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  1. mattharris75

    First Acoustic. Not exactly a guitar...

    Still no mandola update, knee deep in house projects. But this is at least instrument related. I came into a rather nice supply of walnut! My father in law and brother in law bought all the hardwood off a family friend whose father, an avid woodworker, had died several years before. He and his mother decided to clear out the house, and the guy had hardwood stored everywhere. This lot came out of the attic! We still have more to move, and more of it will be mine, but this is a couple hundred board feet that they were nice enough to give to me for helping them lug wood around. Pretty sweet deal! Some boards have cracked ends, some are rather strangely sawn, but many are beautiful, including quite a few figured pieces and some live edged boards. I'll use some for instruments, some for furniture, and some for other smaller projects. Walnut has started to get ridiculously expensive, so this was quite a windfall!
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Kentucky Breakfast Stout is a once a year release that sells out fast. It is bourbon barrel aged, which I often like, but that's a very variable thing. It can be easily overdone. And this is extremely sweet and rich from the barrel aging. I wouldn't want to drink more than one in a sitting, for sure. But I don't eat much sugar in general these days, so it doesn't take that much to become overwhelming for me. And yeah, I do prefer the regular Founders Breakfast Stout, personally. One of our local breweries has a really good bourbon barrel aged old ale, and what they do is mix a fresh batch and an aged batch until they get the right amount of bourbon barrel character that they are looking for. Seems to work really well in my opinion.
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    I had a pint of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout yesterday. It's good, but super rich. I actually preferred the local brew I had after it, Blue Pants Supercool DIPA. Really juicy and tasty. Wish they'd hurry up and come out with it in cans again.
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    First Build, so many lessons learned

    Hey, I..... Yeah, that's true.
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    So, I just finished up sampling a handful of beers sent from a Georgian benefactor. I took pictures, but they're all quite dark (new phone cam that I haven't figured out yet), and since pictures of all of them have been posted recently (or soon will be) in this very thread I will just give an overview on my thoughts: 1. Creature Comforts, Cosmik Debris - Very tropical nose. One of the more pungent double IPAs I can remember in that regard. The head disappeared to almost nothing within a minute after pouring. The taste, somewhat thin on the malt side of things, but good hops presence. The bitterness became more evident as I neared the end of the glass. Could have used a bit more malt backbone to even out the hops, in my opinion. Overall solid. 2. Creature Comforts, Loopulus - Not quite as pungent as the Cosmik Debris, but more balanced flavor. I liked the haziness of it, a little thicker in the mouth. Highly enjoyable double IPA! 3. Creature Comforts, Cellerman's Spirit - Also quite hazy. Kind of a toned down version of the Loopulus. A really nice, smooth IPA. Could definitely drink a lot of this! 4. Creature Comforts, Awaken, My Love - I think there is a pretty solid stout hidden in here somewhere, below the slightly overwhelming cinnamon/spice. Got better as I drank it, the cinnamon seemed to ease off a bit and you could taste the rest of the beer. Pretty unbalanced, unfortunately. 5. Burial Brewing, Skillet Donut Stout - A solid, enjoyable Imperial Stout. Kind of basic, but very smooth. I think I prefer a bit more roasted character/coffee in my stouts. Something a bit more 'in your face'. But overall still quite nice.
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Yeah, almost. An octave is usually 20-22" in scale length, so a bit smaller. A mandocello would be closest in size to a guitar. Those are probably even more rare than octave mandolins. Octave mandolins also come in a variety of body shapes, many more traditional to the mandolin and less guitar-like. The guitar bodied octave mandolin is a relatively recent phenomenon.
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Never heard of Hog Waller Scramble, but it makes me think of this song:
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Wild Turkey 101 is quite tasty as well. Best Scotch I've ever had: The Balvenie Caribbean Cask I really enjoy bourbon, and it's mostly what I drink these days, what with all the carbs in beer. But it took me a long time to get there. It was actually drinking bourbon barrel aged beers that sort of backed me into it. Enjoying a pour of Elijah Craig Small Batch this evening, which is my 'go to' bourbon. Others in a similar budget range that I really like are: Wild Turkey 101, Buffalo Trace, and Eagle Rare
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    My wife and I spent the weekend in Atlanta, went over there for a concert. We went to a really great restaurant in Decatur called Leon's Full Service. The building used to be a full service gas station. Tremendous pub grub. The place was opened by the owners of The Brick Store Pub, which is one of the best beer bars in the world. So, naturally they had a nice draft selection. Got to try a few different brews, a couple fairly local: Creature Comforts, Coffee Reclaimed Rye Three Taverns, A Night on Ponce IPA 21st Amendment, Baby Horse Quad All were excellent!
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    First Acoustic. Not exactly a guitar...

    Yeah, I do like em small. The largest thing on either of those walls is a Taylor GS Mini. I do have a full sized electric guitar and a bass that aren't visible in the pics though.
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    First Acoustic. Not exactly a guitar...

    Well, no mandola update, but just checking in with a life update. As mentioned elsewhere we moved several months ago. So, lots of unpacking, hanging curtains, TVs, pictures, wiring, painting, and a plethora of other things related to settling into a new house. Beyond that I've started renovations! First up, my office (sorry for the picture quality). - Stained Tongue & Groove bead board ceiling -Three piece crown molding -Two shiplap walls -Built-in cabinets and desk (The doors are still a work in progress) -Walnut stained/poly finished birch butcher block desktops -Flamed ambrosia maple open shelving And all the many details that go along with that, including painting every freaking surface... I also needed a matching side table to hold a book and beer/whisky, so I built one out of scraps: So, I have not been idle! But, no musical instrument building. However, have no fear! This was my weekend project: It was a productive weekend. I need to add doors to the front cabinet and mount the clamp holder to the support on the right hand wall, but I'm nearly done with the shop, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Except, my wife is pregnant with child #3, so that changes priorities slightly. While I have a rather exhaustive list of house projects to keep me busy before the kid gets here I imagine I'll be able to find a little time here and there to get back to the mandola. We shall see... I really am itching to get it done!
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    My local bottle shop had Hopslam on draught Friday, so I swung by on the way home from work and had a few. Tasty stuff.
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    Better start looking for Hopslam if you're planning on getting any this year. Seems to be coming out everywhere this week.
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    @Mr Natural, that looks like an excellent beer to enjoy while watching the SEC championship game. I just hope you need to drink a whole lot of it to drown your sorrows afterwards...
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    BEER! What's in your fridge?

    I enjoyed a Stone Xocoveza and a growler of a local brew, Rocket Republic's Scotch Rocket, while watching my Tigers defeat those hated Dawgs this weekend. Sorry, @Mr Natural.
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