Ed Lada

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    Coast Guard Mutual Assistance

    You do realize that Congress has the same choice of health insurance plans, at the same cost as any civil service employee. I am no fan of those spineless ass wipes but I am tired of hearing that old, false meme. Their pay, while not terrible isn't that great either considering the cost of living in DC and that most of them maintain a residence in their home state as well. The real money come from the lobbyists, and other influence groups, not from their salary and benefits. And then if they retire or lose the next election, they go to work as a lobbyist or 'consultant' and perpetuate the endless circle jerk.
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    Winemaking anarchy

    Very nice meeting place Maxx. Terroir is very important!
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    Winemaking anarchy

    That's what she said.
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    Coast Guard Mutual Assistance

    Oh FFS, who made a stupid law like that?
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    Winemaking anarchy

    I think that to avoid any unfortunate misunderstandings we should clarify that MLF is an abbreviation for Malo-Lactic Fermentation. This means that malic acid, a common acid found in most wine grapes is converted to lactic acid, producing a creamy mouth feel to the wine, while limiting some of the acidic 'bite' in said wine. MLF is in no way to be confused with the abbreviation MILF. No connection, no similarities, nothing to do with women whatsoever. Not even close. Period. Got that Woody (and others)?
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    FUCK!

    As an American passport holder, I just don't travel to the Mideast, I don't feel comfortable about it. Having said that, no where in the world is safe anymore. The mayor of Gdansk, here in Poland was stabbed to death by a right week nut job at a nationwide charity event Sunday. I passed through the area of the fatal Christmas market attack in Berlin in 2017, just an hour before it happened. And of course there have been far too many attacks in the US in schools, concerts, movies, etc. This crazy world is getting crazier all of the time.
  7. Dude, people here haven't clicked on any of your links for years. We have learned through bitter experience.
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    Huge Step Forward in Motorcycle Safety

    Holy shit, you guys take this place far too seriously.
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    Huge Step Forward in Motorcycle Safety

    I saw a Rockettes butte once at Radio City Music Hall!
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    Winemaking anarchy

    Most white wines don't need oak. If you chose to barrel age whites, get a used barrel that is neutral in flavor, unless you like the oak flavor in your white wine.. But given the hassles of barrel aging and the fact that most white wines are made to be drank young, I would just go with carboys.
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    Latest Book Recommendations

    Palahnuik is a twisted genius.
  12. Twenty three replies and nobody has asked how Woody found that video yet? You gentlemen are slipping.
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    Huge Step Forward in Motorcycle Safety

    I am a big fan of the Snaggs, and Expo too for that matter.
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    Huge Step Forward in Motorcycle Safety

    Wait, I thought BdB was Drake's latest incarnation. They're all that incestuous LIS group anyway. I have it on very good authority that Snaggs is really Espo. Or should I say Expo.
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    RIP Passengers and crew of the Cornelius G. Kloff

    We will never forget!
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    iPod Rebuild Question

    See this thread.
  17. You know Mike, a while back I dated a woman that had a PhD in physics and a PhD in philosophy. An actual physicist-philosopher. She usually made sense when she talked, unlike you.
  18. It was, anyway. I will now refrain from any more comments.
  19. Beg yer pardon, I have the deep, liquid brown, expressive eyes of a lovesick Labrador. Kind of like these:
  20. I think I'll just stay out of this thread.
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    Winemaking anarchy

    I don't know about that. The year I worked at the winery was one of the best jobs I have ever had and I've had a lot. It was very interesting if not sometimes tiring, physical work. But you're making wine man! And it's the only job that I ever had that drinking on the job was not only encouraged, but often necessary. As I mentioned above, you also meet many wonderful people in the wine business. Winos, you don't just find them in the gutter.
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    Winemaking anarchy

    I'm glad you are enjoying your wine making Max. Nice to see some recognition for your wines as well. It's a fun hobby that can get expensive but for the most part, it's cheaper than sailing! Some of the nicest people I have ever met are wine folks.
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    Winemaking anarchy

    The first and most important rule in wine making is that you can't make a good wine from bad grapes. There is no substitute for fresh pressed juice from good grapes. If you don't have access to that, frozen juice is good, you will never get more than an OK wine from concentrate. The other thing is if you make red wines, you really need to barrel age them. Due to the exposure to oxygen and evaporation, small barrels aren't practical. Fifty gallon barrels are ideal but that's a lot of wine and good barrels are expensive. Oak chips will help but are not a substitute for a real barrel. I will put in a shameless plug for a place operated by some old friends of my family. I have known them all of my life and I worked at the winery in 1982-83. They are great people. They have every conceivable piece of equipment you need to make wine at home or operate a small winery. If you call them, the folks there are happy to help with any problems and answer any wine making questions. The family has been growing grapes since the 1800s and the wine making supply business was started in 1964. They are the real deal. Presque Isle Wine Cellars
  24. Where is that Swan fellow when you need him?