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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/16 Edition
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:51:26 AM »
No brewing this weekend.  We are having Oktoberfest on Saturday.  We know it's a little early but school stuff is taking up every other weekend.  Taking tomorrow off to cook (pretzels and tavern among other things).


The Pub / Re: 2012 Apocalypse Beers
« on: September 15, 2011, 11:13:38 AM »
I'm thinking a 30 year old scotch or maybe some cognac.  I drink beer all the time.  If we's all gonna die I'm drinking something special for the last night.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Something to concider
« on: September 15, 2011, 06:49:30 AM »
It has crossed my mind when I'm hooking up a new tank whether a leak could push all the air out of my basement.  I always test any new connections in hope of avoiding this type of issue.

I also drive a pickup and have one of those chrome tool boxes slung across the front of the box.  I put the CO2 tank in the tool box and brace it "stuff" to hold it in place.  I figure if it blows inside the tool box only the tool box will get hurt.

Something to think about though when you're traveling.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Something to concider
« on: September 15, 2011, 06:43:58 AM »
You mean when they weren't sure?


 Dang >:( >:( >:( >:(

I hate it when that happens.  Glad to see it isn't just me though. 8^)


All Things Food / Re: Jerky
« on: September 14, 2011, 07:33:53 AM »
What's the principle behind a dehydrator? Isn't it just running warmish air over something at a constant rate? If so, I wonder if my oven would work, because it has something that seems to be a dehydrator function (a symbol of a fan with a little water droplet).

Otherwise, while a dehydrator doesn't seem that expensive, 50 euros is a lot to spend for something that I won't use very often. Can I use the hop dryer featured in the recent BYO gadget issue? That way I have something to dry hops AND make jerky/dried mushrooms.

Not to fork the thread, but are the principles for sun-dried tomatoes the same as for jerky?

The oven has a dehydrator feature? Give it a try. Ouch 50 euros!? The Nesco is $39 at walmart. That's up in price from 5 years ago. You probably could make one with a box, some racks and a small heater fan. ???

For tomatoes just half or quarter them before they get dehydrated. Same principle as jerky.

I would have guessed the fan would be a convection oven option.  I've never seen one designed to be used as a dehydrator.  That would be cool.


The Pub / Re: Kindle books
« on: September 12, 2011, 02:21:44 PM »
Hopefully the authors are getting a bigger share too.

I would laugh, but that would intolerably rude. Publishers... sharing money... with the authors! :)

The publishing industry as it stands today is a shadow of it's former self. Just like Hollywood they depend upon big name reliable bestsellers like James Patterson (now a one man industry - seriously, look it up)

Editors? Like one's who actually read and help the author shape the work? Thing of the past (although truthfully, that's always been a stronger trait in the American publishing industry than anywhere else) And don't even get me started on the proofreading and correction editors. Ten years ago, you'd be hard pressed to find typos. These days I'm surprised if I don't find one in a recent release.

But in truth, someone's gotta pay those salaries and those real estate costs in Manhattan!

I wonder if they still heat the buildings by burning the returned unsold copies?   :)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kangen Water
« on: September 12, 2011, 02:19:12 PM »
A quick google search for "kangen water lies" returns 44,000 hits.  I don't think you can the guy too seriously.


The Pub / Re: Kindle books
« on: September 12, 2011, 01:03:41 PM »
I have to say though, it makes me a little grumpy that the kindle versions of some books are more expensive than the paperback.  How does that make any sense? 

For that, I would talk to the boys and girls at the publishers. You'll notice on almost all the Kindle books the page on Amazon will say "Price set by Publisher". That's Amazon's way of letting you know that the gouging isn't coming from them. In fact, they had a big ass battle with several big groups like Penguin a few years back over that which lead to the pubs pulling their e-books from Amazon for several months.

A very sore spot with me!

It's all data. No paper. No presses and printing or ink. No binding. No workers packing books in boxes. No shipping. No trucking or fuel costs. Brick and mortar? Gone. Titles in a database where they can produce copies for practically nothing. YET they are MORE expensive!

Years ago I complained about it on the Amazon forum and was succinctly relayed a mantra that the "costs" in making traditional "books" are irrelevant and that the digital versions are treated like commodities subject to supply and demand of the market. I say don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining! The publishers must be seeing profits like they never have before. Hopefully the authors are getting a bigger share too. If the publishers are trying to make their profits up front and are worried about digital piracy, I must say that I haven't found a program to strip DRM yet. Not that I would attempt this; and the vast majority wouldn't either.

