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    Brewing Beer, Making wine, Stogies, Snowmobiling and travel.

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  1. Last Jedi had a big gap also. I think I gotta start looking for movies the critics absolutly hate.
  2. I don't see how Ghostbusters 2016 missed the cut. I think it was robbed.
  3. Thinking again about the behavior of the Dire Wolf and wondering if it hunted in packs or if it was more solitude seeking like a fox. Red Fox in have always made me curios. Occasionaly my neighbor would trap one. I've been fortunate to encounter them face to face 4 times in my life. On one memorable occasion was going out after a blizzard with my brother when I has maybe 6yrs old went out in snow shoes to go ice fishing. After a storm mice are always making new tunnels to the top of the snow and as shy as red fox are they were out in broad daylight mousing with no fear as a pair followed us and we'd kick up a mouse, catch and toss it in their direction and watch them go after the mouse. The last time was really cool to see a mother and four kits behind her hid in the weeds and waited unitl I passed before I saw them crossing behind me in the rear view mirror. I pulled over and watched them for about 15 minutes I had not seen one for a good 20 years prior to that encounter.
  4. Sounds familiar and I think your spot on. Durign the settlemet days there were a lot of "Tall tales, and Fables" told that greatly imbelleshed the dangers of the west involving encounters with natives, wolves, bears etc. I remember in grade school being read a story written by Laura Ingles Wilder about an encounter her family had with a pack of wolves attempting to force their way into the Wilder home in Minnesota. How much of it was real, fabricated or imbellished I don't know, but it made a good childhood scare. Interesting reminder of the interaction between species and how they are related. I was in GIllette WY around 2002 and a couple fracking companies were having some get together down town and everyone in town was encouraged to attend. My cousin, a friedn and our girlfriends all went down there and some guy got up on stage talking about how great and safe fracking is and they had containers of ice cold water full of water recovered from a fracking operation to drink to show off the quality. He also mentioned how the population of Antelope exploded since settlers had arrived to the numbers we see today because fracking leaves alot of pure water ponds behind that in turn support more wildlife in such a desolate area. (not that scattered native tribes were not hunting them or that vast herds of bison for competition were long gone etc.) It was weird, like you see in the movies of some guy selling snake oil out of the back of a wagon in some old western. I've worked with the owners (super nice people) of Wild Idea Buffalo several times and depending on perspective they're either ahead or behind their times. Talking with Dan one day and I really think he is on to something. With so many people pushing towards grass, fed, hormone free, humane treatment etc That's not a problem for Bison. Angus and Herfords being common up here they really are not meant for this climate. You need shelter to get them out of the heat on hot years and they die by the dozen. Have to move them back and forth from summer to winter range. Stockpile a large amount of hay to get them through winter. Give them several different shots, vet visits etc. Buffalo, they just need a big field fulll of grass to roam and a water source. They are not suseptible to disease, parasites and weather as much as cattle and fully capbable of fending off large predators. Their popularity is picking up because of this. Buffalo meat to me growing up was always dry as places would cook a buffalo burger to the texture of a hockey puck because they would try and cook it like a standard 80-85% lean beef patty. I swing in and buy cuts from Dan every now and then and they are always fabulous. I see sites from guys like that I've popped in on every few years and I think alot is motivated by the elk herds that used to be around there unchecked for decades. Clearly emotional about the loss of elk herds and predation on cattle as they have been there since the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone. I would hope that someday things balance out a bit better and I agree with Dan of Wild Idea Buffalo that raising buffalo instead of cattle in the western plains will be a large player in restoring that balance.
