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The Pub / Re: Tough job
« on: December 20, 2011, 08:34:54 PM »

 ;) I knew you would secretly love the term "weazletoish".   ;D

I openly love it.

All Things Food / Re: Homemade Soap!
« on: December 20, 2011, 07:10:35 AM »
Huh, here I thought I was the only one. I made a 7lb batch a year ago. I'm on the last bar now.

Don't remember the recipe offhand, but it was lye from Ace hardware and 7lbs of beef kidney fat rendered down. I poured it in a rectangular pyrex baking dish and cut it into bars with a chef's knife. Not pretty, but simple.

Also, I'm told that drip lye makes a soft soap - as in liquid - unless you add table salt. But I don't know anything about that from personal experience.

The Pub / Re: Talk me into brewing Saturday morning
« on: December 19, 2011, 03:18:17 PM »
Well, what did you do?  Closure Man, we need closure...

I did not brew. I was nowhere near prepared. I just couldn't make it happen.

On the other hand, I have a hunch I may be getting some needed supplies to build a RIMS tun for Christmas. So that should simplify things a bit for the future.

The Pub / Re: Talk me into brewing Saturday morning
« on: December 16, 2011, 07:41:24 AM »
You guys suck at talking me into brewing.  :D

I'm not doing an extract batch over there, because then she won't understand why I have to spend the extra time and effort for all-grain when I finally am able to do it again.

Anyway... Maybe I can take a look at equipment tonight.

The Pub / Talk me into brewing Saturday morning
« on: December 15, 2011, 10:32:29 PM »
So... I find myself unexpectedly without kids on Saturday until 2. Here's the rundown:

- I have all the ingredients I need
- I have the time
- It may be quite some time again until I'm able to brew

- Girlfriend also has no kids on Saturday, and it will probably be her last free weekend for quite some time. I can't brew at her place, and she can't come over here.
- All my equipment has been unused for a long time now. I have no idea what condition it's in. Burners are probably rusted to s*** by now.
- I have no propane
- I have a ton of other things to do

What to do, what to do...

All Things Food / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: December 15, 2011, 06:41:57 PM »
Fried catfish & tater tots. Mmmmm...

The Pub / Re: Study confirms alcohol can lead to unsafe sex
« on: December 14, 2011, 08:31:09 AM »
so the take home message is that alcohol does lead to sex.  i mean unsafe or otherwise it does lead to sex ::)

...Sex becomes regrets, regrets become a warning. It is by booze alone I set my mind in motion.

The Pub / Re: Micropile foundations
« on: December 13, 2011, 02:24:47 PM »
just get a couple of double wide trailers and chain them to a tree.

There's an area around here that historically floods pretty badly. In Floyd and Irene, homes in the Valley were flooded up to the second floor. FEMA keeps buying lots and turning it into park land, but not all of them.

I'm tempted to buy some of that very, very cheap land and put a trailer on oil barrel pontoons on the lot. Either that or just park a houseboat, but that's not nearly redneck enough.

« on: December 12, 2011, 03:04:20 PM »
Lol... Probably ;D

« on: December 12, 2011, 02:57:02 PM »
They beat the team from Indianapolis.  Not sure they look very professional without Manning...

Sarcasm doesn't come through well on the Internet. Damn sorry I missed that one, though. Stupid Yankeeland.

« on: December 12, 2011, 01:42:03 PM »
So... I heard the Ravens beat the professional football team from Indianapolis yesterday.


The Pub / Re: I need a sword...
« on: December 07, 2011, 10:33:31 PM »
Real pizza is however you want to make it and no matter how many toppings, cheeses, sauces, etc.. I could say an ale is a real beer, but a lager isn't, but we know that isn't true.

Like I said, if you aren't from the North East you wouldn't understand. I certainly wouldn't expect someone from texas to understand pizza.  ;)

I spent several years in the NE, among other places, and while I have a couple of relatives in Texas, I'm not from there. One can find  good pizza in NY, just like in Chicago or many other places. In fact, CA has some very good pizza.

I call shenanigans.

The Pub / Re: I need a sword...
« on: December 07, 2011, 11:30:41 AM »
Up north they used to call Sloppy Joe a Barbeque sandwich. Not quite as bad as "across the "Red river" I guess but close.
That makes no sense, since I know for a fact that a Sloppy Joe is a triple-decker sandwich consisting of rye bread with swiss cheese, coleslaw, Russian dressing, and some combination of deli meats like corned beef, pastrami, smoked turkey, or ham.  Best if made the day before, wrapped tightly in foil and left in the fridge overnight.

I was just about to ask him to define "sloppy joe."  ;D

I've had BBQ in Texas, Memphis, and NC. I loved them all, but the Texas brisket wins my vote. Also love barbacoa. What I've never tasted a good example of is the St. Louis style, and for the most part that's all you can get around here. There are some local 'Q joints that serve various styles of dry rub, but nothing to write home about. For the most part, STL-style seems to be a cheap and easy way for fair-to-middlin' eateries (of which we have plenty) to pass off a dish as "BBQ" to fill out a menu. Kind of the way the only "hot wings" you can get around here are chicken nuggets smothered in Frank's.  ::)

Pizza... I dunno. NY style was an acquired taste for me. I was always a Chicago-style fan. The grease is what took some getting used to. But with either style, if you get it right, it's fantastic. If you get it wrong, it's a disaster. But saying deep-dish "isn't pizza" is ridiculous unless you are the one person in the world who can accurately trace the lineage of "real pizza."

And California roach cart tacos are the best fast food taco in existence. Which is good, because your pizza sucks, and I never even saw a BBQ joint.

All Things Food / Re: Deer meat
« on: December 06, 2011, 10:52:26 PM »
In New Jersey, well... damned if I know. I learned to drive in PA. Apparently I can see the critters much better than 99% of the other drivers in this state. But I guarantee you I'd get the cops called on me on account of being crazy if I stopped and strapped one to the hood.

Now, I love venison, but I have no idea where I could get one butchered around here, and I've never field dressed one either. If I had confidence in either, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

The Pub / Re: woo hoo! We win!!!
« on: December 06, 2011, 07:36:52 AM »
They have lots of interesting data on that site...


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