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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Honey for Priming
« on: February 04, 2010, 11:21:27 AM »
On second thought, if you were *only* using honey in the bottles, it would be less than half a pound. I've found two pounds in secondary is about the minimum to get an unambiguous honey flavor.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Superbowl Additions
« on: February 04, 2010, 11:18:32 AM »
How about some cornstarch, so it's always cloudy? ;D

I guess soul-sucking ennui wouldn't fit in the kettle.

OT: Why are BJCP judges so trusting? There could be ANYTHING in those bottles!

LOL, literally.

The Pub / Re: tipping?
« on: February 04, 2010, 10:21:45 AM »
I was going to say some of the corporate chain pizza joints will probably go out of business before long but then I remembered who owns them.   ::)   :D :D

The whole industry is doomed in the long run. It's a ludicrous waste of resources - a 2000+ pound vehicle moving three pounds of food around. Eventually gas will cost enough that consumers won't be willing to pay for it.

The Pub / Re: tipping?
« on: February 04, 2010, 10:18:33 AM »
But let me say this with your words, is it right to punish the customer for something management did?

Well, I don't see it as punishment. I'm not messing with anyone's food, and I'm always polite and professional. But if I have two deliveries, and I know one of them won't tip (perversely, the people who don't tip are generally the ones who order most frequently) I deliver the other order first, regardless of how old the two orders are. That's a simple cost/benefit analysis, IMHO.

I can't really speak to what tips were like before the companies starting imposing "delivery fees", because I've only been doing this since 2007. But everyone I know in the industry (I've worked in six different stores, for three different companies) is honest with customers about how much of the delivery charge "goes to" the driver. (Drivers were getting a per-delivery supplement before the delivery charges, so it's kind of misleading even to say they "get" some of that money - it's 100% profit for the store.) I think it's exceedingly rare for a tipping customer to have become a non-tipping customer because of the system, though. Some people tip, and some don't - I really believe it's as simple as that.

The Pub / Re: tipping?
« on: February 04, 2010, 10:06:11 AM »
I think you're misunderstanding me here. I DO tip, and quite generously, because I am aware of the way wait staff is compensated. I just think the concept of having to make tips to earn a decent wage is ridiculous and should be changed.

I didn't misunderstand at all, and in fact I agree with you. I quoted your post initially simply because it provided an example of what my job actually *is* - which is quite different from what most people think it is, in my experience.

The Pub / Re: tipping?
« on: February 04, 2010, 10:03:30 AM »
a10t2... do you realize what you just said?  Some people are just getting by and ordering a pizza once a month might be their idea of eatting a prepared meal such as a restaurant.  Just saying.... 

I sympathize with those people (hell, I *am* one of those people). Would you make the same argument if they went to your daughter's restaurant once a month and didn't tip, though? If so, that's fine - I disagree, but you're certainly entitled to your opinion.

The Pub / Re: tipping?
« on: February 04, 2010, 09:59:36 AM »
So please explain how delivery or waiting tables is any different than other job?

The only difference is that a driver or waiter doesn't make minimum wage. As I've said, I think it's a stupid and arbitrary system, but it is what it is, and if you're going to support it by ordering the food, you should be tipping.

A job is a job and you should be compensated for your work, by your employer, and not expect the customers to pay twice. Personally, I would never want to be paid by tips. I would feel cheap.

I certainly agree with you there. I find it incredibly demeaning.

The Pub / Re: tipping?
« on: February 04, 2010, 09:55:44 AM »
Wow. I don't think I've ever had anything I've written so thoroughly misunderstood.

If you had bothered to read my earlier posts, you'd find that I do tip. However, I would prefer that they be paid a decent wage for a days work. Yes, they sit around between runs.

In colloquial English, "you" can be used as an indefinite pronoun. In the future I'll use "one" for clarity.

Also, the entire point of my little rant was that drivers are *extremely* busy, all the time, and that very little of the job is the actual driving.

