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The Pub / Science Friday on Beer
« on: December 06, 2010, 08:56:27 AM »
Haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but they're typically pretty good on these things:

Kegging my very first IPA! Woooo LUPULIN! LUPULIN! LUPULIN!

The Pub / Re: Anyone Watch 'Brew Masters' Last Night?
« on: December 03, 2010, 08:49:56 AM »
I finally got around to watching the chica episode last night.  Thought it was pretty good although I was also somewhat grossed out during portions.

Me too.

I liked both episodes, but my wife LOVED them, and I think for someone just getting in to beer and beer culture, it's an excellent primer. Tell ya what, Sam is starting to grow on me.

The Pub / Re: Kids In Kettles
« on: December 03, 2010, 08:47:55 AM »
I hate to say this but i am suprised there are no lolcats in kettles

But perhaps a lolrus might mistake a kettle for his bukkit?

The Pub / Re: Finishing an attic
« on: December 02, 2010, 06:23:07 PM »
From a resale point, wouldn't building an American style, colonial house be risky? Seems like the locals might frown on that.

It wouldn't be something I'd want to ever resell.

Ingredients / Re: Maris Otter -- which one do you prefer and why?
« on: December 02, 2010, 06:22:40 PM »
Do you chaps get Warminster in the US?

I haven't seen it yet. Do you have an opinion on it, particularly versus the other maltsters?

I've got a 25-kg sack of Warminster from Hamstead Brewing Centre, and I gotta say, it's quality stuff. Dunno how well it would hold up on the voyage over there but I assume it'd still be pretty good.

The Pub / Re: Finishing an attic
« on: December 02, 2010, 04:21:16 PM »
You're saying 400 euros to build a new house, understood. Is it possible to buy a 'used' house there? There's gotta be houses on the market for sale that are much lower priced?! And do you get a mortgage over there to buy a house like you do here?

Oh you can for sure find stuff lower than that, but here's an example of what you can get for less, nearby my current house:

The thing is, if I'm going to spend upwards of 350k on buying something that already exists, I want it to be the house of my dreams. These houses are most definitely not that. What I want to do, in the end, is build an American colonial row-style house with a wraparound porch and lots of yard space. Anything that was built around here after 1945 has the same aesthetic appeal as cranberry sauce shaken from a can.

Mortgage, yup. But given the global economy, I want to put at least 50% down before I buy something.

The Pub / Re: Finishing an attic
« on: December 02, 2010, 10:04:16 AM »
When we lived back in Ohio, my mancave was in the attic. I'll tell you from experience, it gets cold in the winter, and cold in the summer. If I were you, I'd put the brakes on the wood stove idea. Holly is an ibsurance agent, and she knows form dealing with it, unless the house was built with the idea of having a stove, you insurance will be null and void should anything happen. In my old mancave, I put a 40$ electric heater in there, from Wal-Mart. I kept it on low all day, and turned it up, when I was in it. It was comfortable. In the summer, I put a small window a/c unit at one end, and a fan at the other end, to pull the hot air out, and cool ait across the room. It was bearable this way. It was also insulated very well, wich is something you must do. If you heat your attic, and are not insulated properly, snow will melt on the roof, and the water can run down into the walls, freezing there, or behind the gutters, and pull them down. Again, insurance is off the hook, because it is a flaw in the workmanship.

The house was built with wood-burning fireplaces and chimneys on both sides, so I know it's had wood burned in it before. But that's a great piece of advice, to check with our insurance first. Thanks!

For summer, I'm not too worried. We get about a week of an 85-degree "heat wave" and then it settles to 75-78 for the entire summer, so I think I'll be ok. Sure beats the heck out of the Arkansas summers I grew up with. 90 deg f, 70% humidity. No thanks.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: December 02, 2010, 10:02:05 AM »
27 f/-3 c, a reasonable amount of snow on the ground. Getting up to 43 f this weekend, so I may go out and throw the ol' pigskin on the grounds of the chateau with my nephew. Overcast, overcast, overcast. I miss NYC winters. All sun all the time, blistering cold, but lots of sun.

The Pub / Re: Finishing an attic
« on: December 01, 2010, 09:19:32 PM »
I'm with Mikey, why would you want to invest in someone else's property?! Save your money so you can get your own place sooner. How much of these improvement do you get to take with you?

