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The Pub / Re: Chromecast
« on: December 17, 2013, 08:39:51 PM »
They just released a bunch of new apps to work with it.  Netflix works great with it and I've only had a few issues w/ some Youtube videos, but that's not a big deal to me. 

With a PC or Mac, you just need Chrome browser to play through.  Chrome is my favorite browser so that's not an issue with us. 

No iTunes support and I doubt that will ever happen, but there are other free music services (Pandora, Spotify) that work well with it. 

I'm sure someone will come up with an app to play video and music files directly from you computer, but until then if you want to view videos on your computer, you have to upload them to Youtube first...I think.

Tablets and phones work great and I would say are easier to use than computers.

We have mostly Apple products in our house, so we may eventually get an Apple TV when the new one comes out.  However, I've been very happy with the Chromecast (other than no iTunes ability) so we may end up skipping the Apple TV.

The Pub / Re: Chromecast
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:55:29 AM »
I really like it too.  Works great with every device on my network and every TV I have.  Easy installation and I haven't had a single issue with it!  Can't recommend it enough.

The Pub / Re: Let the Games Begin!
« on: December 16, 2013, 07:48:06 PM »
speaking of a player saying "What the fu...," how about the blind side block on Bengal's punter Kevin Huber.  That block fractured his jaw...ouch!

The Pub / Re: Let the Games Begin!
« on: December 16, 2013, 05:54:36 PM »
Until Jerry hires a GM, the Cowboys will be mediocre at best.  Romo is a big reason why they are any good at all, but he makes mistakes at the worst times.  I believe they had a run call on that last INT, but Romo checked out and audibled to the pass.  So I guess you can say Romo was just being Romo.

All Things Food / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: December 14, 2013, 05:56:15 AM »
Spam musubi has become a staple in my house. I make them in batches for snacks at work and whatnot.

Ahhhh, spam musubi.  I ate that a lot growing up in Hawaii.  My Mom would always make that with some lumpia and macaroni salad.  She has a mold that's like double mold with the handle on it.  She hasn't made that musubi in a long time (my parents live in Alabama now) but every Christmas eve she makes a bunch of lumpia and homemade malasadas when the family gets together.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 14, 2013, 02:18:28 AM »
According to Bruce Willis in The Seige, M16s are "ubiquitous". I always wondered what that meant, but now I know it means "from Tennessee" .

Well, then as big fan of Alabama football, I hate anything that's "ubiquitous!"

The Pub / Re: Found this today
« on: December 13, 2013, 11:07:51 PM »
Well that's interesting!  First time I'm hearing about it too.  Will be curious as to how this turns out.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 13, 2013, 08:09:48 PM »
I goes into the closest SPEC's and ask for an entry-level whiskey. Walked out with some G. Dickle 8 classic recipe...

Is sour mash really an entry level whiskey? I was thinking of Canadian Club. Hell I could have picked Crown Royal.

Anyway I'm trying it straight. And indeed it is whiskey. I'm liking it. What should I buy next? For under $20.

One thing I would recommend is if you have stores that do any whiskey tastings, stop by and try some.  There are a couple of stores around me just outside of Denver that do a liquor tasting once a month, so a couple times a yr they have different whiskey tastings.  I "friended" a few on Facebook so I get their announcements there and I'm on a few email lists and get the info there also. 

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 13, 2013, 07:23:58 PM »
My tastes exactly. I remember the first Scottish ale I made - I used the peated malt back in the day believing that was the right thing to do and HATED it. Gave it all away. But I love Balvenie, Ardberg, Glenmorangie, Lagavulin, Talisker, etc all day long.
I love those all too.  And a good Laphroaig as well, I have some Laphroaig Cairdeas that is awesome.  The local store has some of the Glenmorangie Ealanta on the shelf, I drool over that but it's out of my price range.  It takes me a long time to go through a bottle, but that just spreads out the enjoyment.

I really like all those too.  Every year about this time my local liquor store emails me a gift card for $10 that can be used on anything.  They also usually have a sale on a couple of their scotches and this year they have  Glenlivet 12 on sale yesterday and today for $24.99.  So I was able to pick that up for $15!  Last year they had Macallan 12 on a one day sale for $35 so I was able to pick that up for $25. 

Last year I had a client that gave me a bottle of Glenmorangie 18 as a gift!  They won it at the company Christmas party and they don't drink scotch, so they just gave it to me! 

All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing - pump or no pump?
« on: December 13, 2013, 04:13:29 AM »
I use a pump but I currently only use it to whirlpool when I'm cooling w/ my IC.  I batch sparge and transfer strike/ mash water with a pitcher and wort transfers with a ball valve into the fermenter.  However, all that fancy-shiny brewing equipment is tempting, so we'll see how long I keep using the easy system I've got going.  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny's been keeping his pencil sharp!
« on: December 12, 2013, 05:48:47 PM »
So Denny, now that your a hip celebrity, and spending all this time writing books, when are you going to have time to brew now? :))

Now that he's a hip celebrity, does this mean we are one step closer to the Denny and Keith reality TV show?

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 12, 2013, 02:33:17 PM »
+1 to Makers.  I always have a bottle around and as mentioned above, Knob Creek is really good too.  I also will grab a bottle of Buffalo Trace ($25) every now and then, which my wife prefers to Makers.  I also like Blanton's which I will pick up when my local store has it on sale for $36 (normally $45-$50).  Not too long ago I had Four Roses Yellow Label and it was pleasantly good for a bourbon that I've seen in stores for less than $20.     

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny's been keeping his pencil sharp!
« on: December 11, 2013, 03:31:14 PM »
When I first started to homebrew, I bookmarked as a reference and will still go by the site every now and then to see what's going on.  Great blog site with some really good info.  Looks like a promising book. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Secondary Poll
« on: December 11, 2013, 02:04:02 PM »

If you can transfer to an o2 free secondary (like a corny keg or bright tank) then it's great or, as Tom says, for fruit or other actual secondary fermentation.

I've stopped using carboys as a secondary fermenter.  If I do a secondary, it's in a purged keg. 

Ingredients / Re: spruce tips
« on: December 10, 2013, 06:25:28 PM »
I've only had two spruce beers that I liked.  I had some of Shorts Brewing's Imperial Spruce India Pilsner at this yr's GABF and it was a really good beer.  The other spruce beers I've had were just too much and I couldn't drink more than a couple of ounces.  Actually, Alaskan's Winter beer is brewed w/ spruce and that's not a bad beer.

As for brewing a spruce beer, not sure if I want 3-5 gallons of a spruce beer taking up one of my taps.

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