Favorite fruit?

Apple   1 vote - 9 %
apple   0 votes - 0 %
pineapple   1 vote - 9 %
crabapple   0 votes - 0 %
cherry   2 votes - 18 %
grape   0 votes - 0 %
lemon   0 votes - 0 %
lime   0 votes - 0 %
orange   1 vote - 9 %
raspberry   2 votes - 18 %
strawberry   0 votes - 0 %
peach   0 votes - 0 %
banana   1 vote - 9 %
tomato   0 votes - 0 %
WIPO   3 votes - 27 %
 
11 Total Votes
That's a tough poll by lm (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 09:33:46 AM EST
But I'm going to have to go with wheat.

I'm shocked that a book titled Children of Hurin would be mostly about Hurin's children.

I'm thinking about trying a batch of ale. This would entail a good deal more equipment and I'm not certain where to put it all. Fortunately, there is a good deal of overlap with the things we need to buy to make the chocolate raspberry port our family is going to try to make for Xmas presents. Large buckets made of food grade plastic, after all, are large buckets made of food grade plastic.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
You don't have a five gallon carboy? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 09:36:15 AM EST
With that, and a cheap airlock, you're good to go for ale. Brew it up, let it ferment a week, and then bottle.


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Not yet, it's on the shopping list by lm (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 09:45:21 AM EST
Nor do I have a pot large enough to brew five gallons at once.

The air locks I do have. I've been buying equipment slowly. I didn't want to get everything all at once only to find out out its not something I'm going to keep up. I figured if I started with the bare basics and small batches and if it turns out decent, then it might be worth spending more money. Mostly I've been re-using things like gallon sized empty glass jugs from juice or wine.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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I suppose a five gallon plastic tub by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 09:48:27 AM EST
would work, with lots of sanitizing, for an ale.

I would usually see a carboy once or twice a summer at a garage sale, for around $10-20.


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Carboys by ni (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 11:10:03 AM EST
The bulk of mine were free on craigslist, found waiting on the curb and hauled back awkwardly on the subway from the suburbs. It was a good find.


"These days it seems like sometimes dreams of Italian hyper-gonadism are all a man's got to keep him going." -- CRwM
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Bearded man carrying chemical warfare tools by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #10 Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 11:29:31 AM EST
on Washington Metro, I can't wait for that headline.


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You can probably by ni (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 09:54:35 AM EST
get away with boiling around 3 gallons at once, for extract or partial mash brewing. I do. You'll still need ~ a 4 gallon pot, though, since it gets fairly foamy.

I started out just using my stock pot, and then upraded to a larger stock pot for to avoid messiness. It's not ideal -- everything I brew turns out a touch darker than I'm aiming for because of the intense heat on the thin metal bottom of the pot -- but it's more or less fine, and only cost $18.


"These days it seems like sometimes dreams of Italian hyper-gonadism are all a man's got to keep him going." -- CRwM

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I think my largest pot holds 10 quarts by lm (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 10:02:48 AM EST
So I think a larger pot is definitely in order.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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"for to avoid messiness" by ni (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 10:09:59 AM EST
That was ENTIRELY intentional, I'll have you know.


"These days it seems like sometimes dreams of Italian hyper-gonadism are all a man's got to keep him going." -- CRwM
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Oh, and I should say by lm (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 09:46:24 AM EST
I'm mighty thankful that I now have the basics to start capping bottles.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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WIPO by barooo (2.00 / 0) #11 Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 10:14:20 PM EST
Blackberry. 

man, i need a beefy taco now.
-gzt
And for those who haven't read Zodiac by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Jul 07, 2009 at 11:33:49 AM EST
George's description is literally correct - Stephenson actually wrote in the (epilogue? prologue?) that his goal in writing Zodiac was to see if he could write a book where the hero was an asshole.

OTOH, George, you and I are going to have to disagree about Children of Hurin - I could not finish it, I was so bored.


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I've read the Silmarillion a few times by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Jul 07, 2009 at 11:41:21 AM EST
so maybe being familiar enough with Turin helped in getting to the end. I did return it without rereading it, unlike Zodiac which I did reread, to clarify some plot points.


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in initial setup for hellas by garlic (4.00 / 1) #14 Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 07:02:27 AM EST
temples are discarded and shuffled back into the piles.


Wow, I get a do-over by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #15 Mon Jul 13, 2009 at 08:29:39 AM EST
I should recheck the rules to see what else I forgot, they weren't models of clarity.


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