  5. Around here ranchers are not really trustworthy of govt officials to include federal game fish and parks wardens or the press. Back in 2007 the governor had to get involved in removing one guy that was a complete bastard to landowners and outdoorsmen. They got rid of him and then had problems with landowners and depradation hunts in that the GF&P was not properly managing the deer population causing a large spike in population causing the deer to often hang out near ranches and put a huge dent in the winter hay of ranchers reserves. Many got fed up with the lack of response and just started inviting guys out to harvest them illegally since the govt wasn't doing anything about it until 2017 Then there was a guy that was contracted with the state for arial predator manageent. They pulled his permit for some reason I cant remember and gave it to some other guy that ranchers in the area had a beef with I guess. Anyway. I work fin the field or an Agribusiness insurance company and all of Western South Dakota (West of the Missouri River) is my coverage territory. When I used to deal with livestock I had a gent near Reva SD lost 35 head of Black Baldie Angus at about $1200-1400 a head. Two of his other neighbors lost about 20 head each over the corse of a month. We paid the claim and didn't hear the outcome of the solution to the problem but we didn't hear anything similar for about a year until I had another rancher a few miles away near Camp Crook lost about 15 head and a neighbor lost 10 overnight. I heard through the grapevine that someone tracked a pack of wolves accross the Montana Border, killed several and buried them. Typically the only people aware in these catlte losses are the Ranchers, a few neighbors what few there are in this area. The vets they hire to determine cause of death for our report and the insurance company people. The only person in that chain that can report it to authorities are the livestock owners and they never call them and as long as insurance pays there is no need for them to go file any reimbursement or aid programs to the state. Havign lived in Wyoming before I find they are even less thrilled about having law engorcement or govt on their land and their trespassing laws are old school in that you just don't go on someones property univited and have known people that have been shot at for trespassing while trying to follow a trout stream near the Big Horn Mountains. South Western SD near the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Indian reservations, dogs were a big problem around there. Dogs would run in packs taking down deer and cattle. Every once in a while they'll kill someone the most reaent a woman and an 8 year old girl. After the later of the two the hunt was on after that to expteminate packs of strays. I have not heard of anything since. I've heard a few rublings of Ferel Hogs being spotted around Gregory County East of Winner SD. Different kind of problem entirely and probalby more of a threat east of the missouri where more cropland exist than west. One of the biggest challenges of wildlife management. It seems every time there is some headway made with western ranchers some series of incidents with Game Fish and Parks or Bureau of Land Management makes them reel back. Ther's an article similar to this one that a frind that is a Federal Fish and Wildlife Warden in California sent to me once about how states mismanage their wild game and creating a downward spiral in conservation effforts by managing more by protecting their budgets in lower population count years rather than the warden population data they continuously collect throughout the year.
  6. Wolves are currently causing lots of problems. They have not been around the Central Rockies for so long that big game and other predators have not had to interact with them. They werre decimating the elk herds for awhile until the elk learned where to travel more safely. Ranchers of course have had whole herds of livestock killed by wolves but little eaten of them.
  7. Interesting to go back and see the fossil records of predators and see what used to roam the earth from huge bears, sabertooth cats etc. Around where I live we have plenty of Mountain Lions I've seen some big mittins on a few i wouldn't want to tussle with. I've also talked to a few ranchers over the last year that claim to have spotted brown bears in the area. I'm hoping they are just sun bleached black bears. Browns (Griz) friggin terrify me. Had a run in with one out in the Tetons trying to trout fish. He ate the nice trout I had and I ate McDonalds that night and I was perfectly ok with that. I had my first run in with Arctic Gray Wolves about 5 years ago when two grays and a black one dashed accross the road. It was November early winter when they had their winter coat and good amount of fat store on them. The're was no mistaking what they were. They were certainly not the size of a German Shepard, Timber wolf or a freakishly large hybrid people are starting to breed. Not where we were at. These were BIG and everyone in the truck reacted immediatly, "Holy Sh!!!". I remember guys saying they are a "bit larger" than a Timber wolf but they are for sure noticably larger than Timber Wolves in early winter. I know I would not want to be in the woods unarmed with Arctic Grays around. I'd think Dire Wolves would still seem freakishly large by todays largest wolves. Would be interesting to know what kind of demeanor they had socially as one notices a slight difference from Coyotes, Timber Wolves and Artic Grays in how they hunt, level of aggression, intelligence etc.
  8. We've had two deaths here within 24 hours of receiving the vaccine. I found another local paper revealed the findings from state health officials. I searched the web and found a few other deaths shortly after receiving the vaccine. Odd thing is that officials seem quick to declare "not related". I'm not a big fan of coincidence or jumping to conclusions, but just food for thought while we observe the distribution and watch for side effects.
  9. Stumbled accross this awhile back and the wife and I have been glued to his videos. Positive individual and has great scenery and photography. Just a joy to watch his videos. Guy is just constantly exploring the sea around western Australia.
  10. Nino have you heard if the German Govt is going to follow through with this yet?
  11. 1. Coron Philippines 2. Trondheim Norway 3. Octoberfest Munich Germany 4. Moab Utah, United States 5. Boundary Waters, Northern Minnesota, United States.
