fmsmithing

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from Brown City, MI

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    • murphys laws

      11 years ago

      fmsmithing

      Well 3 weeks ago a co worker asked me to to work a day for her so she could go to a basket ball game. I said sure, just return the favor on some Sunday comming up, I have a sheep that is getting ready to lamb out of season so a long weekend around when she gives birth would be good. She of course asks me when shes gonna give birth. I replied, well with murphys laws being intact, probably the same day that I have to work for you.

      Ladies and gentleman, we have a bingo, gave birth today at 3am, and I have to go to work.

    • white labs yeast

      11 years ago

      fmsmithing

      Well at least the experiment paid with some knowledge. I am 7 days into my cider project and did my first racking. The container with the white labs yeast appears to be at least a week ahead of the other if not more. Now as I rack down my container sizesI am looking at the possibility of using a campden tablet to kill off the yeast in one of my smaller containers so that I can add it to the white labs carboy so that the yeast in there can take over. The Lalvin 1118 is totally murky with moderate sediment buildup. The white labs has heavy sediment and is showing signs of clearing up. That is usually found in week 3 or 4 with the other yeast.

    • cider

      11 years ago

      fmsmithing

      Well my mead attempt was surrendered to the septic system and I started brewing 15 gallons of hard cider. I experimented with a different yeast. A kind of yeast that costs 6.50 instead of .90 cents. The kind of yeast that doesn't seem to grow at first. So then you put a heating pad under the carboy and it takes another day to react. Then it blows apart the air lock
      with enough force to ricochet the parts of the yeasty foamy air lock off of the ceiling. Good thing the carboys are sitting in turkey baster pans so that the floor didnt get ruined. The wife hasn't found all the damage yet so I'm thinking of a good time to tell her, like when she finds it.

    • bottling day

      11 years ago

      fmsmithing

      Well on the left you see straight hard cider/wine. On the right in the tall thin bottles is a combination of hard cider and everclear, those bottles are 80 proof, not as good as total upper shelf liquor but still good enough to drink on the rocks. And I can feel the small amount that I've tried

    • ready to bottle

      11 years ago

      fmsmithing

      I tihnk that sometime this Monday or Tuesday I will be bottling out the hard cider (the ones on the left) get that out of the way before the test batches are done. And move my stagnating triple batch of mead into the house to warm up and see if it starts progressing again

    • I'm trying

      11 years ago

      fmsmithing

      I e mailed the radio guy that runs the electronic stuff for their morning show. I even used my police e mail address in hopes he might look up the sound clip. No idea if it will work. Obviously they keep that stuff for a little while since they re-used it.

      If I can get the sound clip of me talking about my X and her man you will definately hear it. Man he even gives geeks the creeps.

    • psudeo celebrity

      11 years ago

      fmsmithing

      Almost a year ago the radio station that I was listening to had a morning talk show and the days topic was nerd orientated. I called them and told them about my ex hooking up with a nerd. It was a live show so when I hung up I was off the air. I never got to hear myself. Until Thanksgiving day. They were playing the best of segments. I heard myself say "my ex hooked up with the royal blue dragon" they played the whole segment, it finished with my saying "I wouldnt have wished this on her" So now the Royal Blue Dragon has psuedo celebrity for earning a spot in "the best of Dave & Chuck the freak"

    • batches

      11 years ago

      fmsmithing

      On the left is a gallon batch of hard cider started on 9-27-07, on the right is a batch of straight hard cider started on 10-21-07. The stuff on the left has been clear like this for at least two weeks. Coming up pretty soon I'll be doing the final racking and the cider on the right will be added to the various test batches instead of water so they only get diluted with more hard cider. Unfortunately there will be a little bit left over that I may have to drink. Purely for educational purposes, so that I can see what it tastes like.

    • cider

      11 years ago

      fmsmithing

      Well I racked all the 1 gallon bottles of cider yesterday, took almost a inch of sediment off each one. They now area all showing signs of clearing up. No idea if the test batches will be done in time for Christmas but its looking good. The mint smells like mint, didn't really notice an apple pie smell with that one. The licorace one is a litte more red than the others and the pomegranate/cherry is very red looking. The primary batch of cider looks ready to bottle now, just gonna let it sit till its time to mail out Christmas presents. That'll get it good and clear before bottling.

    • The winning entry is.....

      11 years ago

      fmsmithing

      To those on my christmas list heres a hint of whats under your tree this year....... and thanks to SCA member Breac.

      After doing the math I got 121ml(4oz) of everclear, to 254ml(8.5oz) of hard cider for 80 proof

      MATH WARNING:
      375 ml bottle of 80 proof = 150ml ETOH by volume

      121ml everclear 190 proof =114.95ml ETOH
      254ml cider 28 proof = 35.56ml ETOH

      375ml total volume = 150.51ml ETOH

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    • ______

      11 years ago

      awesome joke...

      I went to the store the other day. I was only in there for about five minutes, and when I came out there was a motorcycle cop writing a parking ticket. So I went up to him and said, 'Come on buddy, how about giving a guy a break?'

      He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. So I called him a stupid idiot. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having bald tires!

      Then I really got angry at him. He finished the second ticket and put it on the car with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket!

      This went on for about 20 minutes. The more I abused him, the more tickets he wrote. I didn't care. My car was parked around the corner.

    • ______

      11 years ago

      I didn't know if you saw it, but figured that if you had you would have said something. Yeah, he got me good. I figure that in a few weeks he'll have lax enough security for me to get 'em again. I just have less time,.... I suppose I COULD figure out how to use a keystroke logger, but it's a bit much work.

    • mauntgomery

      11 years ago

      Ummm, hi? I dont really know you, but hello anyway!

    • masterdenae

      11 years ago

      hi mike's dad!

    • ______

      12 years ago

      hey dad, I'm back and different.
      ummm,... that was apparent

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