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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: US-05 - pretty amazing stuff
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:13:44 AM »
Big fan of US-05 myself and looking forward to how the beer turns out. 

The Pub / Re: BB King tonight
« on: March 11, 2013, 02:14:46 PM »
I've seen BB King about 20-25 times dating back to the early 90's but haven't seen him since 2008.  The last couple of shows were inconsistent where he would sing and play a lot in one show, but then the next he would just sing and not play much at all.  So maybe each show just depends on his health.  However, even the couple of shows that he didn't play much, it was amazing to watch how much vibrato he would get using just his pinkie finger. 

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: March 07, 2013, 07:39:24 AM »
Figure this is relevant... Trying to organize a KCBS event in Paris. I'd love to hear if any of you guys have done those before, and what your thoughts are.

My family in Alabama have a team and I've helped out a couple times at a few of their KCBS events in Nashville, Miss., and Alabama.  They are a lot of fun (especially when you win!) and each time I head down south to help out, the competitions get bigger and bigger.  They are very competitive events but you will meet some of the nicest people and of course some of the worlds best bbq.  I highly recommend KCBS competitions to anyone that enjoys cooking bbq!  I'm not 100% sure on how to go about organizing the event, but your toughest part may be getting enough certified judges and maybe finding enough teams to compete.

I'm still brewing in my kitchen and my house has an open concept, so I've got the TV on most of the time.  However, with a 3-year-old daughter, that usually means that Dora, Bubble Guppies (they've got some catchy tunes!), Octonauts, and Doc McStuffins is on.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Belle Saison Dry Yeast
« on: March 01, 2013, 06:51:02 AM »
Thanks Kyle, really looking forward to your updates!

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: February 25, 2013, 10:54:07 AM »
My neighbor came back from a hunting trip with 65 lbs of wild boar . . . he wants me to smoke a couple of shoulders for him.  I expect the fat content to be low, so I plan to wrap them in bacon first and smoke them like any other pork shoulder.  Any other advice?

I've never personally smoked wild boar, but one of my family members in Alabama (who taught me everything there is about BBQ) has done it several times with bacon and it's great.  I know he goes lower on the smoke, about 200-225, which is about 1.5 - 2hrs per pound.  Although I'm not sure if he brines the meat, he does inject the meat.  He places the meat in an aluminum pan with a little apple juice and cider vinegar, smokes uncovered for awhile (not exactly sure of how long) and then will cover in foil for the rest of the way. He loves using apple and peach wood and will throw a little hickory in there for a little peppery flavor.  Meat was great and the tacos we made the next day were phenomenal!  Looking forward to your report on how yours turns out.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« on: February 06, 2013, 07:22:06 PM »
Not a book, but Beersmith has a bunch of recipes. 

The Pub / Re: Pint Glass Pricing Poll
« on: January 17, 2013, 05:13:57 PM »
I voted $8 and I'd probably, and have, paid more.  I've got several tulip 5oz taster glasses from several local breweries and they usually run $2.50 - $3, so I have no problem paying $8+ for 20oz glasses, especially if it came filled w/ beer as Mort suggested!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What were your gateway beers?
« on: January 11, 2013, 04:28:15 PM »
For me, at the time I was living in Atlanta and it was Sweetwater 420 and each winter I would come out to Colorado to ski and Fat Tire kind of re-enforced my thirst to get away from the Budweiser.

Great looking setup and nice addition w/ the stout tank and conical!

The Pub / Re: BCS Championship
« on: January 08, 2013, 09:49:40 AM »
Sorry Lou.

The Pub / Re: BCS Championship
« on: January 08, 2013, 09:41:21 AM »
Legen.....wait for it.....DARY!  I was confident and had originally predicted Bama 24 -17, but after watching Ole Miss just destroy Pitt (Pitt missed FG in OT against ND and Bama boot stomped Ole Siss) in their bowl game, I changed my prediction to 34 - 10. 

Bama has 9 seniors and is one of the youngest teams in the nation.  We'll lose a few Jrs to the NFL, but we currently have what many feel is another #1 recruiting class coming in. 

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: January 05, 2013, 08:16:39 PM »
Wow, looks deeeeeelicous!  Cubed and fried sounds like heaven.  If ya do that, we are going to demand pictures of those too!

The Pub / Re: PC help - dern wifi won't work
« on: January 03, 2013, 11:53:50 AM »
Shouldn't be the router since I am surfing now on my iPad on the same router. That said, I have restarted the router several times today.

That doesn't matter.  I think the first thing you should do is shut down both your router and PC and wait a few minutes.  Then reboot the router, a minute later the PC.  That will force a resync.  A cheap and easy test before you do anything radical.

Just rebooting the router will force the resync.  Even if you restart your computer, it will still use the same saved network settings, which may be corrupted.  Every time I get a call to troubleshoot wireless connections, most of them are solved by deleting your saved wireless network connections and reconnecting to the network just as if it were your first time connecting to the network.  Beyond that, if your other wireless devices are working fine w/ the router, then you start looking closer at the troubled computer.  Then again, routers are so cheap, getting a new one to test out is not much trouble.  If the new router doesn't work, you can always return it.

The Pub / Re: PC help - dern wifi won't work
« on: January 03, 2013, 06:57:20 AM »
Major, try this to reset your home wireless connection on your laptop:

1. Click on the wireless icon in your system tray next to your time.  This will bring up all your wireless signals available to you and show you your home network.

2.  Right click on your home network and select properties

3.  In the network properties window that pops up, select the "Security" tab

4.  Change Security Type to "No Authentication (Open)"

5.  Change Encryption Type to "None" and hit OK

This will basically change and erase the saved network info for your home network on your laptop.

Now go back down to your system tray, click on your wireless icon, select your home network and click connect.  It will connect to your network (you may have to enter your wireless password) and will refresh you home wireless network settings on your laptop.

Good Luck.

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