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Old 05-31-2006, 09:04 AM   #1
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Hey Ya'll,

I came home from the hospital five years ago.
My house looked strange, like no one had lived there in a long time.
I opened my five gallon buckets of LME and saw that they were covered with white mold.
I had 6 SIX! 22 oz bottles of ale left after my 'friends' ,
{who had keys to my house}
had drank my brewery dry.
If I ever needed a beer it was then.
Even the disability judge was told by his secretary:
'He'll just spend it all on beer!"
The judge looked at me with a big smile,
{he was ex military and had horses too}
"After all the crap Jack has been through I imagine he needs a drink."


The roofing business went to hell after 9-11 and there still is basically no money. I built up and run my old trapline and hunt hog.
Built up the knife shop and started making knives for sale.
I stay home all the time to save on gas,
write short storys on 33 subjects that are dear to my heart.
I grow my own vegetables, raise poultry and play my accordian.
Make knives, cut my own hair and brew my own beer.

For five years I have suffered abject poverty and deep sadness.
My horse, old Dolly, died.
I rode Dolly 26 miles in one day, bareback.
She just got old and died.
My last remaining hound from my great pack,
old Ranger, died too.
Both my girlfriends dumped me.

When reracking...
I would drink a gallon so that their is only 4 gallons to rerack to the secondary.
Bottling... another gallon so there is only 3 gallons to bottle.
Then I drink it all up before it even gets carbonated.
It is a viscious degenerative cycle poverty is,
that if I have any ale at all,
it's never as good as it could have been.

Life has been hard and unfair.
But ... things are getting better.


Today I was bottling some 'DME with S-04 yeast,' {'8 Lb Hammer'}
and as I picked up four bottles out of the milk crate and placed them on their shelf in the brewery, I had a feeling of 'wellness.'
I looked up at 112 full, green 12 oz bottles.
And down at 20 gallons in primarys and secondarys.
About 65 Lbs of DME is on hand and knives are selling well so that every month I can buy another 55 Lbs. 55 Lbs will brew 7 batches of 8 Lb hammer.
Thats 35 Gallons and I can only drink 30!
So, slowly but surely,
I am at getting ahead.

My new hound Sandymay is my best friend, and a good walker hound.
{She loves to ride in the truck,}
{and we are in love.}
I now am brewing ale faster than I can drink it.
Of a 5 gallon batch,
50, bottles go on the shelf in the brewery rather than 30.
The brewery is filling fast!
Soon I will be drinking ale that had been in the bottles 3-4-5 months,



Life is good.

J. Winters Knife
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Old 05-31-2006, 11:15 AM   #2
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My new hound Sandymay is my best friend, and a good walker hound.
{She loves to ride in the truck,}
{and we are in love.}
That just ain't right
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Old 05-31-2006, 12:47 PM   #3
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Glad to see things are looking up for you Jack. And if you want to love your dogs that's fine by me.

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Old 05-31-2006, 01:58 PM   #4
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And if you want to love your dogs that's fine by me.
Shes your dog isnt she?

Seriously though. Glad your doing better now.

You mention on your site that you made fireplace tools. Any pics? Right now (or last winter) we were using an old putter to poke at the logs. Anything else would be an upgrade.

Best of luck

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Yeah, it sucks when life takes a crap on you. We're all just between life craps, I suppose it's mostly in how you deal with it. Glad to hear you're riding up the face of the wave, and I wish I had that much beer on the shelf!

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Wow. That was some post, Jack.

EDIT: I can't decide to move it to drunken ramblings or keep it here. I'm perplexed.

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Default Hey Magno !

Magno,
I, too, am in Dallas county.
I'll make you a poker for free.
My sister asked for pokers for her friend who sits by the fire out on her porch every night, and constantly 'pokes' her fire.
Her favorite poker stick always gets thrown into the fire and she always gets mad.
A shovel costs:
{what the welder at Chucos tire shop charges to weld the handle to the shovel,} $10. about.
But pokers are free!
'Kelly', at homebrew headquarters, Coit rd.
Knows how to get in touch with me.
I'm 3 miles from the south county line.
3 miles south of Lancaster.
Along the creek.
On 'my 25 acres'.
Or you can email me, the address is on my 'site.'
Lets get ignert,
do some coon hunting next winter.

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Wow. That was some post, Jack.

EDIT: I can't decide to move it to drunken ramblings or keep it here. I'm perplexed.
Dude, I think this one is good enough for BOTH places... it's got beer info AND drunkenness!!!! I say duplicate it LOL




And Jack... very glad to hear life is gettin' better... keep the faith, brother!!!


later,
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I met Jack on a different board , Him and i have a lot in common 5 years ago life was good in 10 seconds it was agony ,a woman ran a stop sign and broke my back in two places and my neck being laid off at the time i had let my health insurence laspe ya gotta eat, now after multiple surgerys i can limp around on my cane ,Jack has helped me out of depression cheered me up late at nite on the computer when pain wouldnt let me sleep and now has got me interested in hounds and trapping again and now brewing i'm todays new member ,Moose and i love my dog too, thanks again to a friend i have never met,Jack the knife

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