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The Pub / Study confirms alcohol can lead to unsafe sex
« on: December 13, 2011, 09:46:01 AM »
Study confirms alcohol can lead to unsafe sex

Look for Dr. J. Rehm's next published study in the Journal of Obvious Results, "Water is wet; systematic review and meta-analysis of experimental studies"

Ingredients / Hopfenkranz at the Viktualienmarket in Munich
« on: December 13, 2011, 09:25:10 AM »
A friend sent me these pictures . . .

Equipment and Software / pH meter sale on amazon
« on: December 08, 2011, 06:27:45 PM »
Hanna Instruments HI 98129
Also measures Conductivity/TDS and Temperature.  ~$94 for the next 90 minutes.

I'm not getting one.

The Pub / it's that horrifying moment
« on: December 07, 2011, 06:08:07 AM »
It's that horrifying moment
…when you realize that your friend’s fat arm makes you look naked in the office party photo.

The Pub / woo hoo! We win!!!
« on: December 06, 2011, 04:45:16 AM »

The Pub / in case you didn't know what to get weaze for the holidays
« on: December 05, 2011, 06:25:22 PM »
How about a nice hat and scarf . . .

General Homebrew Discussion / amazon sale
« on: December 01, 2011, 05:58:15 PM »
Bayou Classic 36 qt stainless pot about to go on sale at in 2 minutes, while supplies last.

Go to, click the cyber monday banner, then scroll over until you find the 10:00 AM PST (or your local time) sales.  I don't know what the sale price will be, it is currently $71.39.

<edit> price is $59.99
<edit> to change black friday to cyber monday.  dur

Yeast and Fermentation / not brewing yeast but . . .
« on: November 27, 2011, 07:27:43 AM »
A friend sent me this article, it's very cool.

Equipment and Software / cleaning a nylon mesh bag
« on: November 24, 2011, 06:17:41 AM »
I don't know if this qualifies as equipment per se, but how do you guys clean the nylon bags you use?  I used one to press out some grapes and the thing is a mess.  I tried getting it with a hose and rubbing it under a stream of water, but this bits won't budge.  I was thinking maybe boiling would loosen things, or maybe PBW.  Any other ideas?  Toss it and use cheesecloth next time? :)

All Things Food / smoker temp control
« on: November 23, 2011, 05:26:55 PM »
How do you guys control the temp in your smoker?  Does anyone have an automatic type thing with a fan?  I'm considering buying/building something.  I have no problems with the UDS when I'm smoking at 225F, but when I do fish I go from ~110F to 145F to 175F over the course of the smoke, and it takes a bunch of fiddling that is somewhat weather dependent and kind of a pain in the butt.

I know you can buy pre-made units - any recommendations?

For DIY, I'm thinking a a ranco type controller that measures at higher temps and is wired to power on when the temp drops.  Connect a computer fan to that, mount the fan in a pipe that can attach to the pipe nipples on the bottom of the UDS, and Bob's your uncle.

Wood/Casks / my new barrel
« on: November 21, 2011, 07:08:38 AM »
I picked this up yesterday, it is now full of RIS.  There is a new distillery in Woodinville WA, they released their first bourbon yesterday.  It's very nice :)  But they were selling these 5-gallon barrels that the bourbon just came out of a few weeks ago.  I leak tested it yesterday and filled it with the beer today.  I plan to keg it on Wednesday, and in the meantime think about what else to put in it..  Oh, and the distillers autographed it: Dave Pickerell (looks like Cave, former master distiller from Maker's Mark), Orlin Sorensen, and Brett Carlile.

Equipment and Software / pickup tube
« on: November 17, 2011, 06:54:32 PM »
I've got a couple of kettles with ball valves in them, but they are set high enough that I often tilt them to get more out and a pickup tube would keep me from having to do that.  The outlets are smooth on the inside, so a screw in pickup tube won't work.

I could probably just shove a length of soft copper in there and bend it to suit.  Any other ideas out there?

The Pub / Hops spill brews a 10-car pileup
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:39:02 PM »
I'm disappointed in Ms. Koopmans, she left out so much critical information.  Like what kind of hops were they, and how much spilled?  Reporters today, it's like they don't know what is news and what's not.

The Pub / blacker than black
« on: November 09, 2011, 01:00:48 AM »

The Pub / fish story
« on: November 06, 2011, 08:26:44 AM »
The discussion about red drum in another thread reminded me about something that happened a dozen or so years ago.

A group of us were night fishing on the outer banks, around the end of May 1998 or 1999.  Mostly it was an excuse to have a bonfire and drink beer, but we had poles in the water.  My friend lives in NC and fishes there a lot, and he wanted to go for a red drum.  He cast pretty far out in the surf and stuck it in a sand spike, a few other rods were in but not as deep.  Everyone was standing around talking when someone said "hey, what happened to that pole?"  Sure enough, one was missing from a spike and was nowhere to be seen.  Someone grabbed one of the other rods and ran up the beach, it was desperation but he snagged something.

That rod was passed off to the most experienced fisherman in the group, the guy from NC.  He felt something on the other end and teased it in over the course of 20-30 minutes.  By then, we could see something in the surf, and it looked like a fishing pole.  He passed the first one off to someone else and went and got the other pole out of the surf.  He could feel the fish on the other end.  He tried to reel it in, but found that the tackle from the other pole was snagged in the reel of the pole with the fish on it.  What to do?

He walked back and forth on the beach, keeping tension on the line.  Someone found some nail clippers, and with a flashlight trained on the reel, she slowly clipped the tackle from the other rod out of the reel while he walked back and forth on the beach.  Eventually she cleared it so he could start reeling it in.  Another 20 minutes or so later, and he'd landed a ~40 lb red drum.  We took a quick picture and set it loose in the surf.

Great time ;D

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