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The Pub / Re: Bama vs the Longhorns-What are y'all drinking?
« on: January 08, 2010, 03:34:38 PM »
He and his wife were getting drunk on Michelobe Ultra and going, frankly, insane.

Something doesn't track here... How does someone get drunk on Michelob Ultra? Or is that why they were going insane?

1952
A friend is holding a 12 year Bigfoot vertical tasting later this month.  Fortunately, he lives real close by!

I don't know if I've ever done a full 12 years, but I've come close. I particularly remember about four years ago a tasting with a '96 that was just drop dead fantastic.

By far the oldest of that ilk I've had was a bottle of ~1982-84 era Old Foghorn in the wee little nippy bottle.

Yes, I still want to get my hands on a Ballatine's Burton just to see what everyone (including you Denny) are talking about.

1953
Actually Drew, I'm taking your "Heart of Darkness" recipe and brewing it with "Cry Havoc" at around 60-62 degrees.
By the way, I really dig your style articles in Zymurgy.  Loved the American stout and Saison articles you did as well.

Sweet! Let me know how the recipe works for you.

And I have great fun writing those articles.

1954
Beer Travel / Re: L.A. Area breweries
« on: January 08, 2010, 03:10:04 AM »
Interesting time here in LA. We're still not covered with breweries, but we're awash in places to have great beer.

For instance down in Redondo you've got Naja's.

In Pasadena - Lucky Baldwin's

In Glassel Park - Verdugo Bar

As for breweries, we have a new one that just opened by a friend - Eagle Rock Brewing.

Need more time to think.. there are several spots out east like Hanger 24 Brewing. While you're in the area you need to try Craftsman Brewing, but the brewery itself is not open


1955
The Pub / Re: Bama vs the Longhorns-What are y'all drinking?
« on: January 07, 2010, 06:19:03 PM »
I'm having some Ruination and Wipeout IPA and as a Gator, I can't believe I'm saying this, but... ugh

Roll Tide.

1956
Nothing for me this week, but I'm leading a tasting for the Falcons covering the following beers:

Fuller's 1845
Victory Old Horizontal
Green Flash Barleywine
Bigfoot 2001 (draft)
Bigfoot 2003 (draft)
Pizza Port San Clemente - Killer Dana DIPA (to contrast DIPA from BW)

1957
Other Fermentables / Re: How do I stop fermentation?
« on: January 07, 2010, 04:26:07 PM »
Just a note.. sorbate is useless against an already active ferment.

I can't count the number of times I've finished out, sorbated and then back sweetened.

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The Pub / Re: Going Green?
« on: January 06, 2010, 11:48:44 PM »
The idea that texting is killing language (not specific to English) is killing me.

Both the English teachers in my life complain about the same thing. Its so bad that they have to repeatedly tell their students "no text speak" for the first couple of weeks. And let's not even touch on what I see doing my job.

1959
FWIW, fly sparging is not necessarily more efficient than batch sparging.

Nope, but it's definitely going to attract more women. :) (Ok, that's my bad pun for the day)

1960
The Pub / Re: Going Green?
« on: January 06, 2010, 03:00:45 PM »
Hey Drew, here is my personal take on teachers.  A good teacher can turn mountains into molehills and a mediocre teacher will turn molehills into mountains.

Honestly, you'd be really surprised. Some of these kids and some of these problems are so intractable that its like trying to put out a forest fire with a garden hose. Most people can only take beating their head against an apathetic wall for so long before passing out and giving up.

1961
The Pub / Re: Going Green?
« on: January 06, 2010, 02:58:57 PM »
When comparing salaries, don't forget to apply the many vacation days for Christmas, spring break and summer.

Indeed I don't. Don't forget to add in all the hours spent doing unpaid mandatory activities like sponsoring clubs, tutoring, attending events as ticket takers, etc, etc or the unpaid days at the ends of those vacations when they're expected to be at school, planning and preparing their lessons or catching up with grading, etc. Plus, I'll tell you, the 2 months of no pay are no fun for any teacher. I've felt that first hand!

its where the monies actually get spent perhaps?  

If you want to hear complaints about where the money goes - talk to the teachers. Out here each teacher gets a stipend for their classroom to spend for supplies for the year. The amount? $200. That's for one year for supplying and decorating a room that's used by 120 students. Getting new books is a giant hassle - except of course when the district gets restricted funds and then goes off and buys a slew of books with no teacher input. Sometimes even getting enough desks is impossible and the amount of begging, cajoling and stressing needed to secure that is enough to put someone off their rocker. Forget ever getting enough funds to buy a set of new novels that might interest the kids more. Ironically, its probably easier to get a set of computers for a classroom than books since funds actually get reserved for them.

The games that districts play sometimes are indeed outrageous, but sometimes to get a bond approved that's what they'll need to do. Its not that different than the games I've seen local transportation boards play to pass road bonds. I imagine LA is due for some infrastructure bonds in the wake of all the water main breaks we've seen due to restricted lawn watering pressures.

I'm just trying to figure out how beer, eggs, trapped methane, teacher's salary's and The Muppets has anything to do with going green. Inquiring minds want to know.  ;D

Yeah, we got off topic. I can't help it when teachers get involved though! I suppose we probably ought to shelve it though and I have to say that even in the midst of this heat we've done pretty damn well. I appreciate everyone's points and trust me I would love to cut the districts off at the knees and redirect the funds to the frontline. If I have to read one more story about district management spending tens of thousands of dollars on an executive bathroom (true story from years ago), I'll cry.

1962
The Pub / Re: Going Green?
« on: January 06, 2010, 02:24:51 PM »
You don't have to get low wages as a teacher - some eventually make six figures. But you gotta put in your time.

I'd love to know where a teacher can be making six figures from their teaching job. My mom, with over 20 years of seniority, nationally board certified (+ a certain %age to the salary), senior class sponsor, etc make below the median income for her area. Actually, I think that's still the case when you add in her second teaching job as a community college professor.

Even here in California, my fiancees salary is closed to hitting the cap even after only 6 years of teaching.

Now, if you're talking administrators (and that's a whole other credential separate from teaching), then yes you're right. Almost every teacher I know has unkind words for the waste and salaries they see at the district level.

As for the fancy additions at the schools, you should see how long they have to fight for those and how often the funding for them are tied specifically to construction projects and not general funds. (e.g. they can't be used for books/salaries/maintence/etc)

1963
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: freezing point
« on: January 06, 2010, 02:15:36 PM »
George was a great guy the time I got to meet him at the SCHF. Big and full of life and enthusiasm for the hobby and people's questions.

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The Pub / Re: Going Green?
« on: January 06, 2010, 02:06:46 PM »
The thing is that education really shouldn't be something political. (Vain hope I know) I don't care what anyone thinks about how it gets funded as long as it does.

What I don't like is the continual bashing of the profession and the overwhelmingly good intentioned people within it.

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The Pub / Re: Going Green?
« on: January 06, 2010, 01:42:21 PM »
Unfortunately, with so many unneeded spending programs being implemented, teachers will once again be left out.

There's money still coming down from the feds for education. A supplemental package last year saved my fiancee's job. The budget cuts were so deep that initially even teachers like her with 5-6 years seniority were on the chopping block.

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