Frankly speaking

Systems on the site are working as they should and I have no complaints. But I do have a few for WordPress which has some minor faults which I think should have been caught during beta testing back when they updated to 3.5. The batch image insert often times places the images in the wrong spot or the wrong size. I usually have to go back and correct the mistakes. I’ve been living with it so far and I’ve found a work-around for others.

The recommendation by the hosting service to get off of WP’s cron job scheduler has worked out perfectly. All scheduled posts are properly posted, in their correct order and at the proper times. One less worry.

The Next-Gen Gallery plugin is basically dead. This is the plugin behind All the Babes galleries and many others from the past. The developer(s) have come out with 2 new updates and neither of them work. The first time I upgraded the plugin here, I spotted the trouble right away. Many others had the same or much greater problems as I read on the support forums. This presents what could be a big problem.

I’ve quit using the galleries a while ago and I know there is a need for something new, something easier on the eyes and quicker to load. I’m prepping plans for a new way to present All the Babes for 2014. So far, I don’t know what I’ll do then, but I’ll be searching for new ways to present images to the readers. If I find a good, decent replacement, all will be well for the time being. But what about all the other 350 galleries that are archived? What will happen to them? I’m willing to test that question.

I have just the dregs, maybe a couple of glassfuls of the first batch of  Spook Powder homebrew left. Last week, I accompanied my son to the Chicago Brew Werks, a homebrew shop out in Plainfield, right down the street from where I used to work.

I already had 1/2 pound bags of some of the grains left over from the last batch and that would suffice for the new batch. I decided to up the amount of base grain from 12 to 13 lbs. The owner of the shop, Brandon, recommended that I increase my mash temp from 152° to 156° which would give a smoother and somewhat sweeter beer. I’ll see how it goes. Saturday afternoon, I took my 16 lbs. of grain over to my buddy Jeff’s house.  His Mill Monster took care of the grains in about 2 minutes. I plan to do a brew-in-a-bag one last time and I’ll reluctantly use the hop spider again in order to cut down on the crud during transfer to the primary fermenter.

I think I just got lucky with that last batch of Spook Powder and I’d like to see if I could duplicate the beer. But changing the grain bill by 1 pound and upping the temp by 4° may alter things. Will it improve the taste and mouthfeel? I dunno. But, I gotta tell yuz, homebrew is very forgiving. I have made some drastic and downright stupid mistakes in the past on quite a few recipes and the beer still came out as beer. We drank it and sometimes we got stupid from it.

I still love doing this shit and I’m glad that there’s more comments. It gives me a good insight on the quality of content posted. Thanks for visiting.

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2 Responses to Frankly speaking

  1. Tony C says:

    Keep it up, I love it all!

  2. fcgrabo says:

    Thanks, man. I’m glad you’re here with us.

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