I'm a scramblin for words. Sometimes the mind just does not want to give up the words.
OH - one small political question. The paper that shall remain nameless mention that one of the former Mayors that is running again quit after an "infamous speech" to the City Council.
WELL - that certainly brought up questions!! Can someone fill me in?
Before I forget - Friday is the 3rd Friday of the month so it's Kurth night at . . . the Kurth. Come on down for a pint. I invite the gang at The Columbus Pioneer to come on down, I'll buy ya'all a brewsky. Remember - no TV, no music, just friendly people that actually talk to each other. Maybe I'll being a few home brews!
If we manage to survive this week, NEXT week should be back to and actually above normal. Canada and Alaska, where our weather comes from these days are way above normal. No cold air UP THERE!! Move to Canada to get warm. All of that cold air that has been trapped yup dar for the last 3 weeks is on the move as we speak.
Faribanks is having a heat wave and wil peek out at -14F (they have been between -30F and -45F for the last 3 days) amd will be near 30 by Friday, a 70 degree climb.
Another Albert Clipper coming tonight, almost the exact path as the last one. Should get to -8F but rising throughout the night to a balmy high of 7F. Wednesday night -14F, Thursday the pimple will pop with a High of -5F if we are lucky and a low of . . . . . . . . . say it with me . . . . -21F IF not colder.
Then we're OK, above zero Friday and tee-shirt weather Saturday in the middle teens. SWEET!!!
Heck - last night it was -27F in Hayward.
Warner Bro's has come up with an interesting strategy when offering films meant for the older crowd. They will release a movie in limited locations, just enough for people to get talking about it and maybe they should go see so and so.
The Bucket List, Million Dollar Baby and now Gran Torino. All did very very good at the box office. In fact Gran Torino was #1 this week and this will be Eastwoods most watched movie of his career. But - I am now boring myself.
I was trying to figure out how to make a smooth segui between the movie Demons and Angles and This Day in History but - it ain't happening. In 1128, Pope Honorius II recognized the Knights Templar as a valid army of God.
I'm not going to go into what the Knights Templar were all about and what happened to them, visit your local library da Internets! HOWEVER - with that said - I can not wait for Universal's Demons and Angles.
80 years ago today Wyatt Earp died in LA. In Wyatts final years he was a Hollywood consultant for Western movies
OK - here is a link to a real dumb movie for guys - yet - after a few seconds the dumb comedy was rather funny. Probably a horrible movie but I must admit some of the gags were . . . . funny!
hmmmmm - I just watched it again - not so excellent the 2nd time!! Nevermind.
This MIGHT not be so interesting for anybody but myself but I thought it was pretty good. I can totally relate to all 82 of these remarks and THAT is so so sad. I think DJ will agree . . it is so so sad.
You're no longer a Newbi beer maker when . . . .
1. You make really good beer
2. You know yeast strains by number
3. You know the pros and cons of different wort chillers
4. You bore your friends to death discussing styles and ingredients
5. You come to grips with the reality of brewing: you'll never have a perfect brew session, but you'll still make great beer.
6. You open the first bottle after 3 weeks, not the last bottle.
7. You no longer suck on the hose to rack to the secondary.
8. You have two brew sessions in a row without a boil-over.
9. You have more yeast containers in your fridge than condiments.
10. You go to a bar with your spouse and refuse to order anything on tap unless it's not a lager, and fully discuss the differences before ordering.
11. Go to a bar and walk out because all they serve is Coors light, Bud light, Miller Lite, and Corona. (sounds a lot like Columbus).
12. You've had a lengthy argument with the staff at Steak and Ale, due to the fact that they have no Ales on their menu.
13. Place both restaurants and bars on self written yet enforced "banned list" after they:
a.) Serve you beer in a 0.4 litre glass claiming it is a pint or use the term glass and pint interchangeably and charge the pint price.
b.) Serve you beer in the improper beer glass ie. Hefeweizen in a English pint glass or Pils in the same. (well yea - totally!)
c.) Serve beer at the incorrect temperature ie. ultra cold Stout or warm Lager.
d.) When asked for a list of served ales name lagers by their full name ie "Granville Island Lager".
16. You stop asking "is my beer ruined" every time something unexpected happens.
17. You taste your beer and go 'Damn, I made that'. You're no longer a newbie as you expect it however you're still amazed..
18. Nothing is unexpected.
19. You know why it's bad to use a Kilo of sugar.
20. You'll sit in a pub without a drink because they only sell swill.
21. You get excited at the sight of a beer engine.
22. You drag visitors to look at the yeasty beasties fermenting.
23. You stop getting excited over blow offs.
24. You know that nothing ordinary can kill your beer.
25. You don't give a second thought to hot side aeration.
26. You've made more mistakes than a newbie can think of.
27. You already know if glass or plastic is better AND you don't care.
28. You read all of howtobrew.com and it makes sense.
29. You know why a hydrometer helps
30. having enough experience to realize: All this gear doesn't brew great beer -- I do!
