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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!

Paul

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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.

Paul

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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.

Paul

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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.

Paul

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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.

Paul

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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.

Paul

*** 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

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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^(

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Anyone besides me think the price of
« on: October 05, 2011, 09:08:18 AM »
I agree the price of new cars is way overboard.  The price of used isn't any better.  I bought a 2004 Saturn Vue for the high schoolers last year and it seemed like a deal at $10K.  My 2002 F150 only cost $12K brand new.   :'(

The way a friend on mine who sells cars for a living explained the used market to me is Cash for Clunkers took a huge number of old oil burners off the road.  It also took an even larger number of what would be decent used cars now out of the market too.  Since every car traded in under C4Cs had to be scraped the base price for the remaining used cars was pushed up.  Good ol' supply and demand at work. 

I could have purchased a new Kia or something for about the same money as the Vue but insurance on those little cars is much higher than on a used SUV because they are typically driven by young'uns who have lots of accidents.

We got my wife's 2009 Chrysler Town and Country brand new for a song compared to the sticker price.  We bought it 2 weeks before Chrysler declared bankruptcy.

Assuming no (more) accidents these 3 cars should still be in our garage for 7 more years at which time my youngest goes to college and I might feel like I have some money again.  Even after health insurance increases.  Maybe.

If the powers that be measured inflation by the real cost of living the numbers would be shocking right now.  Sorry, I'll stop ranting.  8)

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: temp control
« on: October 04, 2011, 11:19:37 AM »
I have the Ranco on my keg fridge.  I've never had any problems with it. 

That said, I have read that it can develop single-bit errors that make it seem busted.  You basically have to set your temp a couple of degrees higher/lower than where the error occurs.  I haven't run into it but a lot of others have.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Test your beer smarts!
« on: October 04, 2011, 11:14:29 AM »
I'm in the 14/15 crowd.  I blew it on the black and tan question.  How do I get Leblatt's and not get the dark half of a black and tan right?

Paul

*** Edited to fix a type-o.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Too much head on beer
« on: October 04, 2011, 11:08:42 AM »
There are so many things that can cause foam.  One minor issue for me is the very first pour of the day, even on a balanced system.  The faucet itself is warm and causes the first beer to be more foamy.  Any pours after that, assuming they happen reasonable quickly, come out perfect.

Keep playing with it, you'll get there.

Paul

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All Things Food / Re: The Stall Explained
« on: October 04, 2011, 10:54:47 AM »
Thanks Tom! That was very informative. I hadn't noticed a "stall" but just thought it was part of the process. I'm very familiar with the Texas Crutch but since I've had (eaten) substandard brisket done that way I eschewed that process when taking on brisket for the first time. Now I realize they were just lousy or unenlightened bbq'ers. ;)

I will try it next time. Gonna gave to get a !@#$ remote probe thermometer now.

You'll find more uses for the remote thermometer than smoking meat. 

I use mine to monitor the temp of my mash and sparge water while its heating so I don't have to go outside to check the temp.  I mash and sparge inside in my basement shop (a walkout) but use my turkey cooker outside on the patio.  It makes heating water January much more comfortable in Central Iowa.  8^)

It also showed me that my oven runs 10 deg low.  That finally explained why turkeys never got done on time in my kitchen.

Paul

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Equipment and Software / Re: ball lock
« on: October 03, 2011, 11:47:18 AM »
This link gives you the dimensions and thread counts on different types of corny kegs.  You may be able to get a machine shop to make you a fitting.

http://www.dresselbrew.com/Keg_Info.htm

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Work has locked us in
« on: October 03, 2011, 11:41:03 AM »
Are you upset that your work location is in an unsafe area or you just ticked off because they are trying to keep you safe?

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rye Pale Ale clarity
« on: September 29, 2011, 02:40:18 PM »
I have Denny's Rye IPA on tap right now.  It's not the clearest beer I've ever served but not the cloudiest either.  I don't think I should expect it to clear like my lighter ales.  The rye adds enough protean to cause a little haze.

Paul

After a month or so at cold temps, mine ends up crystal clear.

I'll take your word for it.  It has never lasted that long on tap in my house.   8)

Paul

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