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Old 12-30-2016, 04:45 PM   #14601
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Playing in the 23 inches of snow form last night. Driveway plowed and paths done!!

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Old 12-30-2016, 05:23 PM   #14602
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I made some very small adjustments on the remaining 2015's the other day (Petite Sirah and a PS/Cab/Syrah/Zin) - adding 1/4 of the tartaric I calculated I wanted. The blend's pH came down exactly as I expected, but the PS hardly moved at all. Both were notably improved (though already good). Put a little bit of oak into them and will let that sit for about two weeks. I'll test the pH on the Petite Sirah again and might add just a little more acid. Otherwise, they'll be good to bottle. Also kicked off chromatography on all 4 spring chileans and 4 fall CA wines. Pretty sure the CA's are done - the Chileans, well we won't go there. Though the Carm was showing a lot of bubbles over a few week period a month or so ago. This is my last test on them and I'll sulfite the Carm and Merlot (Syrah and Cab are in barrels and have been sulfited). Also tasted all 4 Californians and am fairly excited at where they are. I tested pH as well. pH on the Syrah was 4.2, but I'm still getting a fair amount of CO2, so I'm hoping that is just throwing it off. The others were consistent with where they started. If all goes well with the Chromo, I'll rack and sulfite tomorrow or Sunday.

I also tasted the LR 3 Country Cab. I added about 2 gallons of spent Cab skins from the fall batch to it. The grape skin addition is noticeable, but after tasting several wines from grapes, it was still clear it is a kit. Some tannin and barrel aging and I think I'll have a pretty good wine though.
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Insurance contractor/adjustor just left. Recommending repair/replace/paint of the damaged drywall on walls and ceilings. And in order to keep everything matched, painting of the rest of the rooms where the damage occurred. So potentially, a little less than half the 1st floor will be painted. Even though the hardwood floors are dry now, there is some cupping in areas. It is 5/8" prefinished solid oak flooring. And it covers the entire first floor, with the exception of the powder room. He says since it is prefinished, and at least 7-8 years old, not likely they will find the same flooring, much less matching exactly. So he is recommending full replacement. He is the insurance company's contractor and says they go along with his recommendation 95% of the time. We will see, but we may be getting new hardwood floors.

Remediation company has had blowers/fans in here since the 'incident'. It sounds like the runway at Dulles Airport, but a lot of it will be coming out today. These guys are pretty amazing though. We've been staying at my parents' the last few nights because it is so loud in here.

So far, what felt like a disaster initially is turning out OK. Looks like all we'll be out for is our deductible and a few hundred for the plumber. Can't complain about that. And I can't say enough about USAA. Thankfully, I've only had to use them one other time for a small car accident about 20 years ago. But from the moment you call them, they are on it and really take care of things.
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Old 01-06-2017, 10:38 AM   #14604
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Sitting in the deer stand with my little buddy. Weather was warm yesterday afternoon, but we managed to harvest an old buck, his first one for the wall. I wanted him to wait for a better deer, but he was having none of that, perfect shot and a quick exit for the old boy. 210 pound 8 point, heavy rack, the rut is on here in north Mississippi, just waiting for a front to turn these 60's to 30's.
I don't read this thread often, but just had to comment on this. That smile is just tremendous. When I was his age, I know you couldn't have talked me out of that shot either. The day will come when he can see the wisdom of letting one like that walk, but all things considered, he'd have to be a robot to pass him up. Plus, I don't think an old boy like that would have gotten much bigger anyway. The mass on those main beams is impressive. Congratulations all around!


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Old 01-07-2017, 08:44 AM   #14605
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Starting late, but it's time to make the beer. Making a Märzen type beer for my wife, which I will keep a secret if she doesn't read this post. Using my newly founded favorite Avangard malt, hoping the pilsner and speciality malts are as good as the pale malt I used this past Monday. It's 19*F here, so running the wort chiller may be a challenge. At least it isn't as windy as they had forecast, yet. Those outside temperatures are keeping my basement on the cool side, so it's lager yeast at 57*F (top of range), hoping that it doesn't ferment into a tootie-fruity Märzen.
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Old 01-07-2017, 09:18 AM   #14606
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I have had good results just putting the fermenting bucket into a large tub and filling the tub with water and swapping out frozen water bottles to keep temperatures down, especially in the early going. I've never tried it with a lager, but seems like it would work just the same.

 
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Starting late, but it's time to make the beer. Making a Märzen type beer for my wife, which I will keep a secret if she doesn't read this post. Using my newly founded favorite Avangard malt, hoping the pilsner and speciality malts are as good as the pale malt I used this past Monday. It's 19*F here, so running the wort chiller may be a challenge. At least it isn't as windy as they had forecast, yet. Those outside temperatures are keeping my basement on the cool side, so it's lager yeast at 57*F (top of range), hoping that it doesn't ferment into a tootie-fruity Märzen.

Had a decent Axis buck on the feeder this morning, about 30" tall horns but kinda narrow spread....but he had a load of his friends with him...I counted 18 deer. Had him in the scope, but I was freezing...17 degree chill factor. I knew if I pulled that trigger, I'd wind up really cold....by the time the herd thinned out, i had already talked myself outta the buck!

I scored a couple of bags of huge Meyer's lemons from a customer the other day....got Everclear...gonna make lemon extract or lemoncello. Got the fixings for a big batch of chilli, oughta do that just to tick off the red head because she wants to use her recipe....between her and the chilli, that oughta warm things up quick!

Also got my favorite Pilsner can kit too...maybe a little lemon zest in this batch. Whatever...I am gonna stay inside today and be warm. I know, I know....you Northern boys are gonna notch my man card for being a cold wussy...I'll loan you my knife, but I'm still not going back outside!

 
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Old 01-07-2017, 03:15 PM   #14608
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I smoked a pork shoulder for 6 hours today. Haven't smoked anything in over a month so was getting antsy.
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:47 PM   #14609
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My wife told me we needed to bottle some wine today. (I hate when she does that) Bottled WineExpert Forza, 2015 Norton, and 2015 Chambourcin Port with chocolate and coffee extract added. Also pulled half of this year's Chambourcin of of cold stabilization and put other half in. Next week should be fine for my two rose's. One from Chambourcin, the other from St. Vincent. Those will be bottled probably in March.

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Enjoying the sounds of silence (or at least as much silence as you can have with two young boys at home). The remediation contractor removed all the fans, blowers and dehumidifiers this afternoon. We can actually sleep in our house again. Now awaiting the next replies from the insurance company and reconstruction contractor. It'll be nice to sleep in my own bed again, regardless.
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