  12. I think aging is often a crap shoot. There are so many variables to consider that will have an effect on the final product. I saw an example of wine and as a brewer I'll put in my two cents. Consistency with a consumable biologically active product is always a challenge. Doesn't matter if it's small scale or large scale production. Large scale often helps if you can combine the final product in a final batch but not always. I believe it was Karlsberg Brew moved out of their brewery into a new brewery, used all the same recipes and followed their strict brewing guidelines and accounted for the mineral differences in the water from the old brewery to the new brewery, but for whatever purpose could not replicate the exact product they were known for. They eventually determined it to come down to different water source, but the product changed and it was noticed. Another factor to consider is floaties in the air. Those little spores and naturally occurring yeast is what gives Framboise Strawberry Lambiic its little alcohol making monsters only available naturally in the Pajottenland region of Belgium SW of Brussels. Move that brewery to any other region on the planet and it would be safe to say the final product would not be the same. Also they sit in fermentation for up to two years before bottling. Alot can go wrong while they are sitting in those fermenters and I'm certain they have had failures to learn from. I absolutely agree with how flavors change in a cigar similarly to these differences just as we see differences by the box code of where a cigar is made. We hope that history is a good guide to the end result but it is never a guarantee. I think of how sterile of an environment I try to maintain every step of the process once I pasteurize and control only what I want living in my beer. Then I see a video of the production process of how a cigar is made (which is never sterilized) wondering how much human sweat got onto a leaf (know what touching a petri dish and sticking it in the closet a few days), What about the woman selecting tobacco and placing it on her leg, how much perfume is she wearing on the clothing coning in contact with the leaves, What floaties is there in the air at each production site at any given day etc. Time undoubtedly has an effect of flavor. Just like the 3 year old 145ABV Russian Imperial Stout I made could be used to clean car parts the first few weeks of life, Barely drinkable after a year at year two something really changed in it chemically that brought out the harshness and it was creamy sweet and super smooth. Year three was the doozy because out of nowhere a distinct Cherry flavor showed up. Again a chemical change attributed to time. One can't get enough but that ABV assures that you do. Can I replicate it? I would like to but truthfully I doubt it, but I have confidence that I could come close based on my experience and knowledge. Question is will the payoff be worth the investment of time. For a Russian imperial stout that was undrinkable the first year, it's necessary just to make it drinkable. If you want that extra hint of cherry though it's another year. A year which few commercial brewers have the time or space commitment when they have a perfectly marketable product. Now, will it get better yet? Nope. I know from experience of others that I cannot hope for anything more so it would be a waste to hold it longer. Sort of the point I was trying to make with a 2013 Partagas D4 that I reviewed yesterday. It was a really good cigar, but it was a really good cigar at 2-5 years of age. Was it worth aging that long? I don't think so when on can figure that another cigar could benefit from the additional time where that box of D4's is taking up space. So when you look at Cuban cigars they are far from being an exact science. You can look at historical information, box codes, a pile of other data, others experience, bring them home and take care of them perfectly for years but sometimes it just boils down to the roll of a dice for that final decision of selection and hope for the best.
  13. I love punch cutters, but hate constantly replacing them once they get a bend, nick or just dull. I looked for ways to sharpen them and all I could find was go buy a leather strop, honing stones etc.; They all looked tedious and not really economical or really only helps sharpen them. What about the nicks or if you the dents from carrying in your pocket etc. I've been on a buying binge lately and bought a decent Xikar V-cutter and looking over my other cutters. Looking at one of my punch cutters I thought it would be nice to use on some new incoming cigars, but knew it was burred up and kinda dull after the cap protecting the blade came off in my pocket. Today I was in my garage doing some rifle reloading and going through deburring and shaping the case necks of brass cases and it clicked. I went in the house and grabbed my Credo punch and went back to my reloading table. In the images two of the punches had bad chips in the upper right corner. I tried to keep the at the 2 o'clock position in the photos. I have about 10 spins with my deburring tool. Less than a minute later the nicks and burrs were gone from my punch cutter and she was nice and sharp again. I did the next one, same thing. I ran back in and grabbed a Xikar punch that the blade looked like a crumpled beer can and the metal was pretty thin. I took out the center screw with a screw driver to clear the center guide to sharpen the outer and then the tip for the inner and back to the outer again. Maybe 5 minutes total taking the screw out, reforming and sharpening and putting the screw back in and viola. She was sharp again. I was so happy with myself that I tried to find where anyone else had used this and found only one article from 2012. I am surprised that using this cheap tool was not common place in the cigar world. Anyway thought I'd pass it along for those that may benefit. I would recommend starting out gentle to you don't take too much edge off. These are designed to work quickly on thicker walled brass rifle cases from .17HMR to .45ACP cartridges. Pointy end sharpens and presses out dents from the inside and the flared end forms and sharpens the outside. That brings in another point. The case guide (The Center Pin often gets in the way as it bottoms out in your punch. However I made it work in these two cases where it was to shallow to use the pin as a pivot point and tilt the sharpening blade to the punch blade. It works with these cutters but I think I would consider the RCBS Chamfer and Deburring Tool its a bit larger as it is designed for brass cases .17HMR to .60 Cal and it does not have that center pin to get in the way. they are out at the moment but I see they are available elsewhere for $25-35. Cheers!
  14. 1. Plantation 20th Annaversary XO 2. Zaya 3. DIpolomatico Reserva Exclusiva

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