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The Pub / Re: GPS?
« on: September 25, 2011, 07:20:50 AM »
Garmin hands down. Everyone who has other models seem dated by comparison IMO.

Of course you might want to check if that is true with the maps you might need.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Sauerkraut
« on: September 23, 2011, 09:10:05 AM »
I seem to recall about a tablespoon per head, but it was a long time ago that I made it...way more kraut than I generally eat, so one and done for me...

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All Things Food / Re: Kitchen Knives
« on: September 23, 2011, 08:44:29 AM »
I've got a couple of damascus. One is a Japanese design with a super thin super sharp blade. The other while Japanese is really a German design with a thicker, more hefty design. Both are great and both were reasonable, but no exactly inexpensive.

I'm really aching for the Kramer from SLT, but $320 is a bit on the pricey side for something to cut vegetables and meat ;)

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All Things Food / Re: Kitchen Knives
« on: September 23, 2011, 05:14:28 AM »
Haven't pulled the trigger on that SLT Zwilling Kramer yet, but did get the wife a Knuckle Sandwich "Big Stick" and "Dragon Dagger". Cool looking for sure, but the shape doesn't thrill me much. Of course there is only one person they need to appease ;)



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The Pub / Re: Woodworking
« on: September 23, 2011, 05:11:03 AM »
What I actually do is a bit wasteful, but I never measure anything if I can help it. I'll either make a storyboard or take the actual piece and then use some painters tape to mark the length. It uses a buttload of tape, but once you get the convention down as to exactly where you are going to cut the cuts are extremely precise since the edge of the tape tells you exactly where the edge of the blade will fall.

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The Pub / Re: Woodworking
« on: September 21, 2011, 11:42:10 AM »
The pin nailer is great for moulings or holding something while you glue. The mark it leaves is often so small you will not need to fill it to hide.

A word on tool manufacturers - just because a manufacturer makes one excellent tool does not mean all their tools follow suit. I have the worlds crappiest table saw and a compound miter by the same company which is awesome. I do like Hitachi air nailers quite a bit, they put my Craftsman stuff to shame. I have some Spotnails tools which I have not had a chance to use, but understand they are great. My coordless Ryobi set has just about given up the ghost, but the coordless right angle drill from them is awesome.

I doubt you have one in France, but if you need tools to use and abuse I like Harbor Freight. I needed to do a ton of masonry with natural stone. I burned up about 5 angle grinders in the process. Of course when I can get them for $10 each, no big deal... ;)

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The Pub / Re: Woodworking
« on: September 21, 2011, 06:01:29 AM »
While there is some satisfaction to doing it yourself and knowing what is perfect and what is not, time is also a factor. Figure you will be 2 to 5X slower than a professional.

I remodeled our kitchen this spring. Complete gut job, did all the wiring, plumbing, flooring, drywall and wanted to do the cabinet install, mainly to save money. It took the professional three complete 10 hour days to do the install. I figure it would have taken me a week to 10 days to pull off and I just didn't have that sort of time. It's all the little things that will eat your lunch like drilling for the pulls. In our area it is $1 per hole, which sounds expensive, but when you look at laying it out or purchasing a jig to center the hole and then adjustig the jig it was worth every penny. Just having the right bits and tools is problematic.

If you do decide to go after it yourself some of my favorite newer tools are:
Micro Pin Nailer
http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-NP35A-Gauge-Micro-Nailer/dp/B003SHDM84
You can use this to attach all kinds of molding. I even put down hickory quarter round using it (hickory is hard stuff).

Corded MultiTool
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00923465000P?prdNo=8&blockNo=8&blockType=G8
My gosh there are so many uses for this, drywall, small sanding, cutting nails, you name it...LOUD!!!

Impact Driver
http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-KC18DHL-18-Volt-Lithium-Ion-2-Tool/dp/B001N2NTE8
I got this set for $180 and wish I had gotten the driver years ago. Great for any kind of screw or bolt.

PS: In doing the kitchen I believe I pulled out every tool in my arsenal (and they still are scattered about in my garage).

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Other Fermentables / Re: Sauerkraut
« on: September 19, 2011, 09:35:02 AM »
Kraut is super easy. Chop (or slice or whatever) the cabbage and salt it, the water will come out. Weigh it down with a plate and a rock (the way my grandmother did/does it - she's 98 BTW). You want it all submerged for sure and it can get a bit funky at the surface of the liquid. Sandor does a great job with all wild ferments.
http://www.wildfermentation.com/resources.php?page=sauerkraut

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Beer Recipes / Re: Looking for Duck Rabbit Porter Clone?
« on: September 19, 2011, 08:57:14 AM »
If Paul doesn't get back to you, you could also try contacting Matthew Dick with Foothills for ideas (you'll have to figure out how to get ahold of him) or Ken Hilton - do a search for Down East Alers on Facebook and you can send him a note. They both brewed there in the past.

PS: The next Southern Brew News will have an article about Paul and the new tasting room:

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The Pub / Re: International Bacon Day
« on: September 19, 2011, 06:10:07 AM »
Just had a pint of bacon over the weekend...yum...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP category
« on: September 16, 2011, 04:46:11 AM »
I hope when we do revise the guidelines we can tweak the fruit and vegetable beers. Maybe even subcategories within to help the judges at the table. Here's some old discussion on the BJCP Forum which began in 2008
http://www.bjcp.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=434

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The Pub / Re: Where Were You on the Morning of 9/11/01?
« on: September 11, 2011, 08:59:44 AM »
I was on jury duty and saw the plane go into Tower 2 live just seconds before they called us in for selection.

We found the defendent guilty and he was sentenced to a mandatory 10 years due to his record.

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All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: September 05, 2011, 05:57:51 PM »
Sorry no pics, but indirectly smoked two racks of ribs on the grill with a chip box since we were threatening rain. Could have used a little lower and slower, but turned out darn nice. Interesting part...package of spare ribs was purchased in 2008 ;)

Made a sauce I really like out of Grilling with George Hirsch
2 strips bacon chopped
1/2 cup onion
1 cup ketcup
1 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup chili sauce
1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Cook bacon till it gives off fat, add onion cook till translucent, then add ketchup, vinegar and sugars and simmer 5 min, add remaining ingredients and simmer 10 min.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Red Oak Brewery?
« on: September 03, 2011, 10:28:06 AM »
The sell it at Total Wine for more than it is worth. For years they have had a very low pint price point and in bottles are charging out the wazoo. Nice guys, beautiful brewery, but their products are not something I would suggest anyone invest time to procure.

Tell him he can get growlers and bottles from a myriad of breweries in the Raleigh area. I don't know of a good bottle shop near Clayton, but Raleigh has several...a few new ones getting high marks in fact...Tasty Beverage Company 327 W. Davie St.
Raleigh - but the mecca is Sam's Quick Shop in Durham, NC.

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Beer Travel / Re: Local beer recommendations - MI, MN, WI, SD, ND
« on: September 01, 2011, 05:39:07 PM »
Grumpy Troll is worth stopping for the food, but IMO, not for the beer unless something has changed over the past few years.

From the Madtown WI area I like:
Lake Louie
Central Waters
Ale Asylum (brewpub)
Great Date (brewpub)
Tyranena

of course NG...

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