Thr reason I was even thinking about doing this is because I thought the price wouldn't be more than €5-7k - and it's going to cost us about €400k to build a house - so I was thinking that if we're in the place for 9 years and it costs no more than even 10k, that's only 1k per year, which isn't too bad. I see what you're saying but there's (I think) an order of magnitude of difference between what  this'll cost me versus the cost of te home. Again maybe I'm lowballing the work needed... If it's more than 10k I ain't doing it.

The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: December 01, 2010, 06:45:52 PM »
Has anybody mentioned Ghostbusters yet? Because, I mean, Bill Murray.

Actually, this is easier:

if (bill murray) { movie = favorite } else { movie = crap }

The Pub / Re: Finishing an attic
« on: December 01, 2010, 06:42:32 PM »
Lumber is scarce......dead branches are not.

Yup, exactly. And re liquids, it doesn't get that cold up there because warm air rises and my radiator returns go up through there. It's cold but never freezing. Plus, most of the liquids I'll have up there will have alcohol in them which lowers the freezing point ;-)

The Pub / Re: Finishing an attic
« on: December 01, 2010, 03:53:56 PM »
I've thought about doing something with my attic. The ceiling joyce are much too small to support a floor. Framing and subfloor would be most of the work.

Thankfully mine's already finished and "walkable."

I know things are different in Europe, but human nature is human nature. I would visit Monsieur l'avocat (or Madame as the case may be) and get advice. Maybe draw up a very simple piece of paper that spells out who can, and will do what, and what not.

Peace of mind for a few Euros.

After that, have at it. Insulation is #1. Working under slate is tricky. The slate needs to breathe so you can't go right up to it. But, 4 or 5 centimeters is enough. I would think a foil faced foam board installed between the rafters and then finish it across the rafters with either a gypsum board or tongue and groove wood. You'll need heating too. Since you're so close to the roof you may be able to install a thermal solar panel. (depending on orientation). Wouldn't that be cool......"green" beer.

Yup, that's the idea - get a lawyer to make things 'tres propre.' For heating, I was actually thinking about going with a wood-fired stove since it doesn't need to be hot all the time in there -

Solar panels are a great idea, but I dunno if the roof can handle the weight. Eventually I want to build my own house, colonial row-house style, somewhere near here, but land prices are $$ and building materials are $$$,$$$,$$$,$$$.$$ so that project is a ways off - once I do it, though, I'm definitely using solar and putting up a wind turbine. Construction material costs are the real trouble, honestly, and it's high on my list of reasons I miss the US and A.

Oh, yeah - I forgot to mention, in the vein of modifications - I built a deck on the property already. Wood is SUPER EXPENSIVE here, I used treated polish pine and it came out to about 900 euros for wood alone. I remember a Lowes quote at something like $200. Here's the finished product:

So, he knows I do a good job when I go to do something, so hopefully that'll swing in my favor.

If it was me, I'd never put money into someone else's investment. If the landlord was willing to reduce the rent by at least the cost of the materials alone, then I might possibly be tempted, but probably not.

Yeah, that's one thing for sure - I'll ask him to split the costs with me, by rent reduction if necessary.

The Pub / Re: Every episode of Star Trek, ever!
« on: December 01, 2010, 01:48:38 PM »
Cool, and its a pretty fast download via  >

Does that download the whole shebang?

The Pub / Finishing an attic
« on: December 01, 2010, 01:41:01 PM »
Hey everybody,

The wife and I are thinking about refinishing our attic to be a family room, with a part set aside for a keezer and some pub-y stuff. Anyone have experience doing this? We've got a slate roof that's uninsulated (the house is about 150 years old), and would need to of course repair some leaks in the roof first. There's 50 m2 of space (500 sq feet ish) available, which I feel like is enough. One other point, and you may call me crazy: we're renting. Our landlord lives next door and is a super cool guy, and we're on a standard 3x3 French lease, which is to say, we're locked in for 9 years with 3-year intervals for renewals, rent increases, etc. Before doing ANYTHING I'd get something written that guarantees he wouldn't jack our rent or kick us out to try to get more money for the place (although there are laws in place that make it really difficult for him to do something like that). As I said he's a cool guy, so I'm not really worried about it, but I figure it'd be good form to do it anyway. We've already done a bit of refinishing in the basement (knocked out a brick-supported old old old sink, and installed a whole-house filtration/anti-hard-water system) that cost us about 700 euros, he didn't bat an eye although I assume he was pretty happy.

Am I crazy?

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