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  1. RIBeer

    Holy $#[email protected]!

    I definitely freaked out a bit. We were really excited, and both anxious about the whole thing. But not as freaked out as I was the day we brought our oldest home for the first time. That's the moment the responsibility thing kicked into overdrive. Oldest turned 10 the beginning of Oct...
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    CPAP experience?

    nyer - I had the exact same surgery a couple of years ago with the same big suck recovery. To make it even more fun, I had a full bleed from one of the tonsil pockets a week after the surgery - woke up at 3am choking on my own blood. Thought I was going to bleed to death. They had to put me...
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    Man, I love Apfelwein

    Apfelwein Score! I just found 6 150ml bottles from a batch I made 3 years ago. Gonna have to find a reason to open one soon!!
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    SWMBO and I got each other a Keurig for Christmas. I went with the reason that it made sense, seeing that she does the flavored coffees, and I stick to decaf. Honestly, I really did it in self defense. While I love her to death, she's just one of those people who can't make coffee. I don't...
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    New Orleans Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants?

    NOLA definitely rocked. Mother's was also really good but on a totally different level - more cafeteria style, but great homestyle cooking.
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    Christmas Lobster

    I prefer them broken into pieces and slow cooked in a really garlicky red sauce. The rest of my family likes them split and stuffed with a ritz cracker and seafood stuffing - I usually use a combination of scallops, shrimp, clams and crab. I dod a couple for my MIL's birthday over the summer...
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    Sony Walkman S series, anyone?

    Wanted to get the older generation iPod Nano for one of my kids, but apparently not many places still have them. Folks at Best Buy said that the Walkman was directly compatible. I had no trouble transferring iTunes music to the unit, but video seems to be a no-go. I did the online tech support...
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    Name this Activity

    More than one way to skin a cat?
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    empty bottles

    I think we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-20 cases.....I think I probably can stop saving new empties now.:cross:
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    Mews Tavern, Wakefield, RI

    Meh...yes, there's a better draft selection here than you will find in most places, and the place is a gold mine, but it's nothing like it was 10 years ago or so. Food has gotten pretty mediocre, portion sizes almost cut in half, and prices have gone way up. I'd pick the Ocean Mist in Matunuck...
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    Full Moon beer?

    Shame on me for not doing a search first......
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    Full Moon beer?

    Just read an interesting article on the effect of the lunar cycle on fermentation and yeast activity...seems interesting, but the article was kinda light on the science behind it. Anyone know anything about this?
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    Feeling bad about not using my LHBS

    LHBS for me is about 1.5 miles from work - great folks, really helpful, and reasonable prices. They also do consignment stuff for brewing gear. Only problem for me is that they don't open until 5pm, and I'm done at work by 3. Waiting the extra two hours just to be able to go is a killer, and...
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    Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance...

    Cranberries aren't even available here in New England yet - I think they are just starting the harvest. We always make Cranberry Walnut jam each year, and have been keeping an eye out for their appearence. Unfortunately, rhubarb has just dropped out of season, so no more Strawberry Rhubarb jam...
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    My 6 year old did this once last year. We stayed at my folk's house for the weekend - I woke up when I heard her crying. She had gotten up and walked into my mom's walk-in closet, squatted in the corner, peed on the floor, and then couldn't figure out how to get out. I realized later that the...
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    Fullsize SUV's

    We had an '04 Dodge Durango for a few years and loved it. Totaled in an accident a few months ago - truck performed beautifully in the crash. Whole front end crumpled but nothing from the firewall back. Should'a seen the remains of the '94 Pathfinder that decided to make a left on red as we...
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    Vintage Bench Capper

    Just FYI - I picked up one of these old cappers from Ebay, and was having a hell of a time with bottles getting stuck in it after capping. Figured out through some help here that there should have been some kind of rubber gasket in the bell....stacked two garden hose washers, tacked them in...
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    Weekend Brewery tour getaways

    The Ommegang Brewery does a nice weekend package in conjunction with The Inn at Cooperstown, but they only do it a couple of times a year, and they get booked pretty fast. Check out the Inn's website for the description. I was supposed to do this with my wife as a Christmas present, but she...
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    What the heck is this?

    I believe it's called a spider, and, as suggested above, it's used for removing fried foods from the hot oil, letting as much oil drain off the food as possible. I have no idea what you would use it for in brewing, except maybe trying to fish whole hops out of a kettle. Wouldn't be too good as...
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    Homemade bagels

    Holy crap - Taylor Ham was a breakfast staple growing up in NY, but was impossible to find here in RI. Local family owned grocery store just started carrying it - gonna do a number on my cholesterol levels, I'm sure! My girls love it too, but SWMBO just doesn't get it. Poor girl.