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The Pub / almost there...
« on: September 27, 2013, 12:25:47 PM »
I do not post as often as I used to, still working my way through life and in general coming out on top every day.  I find myself in a better mood nearly always than I would have thought possible a few years ago.  Anyway, looks like the divorce will be finalized in the next month or so..  and then .. who knows, but the direction is upward and forward. 

Raising an early pint of Octoberfest for my beer brethren..  prosit! 
to freedom and integrity.  may you all have it and live it. 

The Pub / Lone Star Bock
« on: January 11, 2013, 05:13:37 PM »
Dear Lone Star Bock,

I have long been a fan of your sibling, Lone Star. We have shared many an amazing night/day/night together. Floating rivers, paddling canoe's, talking with the ladies, and more. Lone Star doesn't make me ask questions or look for answers, it is simply the beer of the moment. You, however, are a massive disappointment and a blight on the good name you bare on your label. You make me ask questions, soul searching, mind crippling questions about: Why? Why in Gods name were you able to make it past the countless people who have created such magic as your older brother. Why would they let you slip past all the taste tests and marketing groups, all the way to the assembly line, to my unassuming refrigerator. Your aggressive looking rams head staring me in the face as I twisted off your cap, and the immortal words 'LONE STAR' blazing above it. I had hope, real hope, not the kind Obama promised, but like: Holy s***! I just fell into an alligator pit and am about to get my ass tore up! And then I see a hand reaching down from a place unseen, a strong, safe, secure hand, that I can rely on to pull me out of the daily drudge that we all deal with.... and those Goddamned Alligators! But, alas, you were there... Hiding your horrible deception beneath your promising visage. Like all your ancestors, I saluted all those who had fallen before you. With bold carelessness I turned you up on end, expecting the same standard of glory I had been so accustomed.... I found none. Instead, what I had found was a carefully hidden lie lurking beneath you outer shell. You must have been brewed with all of the half smoked cigars in Texas! This liquid ash tray being dumped into my mouth and running down my throat was an unexpected surprise indeed. But it was a far cry from the aftertaste of this crucible. I have had bad beer before, several times in fact, i'm no Nancy! Some times a situation calls for one to swill a warm beer thats been in a truck for months, or to polish off the rest of lonely soldier from the night before... But nothing, had prepared me for the onslaught my well traveled pallet was about to confront. I have never had a cigar be put out on my tongue before, and I have never had anyone piss in my face. But now I know that I will never have to wonder what the feeling of both, happening at the same time, would be like after trying You, Lone Star Bock. Thank you for giving me an experience that I will never forget.

Yours Truly

The Pub / Help design portable keg setup for a weekend
« on: August 15, 2012, 04:23:38 PM »
I am looking for some help on brainstorming this.  A good friend is getting married next april and has asked me not only to stand in his wedding, not only to provide beer and mead, but also to handle his keg setup system for the event and weekend. 

He is getting married at a really nice 20 acre bed and breakfast in austin where after the wedding itself, the parents, the happy couple and wedding party of roughly 20 folks will continue to stay for the next three days to enjoy to scenic place, the pool, and other amenities. 

His dilemma, he intends to have multiple kegs for the wedding and weekend.  At the end of the day/weekend, he wants to end up with a semi portable keg setup he can use in the future.

Wedding day - he will have two domestic beer kegs for the official reception.  Most likely sanke style north american keg couplers.  It would be nice to have two actual taps serving two distinct beers, but a single tap and switching kegs in the background is not a deal breaker. 

Wedding night and after.  For the rest of the weekend he intends to flow through at least two more kegs.  I know he/his wife has voted for Hoegarrten as one of them, (I dont think this is sanke). 

co2 is definiatly the way to go here, and I will be using my 20 pound tank from my kegerator at home for this. 

He is thinking of having the kegs in trashcans and keep icing them over the weekend. 

Based on the above, what other ideas do you folks think would be good things to consider, specific parts or advice?   Any ideas on how to make a trashcan keg a little dressier?  Or go cheaper on a one use kegerator?  Looking for ideas...  sky is the limit during idea phase so any thoughts? 

The Pub / headsup- meteor shower weekend - Perseids peak Saturday night
« on: August 10, 2012, 06:20:14 PM »
I am about to head out of town for the weekend, thought I would drop a note in case anyone else was interested but did not know about the Perseids meteor shower this weekend. 

Saturday August 11th is Perseids meteor shower peak weekend for 2012.  It should peak between midnight and 4am.  It also looks like a thumbnail waning crescent moon, that doesn’t rise until 1am or so, which is also excellent news as that sliver of moon will not light up the sky and distract from the meteor shower.

If you have them, use red lights (does not effect night vision) (red saran wrap works), and have a nighttime picnic and watch the north east sky for the meteor shower.  Go somewhere dark away from city lights and take your families if they have never seen one. Look to the northeast, depending on conditions you may see between 10 and 20 per hour or as much as 70 to 100 per hour. 

You can get more specific location information here for your state or even just generic info as well.

Even if you miss the meteors, have a great weekend and drink a cold one for me!

The Pub / RIP Jon Lord - Deep Purple keyboardist dead at 71
« on: July 16, 2012, 08:22:50 PM »
I'm raising a pint to one of the early musicians who challenged and redefined the roll of the keyboard and organ in rock music.  He used to pump hammond-leslie organ sound through marshall full stack amplification getting that huge 70s style distortion to have his organ get that heavy sound.

