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Beer Baron


Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Monday, October 22, 2001

I have read that to make beer, good water is of primary importance. Since our well is very deep and tests show no impurities or crud of any kind, it should make for the basis of an excellent brew. I have also read numerous articles on the emergence of micro breweries and it seemed to me that I should be brewing my own beer. Not only would I have a cheap source for my own beer; I could sell whatever amount that I didn't drink which would mean that I could drink my beer and it wouldnt cost me a cent. I could drink my beer and have it too which would be far better than eating and having cake.

I found that I could get supplies and whatever raw materials that I might need in a city that was only about fifty miles from home, so I drove over there in my van to buy whatever it was that I would need to get started. I came home with brewing vats, malt, hops, brewers yeast, a hydrometer, a syphon, boxes of bottle caps, a bottle capper and a few hundred bottles. My beer might be pretty good, but it wasnt going to be cheap. Well it would be a premium beer.

I began to unload the van and carry my supplies and equipment down to the basement as my wife returned home from town. She asked me that I was up to and what was all of that junk that I was putting down in the basement? I said that I was going to be carrying on some scientific experiments on fermentation and that sort of thing. She wanted to know if any of my friends were going to be involved. I said no. She said good! She has always been of the opinion that my friends belonged either to a circus side show or some sort of confinement home for the socially unacceptable.

I took me a couple of days to set up my equipment and to get organized, as in any scientific endeavor, proper preparation is of the utmost importance. There are different types of beer such as ale and lager. I decided that I would brew Stout, which is a variation of ale. Stout is a very dark type of ale with a strong malt flavor, which I enjoyed when I was in Ireland many years ago.

I began the brewing process and in due time (about six weeks) the Stout was ready for bottling. I should mention that during that time my wife objected to the smell of the basement and told me that I had better get on with whatever I was going to do with that swill or she would bring back Prohibition as far as her house was concerned. While she was gone for the weekend, I asked my friend Archie Arbuckle and C .....
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Commute 006-Therapeutic Shopping

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Monday, November 5, 2001

One of the interesting things about a consumer culture is how people use shopping as therapy. I have a friend who soothes herself by heading to a department store cosmetic counter when life gets bleak, to sample all t ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Monday, November 19, 2001

The NBA season is fully underway. Youd have to live under a rock not to have seen MJ, his Airness, firing away for the Wizards. After all, TNT and NBC plan on having the lowly Wizards on the tube whenever possible; t ..... 
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Neither Snow nor Rain nor Dark of Night

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Monday, November 26, 2001

On my usual late morning walk down our Big Woods road, I cross the bridge over the South Fork, pass the road to Jaymour Larson's old place, round the big curve and am nearing the tall post that once supported Pancake ..... 
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Return of the Eagles

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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By John LevellMonday, November 12, 2001

Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures of early November 2001, Bald Eagles can again be seen soaring over the Root River Bluffs of the Lanesboro region. Their arrival, as much a ..... 
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Berries for Winter Birds

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, November 12, 2001

More than just winter interest, you can add color to your landscape and feed the birds by planning ahead and incorporating berries into your garden plan.

There are lots of plants that have grea ..... 
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Jeg er Norsk-I Am A Norwegian

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Monday, November 19, 2001

"Ich bin ein Berliner" is what John F. Kennedy said when he went to Berlin, Germany. He meant to say that he was one with the people of that city, but to the Germans it came out as, "I am a doughnut." Although I am no ..... 
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Noodle Soup

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2001
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Monday, November 26, 2001

Food is the communication between the person cooking and the people eating, I heard Julia Childs say on a TV program the other day.

I suppose Thanksgiving is the classic example of this axiom: a bronzed tur ..... 
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