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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: November 16, 2017, 04:06:40 PM »
Breaking out of my usual lurker mode to recommend a recent discovery I made at Total Wine: Oregon Spirit Wheat Whiskey. Bought it on a whim just because I'd never seen or heard of it. I'm generally a bourbon guy, but this very well may become my "house" whiskey going forward. Easily among the best I've had in its price range (~$40).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long is your brew day?
« on: January 12, 2017, 02:17:38 PM »
I do extract brewing. If I really stick to business I can get it done in 3 hours, from hauling the equipment up from the basement to hauling it all back down there afterwards. But I try not to brew under-the-gun like that. A nice, relaxed brew day with maybe a friend or two dropping by to sip and assist usually takes me more like 3 1/2 or 4 hours.

The Pub / Re: How bout them Pens
« on: May 11, 2016, 08:23:29 PM »
I'm a Devils season ticket holder, so I really didn't have any skin in the Caps/Pens series, but man was it ever fun to watch. So fast and furious. Really good series.

The Pub / Re: How Many States Have You Been To? A Bucket List Thing.
« on: March 02, 2016, 07:55:07 PM »
Only 17 states for me, not counting airport layovers. I'd like to do more domestic travel, but every time I start to plan a vacation it seems there's always a cheaper deal to go to Europe. (Consequently, I've been to almost as many places outside the country as I have inside the country.)

I've been on 4 of the 7 continents. Contrary to what some others have said here, I think Antarctica would be mind blowing.

The Pub / Re: DVR / TiVo help...
« on: October 30, 2015, 03:17:17 PM »
It seems like you made the right connections. Did you try changing the TV to channel 4? Most VCRs had a switch to make them display on either channel 3 or channel 4 on the TV. You have to be sure both the TV and the VCR are set to the same channel.

The Pub / Re: DVR / TiVo help...
« on: October 29, 2015, 05:51:44 PM »
The service plans depend on which type of TiVo box you buy. If my assumption is correct in that your dad needs the TiVo Roamio OTA unit, there is only one payment plan option for that box, which is $15/mo as toby said. It's also locked in for one year, with a $75 early termination fee.

The Pub / Re: DVR / TiVo help...
« on: October 26, 2015, 07:28:55 PM »
TiVo requires monthly, yearly or lifetime (of the machine, not the owner) payment for service. This service includes guide data, which is brought in by TiVo from King Media Service, and periodic software upgrades for the TiVo itself. (It also requires connection to either a phone line or the internet.) Without the service, the TiVo is essentially useless. The software updates are just that, but the guide data is the lifeblood of the TiVo experience. In addition to providing a channel guide to the user, it also enables all the search functions and, if you choose to set advance recordings, the guide data is how TiVo knows which channel to record and when.

There are several different TiVo models.* If his cable service is directly off the wire, as you describe it, with no converter box of any kind involved, you need to be sure to get a TiVo with Over The Air (OTA)
capabilities. Even though your father's service is likely coming from a cable provider, the fact that his connection does no require a decoder box means that TiVo will see the signal as an antenna --or over the air-- source. Some TiVo models ONLY work with cable cards, others ONLY work with DirecTV, etc. If the model doesn't specifically say OTA, chances are it will not work for you.

*Some very old TiVo models were able to partially function without a service plan, and you can sometimes find these old machines on eBay or the like. By partially, I mean that without the guide data, you could still use them just like the old VCRs: Make recording on this day, start the recording at this time, end recording at that time, etc. Might as well just get another VCR instead.

Edited to add: The above is very much an overview. I've been using TiVos since 1998, and can provide you with a lot more information if you want it, especially if you have specific questions.

The AHA survey results from 2013.

Educated, married or in partnership, young and fairly high income. Similar resutls.
My browser glitched for a second as I was reading this post, and at first I thought it said "Educated, married or in partnership, young and fairly handsome."

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How Bad Have You Crashed and Burned?
« on: August 27, 2015, 03:57:08 PM »
Not that anyone has been losing any sleep over this, but I thought I'd check in here to say that the scorched grains I wrote about in that last post didn't seem to hurt the final product at all.

This batch is noticeably cloudier than previous batches of I've made from this recipe, but I expected that. Tastes perfectly normal, though.

Lucked out this time.

I just bought two of the glass ones. Haven't had them long enough to try them out yet, but I'm looking forward to NOT having to clean my old regular carboys any more....

The Pub / Re: Google Photos Test
« on: June 03, 2015, 08:07:49 PM »
Just had to chime in on this to say that I'm finding the search terms function on Google Photos to be pretty incredible. I spent about a half hour just searching random words, and it was darned near flawless.

The faces search is pretty amazing, too, IMO. I searched my 74-year-old aunt's face, and it even found a set of old baby pictures of her that I had scanned in. Impressive.

Big brewing problem this weekend. My grain bag sprung a leak big enough to let some of the grains out, but not big enough for me to notice until the end of the steep. Lots of grain scorched on the bottom of the kettle.


I transferred as much of the liquid (and as little of the loose grains) as I could to other pots & pans, and as quickly as I could effectively do so I scoured the scorch off the bottom of the brew kettle, re-sanitized everything, and went on with the rest of the brew.

Everything looked & smelled like it should (I've made this recipe a number of times before), but I guess I won't know how successfully I salvaged it until time to bottle.

The Pub / Re: Where Should I Stop on I-87?
« on: May 10, 2015, 02:22:16 AM »
Thanks for the recs so far. I'm going to make a list & see what comes of it. Yes, Pete B, the fest is at Mass Moca.

The Pub / Where Should I Stop on I-87?
« on: May 08, 2015, 08:12:53 PM »
My wife and I will be heading to the Solid Sound festival toward the end of June. I see on the AHA Member Benefits map that I will be passing very close to Keegan Ales in Kingston, NY as well as C.H. Evans / Albany Pump Station. Not sure how much time I will have to spare, but I hope to stop by at least one of these places on my way up and/or back down. Anyone have an opinion about which I should choose if I can't do both? Any place(s) that DON'T offer AHA benefits, but are worth a visit anyway?

Also, I'll be staying in Bennington, VT, and the festival itself is in North Adams, MA. Looks like everything on the benefits map is at least an hour from either of those locations. Anything near either of these places that I should check out while I'm there?


The Pub / Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« on: March 20, 2015, 02:37:47 PM »
I always brew 6 gallon batches, so it's just a matter of looking at past batches to determine how many pounds of grain it takes to hit a particular OG.
As I said before, I tend to mostly brew a lot of the same recipes over and over again. I will further confess that I can't recall the last time I took a hydrometer reading of any kind. Back in the day I was all about taking copious notes on every brew, from start to finish. Over time I realized I really don't know why I was bothering with it. I know sort of what the ABV is on pretty much all my go-to recipes, but I don't really even care about that. If I were going to enter a contest or something, I'd measure and figure. But all I'm really going to do is drink it, so....
I also think I've brewed enough to look at a particular hop bill and know whether it's going to result in a beer with high, medium or low bitterness, hop flavor, and/or aroma.
Honestly, this is about as technical as I get these days.

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