The Pub / Houston Beer Fest
« on: June 08, 2012, 06:07:49 PM »
Anyone else going tomorrow?  Aside from that, what "must try beers" would be on your list based on their "menu" of sprts they have on their front page?  I have my favs and ones that have my interest, but maybe I am missing something.!beer

The Pub / new charcoal pit?
« on: February 28, 2012, 07:15:42 PM »
I have a birthday coming up in a few days and have been given the greenlight to get a new bbq pit.  I have a nice smoker, a larger old style new braunfels hondo style.  I also have a decent propane grill, a clamshell weber model that I really like.  For charcoal grill, I have been using "recycled" grills for a few years.  Like old propane grills converted to charcoal.   

I am ready for a new grill.  I am a bit intrigued by the green egg, but dont like the price tag.  200 bizillion happy customers of the weber cannot be too wrong.  I also like the concept of the UDS - ugly barrel style.  I am also leaning towards a pretty weber like the performer with the built in table.  (they have it at my local ace hardware). 

In short.  after 35 years of a lifetime of bbq, I dont know what grill I want next.  Does anyone have any thoughts - good or bad about grills?  I don't need a smoker, wont be doing brisket or ribs or pork shoulders on it - I am covered there.  I just want a decent nice temp grill to use charcoal and mesquite/oak on when the dinner requires so.  What works for you guys and what would you suggest I seriously consider? 

The Pub / bacon cupcakes
« on: February 09, 2012, 01:51:56 PM »
I made these this morning for the kiddos before school.  Thought I would share the goodness. 

fry up some bacon until mostly done

put the bacon in a ring in the cupcake pan

add an egg

cheese, broken up tater tots, some salsa

in the over for 15 minutes at 400

The Pub / too bad the a$$hole co-worker thread got locked...
« on: January 11, 2012, 10:07:24 PM »
because I had the perfect solution. 

The Pub / Merry Christmas Y'all
« on: December 08, 2011, 06:45:33 PM »
I can not believe someone would throw this away.

Yes, it was dirty. It was rusty. It's 8 foot tall and almost 6 feet wide. One of the legs was bent. One small weld had given way. But I drug it home anyway.

After 30 minutes with some steel wool, and a quick hit of 220 grit sandpaper to knock the rust and dirt chunks off it was ready for paint.

Followed that by an hour or so to put on the Rustoleum flat white. Both sides, and a touch up to catch the missed spots. Took just under two cans to do all of it, but it sure was clean again.

two strands of dollar store lights and a buncha zipties later...

I think I have the basis for my Christmas card.

The Pub / I just discovered brewing indoors
« on: August 06, 2011, 09:35:47 AM »
It is soo freaking hot here along the Texas coast.  We have been in the three digits temp for what seems like months.  The thought of setting up the propane rig in the driveway and getting broiled during the boil not to mention the cleanup just keeps making me not want to brew. 

So I brewed indoors on the stove in the kitchen yesterday.  I don't know why it never occurred to me to do it inside before.  I have not brewed in almost a year.  It was nice.  Now I have a belgium tripel 1.073 og bubbling along in the backroom.  hurray! 

The Pub / How long has it been?
« on: May 17, 2011, 07:05:21 PM »
I have not brewed in far too long.  I still have my equipment, and could likely get back to it quickly.  I dont know why I dropped off, time, interest, money, drinking too much, whatever.  I am curious in other brewers, how long have you gone without brewing?  Did you find trouble when you got back into it?  I took a year off and when I restarted, I did a ten gallon batch that wasn't quite right.  I had some type of bacterial aceto-bacter take off.  I was seriously discouraged after that and have not attempted since. 

Anyone else ever come out of the dark and make it work out?  How long was your longest "not brewing" period, and how did you get back into it? 

All Things Food / anyone else bbq'ing for superbowl? whatcha cookin?
« on: February 05, 2011, 01:44:18 PM »
What is anyone else doing for superbowl? 

I am starting with two briskets.  Outside marinate with my normal homeade recipe rub.  I then food processed some onions, garlic, bell peppers, and stuffed into cavities inside the brisket. 

then a nice fresh wild pig leg?  This came from a 75 pound sow, shot in December.  This ham was rubbed with a mix of olive oil, whisky, spice rub.  then wrapped (barded actually) in a weave of thick cut bacon. 

and here it is ready for the smoker later this evening. 

Those are my contributions to the party, aside there is sposed to be a few drunk chickens, a couple racks of ribs, a fatty, and a bunch of new york strip steaks.  Last I heard the planned head count for our party is 32 people. 

The Pub / Another one gone to run in another pasture
« on: December 30, 2010, 02:40:34 PM »
I don't know if anyone here remembers the "Meet Georgia" thread from NB.  It was roughly 4th of July 2008, when I adopted/was adopted by a very sweet and very smart homeless beagle that we named Georgia I found roaming the streets. 

Well we found her in trouble when we awoke on Monday morning.  Neck and face very swollen, labored in breathing.  I rushed her to the emergency vet but it was too late.  She stopped breathing and passed away while I was carrying her. 

Please help me honor her memory by raising a pint sometime this weekend in her honor.  I have owned 6 or 7 dogs in my life, and loved each of them.  But Georgias leaving has left a hole in me like anything I have ever felt.  Go in peace my good sweet girl. 

The Pub / happy thanksgiving
« on: November 25, 2010, 12:19:40 AM »
hope everyone has something to be thankful for and a warm meal to share with family on this turkey day. 
Happy thanksgiving

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