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The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: December 01, 2010, 11:45:52 AM »
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, 11:42:32 AM »
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, 08:53:56 AM »
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, 06:48:38 AM »
Cool, and its a pretty fast download via  >

Does that download the whole shebang?

The Pub / Finishing an attic
« on: December 01, 2010, 06:41:01 AM »
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?

All Grain Brewing / Re: IPA bitterness
« on: December 01, 2010, 04:01:33 AM »
Another consideration is the contributions of polyphenols in the perception of bitterness.  An IPA is likely highly hopped and can typically contain a significant concentration of polyphenols from the hops.  These too can be expected to largely drop out of solution when the beer is chilled.  If there is still a significant haze after chilling, then an addition of a clarifying agent such as polyclar can help to precipitate the polyphenols and other bittering components.

Assuming that there wasn't an error in the recipe formulation or in the quote of hop alpha acids, I'm positive that the beer bittering will moderate with chilling and aging.

Interesting, I wasn't aware of the polyphenol contribution. Are these the same phenols that give peat its aroma?

I'll be racking to secondary tonight and as my cave is around 12 deg C right now I expect to get a lot of condensate (can you say that?) in the next few days. Another related question, should I worry about diacetyl with the wyeast 1056 at those temps (55 f/12 c)? I've never fermented this cold before and so am unsure what could happen.

All Grain Brewing / Re: IPA bitterness
« on: December 01, 2010, 03:57:05 AM »
Have you brewed beers with that much alpha acid before? It might be that the beer is just over hopped for your taste.

I remember brewing a SNPA clone in my early days.  The estimates bitterness of that recipe was 39 IBU and it seemed way too bitter for me. I since learned what estimated IBUs or to some extent alpha-acid content I should shoot for in my beers.

I had cloudy hoppy beers before and don’t remember a bitterness that I would attribute to yeast bite. I always considered yeast bite as something subtle that would be distracting but not something that would create an In-Your-Face bitterness.

I've not but I think after tasting it several times that it was just too 'young' as it's now quite palatable. Still a bitter zing, but not horribly so like earlier.

All Grain Brewing / Re: IPA bitterness
« on: December 01, 2010, 03:55:14 AM »
It is still yeasty I would think, and it can have "yeast bite".  The bitter resins are attracted to the yeast cells, and cause a harsh bitterness.  Wait a little until it clears, I find my IPA's best when bright.  But often I get only 3 or 4 pints of the bright beer before the keg blows!

1056/001 doesn't like to drop out of solution until it's chilled.  I find that if I give my beer 2-3 days before I drink it and I don't shake to carbonate etc., it'll drop quite clear and all the gunk will settle to the bottom of the keg (or carboy as I prefer to do it).

However the yeast won't flocculate well if you have incredibly soft water.  I live in NYC where our water's very soft, and I make sure that I always bring the calcium levels up to 60-70 ppm for every brew I do.

I didn't know about the yeast flocculation thing - but water softness isn't a big deal here... You should see the inside of our electric kettle. Looks like the mines of moria.

The Pub / Re: Now I've seen everything.
« on: December 01, 2010, 12:52:58 AM »
opb takes the cake on this one I think. 
Around here we call that one a clambic . . . ;)

You get a for that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Masters......up or down.....?
« on: December 01, 2010, 12:51:47 AM »
I'm not sure any BMC drinkers will be swayed by chicha.

... Isn't that what they're already drinking?

The Pub / Re: Airport Security
« on: November 27, 2010, 02:03:51 AM »
I'm with punatic and some others, it is invasive and doesn't really do anything to keep us safe.  But if they insist, I don't want to be shot with radiation and I don't want them touching me, but I wouldn't mind stripping down if they really want to know what I'm hiding.

Racial profiling does not work and studies show it can actually make the officers jobs harder to do.  What does work, and what the Israeli's do is behavioral profiling.  Every single person is questioned and their answers and manner are evaluated.

There doesn't seem to be any logic to some of these things either, I don't remember where I first read it but check out this story:
TSA confiscates heavily-armed soldiers' nail-clippers

The bottom line is, I don't believe it makes us safer.  Harden the cockpit door, and the pilot can land if there's any trouble in the cabin.  And if there is, they can just depressurize the cabin and drop the air masks, that will keep trouble makers close to a seat . . . ;D


If you ask someone making $12 an hour to spot a potential terrorist, they'll pick the guy in the thawb, or the lady in the burqa. They won't pick the clean-shaven olive-skinned gentleman in the $1,000 suit, because he speaks perfect English and has a (forged) Israeli passport.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a Bayou Classic to assemble!

