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All Things Food / Who rattles the pans in your house?
« on: February 27, 2011, 05:49:51 PM »
So who does the cooking at your place?  Everywhere I look it seems men are taking over the cooking duties.
  Here it's mostly me.  My wife is an excellent cook but she gets home from work after I do so I try to have dinner ready.  Also whoever cooks gets to choose the menu so I cook what I feel like eating. On weekends and for company she'll cook up a feast. 
If my kids are around they'll cook us a meal and they are both also great cooks.  My daughter worked a couple of years baking breads so she loves whipping up a batch of yeasty dinner rolls or deserts.  And finally my son is like me-he cooks without recipes and is prone to experimenting

Kegging and Bottling / Got my CO2 bottles upgraded
« on: February 18, 2011, 02:56:45 PM »
I went to the welding shop to get a couple of 20 pounders swapped.  After I paid $24, the shop owner traded my bottles for a pair of oddball sized ones-a 40 pounder and a thirty five pounder.  He told me that for the same money they'd last a lot longer.  Can't argue with that logic.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Biere de la Muese
« on: February 12, 2011, 05:53:10 PM »
I spent last week in France for my mother in law's funeral  After everybody went home or to bed my wife and I sat in the kitchen talking and of course drinking.  I brought out a  6 pack of Jenlain Ambree I had in the cellar and as we drank it she told me that it reminded her of the "biere de la Meuse"(beer of the Meuse River) that her father drank back in the 60's and 70's.  It came in wooden crates and the bottles had porcelain flip tops.  I suggested to her that it was probably Belgian since the Meuse is one of the most important rivers in Belgium but she was pretty sure it was a French beer.  Has anybody ever heard of this beer?

Ingredients / Dry hops for a sticke alt
« on: January 26, 2011, 07:30:09 PM »
My sticke alt has gone from 1.080 to 1.025 so I'm thinking of adding some dry hops to the buckets soon.  It was bittered with Perle and late additions(20, 10, flameout) were strisslespalt. What would be a good hop to use in the buckets?


This is a true story, it just came out in our local paper this morning.  Did nobody ever ask where he went, or look around at all?

UPDATED: Woman stored husband in freezer until her death, investigators learn (1:06 p.m.)
By Matlin Smith
Current-Argus Staff Writer
Posted: 01/26/2011 02:01:06 PM MST

CARLSBAD — Investigators with the Eddy County Sheriff's Office have released bizarre details in the case of the human body found Monday evening in the freezer of a home south of town.
According to information from Capt. Jeff Zuniga, at 7:50 p.m. Monday, the body of a human male was discovered in a chest-type freezer at a residence on the 1200 block of Haston Road by two local residents who were cleaning out the home of a deceased relative.

The pair loaded the freezer into the back of a pickup truck and transported it to the Carlsbad Police Department. After determining that the incident occurred in the county, the CPD turned the investigation over to the ECSO.

"The body located within the freezer may be that of James Sharpe of Carlsbad, who has been unaccounted for since 1997," said Zuniga.

James Sharpe was known to be the husband to the late Barbara Sharpe, who passed away in November 2010 of health complications at the age of 63.

Information gathered during the investigation leans towards the possibility that James Sharpe may have dued due to a terminal health condition in 1997; he would have been in his early 70s then, said investigators.

"Barbara had mentioned to a health care worker prior to her death that she had stored her late husband in a freezer. The health care worker dismissed the statement due to Barbara Sharpe's grave condition," Zuniga stated.

Additionally, documentation allegedly drafted by Barbara Sharpe was found in her personal

property explaining why her husband was in the freezer.
This documentation reportedly indicated that she was remorseful, but couldn't afford to survive without his retirement income.

Prior to discovery, the freezer reportedly was in Barbara Sharpe's bedroom on Haston Road.

"The ECSO Special Investigations Unit will continue to work closely with the Office of the Medical Investigator to confirm the official identity of the decedent as well as the cause and manner of death," said Zuniga.

All Grain Brewing / Plugged mesh in kettle
« on: January 21, 2011, 07:37:12 PM »
Everything was going great, a rye pale ale with 25% rye and no stuck sparge, hit the numbers, everything was great.  2 minutes into pumping the wort through the counterflow chiller it slowed to a trickle.  I can blow back through it but it's plugged somehow.  I've tried going straight from the kettle to the fermenter to see if that would work but apparently the pickup tube is plugged.  At this rate I should have the 11 gallons into the buckets in another couple of hours.  Don't need help, just needed to vent, right now I'm Relaxing,Having A HomeBrew

The Pub / Homebrew vs homemade wine
« on: December 30, 2010, 11:36:57 AM »
I recently offended my wife when a cousin asked me if I also made wine at home and I answered no, it was just not challenging.  An ignorant response since I've never made wine but from what I've read wine making ON THE HOME not a very complicated task.  She is from a small village in France that produces a distinctively dry light red wine, and since she is extremely picky about her wine I've never even tried to make something she'll drink. 
Is there much to making wine at home, and can truly fine high quality wines be made from kits since I will have no control over the pre-juice aspect of wine: growing, harvesting and processing grapes seems critical to me?

