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The Pub / Re: Plywood face frames?
« on: December 19, 2013, 03:27:05 AM »
Thanks guys. Believe it or not the idea of just trying out a piece of spare ply on the router did not occur to me. Not enough coffee these days.

I have also considered getting a contractor saw, but they're still on the order of 500 euros for a basic dewalt (~$750). But the problem is not ripping, the problem is planing them down to an appropriate size.

Still I have plenty of plywood primer, off-white paint and spare bits of ply so I guess I'll just give it a go and see how it looks.


The Pub / Re: Plywood face frames?
« on: December 15, 2013, 10:49:27 AM »
Martin, did you do any routing on the face of the boards? I really want that detail and am worried that it'll be just like Steve is talking about. Here's a pic of what I'm trying to do FYI if this helps:

The Pub / Plywood face frames?
« on: December 15, 2013, 07:55:18 AM »
So originally I was going to be milling all the face frames for our kitchen redo myself, from cherry stock (same for the door rails & stiles). However that precluded getting a table saw, and for the moment I think we're holding off on that purchase.

I am wondering if anyone knows of any reason other than aesthetic that I could not use birch plywood for cabinets, face frames, rails and stiles and panels all together? The cabinets would be getting painted, face frame assembly is with biscuits and pocket hole screws. The face frames on the drawer side will get a 3/16" radius beaded edge, so I will need to be routing the faces of the ply. Should I be concerned about chip out on the router cuts? Is there any reason why I can't get away with 100% ply for the whole kitchen? I am thinking to use 20mm ply for the whole project.

As an FYI/reminder, I'm in France, there are no such things as lumber supply stores, and plywood is $75 a sheet, which is still way cheaper than pre-milled precut hardwoods.

The Pub / Re: Fake Brew Dog pub in China
« on: December 09, 2013, 10:07:37 AM »
At a club meeting a guy shared a Tactical Nuclear Penguin. The small sip of that hot mess of a beer was all I needed. I don't think the trip across the Atlantic was responsible for that.

TNP and those other super-crazy-expensive-extreme beers are pure marketing. They're not worth it at all. 5 AM Saint, Hardcore IPA, Hoppy Christmas, etc etc - those are super great beers. Hardcore IPA is about as close as I can get to a Pliny-type beer without paying out the nose or flying to California.

Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Engine
« on: December 09, 2013, 06:55:44 AM »
I've got one and use it fairly often. The trick is to get a CO2 aspirator and hook that up to the gas post on your corney. That way you don't have to drink everything in a day. That being said the ideal would be a stout tap on nitro, but those are very expensive out here, and very hard to source the gas mix if you're not a professional.

Another consideration is where to put it - these are typically mounted onto a ledge of some sort and need enough room around them to pull all the way through.

The Pub / Re: Fake Brew Dog pub in China
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:44:26 AM »
"screw that, let's just turn it into advertising."

aka BrewDog's solution to everything.

How about if the brew good beer. Dead squirrel on the bottle - no thanks.
Brew dog. Mehh...

In spite of the marketing crap, they do indeed make great beer. Perhaps it suffers from the long voyage across the seas?

The Pub / Re: Fake Brew Dog pub in China
« on: December 05, 2013, 08:10:46 AM »
* which is a pretty smart move on their part.

The Pub / Re: Fake Brew Dog pub in China
« on: December 05, 2013, 08:10:26 AM »
As much as I want to believe they're being high minded and whatnot in not going after these guys, I would put good money on what really happened being more like this: "can we sue them?" "yes, and it will cost a bazillion pounds and will take several years." "screw that, let's just turn it into advertising."

The Pub / Re: Burlington woman charged with selling beer online
« on: December 05, 2013, 08:08:15 AM »
I paid a little bit more than $250 a case for Heady when I got a case for a hop-related party a few years ago. Then again, I'm not anywhere near Vermont.

Wood/Casks / Fernet Porter
« on: November 29, 2013, 02:49:38 AM »
I had seen some publicity about Odell's Fernet Porter and decided it would make a great dessert beer for our Thanksgiving party last Saturday.

I still don't have the basement cleaned or organized so I haven't had space to brew for a long while now, but I was able to do something somewhat homebrew-y for Thanksgiving. A friend of mine had a bunch of vanilla porter that he had brewed and was more than happy to sell me some uncarbonated finished beer, he told me it'd be great to have less to bottle.

Anyway I took a 2.5 gallon soda keg and filled 'er up, put it on ~0.25 PSI for a week. A few days before I had taken about a cup and a half of medium toast virgin American oak chips and put them in a glass jar, adding Fernet until the liquid had just covered the chips. I let that sit for three days and then added the whole thing to the keg before pressurizing and had it on wood for a week. Tapped the keg, ran it through a beer engine w/ sparkler (hence the low carb volume) and I am not kidding, that beer was gone in an hour.

The Pub / Re: Au pair?
« on: October 24, 2013, 10:58:16 PM »
Nice on hokerer :)

Congrats on #3! How long are you looking for the au pair to stick around?

Starting any time Nov-Dec-Jan-Feb going until May at a minimum.

The Pub / Re: Au pair?
« on: October 24, 2013, 08:44:06 AM »
Yeah we signed up for a bunch of those agencies but I'd prefer to find somebody through people I know and/or respect.

The Pub / Re: Baseball 2013
« on: October 24, 2013, 06:36:19 AM »

The Pub / Au pair?
« on: October 24, 2013, 12:59:24 AM »
We're due for baby #3 in April, and my wife and I have been thinking about hiring an au pair to help out around the house. Do any of you guys know someone (male or female, aged between 17 and 30) who would be interested in coming over between now and May 1st? Pay is typically 300 eur/month, basically pocket money. Work is on a part-time (20 hr/week) basis. Here's a good overview of what is involved:

Anybody have a niece or nephew who is super great with kids and wants to learn French?

The Pub / Re: First Beer Sale (sorta)
« on: October 23, 2013, 06:07:33 AM »
We're starting a side club specifically for the purpose of selling our beer. It's legal as long as you follow the Customs office procedures, and as long as the money you make goes back into the club - like a non-profit.

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