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The Pub / Beer before Liquor...
« on: September 24, 2010, 12:57:54 AM »
Beer before liquor- never sicker
Liquor before beer- you're in the clear

True? I've had bad experiences but as a general rule of thumb? Not sure. How about you guys?

All Things Food / Stuffed meat
« on: September 22, 2010, 11:24:32 AM »
Cornbread stuffed pork-chop.

I was in a a hurry so bought a Jalapeño Pecan stuffed pork-chop on the way home. Put it in the BGE for 45 minutes at 325F till internal temp was 175F. Normally I'll shoot for an internal of 165, but I don't trust "stuffing" at those temps.

Rested for ten minutes and it was delicioso! Bought it from the butcher prepared so that's cheating a bit but the end result was good. It went solo no sides...

I think next time with a side of field greens and a simple vinaigrette (raspberry?) will do the trick.

The Pub / Let's talk Grass
« on: September 18, 2010, 01:23:34 AM »
My St Augustine has nearly bounced back completely from the terrible drought last year due to a strategy of benign neglect, prayers, poison and infrequent but tactically last moment waterings and judicious use of the mower. The recent rains have helped tremendously it looks nice and I'm closing in on being weed-free. Well truthfully that'll never happen but one can dream...

OK I'll start:

When is the best time to apply hormonal treatments to kill seasonal weeds like Thistle and Crab grass? I couldn't keep up with the thistles when it got cooler last year.

Any lawn tips? Weed woes?

General Homebrew Discussion / Sour Raspberry Abby
« on: September 18, 2010, 12:23:42 AM »
Born on 8/13/08. Abby 5.6% ABV, FG 1.016 "The Forgotten One"

Found it was a little weirdly soured after a year in the keg so then used a strained Red Raspberry puree and aged another year in the keg.

It has amazing head, light mouthfeel and hop character with a mild flavor reminiscent of Raspberries. But, still there's that essential weird bug flavor that I didn't especially like in the first-place.

But it's Belgian...

Should I just bottle it with some fresh yeast and sugar for giggles? Maybe add some ginger and whatnot?

Or should it go down the drain?

I need the keg. It's contents are in your hands.

Equipment and Software / TEC coolers
« on: September 11, 2010, 10:11:26 PM »
I'm looking for a complete TEC assembly with heatsinks and fans all wired up or plans with specs to build one. My searches on the net have resulted in the Peltier wafers or super-expensive thermoelectric cooler assemblies but few inexpensive basic units.

The Pub / Tropical Storm Hermine
« on: September 07, 2010, 03:33:46 PM »
Went right over my house and blew the screens off! Wind gusts up to 57 mph! Power was out for over 100k folks in the city; mines is just back on after 5 hours.

You folks in N.Texas: She's headin' yer way. :P

General Homebrew Discussion / Foam!?
« on: September 07, 2010, 12:34:23 PM »
Yesterday while recirculating the wort in the chilling cycle it began to foam up. A great deal. Not sure what caused this since I'm fairly sure the outlet was submerged so as to not agitate the wort.

I was at least a gallon over in my volume and with so much thick clingy foam left over I ended up missing my TG by 10 points. Additionally my grain was weevil infested.

A multitude of factors here?

A bonus is that ferment took off like crazy with just dry yeast- well within 12 hours.

The Pub / Testing my serenity
« on: August 23, 2010, 08:41:39 PM »
What chapping it right now? Any current tests of your serenity? This last one's making me tired and disappointed.

Tonight, while we were tracking the trespasser going throughout our offices and work areas throughout my floor and directing security towards him... at least another was in the parking garage breaking into my car. >:( Hopefully that was the only break-in!

Sumb****es are getting smart. While Security was escorting the decoy off campus the other was smashing and grabbing. At least that's how I see it.

I only discovered it because my supervisor let me off early. Busted out my driver's side and stole my GPS. Broke the mirror off & can't find it either.

Silver lining in there is to replace the driver's side window, already cracked windscreen and mirror will only cost me $50. And I might be able to claim my GPS on my Home-owners.

So I'm having a Light & Stormy, smoking some wings and watching No Reservations. The material is replaceable...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Shiner Oktoberfest
« on: August 19, 2010, 10:48:23 PM »
Shiner Marzen-style Oktoberfest. Just came out and I picked up a sixpack this AM.

Cracked a bottle and poured into a pilsner glass. Nice bright copper color. Effervescent and long lasting head. Malty, but not as much as the real German item. Slight initial metallic taste which could be the hops?

Not as sweet like I feared it would be. Nice. Not earth-shattering but the whole six will be consumed. Unlike the Commemorator that I still have a couple bottles left after several years.

The Pub / Favorite mixed drinks
« on: August 15, 2010, 11:30:29 PM »
Martini's. Ok a little strong but how about mixed drinks?

Me it's the Negroni. Actually a modified Negroni.

Two completely different drinks:

2-3oz Gin or Vodka
1/4 oz Campari
squeeze of lime

Plenty of ice in a Rocks glass. Stir. Enjoy.

Tastes like Ruby Red grapefruit juice from two unique perspectives. Irresistible. :D

Equipment and Software / Another March pump question
« on: August 12, 2010, 03:55:31 PM »
I'm looking at my pump and the screws holding the head on. I'm pretty sure I can replace this if broken, however can the head be removed for cleaning? Any special thing to consider when removing the head of the pump?

Beer Recipes / Newcastle Brown Ale
« on: August 11, 2010, 10:39:58 PM »
Anyone have a recipe? Recently rekindled a fondness for Newcastle.


The Pub / Droid phones? iPhones? Wifi?
« on: August 05, 2010, 12:04:02 AM »
I'm interested in the mobile access point feature of some devices running Android or Windows Mobile. I could ditch my cable broadband. And my iPhone is just a plain PITA with ubuntu 10.04. However I could jailbreak the iPhone and do the same thing evidently. But I'd rather just get a new linux phone and sell the 3GS.

Any ideas about this? Plus what is this going to do to the cable broadband and DSL providers when it really takes off in a year or so?

Yeast and Fermentation / Weird citrus smell
« on: August 04, 2010, 11:34:02 PM »
I'm sure this is an infection.

Got the usual wonderful "yeasty beery" fermentation which then after 48 hours abruptly switched over to a gassy "fresh squeezed lemony citrus". There's faint tang of corruption in there too. Krueusen has dropped but brew is still bubbling. Normally, any infection that I see, which is rarely, it shows up weeks after the attenuative phase and has a totally different smell and a scum layer.

What could it be?

All Things Food / Kitchen Knives
« on: July 25, 2010, 08:47:12 PM »
My stable:

Henckels 8" Fine Edge Pro Santoku

Henckles 8" Fine Edge Pro bread knife

Cheap razor sharp Asian market special

Solid 3" hollow-ground-paring

The thin Santoku works well as a Chef's knife for dicing but can butcher too. Good all purpose knife. Amazingly the $7 Asian knife is by far my sharpest and de-bones and fillets well. Doubles as cheese-knife. A real work-horse.

I keep them all sharp with an Aluminum oxide stone

What do you have? How about an ideal knife/brand? One that you'd leave to your kids in the will... ;)

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