Filed under: Audio by Joe @ 3:43 pm


Filed under: Homebrew Journal by Joe @ 9:07 pm

Brewed a Belgian Rye today.

10 lb Belgian Pilsner
.25 lb Belgian Aromatic
.75 lb Rye

1 lb Candi Sugar
1 lb Corn Sugar

3 oz Styrian Goldings (bittering)
.3 oz Styrian Goldings (flavor)
.5 oz Saaz (flavor)
.5 oz Cascade (aroma)

Mashed all the grain with ~3.5 gallons of water at 150 deg F for 60 minutes. Sparged with 4 gallons of water at 170 deg F for about 45 minutes.

Brought to boil and added the bittering hops and sugar. Boiled for 45 minutes. Added flavor hops boiled for 12 minutes then added aroma hops and boiled final 3 minutes.

Cooled to ~75 deg F and transfered to a glass carboy.

Pitched one vial of White Labs WLP570 Belgian Pale yeast.

O.G. 1.075


Filed under: Homebrew Journal by Joe @ 3:14 pm

I brewed a half batch (2.5 gallons) of Oatmeal Stout today.

4 lb British 2-Row
4 oz Crystal 60L Malt
4 oz Chocolate Malt
8 oz Oatmeal

.75 oz Kent Goldings (bittering)

Mashed all the grain with ~1.5 gallons of water at 150 deg F for 60 minutes. Sparged with 2 gallons of water at 170 deg F for about 45 minutes.

Brought to boil and added the bittering hops. Boiled for 60 minutes.

Cooled to ~75 deg F and transfered to a glass carboy.

Pitched one vial of White Labs WLP004 Irish Ale yeast.

O.G. 1.050


Filed under: Homebrew Journal by Joe @ 7:25 pm

I brewed a half batch of a Piraat Belgian IPA clone today.

Here’s the ingredient list:

Grain and Fermentables
8.50 lb Belgian CaraPilsner Malt
.25 lb Caramel 20L Malt
2 oz Belgian Caramel Vienna Malt
2 oz Belgian Aromatic Malt
9.2 oz Clear Candi Sugar

Hops and Spices
.3 oz Centennial Hop pellets (bittering)
.5 oz Styrian Goldings (flavor)
.25 oz Styrian Goldings (aroma)
.5 tsp ground Coriander
.5 tsp Sweet Orange Peel

Mashed all the grain with 2.8 gallons of water at 150 deg F for 90 minutes. Sparged with 2 gallons of water at 170 deg F for about 30 minutes.

Added candi sugar and brought wort to a boil. Added bittering hop and boiled for 60 minutes. Added flavor hop and .25 tsp of coriander and boiled for another 10 minutes. Added aroma hop plus .25 tsp of coriander and orange peel and boiled for a final 5 minutes.

Cooled to ~75 deg F and transfered to a 3 gallon carboy.

Pitched one activator packet of Wyeast 3787 Trappist High Gravity yeast.

O.G. 1.100

This is the Belgian IPA fermenting. I’ve never seen such an active fermentation before.


Filed under: Homebrew Journal by Joe @ 7:53 pm

My second all grain brew. Here’s the grain bill:

11.5 lb German Pilsner
.5 lb Cara-Munich
.5 lb Munich
.5 lb Crystal 60º

Mashed grains with 3 gallons of 155º water for 90 minutes.

Sparged with 5 gallons of 170º water for about 45 minutes.

1.5 oz Centennial (pellets) bittering (45 minutes)
1 oz Goldings (whole leaf) + .5 oz Cascade (pellets) (12 minutes)
.5 oz Cascade (pellets) (last 3 minutes)

Pitched dry safale yeast at 75º.

Racked to Secondary, added 1 oz Cascade (pellets)
O.G. 1.051
F.G. 1.008
abv 5.6%


Filed under: Homebrew Journal by Joe @ 3:10 pm

My first All-grain brew. Here’s the grain bill:

4.25 lbs 2-Row
4.25 lbs American Pale
1.25 lbs Rye
1.25 lbs Vienna
.5 lbs Crystal 15L
.25 lbs Carafa Special II

.75 oz Columbus? Pellets <— I can’t remember if this was columbus or not :(
.5 oz Columbus Pellets
1 oz Cascade

Mashed the grains in 3 gallons of water at 155º F for 60 minutes. Sparged with 4.5 gallons of water at 180º F for a final boil volume of 7.5 gallons.

Added the .75 oz of bittering hops at once the wort was brought to boil. After 15 minutes of boiling I added the .5 oz flavor hops (Columbus). Added the Cascade at flame out for aroma. I also added 1 tab of Whirfloc for the last 20 minutes (helps with clarity).

O.G. 1.055
F.G. 1. 010
abv ~ 6%


Filed under: Politics by Joe @ 11:24 am

It’s pretty obvious why we’re in the state we’re in when you listen to this dumbass.


Filed under: Technology by Joe @ 10:04 am

Bill Gates Retirement Party: Ten Reasons Why Vista Isn’t That Bad

I’m going to refute these one by one. Here we go.

1. It’s more secure than Windows XP.
- This might be the only one I’ll give them. They’ve improved on some core security issues. Unfortunately, part of the reason for their lower number of security patches is the low install base (ie hackers are going to focus on XP where the majority of users lie).