Why is it "okay" for them to provide poor service, if they don't think they'll get a good tip?

I provide non-tipping customers with poor service whenever possible for the simple reason that I LOSE MONEY delivering to them. If there's something I can do that may cause them not to order again, it's in my own interest to do it. Frankly, I don't care if anyone else thinks that's "okay" or not. This isn't a hobby; it's my job. I do it for the money.

I'll bet you take breaks quite often to post here. Maybe you should be tipped for only the time you work.

Tell you what. If you ever see me post between 5 PM and midnight, Thursday through Sunday, I will give you unlimited license to berate me about not doing my job. It's 10:45 on a Thursday morning - since you're posting, may I assume you also work nights?

Better get yourself a soapbox.

I think you may need to look up what that expression means. I was on a soapbox. Then I got off of it. Now I'm on a different soapbox: the one I use to defend myself against ad hominem attacks on the Internet, apparently.

The Pub / Re: tipping?
« on: February 04, 2010, 09:42:04 AM »
What about people that can't afford the extra tip to the driver?  Should they be denied or have their food spit on the next time they order?

That excuse carries no weight with me. Eating out, including delivery, is incredibly expensive. If you're on a budget so tight that a couple dollars make a substantial difference, you should be cooking your own food.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: anyone by chance
« on: February 04, 2010, 09:33:51 AM »
Anyone that commutes 3 hours is a friggin moron

No argument here. Just don't say that to half the people who work in Manhattan. ;D

All Grain Brewing / Re: Astringency in dark beers
« on: February 04, 2010, 09:11:35 AM »
Is it the roasted and chocolate malts that I tasting in these dark beers?

It sounds like you're doing everything else right, so that could be it.

One other thing I've noticed is that for extremely dark beers, the mash chemistry calculators tend to overestimate the RA needed. You may be able to cut back on the carbonates and still get your pH in range.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: anyone by chance
« on: February 04, 2010, 09:08:13 AM »
New Englanders...  ::)

Three hours isn't a road trip. Hell, in a lot of places it's barely a commute.

The Pub / Re: tipping?
« on: February 04, 2010, 09:06:59 AM »
You go to a McDonalds, a single person usually takes your order, takes your money and fill the sacks with the items you ordered. At rush times they're running around at top speed. Do you tip them? I would guess that's a no for most of us.

Now imagine that the same person puts your food in his car and drives it to your house. And after all that, unless you tip him, he isn't making minimum wage.

I guess maybe some people are under the impression that delivery drivers sit around and eat pizza until an order is ready, then drive somewhere, then come back and sit around some more. Unless they're extraordinarily busy, most pizza places will operate with a manager, a dedicated pizza maker, occasionally one other "insider", and anywhere from 1-10 drivers. When you order pizza, there's a 95% chance that a driver took the order, prepped the ingredients, boxed/bagged the order, and did the dishes.

If you're making the case that who is paid minimum wage and who isn't is arbitrary, I'm right there with you. If you're using that as an excuse not to tip, you're just cheap.

Back off the soapbox...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Honey for Priming
« on: February 04, 2010, 08:46:24 AM »
Interesting insight, Skyler. I have two beers sitting in my secondaries right now, and I plan on using DME to prime. I've been using corn sugar until now; any thoughts about priming each batch with a cup of DME each?

I'd be worried about how precisely you could predict the level of carbonation. Are you just going to assume that the DME will be 60-65% fermentable? It just sounds like you're asking for inconsistency, honestly.

Why honey?it is more expensive and will NOT give a honey flavor unless the beer has been pasteurized

That doesn't make sense to me - I can get good honey flavor by adding it in the secondary, so priming seems like a natural thing to try.

The Pub / Re: tipping?
« on: February 03, 2010, 08:34:07 PM »
That's the federal law. States can set their own minimum wage laws, but they have to be as much or more than the feds.

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