31. You know what the calculations are.
32. You know how to do the calculations.
33. You know you don't need to do the calculations.
34. You think you're still a newbie but people start asking you questions.
35. When you give up caring about "Styles" and just brew the damn beer.
36. You find, much to your surprise, that you have enough beer on hand.
37. Spending more money on beer equipment in one day than most people would spend on buying beer from major brewers in one year.
38. By "six-pack", you mean carboys.
39. You visit a brew pub that brags about their "in house" brews, and find that your brews taste so much better!
40. You can't remember the last weekend that you did not brew
41. When your wife has given up hoping you will stop this obsession and starts drinking your beer.
42. When you are excited about using Wyeast Pacman
43. When you can leave it in the carboy for an extra week and not even think of asking the question "Should I?"
44. When you pick up some good microbrew, but find all the flaws from handling since it left the brewery
45. When you pick up some good microbrew, but you're reminded of how great your latest homebrew is
46. When you see the number 56 in this post or 1,056 as in the number of posts currently in Ed's Apfelwein post, you automatically think of the yeast strain 1056.
47. When you brew clones and do blind taste tests with your wife and your brew wins.
48. you're no longer a newbie right after you and your friends choke down that last bottle of your first over carb'd cidery tasting swill-brew and already have another batch on your mind or going into the primary to correct all of the issues/mistakes/ingredients....too late, you have joined the dark side.
49. when you realize that no matter how much you know and have brewed, you'll never know it all.
50. When you look at your carboy, and see some white moldy stuff on top of your lager....and then think "its an aerobic organism...so I could bottle it now and kill the beasties".....and have the best beer you ever made.
51. At the sight of an empty carboy, 12 different ideas for the next batch pop up in your head.(that is SO true)
52. You always are relaxing, not worrying, and drinking a homebrew!
53. You're in no way worried about prohibition ever happening again because you've got about 40 gallons of booze on hand.
54. You have all the skills and equipment necessary to have a HIGHLY profitable side business should Prohibition ever happen again.
55. You visit a brewery and think "That's how I make my beer"
56. After tasting a dozen different batches, your wife finally tastes one that she doesn't immediately dismiss as just "tasting like beer" and actually indicates that she would drink it.(has not happened yet)
57. You start noticing that the guys that own the Local Home Brew Store don't know as much as you do about certain aspects of brewing.(bingo)
58. When your wife, who's a bit of a wine snob, tastes your brew and says she likes it.
59. You show your brewery off to visitors and can answer any question they have about brewing.
60. You're recruited to help pick out a "starter kit" and the price keeps going up because you know how much better it can be.
61. Your magnetic stir plate has it's own place on the counter between the coffee pot and toaster
62. You're use to cleaning Kreusen off of the ceiling, walls, and various other places
63. You see your recipes in other brewers signatures
64. You stop worrying about what other people like and brew what you like.
65. You realize that Grolsch is not that great and the only reason Grolsch sells is for the swing tops.
66. Your family refers to your fridge in the laundry room as Daddy's Beer Fridge, and ask permission before they put anything in it.
67. You make the same recipe (or essentially the same recipe) more than once.
68. You have to use your Tetris skills in order to properly and efficiently store the ridiculous quantities of beer you've built up.(LOL - happened just last night)
69. You do a word relation test, and everything they say has something to do with beer
eg "car - boy"
"door - tap"
"tap - beer"
70. You stop caring what ABV your beer is, because you know you can put away at least a 6er of 8 abv beers before you 'feel' anything, and just care about the taste
71. You build a curtain inside of your brew closet to keep any and ALL light away from your bottles, no matter the bottle color.
72. You go down the baby food aisle and pick up 5 or 6 jars of mashed beats, just so you have some containers for the yeast you're harvesting this weekend.
73. People complement your bad batches of beer.
74. You don't worry about having enough bottled water in the event of a disaster because you have 2 months worth of beer in the basement.
75. You buy clothes for your carboys.
76. you have more refrigerators for beer than you do food.
77. you don't have Central AC but your beer room does.
78. you have hugged a fermenter.
79. you worry about channeling when you sparge your coffee.
80. You reply to a thread titled "I Never Get Head" and your response doesn't end up in the gutter.
81. You decide God wants you to start a brewery.
82. You now bitch twice as much about not getting enough head.
WOW - THAT was boring the 2nd time through also.
I better quit while I'm only a little boring.
Rod - bored with myself.