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The Pub / Re: Christ, what an...
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:17:39 AM »
Schizoid, Paranoid and Borderline.  My 3 high scores.

Tell me something I didn't know why don't you?

The guy in the story needs to get help.  Soon.



I'm mostly German too, but I've been very indifferent about a lot of issues lately.  People take things too seriously and take them too far.  Maybe I've been drinking too much of the water lately...

Yeah, the fluoridation will make you a complacent citizen.  Before you know it, you don't even care that some crappy local brewery is insulting homebrewers!
Oh man...I've hit rock bottom...I need help!

Admitting you have a problem is the first step.

Having a couple home brews and forgetting about it again is an acceptable sencond step.



Ingredients / Re: when to plants hops?
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:49:18 AM »
If you don't own the house you should probably bury a container by the stump.  That will keep them from spreading all over the yard and keep the roots cooler as well as help limit how often you need to water them.

When/If you move, dig up the contatiner and backfill the hole.


The Pub / Re: A.I.
« on: March 18, 2012, 05:15:03 AM »
Skynet is being built as speak.   8)

More seriously, we are on the verge of another revolution.  College kids are building bots that can teach themselves to walk now.  Our parents generation don't undersand the tech we have today (my folks are/would be in thier mid-80s).  In 30 years I'm not any of us will understand the tech we have then. 

I think I'd be more concerned about becoming Borg though.  Replacable parts and implants are making huge strides forward in what they can do.  Researchers have found a way to connect nerves directly to artificial limbs and give a person close to the same mobility as thier real part did.  Others are very close to being able to replace damaged eyes and organs.  The big limiter right now is the power source, batteries as opposed to something that lasts decades. Once the tech reaches the point that a replacement arm does more than the one you were issued in the factory how many jobs will begin to require a "laser augmented, high torque, right side industrial appendage" to get a job?  I'm sure a couple billion operative units in Indian or China (or where ever the cheapest labor is in 30 years) will happily give thier right arm for the job.

The world she is a changing.  But since when is that new?


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: lagers; to rack or not to rack?
« on: March 18, 2012, 04:46:33 AM »
If it were me I'd get them out of the primary and off the trub at this point.  Go straight to kegs and seal them with CO2 but not force carb.  Store the kegs at lager temps.


Equipment and Software / Re: Is this a poor shape for a mash tun?
« on: March 16, 2012, 10:09:00 AM »
My first mash tun was the classic .5" copper manifold.  To go through the cooler I removed the valve and stuck a mini-keg bung in the hole from the inside and ran a piece of plastic tubing through the bung.  I used a squeeze clamp for the valve.

It doesn't have to complicated.

Now I have a 1/4 turn valve and use a stainless braid.


The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: March 16, 2012, 08:57:29 AM »
Today is supposed to be in the 80's, so the weather is like... JUNE.  Very weird year so far.


The Pub / Re: Guinness Ad
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:53:24 AM »
Thanks for the laughs.  Both the video and the idea that engineers can spell.   ;D


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Condo Brewing
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:47:33 AM »
My mother-in-law has a flat top glass stove.  Everything I've read about them and from what I've seen on her stove up close the only way you repair a cracked is by replacing the whole thing.  As I understand them they are made the same way as a flat screen monitor which means by the time you get it in your house it is basically one piece with all layers fused together so it's sealled.  You can't take it apart.

I could be wrong.


**** Edited to point that I am in fact wrong, at lest for some flat cook tops.  Going to get another cup of coffee now.  Carry on.  ****

Questions about the forum? / Re: Go Down
« on: March 15, 2012, 03:00:05 PM »
'Go Down' works for me now with compatibility view off.  But the 'New' button goes to the top of the page with the newest post, but not to the newest post itself.  I only care about the first problem though - PROBLEM SOLVED  ;D

Looks like 'Go Down' is working in IE 8 and Firefox 10."whatever it just upgraded to while I was testing it". 

Posting a reply still throws me in at the top of the page and not my post though.  I can live with that.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is homebrew craft beer?
« on: March 15, 2012, 02:49:56 PM »
I agree.  If my neighbor "crafts" jewelry and lawn ornaments then I "craft" beer.  Same concepts just a different medium.


All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 15, 2012, 08:19:02 AM »
I no longer have place for a garden but back when I did I'd plan my onions very shallow and cover them in a thick layer of grass clippings.  We have very heavy soil and it doesn't work well for bulbs, tubers or anything harvested from under ground.  By the end of the growing season the onions were all above ground but under 5-6" of grass clippings.  Worked great for many years.


Other Fermentables / Re: Acid in cider
« on: March 14, 2012, 02:44:56 PM »
Wow, 40 is a really good score! you can add any off those acids you mentioned, just not LSD, the dose would to high by the time you got your desired tartness level. 8)

But just think about how many more things he could experience in his cider.   8)


The Pub / Re: AHA joke thread
« on: March 14, 2012, 02:42:25 PM »
A man feared his wife wasn't hearing as well as she used to and he thought
she might need a hearing aid.
Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family Doctor to discuss
the problem.
The Doctor told him there is a simple informal test the husband could
perform to give the Doctor a better idea about her hearing loss. Here's what
you do," said the Doctor, "stand about 40 feet away from her and in a normal
conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet,
then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response."
That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he was in the
den. He says to himself, "I'm about 40 feet away, let's see what happens."
Then in a normal tone he asks, 'Honey, what's for dinner?"
No response.
So the husband moves closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife and
repeats, "Honey, what's for dinner?"
Still no response.
Next he moves into the dining room where he is about 20 feet from his wife
and asks, "Honey, what's for dinner?"
Again he gets no response.
So, he walks up to the kitchen door, about 10 feet away. "Honey, what's for
Again there is no response.
So he walks right up behind her. "Honey, what's for dinner?"
(I just love this)
"Ralph, for the *FIFTH* damn time, CHICKEN!"


Okay, I'm done.


The Pub / Re: AHA joke thread
« on: March 14, 2012, 02:25:33 PM »
Cowboy And The Genie
A cowboy has spent many days crossing the Texas plains without water.  His horse has already died of thirst. He's crawling through the sand, certain that he has breathed his last breath, when all of a sudden he sees an object sticking out of the sand several yards ahead of him.
He crawls to the object, pulls it out of the sand, and discovers what looks to be an old briefcase. He opens it and out pops a genie. But this is no ordinary genie. She is wearing a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) ID badge and a dull gray dress. There's a calculator in her pocketbook. She has a pencil tucked behind one ear.
"Well, cowboy," says the genie. "You know how I work ....You have three wishes."
"I'm not falling for this." said the cowboy.  "I'm not going to trust a FEMA genie."
"What do you have to lose? You've got no transportation, and it looks like you're a goner anyway!"
The cowboy thinks about this for a minute, and decides that the genie is right.
"OK! I wish I were in a lush oasis with plenty of food and drink"
The cowboy finds himself in the most beautiful oasis he has ever seen, and he is surrounded with jugs of wine and platters of delicacies.
"OK, cowpoke, what's your second wish."
"My second wish is that I was rich beyond my wildest dreams."
The cowboy finds himself surrounded by treasure chests filled with rare gold coins and precious gems.
"OK, cowpuncher, you have just one more wish. Better make it a good one!"
After thinking for a few minutes, the cowboy says..."I wish that no matter where I go, I will be surrounded by beautiful women who will want and need me."
He was turned into a tampon.
The moral of the story: If the government offers you anything, there's going to be a string attached

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