrative upgrades and/or new interface connections.  Things like better integration with the ever spouted "social media" world.  These types of things are as important and sometimes more important than front end changes.  I've upgraded many systems for these reasons and it is very frustrating to have some "minor to you" function break and cause an issue.

That being said, it's a little too "old Microsoft" to say I performed an upgrade and your unchanged browser broke it.  A big pile of old jokes come to mind when I hear things like that.

The code may be fine, the function may work in some random browser or in any browser once in a while but that doesn't make this type of problem a browser issue.  In my shop we would be checking every configuration file on the system against the same files on the old system.  Something changed and it's probably not directly involved in the issue that is presenting itself.  The vendor will always say "it has to be xxxx" because "they've never seen it before" and "you're only customer having this issue" until you prove it isn't, they have and you're not.

Sorry to rant about this but I've seen this little play performed too many times over my 25 years in IT.  These icky little annoying problems always take the longest to fix.

Paul


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I brew
« on: March 02, 2012, 10:04:07 AM »
I brew because it's either this or world domination and this is more fun. Who wants all those naggy people nagging you that their life sucks?  ;D

In internet years this is ancient but if you ever decide to pursue world domination it has some very useful advice.  http://www.eviloverlord.com/lists/overlord.html

 ;D

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Right vs. Pragmatic
« on: March 02, 2012, 07:33:02 AM »
I have to admit.. I've never worried one iota about bathroom doors. Don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but it's a thing.

You can't be paranoid about everything. It's just not healthy.

The current "hand sanitizer" phase is actually going to make bugs harder to kill.  Over use of hand sanitizers just kills the weaker versions of a bug and gives the truly nasty one more room to grow (kinda like alcohol only killing the slow, weak brain cells 8) ).  We are making ourselves sicker in the long run by avoiding every "bad" thing we might run into.  I've seen studies that show kids who eat dirt (i.e. play outside, get dirty, have fun, you know like we did as kids) are smarter and healthier than kids raised in cleaner environments.

I wash my hands and throw the towel away in the trash can.  I will also will say that there are some bathrooms around that make that very hard to do but since you're already in them, any damage is already done.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Right vs. Pragmatic
« on: March 01, 2012, 03:14:12 PM »
BUT I also get burned CD's from friends...that's another form of pirating, is it not?  That's been happening since the ability to burn CD's has been around.  The demand just needs to be addressed.  But I don't know how...

In the 80's it was called making a mix tape.  8^)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hops starting to sprout
« on: March 01, 2012, 02:08:08 PM »
I ordered some from freshops.com (zeus and cascade) and they will arrive Saturday...when my office is closed!  >:( (I ship everything to the office).

I doubt I'll have any luck, though. I'm not able to plant them under very good conditions: late afternoon sun, not morning sun like they say for planting them in southern climates, and in pots. But I figured I would try it anyway.  ::)

Good luck with them.  We gave up on a garden of any kind on our site.  I planted a garden shed and it is doing very well in the spot our veggie garden used to be.  8^)

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Right vs. Pragmatic
« on: March 01, 2012, 02:04:46 PM »
Okay, here's the reality or restroom design.  Once all the prime space has been spoken for, most architects look at what's left and where the pipes will fit.  Based on those two pieces of data they fit a restroom in what they have left.  Very pragmatic and completely the wrong way to do it.  Cheaper is better right?

I had typed a very wordy response to the real message on the site.  I'll just leave is as "I struggle with who is the pirate and who are the victims?" and leave my more controversial views out of it. 

Paul

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Beer Recipes / Re: What makes a recipe "yours"?
« on: March 01, 2012, 01:41:10 PM »
I don't think I've ever made a recipe that was exactly what was written down.  I always change something if only hopping rates.  Things like the recipe calling for .5oz. of this hop at 5.4%  and I have that hop at 5.7% but I don't bother to adjust the amount.  The beer I made is mine. 

I regularly make recipes that still have the original name from the recipe I started with, but the original creator wouldn't recognize what I made as their beer.

If I make it, it's mine and one of a kind.   ;D

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Drunken bugs already
« on: March 01, 2012, 08:42:55 AM »
My maple trees started dripping 3 weeks ago.  The tulips are up and our hostas are sprouting.  I haven't seen any buds yet but the lawn is starting to green up.  It's way too early for this stuff.

Paul

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