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by contrahead
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: rifles
Replies: 610
Views: 69197

Re: rifles

" With 35 different guns, it's hard to decide which ones to drag out to the range. I've been out of the gun collection mode for a few years now but still have over 20 (haven't taken inventory lately). I do realize the benefits that synthetic stocks can provide (durability, no warpage, superior bedd...
by contrahead
Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: whats your music
Replies: 1863
Views: 109278

Re: whats your music

Back in 1977 I walked into a music store, shopping for stereo equipment. The salesman who was also the store owner's son, led me back into this insulated listening room full of speakers and stood me in front of a humongous pair that probably cost over a $1,000 each. He then put a record on the turnt...
by contrahead
Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: PREPPING - Yes - No - Why !
Replies: 205
Views: 17461

Re: PREPPING - Yes - No - Why !

Constructing a small wagon or buggy from used dirt bike (motorcycle) parts - might be a fun project. Something that can be drawn by animals if a future crisis caused petroleum fuels to vanish, or something that with minimal conversion could be pulled by an ATV or lawn tractor in the meantime. I've g...
by contrahead
Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3606
Views: 375802

Re: Jokes

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by contrahead
Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Wood fired
Replies: 37
Views: 3579

Re: Wood fired

Rocket stove minimal effort minimal wood requirements I'm not sure everyone followed your reference to the “rocket stove”. The little rocket stoves that poor people in 3rd world countries might use to cook their meals on, need only small twigs - for use as fuel. The draft in a rocket stove makes th...
by contrahead
Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Christmas Music To Sip With
Replies: 31
Views: 1610

Re: Christmas Music To Sip With

by contrahead
Sat Dec 12, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: Old Tom
Replies: 7
Views: 1317

Re: Old Tom

Ran across these two photos today - thought they rated a post somewhere.

"These so-called wine windows were used by vintners in Italy to sell wine during plague pandemics in the 17th century. Now they are coming back to use due to coronavirus."
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by contrahead
Fri Dec 04, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Christmas Music To Sip With
Replies: 31
Views: 1610

Re: Christmas Music To Sip With

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by contrahead
Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3606
Views: 375802

Re: Jokes

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by contrahead
Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3606
Views: 375802

Re: Jokes

Bushman wrote:
Thu Dec 03, 2020 3:45 pm
When you see something you really want but can’t afford you improvise. I think this is really true in our hobby!
That almost hits a little too close to home to laugh at...
by contrahead
Tue Dec 01, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: PREPPING - Yes - No - Why !
Replies: 205
Views: 17461

Re: PREPPING - Yes - No - Why !

I'm more likely to grab a bottle, sit in my chair on the porch with my feet up on the rail, a rifle propped up in the corner waiting for the end to come. That's an attitude only attained by age and wisdom. Past a certain point you realize that your body will not much longer continue to cooperate wi...
by contrahead
Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: whats your music
Replies: 1863
Views: 109278

Re: whats your music



by contrahead
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Why store in a dark cool location?
Replies: 14
Views: 971

Re: Why store in a dark cool location?

Why store in a dark cool location? To my shame I have had several occasions to regret my inattention and lack of studiousness back in my chemistry classes of yesteryear. Any brain cells which I still retain to date, have undergone six decades of assault from crude alcohols, chemical plant alkaloids...
by contrahead
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3606
Views: 375802

Re: Jokes

The English have such a command of decorum and aplomb to which we can only aspire. This message is for my friends who appreciate the finer points of the English language used correctly. His Lordship was in the study when the butler approached and coughed discreetly. "May I ask you a question, My Lo...
by contrahead
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Calling all members from OZ
Replies: 6
Views: 335

Re: Calling all members from OZ

I am neither from OZ nor have I ever purchased, or used a ripping chain. But apparently the only real difference between a ripping chain and a common cross cutting chain is in the blunter filing angle of the cutting teeth. With a $30 Harbor Freight chainsaw chain sharpener, it would be a trivial mat...
by contrahead
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Alcohol as Fuel
Topic: anhydrous ethanol as a fuel
Replies: 13
Views: 2115

Re: anhydrous ethanol as a fuel

Choosing this thread to drop this link in. Mainly it's about E10 gas having a short shelf life and why. http://fuel-testers.com/expiration_of_ethanol_gas.html My main complaint with gasohol mixtures, is what it does to older engines that I've made the mistake of using it in. Turns an old 84 Chevy pi...
by contrahead
Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: We have come a Long way
Replies: 9
Views: 2006

