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Old 01-04-2008, 04:28 AM   #1
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It got real cold around here this week. It was in the 20's yesterday and dropped into the single digits last night. I was at work and it dawned on me that I had 3 carboys of wine cold stabilizing on the porch, and 5 galons of pils in primary fermentaion out there also. It had been in the low 40's last week and I wasn't paying attention to the tempurature drop. So I'm sweating it out overnight, thinking that the wine should be ok, it's got enough ETOH to keep it from freezing solid and bursting the carboys. The pils... I'm not too sure about the pils, this could be a disaster waitng for me when I get home. So I get off this morning and drive home figuring I'm going to be facing a mess. It dropped to 8 * F last night. Well, I lucked out. There was a bit of slush in the pils, and the wine was fine. I pulled it all into the kitchen, went about my chores and went to bed around 10:30.

Woke up this evening around 5, showered and went downstairs and the house smelled like a brewery. WTF? I opend the door to the porch and there, under the faucets of my keezer is a large puddle/pile of frozen Hog Goblin. I had looked in the keezer when I webnt to bed and had figured that the insulated walls would act as well to keep cold out as to keep cold in. The internal temp of the keezer was 38*F so I figured I was good. But I didn't take into account the faucets passing thru the collar. One of them froze and burst! Crap, crap, crap!!!! About 2 1/2 gallons of Hob Goblin in a frozen mess on the floor.

I had to leave and SWMBO wasn't home yet.

"Uh Honey, I'll clean it up in the morning."

"You'll clean what up in the morning?"

So I explained about the 87 8 X 10 color glossies, with pictures and arrows on the back, explaining what each one was...

And she said, "Kill. Kill! Kill!!!! KILLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!"

I really hope it's busy here tonight so I don't get out on time, and she has to leave for work before I get home. Not that I don't want to see her, exactly...

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Old 01-04-2008, 06:39 AM   #2
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Wow. We got some unusually cold air here last winter and it too was down below 10°. Above 10 and everything was alright, but as soon as it went under that, pipes started popping. I heard what sounded like water running in the wall beside my computer desk. When I moved closer to listen, I noticed that the carpet along the molding was starting to get wet.

I guess you just need to cook up some higher abv "antifreeze" for the winters.

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Old 01-04-2008, 08:42 AM   #3
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So I explained about the 87 8 X 10 color glossies, with pictures and arrows on the back, explaining what each one was...

And she said, "Kill. Kill! Kill!!!! KILLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!"
OK you lost me at this part.
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:19 AM   #4
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OK you lost me at this part.
Arlo Guthrie. Alice's Resturaunt. I misspoke, it's 27 8 X 10 color glossy photographs. My bad.
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:33 AM   #5
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:12 AM   #6
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Hey i'm all for that...

'You can get anything you want, at Alice's resturant - except for Alice!'

Edit: Thanks Paul... you're going to make me late for work listening to that song!

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Sounds like you need the Lowes 5 dollar Keezer Anti-Freezer.

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I CAN get Alice. SWMBO's named Alice. (OK, maybe not until I clean up the beercicle on the porch, and it's still 11 degrees out there right now. Plus she's at work, so maybe I can't get anything I want. But still, Arlo's wrong. Except about the draft.)

Melana, you know you didn't have to listen to the whole thing. C'mon girl! You know the words. You hummed it to yourself walking out to the car. When you ran the yellow light you were worried that Officer Obie was gonna pull you over. You are having visions of Arlo in his underwear jumping up and down with the Army shrink, screaming "Kill!" Hell, I spontaneously came up with 27 8 X 10 color glossy photographs. You live in Massachusetts, girl, you can't turn on the radio around Thanksgiving without hearing the song. Alice and I might have planted the seed, but it was already ripe for growing.

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Sounds like you need the Lowes 5 dollar Keezer Anti-Freezer.

Wouldn't have helped, froze outside the box.
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Hmm, PTN, that reminds me of the blocked up Porter (or Stout?) tap with some frozen mush in the line, on the brew day a few weeks ago... A hint from mother nature, maybe...?

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