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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: December 13, 2010, 11:20:09 AM »
It's sunny and plenty warm here today, but tomorrow it's supposed to be in the 80's.

The Pub / Re: Blah, winter sickness
« on: December 13, 2010, 11:17:54 AM »
My wife is a school nurse and she seems to catch whatever crap the nasty little buggers are passing around. She was sick for almost 2 weeks,  now I've had it since Thursday and it does suck. 

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: December 12, 2010, 08:49:51 AM »
26F on it's way to 75F by mid afternoon.  Sunny with just a few very high clouds that should move out soon.  Fairly typical for this time of year.

The Pub / Re: Vuvuzela makeover
« on: December 10, 2010, 09:38:03 PM »
We bought ours this summer in the train station at Koln.  I'll keep it as is to irritate the neighbors.

I watched him on TV for a while-about 5 minutes and that was plenty.  When Sirius came out I was doing consulting work in southwest Texas and could only get Mexican stations so I got one for my pickup.  Then I got one for the house, my car and my wife's car.  She only listens to Bluesville(channel 74), I listen mostly to NPR or classic rock(channels 14 or 16).  Life without Sirius would suck, especially out here away from civilization.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Orval
« on: December 10, 2010, 07:23:02 PM »
Orval is indeed the nectar of the Gods.  I try to keep 10 or so on hand of varying ages, right now I think my oldest is about 2 years old.
I always have a beer on tap that I partially ferment with Orval dregs.  Right now it's a big saison, around 1.090 OG with dregs from 2 Orval bottles.  I've never tried a true Orval clone, but I don't think it would be that comlicated.

All Things Food / Re: Coffee roasting
« on: December 09, 2010, 06:15:36 AM »
I did it for my Chocolate and Coffee shop that got nailed by the economy. We shut down but, kept all of our toys. You don't even want to see my espresso machine or my commercial coffee brewing equipment.  :D
Where was your shop, what was the name?  I think I may have been in there.  My wife is getting a MSN from NMSU so she goes over there a couple of times per semester.

All Grain Brewing / Re: About being fresh.....
« on: December 07, 2010, 10:44:51 PM »
Keep it cool and dry, keep the bugs and mice out of it and a year is no problem for unmilled grain.  If you have to buy it milled use it fast.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help a veteran
« on: December 07, 2010, 02:46:30 PM »
I've got one of my original buckets from 1993 that I still use-I need to rethink that also.
But I'm not really sure what question you're asking.  Is it just a general "what do I do now" or do you have a problem that needs fixing?
I agree with the others to practice more on your system as it is-10 batches a year isn't really a lot. 
Things to try are different yeasts in each bucket, dry hopping one, not the other, longer primary time, less or no secondary.  I've steeped specialty grain on the side to add to one fermenter so I have 2 very different beers from one 1o gallon batch.  But really the best thing to do is practice more.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Quick Kegging Questions
« on: December 07, 2010, 10:53:18 AM »
Just to check, the base of the post is hexagonal on the liquid side, and cerrated on the gas side
Not always,  I have 2 kegs that are hex on both posts.  That's one of the reasons I prefer my pinlock kegs.

The Pub / Re: The Doghouse!!
« on: December 07, 2010, 10:09:06 AM »
Every year one of the family will get a gag gift from me, nobody knows who the target is except me.  I once gave my wife a "diamond necklace" all wrapped up nice in a jewelry store box.  It was a 1" diamond core drilling bit I got at work with a ceiling fan pull cord for the necklace.  Sure the diamonds were tiny but "honey there are about 200,000 of them".  Of course a gift like that requires something else extra special to stay out of the Doghouse.

The Pub / Re: Thanksgiving Accident
« on: December 07, 2010, 09:57:24 AM »
Yeah, for those of you who haven't been through this process before (I've totaled out a few vehicles) the word "totaled" means it's a "total loss" to the insurance company - The repairs would be more than 70% of the value of the vehicle. Or in other words, it's cheaper for them to negotiate a cash settlement than it is to repair the damage and pay for a rental.

Prepare to get screwed.  I hate auto insurance worse than the IRS-the IRS is more honest and a lot fairer to deal with.  My wife and my son were both involved in accidents where they were hit by other people who were clearly at fault.  Bizarrely both times there were cops at the scene who witnessed the accidents.  The insurance companies tried to give us $300 for my wife's 10 year old Jetta, there was nothing wrong with it before the accident, it was just in their terms "fully depreciated".  We fought them and ended up getting about $4000. 
When my son got T-boned we only got $1200 for the Bronco II which had 256K miles so that would have been fair if I hadn't spent $1000 on repairs the week before, but I fought the other guy's insurance for almost 2 years to pay for his medical bills.  It cost him a college scholarship for track but they wouldn't even consider paying that.  We got totally hosed on that deal.
I truly hate the insurance industry-every aspect of it whether it's medical, homeownrers or auto, business liability you name it.  It's legally mandated thievery. 
End of rant

Nate, the best thing is that everybody walked away unhurt.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling straight from spigot
« on: December 05, 2010, 11:19:01 AM »
You'e definitely adding oxygen to the beer, buy a cheap bottling wand or at least put a piece of hose over the spigot that goes all the way to the bottom of the bottle.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Not Beer, but worthy...
« on: December 05, 2010, 08:01:10 AM »
We went to the town of Cognac last summer and thought about visiting a distillery but they are basically just huge factories, they looked more like refineries than anything else.  Instead we visited a small family owned distillery, more like a glorified homebrew setup but damn was the drink fine.  We brought back several bottles, one of each of their grades.  I'm not really into Cognac on a regular basis but this stuff made a believer out of me.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Negra Modelo
« on: December 05, 2010, 07:56:50 AM »
Yeah, but when you taste it side by side with an all malt vienna, you really notice the corn and overall thin flavour/body.
What is a commercial all malt Vienna lager I might be able to find.  Obviously Negro Modelo would be different, but for Mexican beers it ain't bad.  Are there any all malt Mexican lagers, Vienna or otherwise?

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