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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: February 23, 2011, 09:52:52 AM »
It's around 35 now.  Calling for 49 later today.  It's overcast and is supposed to snow tomorrow night.

Sooo... it's pretty much late February in Central Iowa.  This time of year it may hit 80 and may drop to -10 and it may do both in the same 24 hour period.  It keeps life interesting.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Going extinct?
« on: February 23, 2011, 09:43:37 AM »
Homebrewers are not the only folks who have been using cornies for other purposes over the years either. 

I was up at my Mom's this past weekend to go through the tools that are left in the house.  I had forgotten about a yard sprayer my Dad bought 25 (or so) years ago that was made from a 5 gallon corny keg.  The OUT post was replaced with a hose and spray handle and the IN is a Schraeder valve.  It's the most durable hand sprayer I've ever seen.  No pumping to pressurize, just hit it with the air compressor.

Who knows what else people have made.


The Pub / Re: Heat Wave?
« on: February 14, 2011, 03:50:17 PM »
My "win the lottery car" is the same old truck I drive now.  Why replace what ain't broke?   ;D

I'm really enjoying the Feb. warm up here in Des Moines.  Looking forward to mid-60's on Thursday.  It will get rid of some snow and recharge us for the March "surprise" snow storms which are typically 16+ inches of wet, heavy, gawd awful snow that just about kills you to move it.  Even with a 2 stage snow blower.  Live in the moment when it's warm.

I even dug out the Weber Kettle on Sunday and made steaks.  Mmmmm, charcoal grilled beef for the first time in months!


All Things Food / Re: A crock pot is good for?
« on: February 14, 2011, 09:19:38 AM »
We make pulled pork in one.  We also use it for beef or pork roasts as others have said.  Insert roast, add some water, cover with a package of Lipton Onion Soup mix.  Fill it up with potatoes and carrots.  Then go to work.

It's not high cuisine but it's pretty good to come home to.


The Pub / Re: Worst Homebrew Ever!
« on: February 12, 2011, 02:35:50 PM »
My second year of brewing I made a "Christmas Ale".  Black as pitch and with all the spices, vanilla beans and a lot of extract I had spent over $50 on this one beer (10 years agoe).  I bottled it in September, chilled and tasted one in December.  It was the worst tasting thing I had ever had.  So many flavors were trying to come forward and dominate it made my wife want to get sick.

I was unwilling to throw it away so I let it age, thinking it might get better (actually I was too cheap to give up on it).  After a year it was still awful.  After it two it was getting a little better.  The short versin is that 7 years later we drank the last one and had to admit it had gotten to be pretty good.  I figure another 3 years in the bottle and it would have been something I would serve to others.

7 - 10 years is a little longer than I like to cellar a beer though.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: lightbulbs
« on: February 11, 2011, 10:45:01 AM »
Fluorescent bulbs really aren't made for exterior use except in mild climates (no cold). LED is the way to go instead, but they don't really have a good selection of products yet. I'm planning to put in LED for an exterior project later this year if they are available. The thought of never having to get on a ladder to change a light bulb is appealing ;)

I was forced to buy florescent flood lights once (nothing else was available).  When you needed them turned on it would take 3-4 minutes to get the full light intensity out of them.  It didn't make much sense to use them in a security situation and I have since replaced them with the old standard bulbs.  Now the rabbit that freezes in place in the flower bed is clearly visible and can be dealt with.

I'm hoping LEDs come down in price quickly because I just don't like the curly cue lights.

As for incandescent bulbs being available?  Don't count on it, the last plant that builds them here in the US is closing this year.


The Pub / Re: Grammar Police issues a public flogging...
« on: February 09, 2011, 09:46:18 AM »
I love XKCD.  I really did LOL when I read today's.


The Pub / Re: I hate shoveling snow!
« on: February 09, 2011, 09:41:43 AM »
We started today at -4F but are supposed to in the +40s this weekend.  Gotta love Iowa.


Equipment and Software / Re: CO2 regulator gauge...Can it be fixed?
« on: February 07, 2011, 02:55:48 PM »
If you do replace it make sure to note whether it has left or right hand threads.  I have 2 regulators, one has right hand and one has left hand.

Right hand threads tighten by turning clockwise and left hand threads tighten by turning counter-clockwise.


The Pub / Re: Man jewlery
« on: February 06, 2011, 12:15:01 PM »
A wedding ring and my watch is all I ever wear.  Many, many, were talking very many moons ago I wore a class ring but it wouldn't even fit my pinky anymore.  I stopped wearing a light gold chain about 15 years ago when it finally broke.

I do many things around HV and moving gears to wear too much in the way of jewlery.  God put me on this earth with a certain inventory and I plan on returning the kit with as much still attached as possible.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Mystery Box?????
« on: February 06, 2011, 10:54:38 AM »
I think you have 2 different 5 gallon recipes there.

I'd try to put together an oatmeal stout and and Engilsh bitter.

Off the top of my head, at least.


The Pub / Re: I hate shoveling snow!
« on: February 04, 2011, 11:23:35 AM »
A heated driveway seems like it would be really cool.  Unfortunately there are issues that are more serious than cost to operate.  With 2 feet of packed snow and sub-zero temps, it would take a very long time to melt off the drive.  Once it was melted off, there wouldn't be anywhere for the water to go and it would just freeze in the street.

Downtown Des Moines put in some heated sidewalks last year.  If I understand things correctly, they still need to clean the big layers of snow off but the heaters keep them from icing up.  It makes them safer but doesn't, necessarily, mean no shoveling.  It was also used as a campaign attack during the 2010 elections.  'Insert name of sitting councilman' voted to spend your tax dollars on heated sidewalks.  Can you trust someone willing to WASTE YOUR TAX DOLLARS in that way?   8)

I like the force field over the city idea.  Flame throwers would be fun too.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Trying to read a Hydrometer
« on: February 04, 2011, 10:40:37 AM »
When reading the hydrometer, you have to ignore the "meniscus," that little bit of liquid that "curves" up the side of the hydrometer, and look at the actual fluid level.

I found that this depends on the hydrometer. Mine for example reads calibration temperature water correct at 1.000 when I read the top of the meniscus.


The hydrometer I have at the moment reads .003 below actual.


The Pub / Re: I hate shoveling snow!
« on: February 04, 2011, 09:52:58 AM »
Here in Des Moines (or there-abouts) we had a 2' drift across the drive that was 25' wide and 50' long.  The snow blower was even starting to choke on it because it was packed so tight (40 to 50 mph gust for 24 hours).  My drive took about 45 minutes.  2 hours after that I had all the new, young neighbors, who didn't have a clue what to do with the 4' of snowplow drift at the end of the drive, dug out.

Luckily it was a balmy -5F at the time.  Gawd, I love Iowa!  ;)


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Storing bottles on their sides
« on: February 03, 2011, 01:34:23 PM »
I can't argue against that.  At my very small scale, I've never seen it but I don't make a living at it either.


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