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Other Fermentables / Re: Milk?
« on: October 11, 2010, 09:57:54 PM »
Alcoholic kefir? With grains? Never heard anything about it. I cant imagine that you can ferment milk with grains it will separate aka curdle.

What are you doing blue? Lets see that recipe.

Kefir grains. Milk. Time.  How much recipe can you get?

Other Fermentables / Milk?
« on: October 11, 2010, 04:57:46 PM »
Using Whole milk here... Trickle Springs Creamery.

My Kefir is propagating RAPIDLY in this stuff... half a cup (2 1/4 cup batches, 4 days) and it's doubled in bulk.  Tasted the first batch, it's decent; I'm drinking the second.  Slightly sour but not "bad" or "rotten," definitely alcoholic but can't be more than 1%, fermented for 2 days at room temperature.

I'm having no trouble drinking this stuff... once the grains have grown enough, I'll be able to do 1/2 gallon or so batches, maybe fridge batches so I have some to drink throughout the week.  Double-ferment:  Ferment, strain into new container, put back into the fridge.

I must admit I find chilled Lassi and fresh milk tastier though.  This stuff has a chalky aftertaste; also I think I'd prefer it more chilled.

The Pub / Re: I am back in Aikido!
« on: September 01, 2010, 01:35:01 PM »
I don't care how strong I am, I don't care how big I am, or how intimidating I look.  I care about my training, training efficiently, training a martial art that IS efficient, and relying on forward energy and not strength.  How big and strong you are doesn't matter when someone smaller and weaker can move faster and more efficiently.

This is an important point.  That is why when Guru asked if we should do knife attack or knife defense training last night I opted immediately for knife defense.  Knife attack is useful too, but not as much; if I don't have a knife, I have to get one first, which I can achieve by taking yours away, yes?

I feel like I got stabbed.  Guru is rather brutal with the ab strength training.  He even taught us how to block, trap, and disarm a knife using our abs (this involves a significant amount of blood and should be taken as a last resort).

The Pub / Re: I expect Spring Mushrooms any day
« on: August 31, 2010, 02:04:45 PM »
I don't eat mushrooms I find growing here.  We destroy them.  Ugly little white things, look like Death Caps.

The Pub / fak i need sleep
« on: August 31, 2010, 01:45:26 PM »
aaghoua oceuh au AOUCH

augdh WAuor AW

uurk *collapses*

Air mattress got a hole.  I wake up like 6-8 times a night on a what's the other word for f##ked up SNAFU inflatabed sitting my ass on the floor with my knees up in the air (this would be less bad if i was a chick)

so I deflated it sunday, finally.

sleeping on the floor sucks just as bad

I haven't slept more than an hour or three a night in a week and a half jesus

and I bought a real bed

and a real bed doesn't exist at a retail shop

and they're shipping the bed

and it gets there thursday





in two more days

all of you can go to hell

jesus christ why can't I get my thoughts in order, I don't even remember how I got to work today

by the way speaking of jesus Twining's Irish Breakfast Tea is made by God himself

The Pub / Re: I am back in Aikido!
« on: August 26, 2010, 12:56:36 PM »
What are you - a baker?  Who need 5 bags of flour?

I bake my own bread.  I go through a lot of flour.  Freeze the stuff and I bake 2 loaves a week really.

Wrestling in high school, boxing and tae-kwon do in my twenties and Tae Kwon Do alone up until about 2 or 3 years ago when I just couldn't find the time anymore.

Wrestling and Boxing are not my thing, but they're great martial arts.  Cool moves are cool and all, but if I'm up against a boxer I have to pull it off the first time or I'm gonna be too unconscious to try again.  Most people cannot grapple with a wrestler, either.

The Pub / I am back in Aikido!
« on: August 25, 2010, 05:46:16 PM »
So this is an amusing anecdote, I guess.

Finally got off my ass and got back into Aikido!  Returned to the dojo for Pentjak Silat and Aikido... structure's a bit different, and I took a beginner's class to polish my Ukemi and some other stuff.  Found out there's a dedicated weapons class on Mondays, so I may eschew a strict schedule for a two-days-a-week schedule and hit up the weapons class occasionally.

