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by mercutio_stencil
Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 358479

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

I haven't had an opportunity to enjoy Utopias, though I've had my eye on it for a while. But the way you describe it sound like how I'd describe The Lost Abbey's Angel's Share. Obviously I'd expect Utopias to be more boozy, which would be welcome, but the Angel's Share felt like a desert wine versi...
by mercutio_stencil
Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Making a sonic screwdriver
Replies: 6
Views: 2265

Re: Making a sonic screwdriver

Only so many comparisons can be drawn between this (hypothetical) device and the Doctors; I can't remember the last time I saw the Doctor actually unscrew a screw with his.
by mercutio_stencil
Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 358479

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

I just got a taste from a bottle of Sam Adams Utopias, something that's been on my list for a while. It was certainly a unique and interesting experience (two words I heard repeated by several people) but it wasn't really something I enjoyed drinking. To begin with, I don't believe for a moment that...
by mercutio_stencil
Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Bring your own beer - or the homebrewers resource thread
Replies: 70
Views: 40311

Re: Bring your own beer - or the homebrewers resource thread

I've seriously never had a problem with sanitation - and I'm really not sure how people actually have that problem. Sure, everything that comes into contact with the beer should be sterilised, but the beer honestly doesn't go bad all that easily due to the combination of alcohol, hops, low ph due t...
by mercutio_stencil
Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Bring your own beer - or the homebrewers resource thread
Replies: 70
Views: 40311

Re: Bring your own beer - or the homebrewers resource thread

Ulc, you're exactly right, minus one important step, obsessive sanitation. All the rest doesn't matter much if you beer picks up a funky yeast strain or bacteria.
by mercutio_stencil
Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Bring your own beer - or the homebrewers resource thread
Replies: 70
Views: 40311

Re: Bring your own beer - or the homebrewers resource thread

You can probably get the basics for $60-80 - though you need some more stuff when you go to larger batches, and you will, sine there's practically no difference between making 5 litres and making 25 litres, except for the bottling. If your just starting out, find your nearest homebrew shop and buy ...
by mercutio_stencil
Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats: Indoors or Out
Replies: 72
Views: 8350

Re: Cats: Indoors or Out

We have a cat flap, but he spends enough time indoor. I just wish our current cat would stop hunting all these birds (we tried a bell but that didn't help) or rather I wish he would stop bringing them into our kitchen. None of our past cats hunted that much. He mostly hunts birds but he got two gol...
by mercutio_stencil
Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 749274

Re: Doctor Whom

You know, it's a little known fact (probably due to movie appearance) that the Mona Lisa is painted on wood. Makes a much better weapon if you know that (however, the director obviously didn't know this). It's an even lesser known fact that the Mona List has been painted...
by mercutio_stencil
Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats: Indoors or Out
Replies: 72
Views: 8350

Re: Cats: Indoors or Out

Though I don't understand why you would want to prevent your cat from hunting. It's doing what it's made to do. It's no different to the birds who catch poor innocent worms just going about their business. We don't go around affixing bells to birds to prevent them from hunting. I think it's a bit o...
by mercutio_stencil
Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats: Indoors or Out
Replies: 72
Views: 8350

Re: Cats: Indoors or Out

I'm somewhat skeptical about the actual efficacy of the bell; my childhood cat wasn't much of a mouser, but has a fantastic ability to catch all manner of birds, bell or no. The idea of a twenty pound Maine Coon taking down a hummingbird still baffles me slightly. I think my vet said that cats sleep...
by mercutio_stencil
Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cats: Indoors or Out
Replies: 72
Views: 8350

Cats: Indoors or Out

I just got a stern talking too from my neighbor about my indoor cat; she's of the opinion that cats should be allowed to come and go as they please. I stand by my assertion of indoors only under the twofold banner of safety, both for the cat and for the population of small furred and feathered thing...
by mercutio_stencil
Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Living Cheaply
Replies: 72
Views: 8540

Re: Living Cheaply

Quick question: what do you do with the film that forms when you boil unpasteurized milk? While I know it can be made into kaymak, do you normally throw it away, or just eat the film? I don't boil my milk, generally. I can buy a single litre of milk - fresh from the cow, sometimes still warm from s...
by mercutio_stencil
Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 358479

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

Other options are World Wide Stout, or last year's Mikkeller barrel aged series. Both of those tend to be pretty hot unless you've got a year of age on them. Maybe Ola Dubh's -- the full vertical is astounding, although hard to find (or afford). Dig through Avery's line too -- start with Mephistoph...
by mercutio_stencil
Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Living Cheaply
Replies: 72
Views: 8540

Re: Living Cheaply

If you can, do it! Almost all of my neighbours have chickens - and my landlord has told me I could have chickens if I wanted to, but knowing my time here has an end date, I didn't buy chickens for the same reason I didn't adopt a cat or a dog - and so I try to buy eggs from them when they have them...
by mercutio_stencil
Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Google translat for metric to imperial?
Replies: 78
Views: 9854

Re: Google translat for metric to imperial?