2. It’s the best looking Windows yet.
- Yea. It looks sooo awesome. Especially when you have the 8 gigs of RAM needed to see that cool Aero interface. (Anyone who thinks you need as much RAM to run OS X as you do to run Vista is sorely mistaken. I had Tiger running on a G4 Powerbook with 512 megs of RAM. No problem.)

3. Games work just about as well as under XP.
- Well that’s a compelling argument. I should upgrade to something that’s ALMOST as good as what I have. Good call.

4. Vista Media Center is a fantastic DVR.
- So is my TiVo. This is a good example of something 95% of users will never use.

5. The sleep mode works.
- Really? Amazing.

6. Built-in search is better and more useful.
- This is one thing I think they did right. They just had to wait for Apple to do it for them.

7. User Account Control is useful for some people.
- For some people? Who? People who like to be prompted for a password everytime (sometimes twice!) they copy a file or install a plugin? Yea, right. I don’t know anyone who leaves this turned on.

8. Drivers support isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be.
- Yes it is. Oh yes it really is. One must only point to the fact that manufacturers have to make signed drivers for EVERY device they make. NVIDIA, for example, used to make a set of drivers that would work with many different products. This makes driver development less costly and more timely. Vista killed this with their hollywood placating DRM.

9. It’s not any buggier than Windows XP.
- Again, is that supposed to make a compelling argument??

10. Vista is not slow if you have enough RAM.
- Yea and my skateboard isn’t slow if I strap it to a jet engine. Dumbass.


Filed under: WTF by Joe @ 2:40 pm

The TSA has announced a change in their ID policy. Before, someone could cite their constitutional right to fly without ID and be subject to a more extensive pat down (which to me is bullshit and also unconstitutional). Now, not so much.

To clarify: Passengers who refuse to show ID, citing a constitutional right to fly without ID will be refused passage beyond the checkpoints. Passengers who lie and claim to have left their ID at home, will be searched, and then permitted to board their flights.

Your Papers Please: TSA outlaws ID-less flight | Surveillance State – CNET


Filed under: Random Nonsense by Joe @ 4:09 pm

Ahhh. It is like nothing ever changed…


Filed under: Funny and Technology by Joe @ 9:49 am

If you know anything about computers this is hilarious.


Filed under: Politics by Joe @ 1:00 pm

It was recently uncovered that Bush scored a 57 on an IQ test while he was in middle and high school. Mild mental retardation numbers. Here’s my favorite quote from this article.

“When he was here last week,” said King Abdullah at his ranch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, “begging us to lower oil prices, our interpreters had to speak very slowly, every so often asking if he had to go doody.”



Filed under: Interesting by Joe @ 3:16 pm

Spoken like a true genius.

The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.

Full Article


Filed under: Politics by Joe @ 11:25 am

Dave Barry Explains the Tax Rebate

Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

Q. Where will the government get this money?

A. From taxpayers.

Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?

A. Only a smidgen.

Q. What is the purpose of this payment?

A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.

Q. But isn’t that stimulating the economy of China?

A. Shut up.


Filed under: News and Politics by Joe @ 10:53 pm

Press TV – US lawmaker: Recession result of war

“I think actually the spending in the war might help with jobs…because we’re buying equipment, and people are working. I think this economy is down because we built too many houses and the economy’s adjusting,” he said in the NBC’s Today Show on Feb 18th.


Filed under: Funny by Joe @ 11:50 am

Hilarious story about a guy trying to pay for a burrito with a $2 bill.

The $2 Bill


Filed under: Technology by Joe @ 6:33 pm

This is awesome. Sony has been busted using pirated software.

After Sony BMG supplied a pirated license code for Ideal Migration, one of PointDev’s products, the software maker was able to mandate a seizure of Sony BMG’s assets. The subsequent raid revealed that software was illegally installed on four of Sony BMG’s servers.

Sony BMG’s hypocrisy: company busted for using warez


Filed under: Random Nonsense by Joe @ 11:03 pm

Pretty funny m4w post on Craigslist.

I Almost Crossed the Street – Best of Craigslist


Filed under: Random Nonsense by Joe @ 8:29 am

St. Bernardus

Originally uploaded by joechinni

Here’s a picture Kevin got while experimenting with the color accent feature on his Elph. I think this is my favorite picture of the trip. I love how the two things you see are the beer and the Red “B” in my hat.

This was at the St. Bernardus tasting in Watou, about an hour from Ghent in Belgium. This trip has been amazing. Check out the rest of the pictures. I’ll get them properly tagged when I get home.



Filed under: Random Nonsense by Joe @ 3:12 pm

I have to get this out. Spotlight, why do you suck so bad? Why did Apple treat you like their red-headed step child?

If you do a search for something in Spotlight why can’t you add different columns to the results? I have “Name”, “Kind”, and “Last Opened”. I can’t remember the last time I searched for something and wanted to know when I opened it last. At least they added the file path to the bottom of the results, though it’s still a pain in the ass to really see where something is if it’s nested in 20 folders.

For those of you with the same hatred may I suggest a couple alternatives.

Filespot – What Spotlight should be. I don’t like that it’s $20 though.

HoudahSpot – A free alternative, though not as streamlined.

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