The Pub / Re: Airport Security
« on: November 27, 2010, 02:00:45 AM »
I was wondering when the board would start a discussion about the TSA. Here's where I come from:

1. These pat downs ARE NOT the pat downs of old - they're the new, improved, "enhanced" pat down, meaning that instead of brushing with the back of the hand to the point where they're -next- to the groin area, they actually touch you there. I'm sorry, but since when does a government agency have a right to touch me there without me being under arrest? Just because I choose to fly does not mean that I have to undergo the same procedures as someone who's being -incarcerated-.

BTW - for those of you who say "you don't have to fly:" Yes, actually, I -do- have to fly because a transatlantic voyage by boat takes a bit more time than one by plane. Also, from a civil rights perspective, the Supreme Court has ruled on several occasions that, as citizens, we have a right to travel ( By saying "if you don't submit to these procedures, you can't board the plane" you are denying me freedom of movement.

2. The first option for enhanced screening, these backscatter x-ray machines, are -not- safe. They have -not- been tested thoroughly. ( The only reason they even EXIST is that a whole bunch of money is being poured into congress by way of the lobbyists who work for the people who make these things:

3. Actually, just read the whole post here, from security expert Bruce Schneier:

4. Israel and "profiling:" Let me say this. The 'profiling' that the highly-trained individuals at Ben Gurion and other aiports utilize is NOT in ANY WAY the sort of profiling that you'd get from $12/hr TSA employees. Here's a great article on how they do their screening:

The idea that any of what the TSA is doing is actually making people safer is hogswallop. They exist to provide people with the illusion of security - they're entirely reactive, as opposed to proactive, and what that tells me is that they're only caring about protecting people from what they already know about, as opposed to what might be happening.

Someone said earlier that 9/11 couldn't happen again because of passenger attitude. This is 100% correct, in my opinion. Look at what happened to the underwear bomber guy - he got the s*** kicked out of him and the only thing he succeeded in blowing up was his own weewee. Passenger attitudes, plus the reinforcement of cockpit doors, are the things keeping us safe. Look, AQAP isn't even trying to put people on planes any more, they're now putting printer cartridges in cargo planes. BTW, if you want further evidence of the TSA's security theater, they banned printer cartridges from planes after that happened. Can you see the stupid from here? I sure can.

Finally, back to the whole backscatter/groping stuff. Do you have kids? Watch these videos:

No way in hell I'm having my child have to go through this. And I suspect many others wouldn't, either. Don't have kids? Read these:

Somewhere in Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden is laughing so hard, goat milk is coming out of his nose.

All Grain Brewing / Re: IPA bitterness
« on: November 27, 2010, 01:32:56 AM »
Hi there! Do you monitor the attenuation when sampling? That could reveal a lot about yeast activity. How did the krausen go? Did it take long before full power?
Secondly, what is your target IBU? I mean with the varieties and quantities of hops you actually used?
Bitterness will actually fade a little with fermentation (yeast activity), flocculation (protein and yeast parts falling to the bottom of the fermentor), etc.

Ahoy hoy, Actually... er... no. Attenuation = a gravity reading, right? I'll go check right now... Ok, back. Gravity at 1.010, down from 1.060 OG. Woohoo! Also, I just tasted it. Holy cow! It's amazing!  :D :D :D

For target IBU, I honestly wasn't really caring. This is my first AIPA and I just kinda winged it as far as hops went, trying to pick hops that were somewhat close in terms of %aA. I guess next time I should try to do a better job of calculating all that, but as it is, so far I'm pretty hoppy happy!

The Pub / Re: happy thanksgiving
« on: November 25, 2010, 08:28:33 AM »
Just chiming in to say I will attempt to have a good time at WERK
Uh... tip a few for me...cause I can't

Right there with ya. Sunday is our big day.

Beer Travel / Re: OMG, whirlwind trip to Belgium.
« on: November 25, 2010, 05:04:19 AM »
Then again, to their credit, they've opened the "Hoppy Loft" on the top floor dedicated to hoppy beers

That's a pretty damn good description of heaven. Sounds like it's worth giving a shot. And yeah, Moeder Lambic is at the top of my list of places to go right now (other than Brouwland!)

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