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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.

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.

Classifieds / Re: Wanted: 4 pass cold plate
« on: January 06, 2010, 01:36:15 PM »


You might want to check to see if you have any local tavern supply houses. They sometimes will have retired jockey boxes that they'll part out. Other thing is to watch Craigslist for a bar repo/demolition.

The Pub / Re: Going Green?
« on: January 06, 2010, 01:28:48 PM »
Being the son of a teacher and being engaged to a teacher, I have to laugh whenever people say any one of a number of the cliche things about those who teach. I've had the close up seat for 25 years of educational battles and nine times out of ten, the teachers lose. In my mom's district they can't strike thanks to state law. If the teachers need to get something changed they have to sue (like my mom and her fellow teachers did to force the district to remove the mold from the school)

There are plenty of bad teachers in the system and plenty of good ones and the way the system is setup now (between the administration, budget cuts, disruptive and lazy students) it kills more good teachers than people can imagine. Last time I checked, the average career expectancy for a new teacher is about the same as an NFL running back - 3 years.

They all hit the class room with an expectation that they're going to make a difference; they're going to reach the kids people say are unreachable only to be ground down by an overwhelming wall of apathy and outright hostility. After a few years of that, they either quit, quietly slog on -  trying to hold their head high and keep some small part of their ideals intact, or they give up and completely disconnect. Despite what anyone may think, it is not easy to stand day after day at the front of a classroom trying to engage, educate and control 30-40 hormonally driven and caffeinated squirrelly kids who'd rather be on the internet or the Xbox.

And while efforts like NCLB are an attempt to hold teachers accountable (and talk to any dedicated teacher about the stifling effect of that law on the classroom and innovative techniques and the ruinous idea of treating kids like a corporate widget to be stamped against a set mold), there's nothing out there that addresses the most important part of the equation - the developmental years between 0 and 5. Appropriate stimulation (and Baby Einstein videos don't count) and engagement during those first years mean more developmentally than any educational efforts down the road. Without that foundation, you could deploy an endless army of Ron Clark's and make little headway in engagement.

Yes, this is a subject near and dear to my heart. I loved school. (Whatcha expect from a nerd?) I had some top notch teachers at my little "podunk" public school of 2500 (when I was there.. its closer to 6000 now). Yes, there were bad teachers there and I was a smart ass who made their lives "fun", but by and large I made it out with a ton of knowledge. I've seriously considered becoming a teacher because I love educating and getting ideas across, but there's just no way I can justify the grind (my fiancee works longer hours than I do), the heartache and low pay and I don't think I have the internal fortitude to make it through the disappointment.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone Double Bastard
« on: January 05, 2010, 09:49:52 AM »
You know, its interesting but for me, I'd much rather drink the Double Bastard than the original AB. It feels "smoother" to me.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Low ABv brew?
« on: January 03, 2010, 12:24:42 AM »
Old fashioned method - vacuum boiled. low pressure drops the boil temp.

New fashioned method - close filtering

All Things Food / Re: Black-Eyed Peas
« on: December 31, 2009, 11:45:32 AM »
How will eating lentils or black ey peas do that? I mean, I know it is just a saying but what is the link?

Don't know about chow chow, but the black eyed peas are supposed to represent coins and the greens - cash.

Pimp My System / Re: My 2 tier electric HERMS system
« on: December 31, 2009, 11:27:01 AM »
If they's the same as the ones we use on the club system - they're stainless steel pool filters capable of holding a little over a barrel

All Things Food / Re: Black-Eyed Peas
« on: December 31, 2009, 02:46:30 AM »
Yup, already got the black eye peas and collard greens ready to go.

Figure between a pot of that, and a big ole slab of cornbread, I'll be set.


What's on the brewery decks folks?

Grand Prize added! - A Chance to brew your beer at the recently opened Eagle Rock Brewing Company.

ERB is the first City of LA dedicated microbrewery. They just opened and are using AleSmith's original brewing equipment.

So let's reflect on the year to be remembered (and brag just a bit).

What was the most interesting / creative / experimental beer you did this year

What was the beer you were happiest with / proud of / sucked back so fast it vaporized?

For me - I think the most interesting ones I did were the series of "Fantome" inspired beers that I talked about over here:

The best beer that I made in terms of kicking my ass, taking names and flashing out of existence about as fast as I've ever seen was a beer I brewed with my cohort Jonny Lieberman - The Audacity of Hops / The Audacity of Aretha Franklin's Hat. The Hat version was fermented in steel, the Hops was in glass. They each got different dry hopping schedules. The Hat, straight out of the keg, was potent enough to slap your head into LEO and you couldn't wait to get back down to Earth to take another sip. We poured both through a set of Randalls at the Southern California Homebrewer's Festival and despite the sick, sick plethora of beer on tap, each keg was blowing foam within 3 hours

Damn that was a good beer. Slap yer mouth good.

The Pub / Re: Happy Festivus! Air your grievances here!
« on: December 28, 2009, 12:38:06 PM »
1) dbeechum's avatar is creepy! Those eyes follow you, and what's he smiling about?

If you knew my job, you'd know why my eyes follow everyone! (Here's the original if you want to know why I'm smiling -

My grievances:

1) Really holiday travel folks.. you bring a roller board and a giant backpack on board on a holiday flight? That's a shooting.

2) Need more time to do more things and more time to try and figure out what the hell is causing the LA beer scene to explode!

The Pub / Re: merry christmas folks
« on: December 19, 2009, 01:06:57 PM »
Happy festivus!

Feats of Strength and the Airing of Grievances to happen after everyone has some beer.

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