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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 14, 2011, 10:44:11 AM »
Personally, I think the masses like good music, but they are lazy and allow themselves to be force fed lame pop songs that are well marketed.  The same with the crappy but well marketed food, drink, and "news" that many people consume.

Very true! 

What I would give for a decent in-depth news service again. Something more than headlines and veiled (or not) advertizing.  I don't even care if it has an agenda as long the alternate view points are represented elsewhere. 

must... stop... before... I get... in... ... trouble...


The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 13, 2011, 12:52:41 PM »
There are actually kids these days who don't know who Bob Dylan is.  Really people?  So many people need an education in music these days...

Most people of advanced age can't (without cheating) tell me the most popular acts of the 1910s. If you expect people to understand the music scene that existed 40 years before they were children, it isn't just kids today that would struggle.

It's easy to draw these conclusions when you establish the things you know and like as the gold standard that everyone should know and like.

That's valid. 

I will say that there is some music in radio rotation today that I do like.  It isn't typically Top 40 stuff.  More like Saliva and Slipknot but I am kind of fond of the 40's channel on XM.

I can't count the number of times my Dad asked me how I could listen to that "crap" on the radio when I was a kid.  I've said the same thing about rap and hip-hop (I have tried, really I have!).  I just can't stand the attitude they have about people in general and women in particular. 

To each there own (and then some).


All Grain Brewing / Re: First Batch Question
« on: October 13, 2011, 09:19:13 AM »
I have done both.  I used to do grain into water but then I got lazy.

I preheat my cooler with hot water from the sink, while heating my mash water.  I drain off the preheating water and use it for washing stuff later.  Then I dump in all the grain and start adding my mash water.  I pour the water in with a 1 gallon pitcher.  I add most of the water by pouring from fairly high up along each side and then down the middle which forces the water down into the grain.  Then I stir, working down from the surface to avoid dough balls.  Once it's all mixed in I take temp readings and adjust with the remaining mash water to hit the correct temp.

This takes about the same amount of time but I don't have to hold a bucket and stir at the same time (see lazy comment above). 

It works for me.


The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 13, 2011, 08:31:06 AM »
This list pretty well summed up my feelings about the current pop music scene.  #12 is a classic, even my teen(and preteen) daughters hated Beiber.  My youngest, when invited to a birthday party of a friend, later found out they were going to the Beiber movie and asked if she really had to go.  She actually fell asleep during it (it's a natural defense she learned from her Dad).

My oldest listens to the classical music station in his car.  :o  And, at age 17, likes NPR.  ???  I'm pretty sure he is not statistically significant in a music survey though.

Go chaperone a grade/high school dance now days.  Except for a few songs you will swear you are back in high school in 1982.  I don't know who buys the crap produced for the Top 40 but it isn't all the kids.


I take mine to Iowa Fire Equipment Supply.  They refill fire extinguishers and will gladly do beverage tanks.  They like to pile up a bunch of them so it can take a week to get your tank back but I have more than one so it isn't a problem for me.

You can also usually get them filled at scuba dive shops that fill dive tanks.  They do mixtures of gases to match diving conditions so pure CO2 isn't usually an issue.  they are normally cheaper than Airgas and many will fill it while you wait.


$30! Ouch.  My last 20# fill at the fire equipment place i use was $17+tax.

Good luck on finding a different source.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sometimes Supply Outpaces Demmand....
« on: October 10, 2011, 01:49:57 PM »
I was worried I would run out during our Oktoberfest this year.  We made it through that night but the beer in the keg fridge is all we have on hand.  Once the weather finally cools off I'll fill 10 of my 14 kegs by New Years.  I try to have beer in all 14 by April EOM to get us through the hot summer months.

Too much beer always seems like a good problem to have to me.  It means I need to have a party!


The Pub / Re: Funny Bill Board...pic
« on: October 10, 2011, 01:01:49 PM »
I missed it! :-\

You didn't miss much....

I happen to think a 1st grader writing a bunch of curse words for a class project is hilarious! ;D

Yeah, but you're sick!   8)

Well then, at least I now have a line to measure myself against.   ;D


*** Fixed yet another spelling error.

Pimp My System / Re: New Coffin Keezer
« on: October 07, 2011, 06:42:06 AM »
If it were me, I might do something with stretched fabric.  Give it a nightclub type finish.  Or maybe paint to contrast the room decor.

