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You bring the uke, I'll up the threat by singing!

It's on old man! :)

Can you imagine what this place would be like if Denny and I actually hated each other? It would be pretty damn interesting. :)

If you don't like your television that is. :)

Just thinking, my mug in HD would be terrifying.

The Pub / Odd Ways You Never Thought to Make Money
« on: March 12, 2010, 09:48:19 AM »
Sitting here, I sometimes feel like I've been living the typical American middle class life - you know, get born, go to school, go to college, get that job, work hard at it and move up through the ranks, get married, have a kid, yada yada yada.

But one of the things that fascinates me is the various surprising things people make into the "job" that makes them more than just a salaryman's dues, like the guy who built up the company that does porto-potties in your area.

In that vein what are some odd ones that surprised you to find out "people can make a living doing that?"

Here's my example - these guys "Two Steps from Hell" - their job? They make music exclusively for video games and movie trailers. Odds are good you've heard them and never known it. (And none of their music is released to the public either - although that should be changing soon) (Used most recently in the Mass Effect 2 trailer) (last year's Star Trek trailers) (Played with New Moon trailers)

Wood/Casks / Re: What type of beer would you put in your bbl
« on: March 12, 2010, 09:41:27 AM »
A solera project is always nice. I think your biggest problem with taking the blonde approach to start your solera is the tannins of the red wine, combined with the wood tannin and other woody astringent characters are going to build and quite probably overpower any softer nuances to the brew. I would argue in favor of a BSDA if you're going with a red wine barrel, I think the "darker" flavors play better with red wine and longer exposure to oak.

But it sounds like an interesting place to start no matter what you do.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite Scoresheet Comment
« on: March 12, 2010, 09:35:45 AM »
I emphasize keeping comments consistent and structured because those can be very annoying & even frustrating as a brewer/entrant.

Whenever we're teaching one thing I try and drill into the students' heads - don't assume you know anything about the ingredients or process. Several people have already posted comments where the judges had something completely wrong. It turns the entrant off from listening to anything else you may say. Its unfortunate.

So the lesson from me is always: "couch your comments in 'did you' constructs or 'if you'", e.g. "if you used extract, try using paler extracts or shifting the addition towards the end of the boil" Then your AG entrant isn't going to automatically file your words in the "judge who doesn't know shinola" category.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sour Mash
« on: March 12, 2010, 09:18:37 AM »
Be interesting to see how delicious it smells in a day or two!

Yeah...some guy named Drew was on there...sounded a little shady to me.   ;D

Are you kidding me? I know the guy pretty well. He's damn shady! But isn't that what we need in a politician? :)

Dean's absolutely right in one regard - everyone who's running is dedicated to this crazy little dance we do and that's great. No matter the outcome of the elections this year, I hope that the AHA can find a way to harness it all and keep us moving forward.

What's brewing?

More beer tomorrow for me.. haven't quite decided yet what, but there it is

Plus the Stone Rally on Saturday

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Competition Categories?
« on: March 10, 2010, 12:51:53 AM »
Is it legal and/or ethical to enter the same beer in multiple categories at the same competition?

I say yes.. wonder how long it will take before someone says no?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite Scoresheet Comment
« on: March 09, 2010, 10:41:44 PM »
I don't enter that many competitions, but I like to judge, especially the weird beer categories (shocker!) . I think one of the best one's I gave was for a "Viking Yule Ale as translated from Rune such and such of the such and such laws".

It was an interesting beer, but wasn't balanced right for my taste, so being in mid morning smart ass mode I wrote something along the lines of "This tastes to me like you mistranslated one part of the law." And then proceed to give real feedback. So to the brewer who entered that beer, I'm sorry, there are just times I can't resist the call of the smartass.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling from Kegs.
« on: March 09, 2010, 10:37:26 PM »
What is Flare (screw on) QD


What Denny means is the type of quick disconnect that screws into the hose instead of the variety with a barb fitting.

Ingredients / Re: American 2-Row vs. British Pale
« on: March 09, 2010, 04:39:35 PM »
What's happened to Sierra Madre since 1985 that's made it strange?

Nothing much.. part of what's strange! Still feels like a mix of Norman Rockwell with rich hippies up in the canyons.

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: March 08, 2010, 12:33:44 PM »
It took me years (ok, actually a few months of living in Boston) to get over my fear of pizza after that stuff in high school! :)

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: March 08, 2010, 12:01:05 PM »
Oh god, they had that stuff at my highschool.. crap.. in '89.

Oh so, so terrible..

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