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I looked at the Mr. Beer kits for a long time.  We were broke and $50 was out of the question at the time.  After Al G. invented the internet I started reading up on brewing and all the nasty reviews of Mr. Beer kits.  I finally bought an "Advanced Brewing Kit" from Wally VonKlop at the the VonKlop Wine and Cheese Mart in MN.

Short version: Mr Beer got me thinking and kept reminding me to look into brewing.  Our 3rd kid finally wore out SWMBO  :P and she agreeded to let me buy a kit.  14 years later even she has come around to the craft (or at least became a beer snob) and all I do is all grain brews.

Whatever works is sometimes a good motto.


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: the Flat Top Can makes a comeback?
« on: April 24, 2012, 12:47:47 PM »
I love this idea.  All my kids know what a church key is but many of their teachers don't.  8^)

I don't think this would be a good mass market idea though.  With all the focus on convienence, and airport "security" what it is, I think this might actually take your product out in some markets.  And a lot of people have no idea how to open a old can.

Very fun for us old folks but I don't think I'd sell my beer in it.


Ingredients / Re: Irish Moss
« on: April 23, 2012, 07:44:40 PM »
Store it dry and cool and it should last a very long time.  I've had a bottle or two around for over a year at times with no problems.


Equipment and Software / Re: My letter to SWMBO
« on: April 20, 2012, 06:25:38 PM »
I would be nervous if she buys that chipper in the winter. ;D

Don't worry, I've advised her on how to best apply the technology.  She can't get caught who would raise the kids? ;D


The Pub / Re: Not Enough Money in the World for This.
« on: April 20, 2012, 06:10:22 PM »
Just make sure you check the wind before relieving yourself.  You still have to climb down.   ;)


They should climb with parachutes so they can jump off when they are done.
I was thinking they should wear parachutes in case they fall.  Are parachutes really that heavy?  One slip up and you could go, I had a hard time watching this video.

Ooh! they could install zip lines from the top to their houses and then just slide home at the end of the day! WEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Now that sounds like fun.  1700' drop on a zip line!  Wow!  I hope the zip line brake works.


Equipment and Software / Re: My letter to SWMBO
« on: April 20, 2012, 06:06:22 PM »
I brew outside because SWMBO didn't like the smell and our vent took forever to clear the air.  I agreed but its SWMBO's fault.

I don't have a beard because SWMBO doesn't like it when I do.  Neither do I but its still SWMBO's fault.

SWMBO threatens to buy a chipper shredder when she's "upset" with me.  The kids offer to help SWMBO pick one out.  Its SWMBO's fault (even though I started the joke).

I'm trying to think of more ways I can use SWMBO in this post.   ;D

Most guys who layoff not doing something because SWMBO said so are usually saying "I agreed with her but can't admit that in front of my friends and I got something better out of it anyway, so there".  Its a joke!  Political correctness is killing this country by making people too worried about offending others to try new things.  I for one would gladly welcome our new "boorish, creative overlords" if got us moving forward again.

Sorry for the rant.  SWMBO just told me to go sit in the corner.   8)


The Pub / Re: Not Enough Money in the World for This.
« on: April 20, 2012, 03:21:16 PM »
Just make sure you check the wind before relieving yourself.  You still have to climb down.   ;)


They should climb with parachutes so they can jump off when they are done.

Sounds fun but it would be another 40+lbs to carry up with you.  Most employers frown on you base jumping while on the clock too I'd imagine.   ;D


The Pub / Re: Not Enough Money in the World for This.
« on: April 20, 2012, 03:08:21 PM »
I would be fine until I had to make the transition to the outside climbing, i'm not sure if i could do that part. In any case, one thing is certain, once i got up that high, i would totally pee off that tower.

Just make sure you check the wind before relieving yourself.  You still have to climb down.   ;)


The Pub / Re: Not Enough Money in the World for This.
« on: April 20, 2012, 02:01:13 PM »
At the bike shop we got a fine from OSHA for not wearing safety glasses when using WD-40. How on earth is "free climbing" a 1700ft tower OK?

They signed a waiver, you needed a better lobbyist, I don't know. 

OSHA has funny rules.  Did you know its a violation of OSHA rules to walk in a cattle lot barefooted?  Who, exactly, needed this rule?  If you think its okay to walk through animal waste with 1200lb animals you may not be qualified to work on the farm.


*** Edited to only sign it once. ***

Even if the cooler didn't work, and I suspect he checked that out or got a personal guarantee that it does, the 2, 10 tap towers are worth what he paid. In fact. I'd be willing to bet that if he's patient, he can the sell the extra one and recoup a large part of his investment.

Great Buy!!!