Have fun with it!


The Pub / Re: I never thought it would happen to me . . .
« on: October 06, 2011, 08:26:48 AM »
My buddies who are cops are the biggest gossips I know.  The suburbs around Des Moines all have there own police forces and officers I've never met before greet me with "Oh, you're so and so's friend who brews his own beer".  They're all just people too.

If I put my "Dad Cap" on I would have tell all you kids "if you aren't doing anything wrong, why are you worried about a cop walking up to talk?"   ;D

We have new folks in the neighborhood now and its sad how little they want to socialize.  Years ago we'd have block parties that were a blast.  Now some the new folks look at you like a blood thirsty killer if you say hello.  Of course I'm the guy who wants a "sittin porch" on the front of my house.  The city doesn't agree.  Maybe I'm just getting old.


Pimp My System / Re: New Coffin Keezer
« on: October 06, 2011, 08:12:43 AM »
Very nice.  SWMBO is not going to happy when I decide to try and top that.  Looks great!

I think I would wrap the freezer in something to hide the plain white freezer.


Ingredients / Re: Looking bad for barley...
« on: October 06, 2011, 08:08:19 AM »
To a certain extent the market a farmer sells into involves crop quality.  If your quality is low, it goes into the feed market and you get less for it.  Malting companies will only purchased the highest quality grain so even a good yield may lead to a short market in top grade barley in a year with bad growing conditions.  Commodities markets are scary places to do business.

Besides corn, Canola has also been taking over acres that used to be planted to barley.  Canola is the current king in the "not as bad for you as lard" oil market.  There is a high demand for it and since it was developed in Canada the barley growing regions are perfectly suited to it.  The industry is also developing more heat resistant strains of Canola and it is starting to push out wheat acres out further south.

Like everything else right now, I wouldn't look for prices of barley to go down anytime soon.  Just hope for smaller increases.


The Pub / Re: Anyone besides me think the price of
« on: October 05, 2011, 02:02:44 PM »
Part of the reason that the price for new vehicles has gone up is the content that is expected or required today. 

The cars of not so long ago were pretty basic.  Today you might have 10 airbags, antilock brakes, stabiltiy control, GPS, power everything, 6, 7, or 8 speed transmissions, direct fuel injection, turbocharging on more and more engines, stricter emissions controls, better crash structure, better rollover protection and so on.  the list goes on and keeps growing.  I forgot the computer controls to make it all work together.

New car buyers want it all, they don't always want to pay for it.
True True.....I for one would rather work my muscles and actually turn the steering
wheel...and press on the brakes with the ole foot...heck I still drive a standard tranny...
THAN pay rip off prices for frills and convenience...but unfortunately, there are no
vehicles that are good yet basically equipped.  I said it before and I say it still, the blame
for this goes squarely upon the insurance industry.

You're completely right about the all the extras.  The reason I got my truck for $12k was because it has cloth seats, manual transmission, manual windows, manual mirrors and an AM/FM/Cassette radio.  It doesn't even have cruise control but I love my truck.


The Pub / Re: Anyone besides me think the price of
« on: October 05, 2011, 11:12:00 AM »
now better yet, what could be done to change/rectify this??????

Build a time machine and go back 50 years....

I don't think a time machine would really help.  The country goes through booms and bust fairly regularly.  People 50 years ago were upset about the same things that we are today.  As Euge said there is no one big fix.

Sadly, the last time the country was at this point it was World War II that saved us.  We kick started our stateside economy to build a war machine.  When the war ended we were the only one standing.  If anyone in the world need something, they bought it from us.  Unless we want to go through that again, we need to find a different way.  Although Europe is starting to look like 1914 and 1939 again too so who knows.


*** Edit - I just want to point out that I am aware 1982 was not 50 years ago.  It's just the first recession I personally remember being affected by.   ;D

The Pub / Re: Ken Burns' Prohibition
« on: October 05, 2011, 09:15:00 AM »
I only saw last night's episode (the last one).  It was interesting to see how the politicians tried to please every side of the issue and that women were the major force behind repealing the Volstead Act.  The fact the politicians would vote down bills to repeal the act and then show up at the leader of the repeal movements house for dinner and drink her booze was too much like today to laugh at though.

One of my coworkers said the moonshiner's stories were great.  Of course I didn't see that episode.  8^(


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