There's one person in the weapons class though (a lot of the ones that called for it decided not to show up ever), so perhaps I can convince Sensei to teach a few other arts... it's an Aikido class, but Sensei is also the Silat Guru and thus skilled with knives, bo, boken, jo, and escrima sticks.  There's also a Jujitsu class now.  Personally I would like a "Weapons" class that basically wanders around Aikido boken/jo, Bojutsu, Jojutsu, and knife defense (I'm not worried about "knife fighting" ... if you come at me with a knife I'll take it away and/or break your arm and/or proceed to punch the f*@% out of you; I'm less concerned with using a knife than not getting killed with one).

My life is finally complete eh?  Plus the gut goes away and turns into a brick wall, which I need; I got so freaking weak after I left, just carrying 5 bags of flour and a couple gallons of milk up three floors is almost impossible now, and I can't even get an 80 pound box up the steps to my apartment... barely get it out of my car, the mental concentration needed to lift that much is impossible to sustain for more than a few seconds.

Anyone else into non-competitive martial arts?  MMA isn't my goal (an Aikidoka in MMA would be ... interesting); mainly it's meditative for me.  The complex movements of Aikido give me a reenforcing focus on my body (which comes a little easier since I spend the 20 minutes before class in the back doing Kundalini meditation and Zazen... eh, everything I do reenforces everything else).  Really for combat and defense I want to do some Jojutsu...

The Pub / Re: Too much!
« on: August 25, 2010, 05:04:55 PM »
...and then you woke up with a terrible hangover.   :D

I woke up with a minor headache... yoga and water fixed it but it didn't bother me enough to care until like 2pm anyway.  Went to work at 8am.

The stomach ache that alerted me I'd had too much was worse.  I decided to purge it after like 20 minutes?  I don't rightly remember how long I waited before ridding myself of the excess.

People complain about how horrible their hangovers are and they'll never drink because they don't want a hangover... I don't see it.  Puking myself inside out I get, s***, not doing that again.  The hangover is... quit whining.

The Pub / Re: Too much!
« on: August 20, 2010, 06:40:48 PM »
I know when I'm drunk when everything starts to make sense.

This is why I never go outside.  You have to be f*@ked up for anything to make any sense.

The Pub / Too much!
« on: August 20, 2010, 04:00:51 PM »
So I drank a couple beers, and got nothing.

Put in some rum, and God knows how much whiskey...

... an hour later, I'm still mostly fine.

See here's the thing:  I rely on feeling drunk to know when to stop.  It's rather unpleasant.  My head starts to throb, gets all fuzzy, I start having flu-like symptoms, teeth hurt, jaw hurts... and that's usually after like 3 beers in under an hour.  It's not much.  It's not really spectacular either; the pressure starts coming on and I stop when I've just started to feel it.

Well, THAT never happened.  So I went and showered, shaved (straight razor!  No cuts, nice shave), noted my very poor motor skills.

Decided my body wasn't jiving with the alcohol.  I mean it didn't feel good.

Drank some water, then at 11:30 started puking.  o_o

At 12:30 I finished puking.

Along the way I kept rinsing my mouth out (to clear the acid from my teeth and soft tissue i.e. throat) and drinking more water (both to replenish what I lost and to help carry away more alcohol).  Also it burned my throat thanks to the freaking acid in my stomach.

... well that's no good.  The specifics of being drunk seem to have changed, and I can't recognize how drunk I am anymore.  :/  Now how do I know when to stop?

Yeah that was August.  Last time I had a buzz was January.  I rarely drink more than a beer in a day anyway.

I still don't get why people go out every weekend and drink until they puke.  Also they make a mess all over the toilet seat and the floor, what the hell?  I didn't miss, you shouldn't either.  I seem to have misplaced something like a quarter bottle of Tullamore Dew though...

The Pub / Re: Anyone got any good scifi?
« on: August 03, 2010, 07:28:43 PM »
Since I also mentioned Fantasy, I might point out the other series I've found enjoyable:

Harry Potter

Complete box set shipped from the UK (not the US translation-- yes, they drastically rewrote the text for the US market), adult versions.  :D

Age of Misrule isn't bad either, and I'm a fan of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

The Pub / Re: Anyone got any good scifi?
« on: August 03, 2010, 06:48:59 PM »
I've got to get the Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide one day.

