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Equipment and Software / Re: OK I really screwed up...
« on: March 30, 2012, 06:55:25 AM »
Anyone wanna pitch in a buck to buy Tonyp a new cooler?  I'd have thrown in the towel about 30 secs after I opened it.

I was thinking the same thing but wasn't going to say anything because I've been known to have my own hard to explain obsessions over the years.  Homebrewing in general comes to mind.   ::)

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer vs Fridge for Making Lagers
« on: March 29, 2012, 02:24:14 PM »
I think the biggest advantage a chest freezer has over a fridge is shelf strength.  The bottom of a chest freezer isn't going anywhere.  Depending on the shelving in a fridge you might need to do some serious remodeling inside to support more than a couple fermenters at a time.

I don't normally have more than one beer lagering at a time in my 16CF fridge.  More so because my wife and kids think they need to keep stuff in it too.  I wouldn't trust the glass shelves in it to hold too many batches at a time though.

IMHO - YMMV

Paul

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: March 29, 2012, 12:52:57 PM »
Groups asking for beer isn't just the bane of the Pro either.  I've been asked many times "Hey how about donating a couple of kegs to this great cause?" and then have them get upset when I politely say that I'd love to it's illegal.  One guy is a pharmacist and didn't seem to understand until I suggested he donate a couple hundred tabs of OXY or morphine. :-\ 

People's hearts are in the right place but sometimes they get caught up in the moment. 

And having been on the asking side, you won't get any donation if you don't ask people/businesses for stuff.  I find most businesses are much more open when you ask if they can give you a discount on the things you need and then they offer to help for free.

Paul

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: March 29, 2012, 08:36:22 AM »
The "computer guy" gets hit up for free advice a lot too.  I think it's rude and decided a long time ago if I need to discuss a medical, legal or mechanical problem with a friend, I make an appointment.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: So i have this "friend"...
« on: March 29, 2012, 08:32:53 AM »
The stuff you can learn about on this forum.  8^) 

I had no idea an eighth book was coming in the Dark Tower series.  You'd think, what was it, 25 or 30 years waiting for the end was enough.  Oh well, another book on the list.

Thanks folks!

Paul

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The Pub / Re: BASEBALL!
« on: March 29, 2012, 06:59:51 AM »
We have the Minor League Iowa Cubs (Chicago Triple A) here in Des Moines.  When the kids were smaller we'd sign them all up for the "Knothole Gang" club and use it as a cheap family outing.  You can't beat $9/kid for 6 games, a t-shirt, a bomb-pop and a small drink at each game.  and GA tickets only $6 (only $5 if you buy a book of ten).  It kinda made baseball fans out of all of them.  Seeing a game at the park is so much more interesting than watching one on TV.  They've seen enough games to make them be able to understand what's happening when listening on the radio too.

I grew up in town in NW noted for it's baseball teams so it's part of my childhood I could share.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: BASEBALL!
« on: March 28, 2012, 01:10:00 PM »
I'm struggling to call a game in Japan the opening game of the 2012 MLB Season.  Didn't they used to call these kinds of thing exhibition games?

I guess I'm just getting old. 

HEY! GET OFF MY LAWN!!
 8)

Paul

Slow - The Japanese LOVE baseball.  Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners had a killer game in front of his countrymen.

Oh I know the Japanese love baseball.  I have a Hiroshima Carps cap hanging in my closet.  I don't have an issue with two US teams playing a Spring game over there either.  I think that's great!  I just have a difficult time seeing a game played in a foreign country, in front of a hometown, but not US, crowd being called the "American Season Opener" (at least in the press in my area).

If the pro teams from Japan played teams from the US during the regular season and could compete for the World Series Title, I wouldn't have a problem with it.  Instead it's a publicity stunt and seems like a MLB comment on US fans.

/stepping off high horse now/

I'm glad Ichiro had a good game!

Paul

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The Pub / Re: BASEBALL!
« on: March 28, 2012, 12:30:45 PM »
I'm struggling to call a game in Japan the opening game of the 2012 MLB Season.  Didn't they used to call these kinds of thing exhibition games?

I guess I'm just getting old. 

HEY! GET OFF MY LAWN!!
 8)

Paul

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The Pub / Re: A.I.
« on: March 28, 2012, 12:10:31 PM »
Sorry to revive such an old thread but I was on PTO for a week and just found this back.

If he enjoys playing with electronics and wants to do some programming, you may want to look into the Arduino.  Cheap, easy to program and only limited by his imagination.  http://www.arduino.cc/

Paul

That is great!  Thanks for the link.  My son is working on his electronics and robotics merit badges in Boy Scouts. (He was nominated to the Order of the Arrow at last night's Court of Honor).

I see some uses for Arduino of my own for monitoring boiler vs take-off temps and reflux valve settings... 

Too cool!

I'm glad you like it.  There is a group called raspberrypi.org with a PC on a single small PCB for something like $35 too.  If you can find one.  They sold out in 2 hours.  http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs

Hobby electronics are alive and well, thankfully.

Paul

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No brewing plans, yet.  It's too nice out right now.  I have two batches in primaries that I need to check on.  Other than that?  Mowing the yard for the second time this year already.  ::)  and getting ready for my wife's family to all show up on Easter weekend.

Paul

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All Things Food / Re: Bagels
« on: March 28, 2012, 11:10:49 AM »
I've always wanted to try using lye with my pretzels but I don't have any and I'm not sure I want 2lbs minus .5 to 1 oz. sitting around.  My wife will put up with a lot hobbies from me but I don't think homemade soap is one of them and 2lbs of lye makes a lot of pretzels.

One question I have is, how do you dispose of it when you're finished?  Do you have to neutralize it somehow?  Does your local municipality appreciate caustics in the sanitary sewer system?  I've only ever used it to "remove" rats from under the corn crib as a kid (Dad thought cans of cyanide seemed too dangerous  ??? ).

Paul

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The Pub / Re: A.I.
« on: March 28, 2012, 09:16:44 AM »
My son is 12 and is in the 7th grade.  He is building submarine ROVs in school. My wife and I got him this for Christmas.  He has already build all of the projects in the kit and is using the breadboard to design his own projects now.  I can only imagine what he will be building when he is in college.

Sorry to revive such an old thread but I was on PTO for a week and just found this back.

If he enjoys playing with electronics and wants to do some programming, you may want to look into the Arduino.  Cheap, easy to program and only limited by his imagination.  http://www.arduino.cc/

Paul

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 26, 2012, 02:23:05 PM »
The old farmers rules I grew up with were:

1)  Plant potatoes on Good Friday (not till next week this year)
2)  Don't plant if you sit on the ground and you rear end gets cold

We always got plenty of spuds every year so you should be fine with your current planting schedule.  Even if this year has been been a bit warmer than usual.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Christ, what an...
« on: March 26, 2012, 12:43:19 PM »
I am begining to see a pattern, (course, I'm paranoid schizoid so take that for what it's worth)

but we all seem to be schizoid. Is it a brewer thing? or is society collapsing?

I like to think of it as a lifestyle choice.

Paul

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Going Pro / Re: I don't miss homebrewing
« on: March 26, 2012, 12:42:00 PM »
New toys are always fun!  ;)

Right now I'm torn between a "real" charcoal smoker (just have a Weber Kettle right now) or a dovetail jig.  Choices, choices.

Paul

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