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All Things Food / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: December 10, 2010, 04:01:04 AM »
Looks like chicken soup with Emeril style pasta rags (rolled but not cut pasta).

The Pub / Re: Water Chemistry and the "D" Word
« on: December 09, 2010, 06:50:58 AM »

Just something to think about...

All Things Food / Re: Peppers and oil
« on: December 09, 2010, 04:05:45 AM »
Franky & Johnny's in NOLA turned me on to pepper rings... yum!  

Same-same as onion rings cept bell peppers instead of onions.  

Liquor in the front - Poker in the rear!

The Pub / Re: The Doghouse!!
« on: December 09, 2010, 12:38:18 AM »
"What do you mean? My mistress loved it, and it fit her perfectly!"


The Pub / Water Chemistry and the "D" Word
« on: December 09, 2010, 12:30:05 AM »
An interesting link in the Recent Headlines for 12/7/10 thread.

Water for Distilling: General Guidelines -
Much has been written about water for beer brewing and for soft drinks but little is readily available for distilling. Here are a few pointers for quality of the water and treatments generally regarded for distilled spirits manufacture. There are three separate waters used in whisky (read also for other spirits here) production: mashing, cooling and reduction (or dilution-water).

Thank you.

The Pub / Re: Happy Day!
« on: December 08, 2010, 05:28:19 AM »
Today is a happy day for me! After 8 years of going to college (my midlife crisis) and changing my career from HVAC/sheet metal work to accounting, I took my last final tonight and  earned my Masters degree in Accounting and Financial Analysis.

8 years because I had to get a bachelors degree first and work full time +.

Whew! It has been a long strange trip! :-D

Thank you for letting me share!

Well Done Dano!  You definetly did it the hard way.  Savor the victory and accomplishment.  Enjoy the day!

Eight years is pretty quick!  It took me 10 and 1/2  years to get my engineering degree while working overtime constantly in a power plant.  Started at age 38 and finished at 48.  I guess that spans mid-life...

Sorry, but I can't resist, being from Hawaii... Book'em Dano!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How quickly to skunk?
« on: December 07, 2010, 04:05:23 PM »
All sounds about right, as I can walk from the backdoor to the pool (25 ft) and the beer is skunked.

If you quit leaving the cat food outside the skunks won't be attracted.  ::)

The Pub / Re: DVR questions
« on: December 06, 2010, 08:18:37 PM »
  I had DirecTV  out for a site go. 

Do you live in a cave?  :P

I live in a deep draw between 2 very high tree covered hills.  When I moved there 16 years ago, I was the last house on the cable TV line and the first house in the area not to be on a telephone party line.

And I thought I lived the furthest out on the far side of BFE!

I had a problem with my neighbor's albizia trees blocking my view of the DirecTV satellite.  My neighbor hired a contractor to knock them down (they are an especially nasty invasive species here in Puna).  I had DirecTV on the phone before the contractor had his D9 down off of the flatbed trailer.  Love my Sunday Ticket!

Albizia blossom honey does make very tasty mead, and my bees love the blossoms.  There is excellent nectar flow when the albizias bloom in the summer.

The Pub / Re: If You Could Meet Anybody, Whom Would It Be?
« on: December 06, 2010, 08:04:22 PM »
I'd like to caddy for the Dalai Lama

"Gunga galunga...gunga- gunga lagunga."

The Pub / Re: Anyone Watch 'Brew Masters' Last Night?
« on: December 05, 2010, 10:09:59 AM »
Put out a fire and no one calls you a fireman, but s**k just one c**k and everyone calls you gay.

Hey!  I'm not gay, my boyfriend is.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How quickly to skunk?
« on: December 05, 2010, 10:07:11 AM »
Relax, don't worry, have (and give) a homebrew!

They are fine.  Gift away.

The Pub / Re: Problems with heights.....??
« on: December 05, 2010, 09:51:34 AM »
In my younger days I used to torque test connecting bolts and inspect welds on steel buildings.  I'd walk around fearlessly 20 - 30 floors up with a 5 ft. long torque wrench and no fall protection.  I just focused on what was immediately around me.  I didn't see anything else.  I'd walk across a 50 ft. section of 2" wide joist, 100 ft. up without a second thought.  It was just like walking down the first base line, in my mind's eye.

These days I doubt I'd have the discipline or guts to climb a column to the second floor.  But then again, I got an engineering degree so I wouldn't have to anymore.

BTW, the dry adiabatic lapse rate is 3.56°F for every 1000 ft. gain in elevation.  So the guy on the top of the tower was only about 6° cooler than he was at ground level (not including wind-chill).

I worked and partied with a crew of tower erectors.  They are a breed apart.  Bigger stones than mine for sure!

The Pub / Re: Problems with heights.....??
« on: December 05, 2010, 09:14:38 AM »
When I get up high, I get an almost uncontrollable urge to jump. As dumb as it sounds, I really have to talk myself out of it, and it's not easy. I heard a few other guys that have the same thing happen.

 That's weird. I had the same feeling standing at the back of a cruise ship watching the wake. It's like "go's OK". I liked to freaked the F&%c out!

 Later, much later, this was mentioned to Ms. Tubercle, she said she had the same experience. What causes that?!?

The Pub / Re: NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical
« on: December 04, 2010, 05:54:28 AM »
I'm looking forward to the Wikileak that has the UFO stuff in it. That's one of the future planned releases of documents.

The Pub / Re: DVR questions
« on: December 04, 2010, 03:23:14 AM »
If I could watch Iron Chef America, Chopped, and Throwdown whenever I wanted to, I'd be a happy guy!  Those are what keep me from getting bored while I'm on my treadmill.

Wow!  The treadmill is working...  You look great! Years younger!

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