How do you feel about Avoirdupois units? No unit is quite as cool as a dram.
by mercutio_stencil
Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Camping Backpacks
Replies: 29
Views: 3846

Re: Camping Backpacks

the couple thing depends on the hammock and the couple i guess...i've slept pretty comfortable in a two person hammock before, though, not a two person camping hammock, so it probably might not translate the same. Most camping hammocks don't have spreader bars to hold the fabric flat, and instead r...
by mercutio_stencil
Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Camping Backpacks
Replies: 29
Views: 3846

Re: Camping Backpacks

if they're more of a weekend outdoors type people instead of trekking down the AT for months at a time, maybe an "adventure hammock" or a hammock tent? i've got an ENO hammock tent that is THE ONLY thing i camp in. even when camping with someone else. they can sleep wherever the shit they...
by mercutio_stencil
Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Camping Backpacks
Replies: 29
Views: 3846

Re: Camping Backpacks

If you want to get them a shelter (and you think they're the adventurous type) look into [url="http://www.tarptent.com/index.html"]Tarptents[/url]. I've found it only takes one or two big trips before most backpackers realize they want to shed some weight, and moving to a Tarptent is a gre...
by mercutio_stencil
Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 358479

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

Magic Hat #9 though, which I really like, even if Beer Advocate doesn't. Rest assured, you have grand taste in beer my son. Adorable as that exchange is Haha, I'd forgotten that he mentioned his father bought it. I just always append "my son" whenever I recite sagely advice in my head, ge...
by mercutio_stencil
Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 358479

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

Magic Hat #9 though, which I really like, even if Beer Advocate doesn't. Rest assured, you have grand taste in beer my son. Adorable as that exchange is, you are right. Nobody has the right to tell you what beer you think tastes good, not the folks at ABI, not the people at beer advocate, not anybo...
by mercutio_stencil
Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Camping Backpacks
Replies: 29
Views: 3846

Re: Camping Backpacks

Eagle Creek makes some nice travel stuff, but I wouldn't backpack with it. I'm also going to side with not buying them a pack; fit aside, you also want to buy them a pack that's just big enough to fit all their camping gear, but not much bigger (no need to carry all that extra weight). I won't even ...
by mercutio_stencil
Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Liquor Thread
Replies: 1265
Views: 276125

Re: The Liquor Thread

The Ardbeg Supernova, I just missed my chance to buy a bottle. Anyone else want to make me jealous?
by mercutio_stencil
Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Bathroom Graffiti
Replies: 37
Views: 6396

Re: Bathroom Graffiti

IN a Stanford bathroom, I saw that people had written with lead pencils on the grout of the tiles basically every word or phrase that rhymes with 'tile'. UC Berkeley area has several probably unauthorized murals, most of them kind of boring generic anarchy/generic insurrectionist types. UC Davis ha...
by mercutio_stencil
Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What kind of Melon is This?
Replies: 6
Views: 2934

Re: What kind of Melon is This?

Terribly sorry, but photos are not available; the melon was devoured far to quickly to allow for that. My cursory googling did reveal the pepino melon, but I think I have my hands on something different. The melon is much more squat and flattened than the pepino, and lacks the distinct point. Think ...
by mercutio_stencil
Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What kind of Melon is This?
Replies: 6
Views: 2934

What kind of Melon is This?

I just returned from the farmers market with what was described as a 'Chinese Edible Rind Melon.' It looks like a cross between a lemon cucumber and a funky heirloom tomato. True to the farmers word, it tastes like a melon; it has a sweet lime green interior, rather soft flesh and a good bit of pulp...
by mercutio_stencil
Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 358479

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

The bottlecap taste usually results from the beer being stored on its side or upside down, such that the beer is actually in contact with the bottlecap. Avoiding that avoids most of the problem. Are you certain of this? Most bottle caps I've dealt with have a deformable plastic liner such that the ...
by mercutio_stencil
Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 358479

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

The bottlecap taste usually results from the beer being stored on its side or upside down, such that the beer is actually in contact with the bottlecap. Avoiding that avoids most of the problem. Are you certain of this? Most bottle caps I've dealt with have a deformable plastic liner such that the ...
by mercutio_stencil
Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Joys of Good Cookware
Replies: 253
Views: 85071