Science: A systematic enterprise of gathering knowledge about nature and organizing and condensing that knowledge into testable laws and theories

Fiction: Any form of narrative which deals, in part or in whole, with events that are not factual, but rather, imaginary and invented by its author.

Compute, it does not

Science Fiction is what happens when you take a variable degree of scientific process and propose new technology for fictitious works.

For example, Jules Verne proposed submarines.  Heinlein proposed Waldos, and the Waterbed.  Donaldson proposed Silicon-on-Diamond CMOS (which, by the way, should offer 10 times faster CMOS switching and thus allow 30GHz CPUs... someone came up with a working SOD-CMOS process 1 year after Donaldson published his books).

On the other hand, force fields, warp drives, and teleporters aren't normally based in fact.  One day we'll have enough physics to propose something.

The disconnect shows up when you have rather brilliant people (they write stories) that aren't scientists.  Lots of stuff makes perfect scientific sense; yet the science between here and there is wholly absent.  Sometimes, a non-scientist will arrange all the pieces we have in a way that looks almost like something cool; and sometimes, a scientist will connect the dots 20 years later and make something cool for real.

Speaking of stories, how bout Philip K Dick. I really loved Solar Lottery.

I've heard Dick is really good.

Dune was indeed boring at spots.  All the politics.  I'm not sure why I read as much of it as I did.

If you like what they call "space opera" (as far as I can tell, it's hard sci fi with a big story arc), check out Peter Hamiltion, Stephen Baxter, and Alistair Reynolds.  You can see some of their stuff on

Thanks I'll look them up.

I found everything beyond Ender's Game to be boring because of the huge amount of philosophy thinly shrouded as sequences of events.  Speaker for the Dead was an age and a half of debating on what to do about an alternate culture we don't understand, what we should be allowed to say about dead people, etc.  Politics I'm not entirely certain on; politics can be boring, or exciting.  I found the politics in The Gap Cycle to be very exciting, but Dune doesn't strike me so much as that.  I'll probably pick it up anyway, since I hear so much of it.

So so far my collection of Sci-Fi is...

And a few more.  I've had Isaac Asimov recommended but blah.  Also Heinlein is frequently recommended.

The Pub / Re: Anyone got any good scifi?
« on: August 03, 2010, 06:43:37 PM »
BTW, I thought you were dead.

I got better.

The Pub / Anyone got any good scifi?
« on: August 02, 2010, 07:46:27 PM »
I've been reading lately (o.o) and I pretty much just plowed through The Gap Cycle.

... WOW.

The whole series (if you can stomach it) really plays hard on the classic space opera theme, but just as hard on back-room politics.  In that manner, there's a lot more interesting stuff going on here than "we're shooting at evil aliens and space pirates."  In fact the concept of "good versus evil" is pretty vague here.

I'm also nearly done with Age of Misrule/The Dark Age/Kingdom of the Serpent, but these are fantasy and more linear action.  The deep ethical and political issues don't really show up too much, and when they do it's just a short spat with an annoying power structure run by idiots that don't understand how very soon they're going to die (yeah, when you climb to the top at the end of the world, you get a short stay of power unless somebody STOPS the end of the world).

Anything else in the vein of The Gap Cycle that I should read?  I've had short stories like Heinlein wrote recommended, and I've read bits of Ender's series (Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead), but these are all lacking.  I've heard Dune is all politics, maybe I'll read that; but what I've heard of Dune isn't much any good.

Maybe the problem is you can only do this once... ever.

Other Fermentables / Re: Apple, honey...
« on: July 31, 2010, 02:20:13 PM »
Nope, used it for a big cyser batch.  I'm estimating 9% ABV based on 1.044 gravity juice and honey giving me 0.022 per pound per gallon.  22 ounces honey (minus mechanical loss), 112 fl ounces of juice, 1 gallon total volume.  Roughly 9.25% ABV (using abv == (gravity - 1) / .731)  and a little loss from the honey might drop it to 9.1% +/- 0.25%

And as of now it's bubbling away nicely, so I'd say it took to the honey well (I stirred it with one of those Better Bottle porting canes...could have used a racking cane I guess).  I guess ferment and 4 months of aging should do it.

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