Equipment and Software / McMaster part number for keg post o-rings
« on: December 17, 2010, 04:08:54 PM »
I've looked at McMaster's site a dozen times and can't figure out which o-rings go on my kegs.  Does anybody have the part numbers?

General Homebrew Discussion / My stout is too sweet
« on: December 14, 2010, 10:28:14 PM »
I brewed an oatmeal stout, 10 gallon, and I realized too late that the hops I used for bittering may have been too old-when they came to the surface they were brown instead of green.  Now my stout is very sweet and I can't stand it.  I can get away with calling the first keg a milk stout but I really want to enjoy the other keg.  Can I boil an oz of fresh Challenger in plain water and add to the second keg?  I've always been against trying to "fix' a beer but now need your sympathy and help. I will finish the first keg of overly sweet beer as a self punishment but lease help me with the second one.

The Pub / Passsword problems
« on: November 23, 2010, 08:50:50 AM »
This is only beer related in that I am having hell with passwords on here, and beeradvocate.  I'm guessing my computers have been hacked, my passwords on these sites along with my gmail and yahoo accounts have to be reset about every hour since Saturday.  I've run my virus scans, Spybot S & D, Lavasoft Adaware, and nothing turns up but I'm getting pretty tired of no access to the sites I visit most often, especially my work email account(gmail).  Any suggestions from you tech savvy people?  My office computer tech is stumped.  The next step is to wipe this computer and my laptop and start from scratch, but I don't know it that will accomplish anything.

General Homebrew Discussion / Root BEER
« on: November 03, 2010, 12:39:29 PM »
A guy in town who makes and sells root beer at events gave me 3 bottles of Zatarains root beer extract. Directions call for adding 1 bottle of extract and a packet of beer yeast to 4.5 gallons of water along with some sugar.  This makes me wonder if I can(or would even want to) brew a beer with this stuff.  Maybe 8-10 pounds pilsner malt and no hops.  Any thoughts?

The Pub / Time to celebrate
« on: November 01, 2010, 02:39:20 PM »
I've got to drink something special tonight.  Besides being payday, our company just won a lawsuit against us.  The troll wanted 39 million dollars, $39,000,000 for copyright infringement on software he wrote while employed by us 17 years ago.  We won the lawsuit, and the first appeal, now on the verge of starting the second appeal the other side dropped it.  2 years and a large fortune later it isn't hanging over our heads.  WooHoo, gonna celebrate tonight.
Unfortunately my boss, the owner of the company didn't live long enough to see this, he died 2 months ago.  But I may drink a Budweiser in his honor.

The Pub / skunks in the neighborhood
« on: October 30, 2010, 11:21:09 AM »
I went out last night to see if the cats needed food in the garage and there was a big fat skunk snarfing up the cat food.  It didn't seem the least bit excited to see me, instead it looked up at me and just waddled away.  Last week I went out at 4 am to water the shrubs and there he was on the front porch.  I just hope he doesn't get pissed and spray me or the cats.  Do skunks hibernate or is this going to be a problem year round.  We've always had them around(usually dead in the road) but this is the first time we've had them consistently them in and around the house.

Beer Recipes / Gumballhead recipe
« on: September 26, 2010, 07:13:08 AM »
I'm not a hophead at all, but I had a 3 Floyds Gumballhead and really need to have 10 gallons of it on hand-soon.  Does anybody have a good recipe for this beer?  What kind of late addition hops do they use?

The Pub / Good deed by an oil company
« on: September 15, 2010, 02:02:19 PM »
I have an employee whose wife is on the priority list for a liver transplant to be done in Phoenix, about a 10 hour drive from here.  She just got moved to the top of the list and has to be in Phoenix within 4 hours of a donor liver being available.  "Bob" was distraught because we have no real air service in this small town, but I suggested he call a family owned oil company  in a nearby town.  I know they have a plane and it rarely gets used(the owner travels by private helicopter mostly)  So he calls and they tell him no problem, free of charge they'll fly her to Phoenix.  They have 2 planes and 3 pilots, all he has to do is call 24/7 and they will get his wife to the hospital on time.  That's the beauty of small town living, even the rich folks (and they are mighty rich) help out strangers/neighbors.
Just wanted to rant about something positive for a change.

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