Re: The Joys of Good Cookware

Baking stones are good for bread, and I just use unglazed tiles from Home Despot, laid out on the rack. You do need to heat them for at least 30 minutes before baking on them for the best results. I've seen someone go so far as to line the floor and walls of their oven with bricks before baking. It...
by mercutio_stencil
Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Liquor Thread
Replies: 1265
Views: 276125

Re: The Liquor Thread

I'm drinking my first glass of ouzo. Apparently it gets a lot of hate, but I love it. But I put anise seed in everything. Ouzo is lovely stuff, alot better then Sambuca Recently tried Stella Artios Cidre. Absolutely beautiful Pastis are my personal choice; to be perfectly honest though, most anise ...
by mercutio_stencil
Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Whats your favorite kind of Steel?
Replies: 12
Views: 2322

Re: Whats your favorite kind of Steel?

I'm going to have to throw in my lot with 4130 as well. If I can be more specific, Reynolds 531; I know it's a brand name, but it's a brand with cachet.
by mercutio_stencil
Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What books would you like to see made into movies?
Replies: 97
Views: 76874

Re: What books would you like to see made into movies?

Neuromancer, easily. Really, I'd just like to see it get out of development hell for once. Actually, the new series of Gibson novels would make for really interesting movies as well, but I wouldn't count of them actually translating well
by mercutio_stencil
Mon May 16, 2011 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 358479

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

The yeast is their intellectual property? I have a bit of a problem with owning the legal rights to a living thing, although you are right, the bible is a little unclear as to the subject of yeast. So do I, but the law currently allows companies to own the legal rights to living things , and could ...
by mercutio_stencil
Mon May 16, 2011 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)
Replies: 43
Views: 6385

Re: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)

How on is that easier than planting trees? Because algae grows fast, and you don't have to worry about keeping it around. I'd bet in terms of biomass generated per square foot algae would beat out trees over a long enough period of time. Trees tend to only grow so big and then kind of stop. Of cour...
by mercutio_stencil
Mon May 16, 2011 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I'm doing science, and I need test subjects.
Replies: 79
Views: 10629

Re: I'm doing science, and I need test subjects.

A quick thought to the OP, re: Data visualization. Pie charts are...bad. They don't tell you all that much, and the human brain has trouble really gauging the meaningful differences between the areas of a divided circle. But, if you *must* use pie charts, please make sure categories, "Potato&q...
by mercutio_stencil
Mon May 16, 2011 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 358479

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

... I still hold a bit of a grudge against Chimay for doing some thoroughly un-Christian things with their beer. ... they decided that their yeast was part of their cultural legacy, or something like that, and they wanted to keep it private. Since then, they ferment with their 'special yeast', then...
by mercutio_stencil
Sun May 15, 2011 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 745468

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Ashlah wrote:Do we have a thread for non-douchey commercials? Because Google Chrome has a commercial completely based around the It Gets Better Campaign. And I was so amazed to see it that I almost cried.


I don't know, 3 minutes ago I was feeling great, Now I'm all misty eyed...
by mercutio_stencil
Sun May 15, 2011 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Roomba
Replies: 18
Views: 3412

Re: Roomba

I'm moving to a new apartment with hardwood floors and cheaper rent. Guess what the first thing I'm going to buy is?

Is there any real difference between the Roomba models? I think I remember hearing that some of them work better than others, but I could just be making that up.
by mercutio_stencil
Sun May 15, 2011 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)
Replies: 43
Views: 6385

Re: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)

Or instead of planting trees, I suppose we could grow algae, harvest anything worthwhile from their little metabolisms, and then compress the waste and dump it down an abandoned mine shaft. It could be a nice multi-use tool for a while. I don't know if we have enough mine shafts to really make a lar...
by mercutio_stencil
Thu May 12, 2011 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Liquor Thread
Replies: 1265
Views: 276125

Re: The Liquor Thread

It seems to extend beyond lazy use of mixes, an awful lot of bartenders seem to have no idea how to make basic drinks. I actually had a bartender ask me what a Manhattan was. I usually stick to a pint of beer unless I know that the bartender actually knows what they are doing. Then again, even that ...
by mercutio_stencil
Thu May 12, 2011 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 358479

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

If the only beers Belgium can win awards with are trappists, that's rather sad. Thats not really what I am saying, they shouldn't been the only Belgians to win. But one would think they would be represented. Of the hundreds of breweries in Belgium, only a handful are Trappist. Also, one would kind ...

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