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Old 09-15-2008, 02:10 AM   #1
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Mom has an excess juice machine now. The silly folks that made it told her to disable it by cutting the plug off the cord and sending it in, and they'll send her a new machine (the handle broke off hers, that's all). I build guitar amps, do you really think I can't crimp/solder/etc and epoxy seal a new plug onto a cord?

I might wind up with a juice machine. I'm thinking, juicing apples for cider, or ginger to spice up ginger beer/saison/soda/etc?

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Old 09-15-2008, 10:08 AM   #2
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It's a rhetorical question. Lemme translate for y'all.

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The silly folks that made mom's juice maker told her to disable it by cutting the plug off the cord and sending the plug in, and they'll send her a new machine. I build guitar amps, do they really think I can't crimp/solder/etc and epoxy seal a new plug onto a cord?

Mom has an extra juice machine now. Which means I might wind up with a juice machine. What do you all think of using it to juice apples for cider, or ginger to spice up ginger beer/saison/soda/etc?
He's not asking for help, he's saying, "Geez the manufacturers of products in this disposable society we live in these days are idiots. They think we are so bloody incompetent that we are no longer capable of replacing a broken plug. But hey, if they are stupid enough to send my mother a replacement machine simply by sending in the cut off cord, I might as well take advantage of it. Especially since I repair/build guitar amps all the time.

Gents, do you think such a thing would be useful in the home brewing environment?"


Maybe it's a Maryland thing,that type of sentence structure that is?

(I can't remember what it's called...Is it a "reflexive" sentence?)
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Old 09-15-2008, 12:16 PM   #3
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Awesome interpretation Revvy.

Yeah he is just asking if its worth it to juice his own apples. Many people argue that fresh juice can produce the best cider, but the benefit of juicing your own would be that you can select your apples. But if you are using eating apples instead of cider apples anyways, wouldn't it be better to just buy it? It does take a ton of time and apples for even 1 gallon.

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If he is asking if its worth it to juice his own apples for cider a thread that was bumped the day he made the thread would have come up in a search.

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Damn guys, chill out and re-read the message. Like Revvy said, he's not asking for help, he's poking fun at the manufacturer for thinking cutting the cord off is going to "disable" the juicer.

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Congrats on the free juicer I guess.
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Mom has an excess juice machine now. The silly folks that made it told her to disable it by cutting the plug off the cord and sending it in, and they'll send her a new machine (the handle broke off hers, that's all). I build guitar amps, do you really think I can't crimp/solder/etc and epoxy seal a new plug onto a cord?

I might wind up with a juice machine. I'm thinking, juicing apples for cider, or ginger to spice up ginger beer/saison/soda/etc?
I had this happen with a B&D toaster oven. Clipped the cord and sent it to them. After they send a replacement I replaced the cord, glued on the broken handles and had a new toaster oven for the vacation house.
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I inherited it from my father, so don't blame me if I sound like an old man.

But they just don't make things like they used to. They make things to break and be thrown out, and the companies treat US like we're incapable of doing anything functional. And maybe we can't any more, maybe those skills are pretty much enculturated out of society, so we are just cogs in the consumer machine.

My dad was the king of "re purposing" things, especially things tossed out on trashday. Slap a little paint, solder a wire here or there, and whammo.

I am so glad I picked up that trait from him. Plus I subscribe to both Make and Craft magazines, which are big on the diy/re purposing ethos. And I love digging through OLD copies of popular mechanics from the turn of the last century til the late 60's back before lawyers made everything have safety guards and discouraged you from serious tinkering....I guess that's why I like this hobby so much, we can do stuff, make stuff...

Though I miss shadetree mechanics...If you had a car problem, you pulled it into your neighbor's back yard, and all the old timer's came over, and at LEAST one of them knew what was wrong immediately...And for the cost of a trip to the auto parts store (do they still actually sell AUTO PARTS in those stores these days?) and a case of Stroh's you were back on the road in a couple hours...

Remember when you could actually stick your hand inside the engine compartment and do stuff??? In my lifetime I have actually changed the struts on my old Honda, replaced a fan, changed a thermostat, did countless break jobs....But I can't remember the last time or last car I could do anything like that on...at least 4 vehicles ago...And I cant even remember the last time I changed my own oil.... Sheesh...maybe we really do need a Zombipocalype so we can get back to the good ole days, before corporate America did our thinking for us....

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But they just don't make things like they used to. They make things to break and be thrown out, and the companies treat US like we're incapable of doing anything functional.
This has been referenced as the "throw-away society" and in fact I think that's an actual technical term. Good examples of this tend to include things like CD-R media (to transfer ONE SMALL FILE) and packaging (HP, Dell), but these days we also landfill any computer more than 2 years old and buy a new $400 one (remember when a 486 was $2000?). I use rechargeable batteries because I refuse to spend tons of money on my battery-chewing devices like the Wiimote or digital camera; most people I know keep a 50 pack of AAs for these.

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Hey guys...let's reconsider the original post a little bit, here!

Apples, or any friut, ran through a counter-top juicer is going to be HEAVY with sediment, right!

Does anyone have any idea how much sediment would be in a 5-gallon bucket of this juice. Think about it, there would be no cap to be constantly punching down.

Ferment it under a cheese cloth, pour the juice/must off of the sediment into a secondary, and you are on your way, right!

Would not this method yield way more juice????

Anyone got any experience in this area?

Pogo

BTW - Couldn't the juice be filtered out of the sediment with a fine mesh nylon bag, or would the sediment be so fine that it would pass right through, (Hmmm...maybe pantyhose would do a better job) and use the fruit sediment in jams, jellies, pie fillings, etc.?

Huh?

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