MacBourne's Musings

Time to go back to the land: Planning to be as off-grid as I can - in the process there'll be music, guns, guitars, a smattering of politics (really kind of over that), CNC routing, yeah - a bunch of other stuff, too. Conservative with libertarian leanings - no wookie suit, yet. Μολὼν λαβέ - ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒE

Month: April 2013

The Four Fundamental Firearms Safety Rules – Revisited

I like it.

The Four Fundamental Firearms Safety Rules – Revisited.

Just sayin’…

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The Polemicist: The Rifle on the Wall: A Left Argument for Gun Rights

Long, but worth every moment you spend reading…

“An essay in seven sections.

– From Progressive Economics
The Fundamental Political Principle

“That rifle on the wall of the labourer’s cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.” — George Orwell

Let’s start with this: The citizen’s right to possess firearms is a fundamental political right. The political principle at stake is quite simple: to deny the state the monopoly of armed force. This should perhaps be stated in the obverse: to empower the citizenry, to distribute the power of armed force among the citizenry as a whole. The history of arguments and struggles over this principle, throughout the world, is long and clear. Instituted in the context of a revolutionary struggle based on the most democratic concepts of its day, the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is perhaps the clearest legal/constitutional expression of this principle, and as such, I think, is one of the most radical statutes in the world.

Go read the whole thing, take a break and read it again.

The Polemicist: The Rifle on the Wall: A Left Argument for Gun Rights.

…you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

Dunno if Mr. Long actually exists…but I find this to be spot-on…

By Junius P. Long

Food For Thought

  • If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally …you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If the only school curriculum allowed to explain how we got here is evolution, but the government stops a $15 million construction project to keep a rare spider from evolving to extinction … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the government … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives 20 F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If, in the largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If an 80-year-old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more …you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If a seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher’s “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with spankings while children of addicts are left in filth and drug infested “homes”… You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing and free cell phones … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to incentivize NOT working with 99 weeks of unemployment checks and no requirement to prove they applied but can’t find work … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.
  • If being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government … You might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

Yep, I’m pretty sure that’s where I currently live…WTF have they done with my country?

Hantover immersion heating element performance

Two Hantover Heet-o-matic 40830 immersion heating elements maintaining a rolling boil on a 7.5 gallon boil – this was about 20 minutes into the boil. The built-in thermostats were great during the mash to hold temperature, too – but cranked to 11 here. (yes, they actually go to 11 – heh).

Happy Yeasties

Fermentation activity 24 hours after pitching yeast – Safale US-05 Ale Yeast. MMMMMMM…beer.

Wherein I fumble through my first all-grain brewing session in 15 years…

So…this was originally going to be Midwest’s Sierra Nevada Pale clone modified with additional base and caramel malts for a 6 gallon batch. Best laid plans of mice and men and all that. I inadvertently grabbed the grains for a California Common Ale out of stock – as I was mashing I noticed the color was a bit darker than I expected. Oopsie.
I decided to roll with it, so now we have the birth of the California Uncommon Pale Ale. A bit over the top in IBUs for an American Pale Ale, but a tad weak for an American IPA. We shall see.

Ingredients:
Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 9.00 lb
Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 0.50 lb
Caramel/Crystal Malt – 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 0.50 lb
Caramel/Crystal Malt – 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 3.00 lb
Perle [8.90 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 1.00
Perle [8.90 %] – Boil 30.0 min Hop 1.00
Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins) Misc 1.00 tbsp
Cascade [6.80 %] – Boil 2.0 min Hop 2.00 oz
Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) Yeast 1.00 pkg

8.75 gallons water @60°F

6:10 PM – 60°F
Power On – 100% (Both elements – more on that later).
6:50 PM – 108°F
7:10 PM – 130°F


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7:30 PM – 145°F
7:40 PM – Noticed power cord for second element had not been plugged in…d’ya think that could help?
7:45 PM – 164°F
Reduced power on both elements until thermostats clicked off.
Added grains to bag – “Doughing-in.”

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7:50 PM – Mash at 153°F – Started mash timer.

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8:55 PM – Increase heat – Ramp up to 170°F
9:00 PM – 170°F – mash out.
Reduced power on both elements until thermostats clicked off.
9:10 PM – Pull grain bag out and hang above brew kettle to drain.

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Power on both elements (really both of ‘em this time)
9:25 PM – Initial boil – initial hop addition – Perle
Draining-and-already-boiling-1024x7689:30 PM – Hard, rolling boil

9:55 PM – Second hop addition – Perle

10:15 PM – Irish moss
10:23 PM – Aroma hop addition – Cascades
10:25 PM – Cut power
10:26 PM – Removed hop bags and false bottom.
10:27 PM – Whirlpool and cover brew kettle
10:40 PM – 185°F started transfer to sanitized tighthead fermenter
10:45 PM – 180°F – gently tilted brew kettle to get the last of the goodness – Capped tighthead fermenter.
1.5 quarts of wort reserved into sanitized half gallon jug – set in water bath in sink to cool.
10:50 PM – Tightened fermenter cap with wrench – turned fermenter on its side and rolled it around to heat sanitize. Set in sink to cool.
11:00 PM – Dead on OG – 1.056
11:15 PM – Pitched yeast in cooled reserved wort.
11:45 PM – Airlock on yeast starter bubbling already.

8:10 AM – Opened tighthead fermenter – pitched yeast starter. Set up blow-off and left for work.

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