Re: We have come a Long way

In 1873 Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, jointly published a book which satirized and ridiculed graft and political corruption that was running rampant in America following the Civil War. The book was titled “ The Gilded Age: A Tale Of Today ”. Greed, materialism and ribald gaudiness were often...
by contrahead
Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: Whisky a very peculiar history
Replies: 82
Views: 20643

Re: Whisky a very peculiar history

... the Benedictine order of St Michel's turned to their books and were soon distilling. This started off as medicine ... There were many Catholic monastic denominations. Some prominent ones would be the Benedictines, Franciscans, Cistercians, Dominicans, Augustinians, Trappists, Carthusians and Je...
by contrahead
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Monascus and Aspergillus, Beni Koji and Koji... Asian Yeasts
Replies: 43
Views: 7237

Re: Monascus and Aspergillus, Beni Koji and Koji... Asian Yeasts

It's been about 2 months since I posted in this thread. In that time I've been too busy to research Koji properly, but; * I've fermented and distilled a couple of regular washes in that time. I currently have a Koji /yeast concoction working enthusiastically in the ferment bucket, which brings me ba...
by contrahead
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Signs & Posters
Replies: 49
Views: 7281

Re: Signs & Posters

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by contrahead
Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: A newbie from Texas
Replies: 9
Views: 233

Re: A newbie from Texas

George is the last person that you want to be watching... his understanding of distillation is poor to put it mildly and some is dowright dangerous to put it bluntly. Since y'all brought it up I decided to google - George Duncan to find what all the fuss is about. I recognized his face and voice fr...
by contrahead
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3606
Views: 375802

Re: Jokes

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by contrahead
Sat Aug 01, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Building a generator from a lawnmower engine and a car alternator...
Replies: 8
Views: 434

Re: Building a generator from a lawnmower engine and a car alternator...

Any of you watch Colin Furze on YouTube? No. Colin Furze's YouTubes are new to me. He is innovative and a skilled fabricator too. ----------------------------- lawn.jpg I made this sketch and wrote about a lawnmower-to-generator conversion about 9 years ago. The concept is far from new and not mine...
by contrahead
Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Monascus and Aspergillus, Beni Koji and Koji... Asian Yeasts
Replies: 43
Views: 7237

Re: Monascus and Aspergillus, Beni Koji and Koji... Asian Yeasts

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Picture taken T+50 hrs. It floats. The fungus is still growing, it's been given a “new lease on life”. New happy fuzz, forming at top.
by contrahead
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Monascus and Aspergillus, Beni Koji and Koji... Asian Yeasts
Replies: 43
Views: 7237

Re: Monascus and Aspergillus, Beni Koji and Koji... Asian Yeasts

I found not one but two varieties of Chinese yeast balls that I had squirreled away a few years ago... About 5 years ago a HD member named “FuelMaker” started a thread named “ Fermenting lawn grass ”. He brings up a process called “solid state fermentation” (SSF). He writes: “Neither A Niger or A O...
by contrahead
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: whats your music
Replies: 1863
Views: 109278

Re: whats your music

by contrahead
Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Sundial
Replies: 10
Views: 1870

Re: Sundial



This virtual planetarium looks usefull. A 255 MB download - but its free.
https://stellarium.org
by contrahead
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: whats your music
Replies: 1863
Views: 109278

Re: whats your music

@ Tdick : About that, "Black people reacting to Blue-eyed Soul" video: That song is more than 50 years old. It is famous. It just never occurred me that any adult American would not automatically know who the Righteous Brothers were. My bad; just call me stupid. The Righteous Brothers and many othe...
by contrahead
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: We have come a Long way
Replies: 9
Views: 2006

Re: We have come a Long way

* This thread does not seem to be very busy at the moment. I hope no one will mind if I drop a longish sort of comment here, rather than create a new topic. At any rate it is historic and the subject matter could be said to have “come a long way”. (For better or worse). Saloon nudes There is an old...
by contrahead
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Bear Hunting
Replies: 16
Views: 2378

Re: Bear Hunting

I was raised with the notion that you should only hunt things that you intend to eat. Eating predators or just omnivores that occasionally eat meat like bear and raccoon has never appealed to me. So I've never hunted bear but I've had a friend or two that has. I've had to run bears out of my camp at...