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The Pub / Re: The Cat....
« on: August 30, 2011, 02:00:03 PM »
Acute lead poisoning?

My first thought was a visit to the COOP for some meat packet warfran rat poison.  A small amount won't kill him but he will walk sideways from that point on.

We had a very sweet little dog out on the farm that we just couldn't break her of digging the stuff out and eating it.  It finally killed her but she kept going back.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Effects of boiling too much water
« on: August 30, 2011, 10:55:09 AM »
I did a bit of looking and found a few recipes for this beer.  Most put your target OG between 1.056 and 1.062.  If the one you used is typical to the ones I looked at, I'd just go with topping it up to 5.5 gals and letting it go.  The extreme reading is more than likely from the wort not being mixed as well as you might have hoped.

More than likely it will finish up just fine.

Good luck with it!


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Effects of boiling too much water
« on: August 30, 2011, 09:09:31 AM »
Can you post the recipe you made?  Knowing what went into the brew will really help everyone get their head around what you have going on.



The Pub / Re: Don't know what to think
« on: August 29, 2011, 09:48:18 AM »
The problem with harvesting these exotic woods isn't centered around how much wood goes into a single guitar or even 1000 guitars.  The root of the problem is the means by which the harvesting is usually done.  These woods come from places where people are very poor and typically not educated very well.  They either clear cut the forest to get the few trees there. that they would like to sell, or they get paid small amounts of money to let a logging company do it.  We really are killing ourselves for pretty baubles.

That being said, it doesn't make any sense to take an instrument that was manufactured long before using these woods became illegal.  The person buying an antique piano can't control how the ivory on the keys was sources 50+ years ago.  How many of the people creating these laws will proudly show off the fireplace mantle and wall their Granddad had built out of old growth mahogany?  Same thing in my mind.

If Gibson intentionally and willing purchased illegal wood, throw the book at them.  If they can show they really did believe the product was (or is) legal than this is a non-story.  What's next?  Raiding state fairs during performances and confiscating guitars from the stage?  Then arresting the people in the stands for aiding and abetting?

We live in sad times.

Was a big SD fan way back when. 


All Grain Brewing / Re: Weather and whatnot...
« on: August 26, 2011, 11:00:36 AM »
The last information I saw indicated that number of acres in barley production are way down.  So far that is only affecting the feed grain market.  Or should I say the lack of a feed grain market is driving acres down.  The malting company have contracts for all they need and those contracts are being filled for this year so prices aren't going to change much right now.

Who knows about next year or the year after.  There are so many things that can ruin a crop you never know until it's in the bin what you'll actually harvest.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Falcon - New hop?
« on: August 25, 2011, 10:43:20 AM »
I used some that I got from a friend to make a CDA and a hoppy red.  They turned out really nice.  Even Denny liked the CDA :)
Cross dressing Amateur? 
As a matter of fact yes, that's what it is called.  It was written on the whiteboard in the hospitality suite at NHC, just for you.  :-*

I would have guessed Cascadian Dark Ale but I would have been way off.   8)


The Pub / Re: Why am I still here?
« on: August 25, 2011, 06:56:21 AM »
I tend to go in waves.  One year I brewed 30 batches.  The next year, schedules changed and I only brewed 3.  Anymore I've leveled off at about 15/yr.

If you want to start up again, look at what is keeping you from brewing and find for a non-painful way to adjust that.  You'll be rolling again in no time.


Yeast and Fermentation / Just where did lager yeast come from?
« on: August 24, 2011, 08:46:39 AM »
A couple of researchers think they know...,0,5421077.story?track=rss

Not only good taste but a world traveler too.  Who'da thunk it?


The Pub / Re: Endlessly Amusing
« on: August 23, 2011, 02:51:39 PM »
For all the bad jokes you can stand you should listen to the Prairie Home Companion Annual Joke Show (2011):


The Pub / Re: Endlessly Amusing
« on: August 23, 2011, 02:46:13 PM »
With more input from my kids...

Before you go into the bathroom you're an American.
When you come back out of the bathroom you're an American.

What are you while you're in the bathroom?

You're a peeing.



The Pub / Re: Endlessly Amusing
« on: August 23, 2011, 11:40:12 AM »
One of my oldest daughter's favorite jokes.

What do you call a soprano who can't read music?

An alto.


How many Microsoft engineers does it take to change a light bulb?

None.  They just declare darkness a standard.


The Pub / Re: Endlessly Amusing
« on: August 22, 2011, 09:22:32 AM »
What do you call a broken arm on an Italian?
A speech impediment.

I was told this by an Italian guy last evening.


The Pub / Re: New ways to justify a keg fridge
« on: August 22, 2011, 09:14:17 AM »
I just bought one to get my fermentation chamber back. It is still the overflow freezer when the pig is butchered and all the birds are butchered.

Faced with your delema. I would go towards the economics of a chest freezer they are very green.

I agree with you on chest freezers being a more efficient option.

We had to go with an upright for 2 reasons.  1) my wife is too short to reach the bottom of a chest freezer without falling in (we used to have one and it was entertaining, to say the least) and 2) the hole we cut in the basement wall for the addition we built made a chest freezer out of the question space-wise.

Luckily we got everything refrozen and are back in business with both a freezer and a keg fridge.

Euge, you would be amazed at how fast an upright freezer can thaw with the door cracked open.  All the cold air just runs out the bottom of the door and that sucks warm air in the top.


The Pub / New ways to justify a keg fridge
« on: August 19, 2011, 12:07:04 PM »
Honey!  It's an emergency backup freezer!   :)

Yesterday we discovered one of the kids (assuming one of the kids) left the door of our 26cf upright freezer open a little bit.  By the time we found it $1000 of meat and veggies was half thawed.  I just got done pulling all the kegs and dropping the keg freezer back to 0 deg.  My son and I just moved half the beef to the chest freezer to make the big one cool faster.

At least the big freezer is starting to cool down again.


The Pub / Re: Endlessly Amusing
« on: August 18, 2011, 07:20:38 AM »
Two priests would go fishing every Monday to unwind from the weekend.  One day their bishop asked if he could tag along for the day.  The priests decided it would be okay.  They met at the lake on Monday morning, loaded the boat and headed out to their favorite spot.  As the day went on each priest caught a keeper or two but the bishop wasn't having any luck.  One of the priests announced he needed to go the bathroom, stood up, stepped out of the boat and walked above the water to the shore.  The bishop was shocked and then amazed by the event. 

When the first priest returned to the boat, the other priest decided it was a good idea and he too stood, stepped out of the boat and walked across the water to the shore.  The bishop was at a loss for words.  After a time the second priest returned and the bishop, not wanting to shown up by his subordinates, announced he also needed the facilities.  He stood, stepped out of the boat and immediately fell in lake and had to swim to the shoreline.

The priests looked at each other and said "I guess we should have told him about the rocks."


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