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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 ;)

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.

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... ;)

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
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
My gosh there are so many uses for this, drywall, small sanding, cutting nails, you name it...LOUD!!!

Impact Driver
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).

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.

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:

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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)

of course NG...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Red Oak Brewery?
« on: September 01, 2011, 05:35:06 PM »
Pass - Battlefield is worth your time, otherwise, see beginning of this post ;)

Battlefield is actually a bock, but it is a bit on the roasty side. Is your brother local? He can do better...

Beer Recipes / Re: Wit Recipe
« on: September 01, 2011, 06:52:49 AM »
I don't like Chamomile in a Wit and you'll find that it takes a buttload of fresh peel/zest.

I'd suggest you head back to basics, no chamomile (unless you love it) and maybe boost the coriander and peels to your taste. The peels really add to the bitterness of the brew.

The Pub / Re: Beer Trade Etiquette
« on: September 01, 2011, 06:49:38 AM »
If trading involves shipping, the litmus test is to hold the packed box over your head and to throw it onto the ground. If nothing shatters you have packaged it correctly.

If you are doing a series of trades it is always best to give a little somthing extra...coasters, openers, glass, another beer, etc...over and above what was promised. Karma will take care of you if you do. If it is a one and done, just send what was promised and maybe a cookie  ;)

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