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All Things Food / Sourdough Time!
« on: October 15, 2010, 03:48:39 PM »
Not having the luxury of an outdoor brick oven like SOME people, it's been 6 months since I could even think about baking.

I just pulled the sponge out of the fridge and am attempting to re-animate it. It had what looked like vinegar mother sitting on top, so I poured that off, warmed it up and fed it. Wish me luck!

The Pub / Raise your glasses, Gents.
« on: September 30, 2010, 12:53:35 AM »
Greg Giraldo, comedian and judge of Last Comic Standing has heard his last mortal heckler. He passed on today at the hospital not far from my house, dead at 44 of a drug overdose. Surprised, no. But still sad.

Enjoy the great big gig in the sky, Mr. Giraldo.

The Pub / Kids In Kettles
« on: September 29, 2010, 01:42:44 PM »
Allright, homebrewing dads. I know you've got pictures of your kids in brew kettles, fermenters, and other brewing containers - Let's see them!

Here's my oldest, this was a couple years ago. Just found this picture when I was looking for my kegorator pics.

All Things Food / PA Dutch
« on: September 29, 2010, 04:34:53 AM »
I try to keep tradition alive with my daughters, but I married a damn hippie. I converted them all to scrapple, but they still can't pronounce "syrup" right.

Anyway, if you haven't ever had PA Dutch cooking, make this:,1938,152162-254206,00.html

The parsley is optional. There are only 4 spices in PA Dutch country: Salt, pepper, flour, and milk.

The Pub / Note to self...
« on: September 29, 2010, 03:23:45 AM »
Brew porter in the fall this year.

The Pub / Any banjo players here?
« on: September 17, 2010, 06:24:38 PM »
I'm starting to think more seriously about learning the bluegrass banjo. Mostly to scare Cap while he's kayaking.

Does anyone here play? Any recommendations for a first banjo? I don't want to spend a ton of money on something I decide I don't like, or get bored with after a few months. Even if it's something that holds its value, NJ isn't exactly banjo buyer's central.

The Pub / This month in history
« on: September 13, 2010, 02:51:53 PM »
Just posted this as my Facebook status, thought I'd share.

Notable Birthdays In September: Jeep celebrates a spry 70 years since the first Bantam BRC was delivered for testing; Jack Daniels is still raising hell after 150 years; and yours truly will be old enough to know better, but still to young to care.

The Pub / Name That Tune!
« on: September 10, 2010, 05:48:55 PM »
A friend of mine has a thread on FB like this, but it's not as much fun without quoting. Here's the game: I post an archaic version of a song's lyrics. If you recognize it, quote it and name the song. Then write your own archaic version of any other song lyrics. Lather, rinse, repeat.

It's better if you come up with your own, but if you have to find some on the interwebz I won't think you less of a man. Well, maybe a little.

Ready? Begin!

"I have aquired four score and nineteen difficulties, but a wench cannot be counted amongst them."

Kegging and Bottling / Yuengling, Transferred
« on: August 30, 2010, 05:58:43 AM »
So we were a bunch of lightweights this year and I ended up coming home with almost 5 gallons of Yuengling. What's a fellow to do? Why, make a jumper and push it into a corny keg of course.

So an hour and some questionable, drunken sanitation practices later, I have a corny of YuengALingALing on tap. Stop on by! Not sure how long it's gonna last.

The Pub / It's so hot...
« on: May 31, 2010, 05:39:47 PM »
It's so hot that I'm drinking water.  :o

The Pub / Fireworks Vs. Photoshop
« on: May 26, 2010, 04:53:54 PM »
After years of working exclusively with PS/AI for web design work, I am being forced into the world of Fireworks.

I've never used it before, so I downloaded the trial and I have to say that it's going to be a tough adjustment. I've gotten very used to using layer effects for my font work. I can't even figure out how to create a stroke in FW, and the dropshadow/glow effects they do have seem completely hamfisted. Not to mention the fact that the anti-aliasing is jacked and gradients seem to be raster rather than vector based (zoom in and you see crappy pixel artifacts).

I am sure that a lot of these issues have solutions that I as a new user don't know anything about, so please - any designers out there familiar with FW? Keith, I know you do print, but I thought maybe you might have some experience.

By the by - I have no interest in the layout features that supposedly make FW so fantastic for web layout. I code my layouts and backfill with graphics. It'd be great of the guys who produce my specs used FW, but outside of that those things hold no real benefit for me. I just need something capable of producing solid graphics, not the crap I've been able to produce on it so far. Any suggestions for making the most out of this?

Events / Brew Fest - Fell's Pt.
« on: March 25, 2010, 02:46:29 AM »
Apr. 24, Fell's Pt. (Balto, MD) - Anyone here going? Me and the wife will be there. Hopefully.

Classifieds / FREE BrewLadder
« on: March 25, 2010, 02:08:21 AM »
I have a wooden ladder that I converted into a brew stand. Has a top shelf for the HLT and a folding platform in the middle for a MLT. Stained cherry, lots o' poly, and some plumbing. Folds up compactly, no bigger than any other wooden ladder.

Works fine, I'm just building a new pump-based system that's more compact and I want it out of my garage.

Free to anyone who wants it. I'm in Bridgewater, NJ. No shipping.

The Pub / And now for something completely different...
« on: March 19, 2010, 07:04:17 PM »
If your boxwood shrubs are making crackling sounds (like rice krispies) you should read this before freaking out. Then continue freaking out after you've read it.

It is pretty cool, though.

Commercial Beer Reviews / More press for Stillwater
« on: March 12, 2010, 07:53:53 PM »
Not exactly a review, but if anyone in MD is looking to try something new, my buddy Brian put out a Saison recently:

Still haven't been able to get my hands on it, though. Last time I was down there, he was in Belgium.  :'(

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