If he parts out the extra tower he can probably make $300-$400 back off the Perlicks and the shanks alone.

My biggest question (once I knew it works) isn't can I fill it but can I keep it full.  I don't have that many kegs.  Ten in at a time means at least 18 to stay ahead in my house. :o

What a deal man.  I've never gotten that lucky.


The Pub / Re: Not Enough Money in the World for This.
« on: April 20, 2012, 01:35:11 PM »
I have a buddy that used to do this.  Once he hit 50 years old he told his employer he wouldn't climb towers anymore.  It was his knees that pushed him out of it.  He says it doesn't bother you once you get over the fear the first time.  I'm not sure he improved his risk much though because now he does "tank work" mostly.  That's where you climb up a big tank (like a 1 million gallon+ tank) and then repel into it.  It's not as high but you do it with oxygen tanks and in the dark.

I would never survive the climb anymore.  It's a young mans job for sure.


Equipment and Software / Re: My letter to SWMBO
« on: April 19, 2012, 08:38:36 PM »
My wife rarely even asks about new "toys" in the brewery anymore.  I'm one who looks at the accounts and asks thinks like "Honey, do you have any idea ~$1500 may have gone that I can't account for in the chcking account?".  So she knows I won't  blow the budget on brewing stuff.

That question was one I actually asked once.  It was before Christmas one year and she had over $1500 in scrip (gift card and such bought through our kids school because they get a cut) to use for Christmas shopping.  The funniest part was that she didn't realize how much she was really carrying around.


The Pub / Re: How long before there are no spelling or grammar rules?
« on: April 19, 2012, 06:03:14 PM »

And as far as the double space goes, I was never taught such a thing. Must be back from the days of, what were they called... oh yeah - typewriters, right? :)

The double space was taught back in the days of typewriters, because every letter had identical kerning at that time, and so the extra space made it easier to spot sentence structure, and not just an i next to a j with a big kern gap in the middle.  Nowadays with word processing and variable kerning, the need for the double space is lost, and apparently the official rule (if there is one) is to single space.  The auto correction of iOS of a double space to period and single space doesnt help.

But I will continue to double space, if nothing else just to piss off my marketing team who have to edit every paper I write.

I learned the "double space" rule when I learned to type on an old manual typewriter.  I was not very good at that class but once the 3 fingers on right hand could move again I will never be able to not double space the way Sr. Pershing taught me.   ;D

(The preceding statement was intended as a joke.  My typing teacher was a civilian and I really do remember fondly almost all the Nuns who taught me over the years.)  8)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Any suggestion on scales?
« on: April 19, 2012, 02:21:28 PM »
A bunch of folks on here bought this one awhile ago:

I like it for weighing out grain but use a smaller food scale that I've had for years for hops.

I have this scale (got it from Santa 8^) ) and it works great.  I also have a smaller 5lb max scale that I've used for years for smaller amounts.  The big one is a certified mail scale and is very accurate above .5oz.  I can't speak to below .5oz.


All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 18, 2012, 04:12:04 PM »
No zucchini????  Man, zucchini on the grill is one of my favorite things to eat.
Yeah, we love zukes.  Grilled is awesome, but I even like to grate it and mix it in with taco meat.

I like to mix 'em with egg, onion, bread crumbs, whatever and make zucchini cakes.
mmmmmmmmm :)

Going to be growing Zukes for the first time this year. Anyone have any tips? Do they grow like cucumbers or do they sprawl out further like winter squash? Do tomato cages work well for them? Don't know the exact variety of seeds I have, but it's one of the typical straight green varieties from Burpee.
Pick them young, the fruit grow fast!

The ones we grow are like other squash, sprawling all over.  I've never tried them with tomato cages, but I'm not sure it would work.  They grow on the ground, not up on a structure - which isn't to say they won't, but it doesn't seem to be their inclination.  Maybe someone else has tried it.

All this sounds wonderful, but the last time we grew zuchini, we had one plant, and it produced a minimum of two per day, yes that's 14 a week, at least, the plant was a monster.  Real easy to get burnt out, man.  We ran out of people to give them to.  Cucumbers are a different story, I make pickles so none go to waste.  Okra grow like madness too, but we roast 'em or pickle them too and they go fast.  We will be growing eggplant again this year.  I like them roasted on the grill or in the oven, fried, or in baba ghanouj.

Zucchini has always been feast or famine in my gardens.  I've planted 6 hills and harvested no fruit and I've planted one hill and had more than I could give away and everything in between the 2 extremes.  They are also elusive little devils, you can swear you've looked under every leaf, everyday and still find one two feet long and 6 inches in diameter.   :o


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