As I see it, the savings are in the new releases which if bought in hardcover would be $30+. Often the kindle versions are less than $20, so if one can't wait six months for a trade paperback then this is where the real savings can be seen.

So while the device has enhanced my reading, I actually read less because of the expense and my principles. I used to drop about $100 a month at Borders for titles I could hold in my hand and loan out to my friends. Now I'm much more picky in my choices. Balanced by this is that one can get a book anytime without getting up from the chair- even at 3am... :D

The fact publishers don't think their customers understand the costs they aren't incurring irks me quite a bit. 

I've been reading a fair number, of what can only be, self published, books that sell in the $1-$3 range.  These are books that would never get printed and stocked in a brick and mortar store.  Some of them are pretty good reads for very little dough.  They could use some basic editing now and then but I haven't run into anything much worse than the big houses are letting getting through these days.  Nothing makes more upset than paying $20 or $30 for a new release and having to guess at the missing words and look up misspelled words just to make sure I don't have gaps in my vocabulary.  The same is true for printed periodicals.  Where have all the print editors gone?

Take a stroll through the cheep books, you may find some interesting reads.  (This isn't shameless self promotion, no one would read any book I wrote even if it was free.   :D)


The Pub / Re: Where Were You on the Morning of 9/11/01?
« on: September 12, 2011, 08:54:20 AM »
I was driving my kids to school.  The radio was on in the back ground.  I heard something about a plane hitting a building but wasn't really paying attention.  I think I was running through a spelling list with one of the kids.  I dripped them off and started listening a bit more.  I parked the truck at work and walked in just in time to see the 2nd plane hit.  I asked if that was footage of "the" plane and the person beside said "no it was a second plane live on TV".

Productivity went to zero pretty much the rest of the day.  We put the footage up in the video conferencing rooms and on the wall sized screens in the training rooms.  The bank I work for had an office in Tower 2.  A good share of the day was spent trying to find people we knew.  Luckily for us in IT the folks we knew were stuck on trains and such and never made it in.  Others were not so lucky.

As for yesterday, I never turned on radio or TV.  9/11/2007 is the day my Dad died.  I chose to think about him instead.


*** Edited to correct a spelling error.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Your coolest brewing contraption
« on: September 09, 2011, 07:06:17 AM »
Sorry about the first 2 misfires.  I was figuring out how to post a picture and failing.   >:(

Here is my latest attempt at upgrading my grain mill table.  I designed it around scraps I had in the shop.


The Pub / Re: American Football
« on: September 08, 2011, 10:45:19 AM »
Family affiliations require me to at least pay a little attention to the Eagles this year.  I'm not much of a Pro Football fan but one of my nephews is the new kicker for the Eagles this year.  I need to at least know if they're winning to keep my family happy.  ::)


From the Eagles website:  "The Eagles selected Alex Henery in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. A first-team All-America selection in 2010, Henery handled the kicking and punting duties at the University of Nebraska, scoring 397 career points on 68-of-76 field goal attempts (89.5 percent) and finishing his career as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history."

He should have a great career ahead of him.  HuskerNation loves him.

We're all very happy for Alex and his bride.  We're crossing our fingers he doesn't get hurt.  He's a very down to earth kid and should be a good add to any team.  I don't expect many tabloid headlines about him.   :)


The Pub / Re: American Football
« on: September 08, 2011, 08:50:37 AM »
Family affiliations require me to at least pay a little attention to the Eagles this year.  I'm not much of a Pro Football fan but one of my nephews is the new kicker for the Eagles this year.  I need to at least know if they're winning to keep my family happy.  ::)


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP002 English Ale
« on: September 07, 2011, 01:29:41 PM »
I usually pour a pint or 2 of fresh wort onto the starter "Cake" and shake the crap out of it.  The yeast WILL suspend in sweet wort.


That's what I was going suggest.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/2 Edition
« on: September 02, 2011, 11:19:41 AM »
And no brewing this weekend.  Marching band season has started which means my weekends are owned by my kid's band comps.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/2 Edition
« on: September 02, 2011, 11:17:55 AM »

Hey Bluesman, I'm flying to Palm Springs on 9/11 - I think I might have one up on you on the freaked out scale.  10 year aniversay and the year we got Bin Laden....

If it helps take the edge off the date for you it's also the 4th anniversary of my Dad's death.  I prefer to remember the day for him.  Bin Laden get too much credit anyway.    :)


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