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  1. 9 hours ago, terminal2k said:

    I'd honestly like to know what you expect them to do about it

    Um... To not lie.

    Covid could be a reason for a parcel to be delayed a little. They could address this with better hiring practices - the recent shutdown of collection down the east coast because they had something like 1000 employees in quarantine could easily be correlated strongly to who they hire over there. Just go visit a few and then do some looking to see just which suburbs the outbreaks of positives keep occurring.

    They could also work on the perception that the Post Office is a good Claytons job - the job you have when you don't really want to work. Hire from merit rather than diversity quotas.

    And I say all that while knowing there are many hard workers, probably even in the major centres but especially manning the actual post offices and dealing with public. Our Murray Bridge lot are helpful and go beyond to try and sort issues but several times I have seen them run smack up against the bureaucrats in main offices.

    However, when they blame the virus because a parcel went to a wrong destination or that they know where it is but there's no tracking update, that's just the usual bureaucracy types lying because it's easier than doing their job.

    Or how about when they tell you they will get the package off the truck but tracking says it's going from one airport to another?

    How about when they decide to put the price of everything up to get the same service they always gave and if you don't want to pay the hike they will simply delay your mail - for which the CEO got a lovely multi-$million bonus?

    And remember, unlike the courier companies, we are ALREADY paying for Auspost to exist from our taxes!

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  2. 12 hours ago, Graculus said:

    Going back a few years now, but. One Sunday I was having a beer or two while doing the roast and cutting up the veggies.
    The knife was a bit sharp. Slipped and cut my finger. The kids were young so it meant the whole family were packed into
    the car for me to go to hospital to have a couple of stitches put in the finger.

    I mean there's a rare cut and then there's a really rare cut. 😄

    14 hours ago, MUZZY said:

    The thing I've discovered is you obtain more flavour making your own beer as opposed to buying commercial low alcohol beer. Commercially the best midstrength I've tried is Coopers Mild but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.

     

    12 hours ago, Graculus said:

    Opened the first one tonight. Not too bad at all. Finished around 3%,

    I don't think I'm quite ready for beers in the low to mid range just yet. 😄 Just something a little under the 7% - 8% I've been making. 😄 I made a couple of 6%'s a while back so I think I'll be aiming for maybe a 5% to get the taste for it.

    If I do this and I start getting drunk on 4 or 5 beers at the Club I'm going to be rather upset! 😄

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  3. As in, the pigs are flying! 😄

    I'm considering making some lower ABV beers. I never thought I would as I like being able to have maybe 3 beers and feel the buzz but sometimes we have to reconsider our decisions.

    See... A couple of times recently, for um... reasons, I've wanted to have a beer in the afternoon, but I know with my beers, that means I'm gonna be pretty pissed when it comes to making dinner. I was considering ducking into BWS and getting a few takeaways and then thought... "WTF! am I thinking!"

    So, time to make a few beers circa 4.5% ABV so I can quench a thirst when needed. 😄

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  4. So, on top of the touring parcel, I have another...

    Auspost accepted a package on 30th Sept - says "we've got it"

    Due between 7th and 12th Oct.

    I've been waiting to see what they might do about it given THEY stipulate in tracking that it's late and should have arrived.

    Finally they suggested to open an enquiry so I did. Response? "We'll wait and see if it arrives before 2nd Nov and then start an investigation!"

    It was sent from Hurstville, NSW...

  5. I like the cans - partly because it's SOOO much cheaper than buying beer in the bottle shop or (especially) on tap and it's much faster than AG brewing. Even with 1 partial mash I can have 2 brews in the fridge in less that 2.5 hours. 😄 

    And using Coopers cans as a base ensures a highly drinkable beer of a wide variety of types with minimum time spent. Plus I don't have to work out how to hold 5+ kg of wet grain above a pot while it drains. 😄 

  6. 1 hour ago, terminal2k said:

    whilst australia post are fairly useless, they're still better than most of the other delivery services I've come across. 

    I've had pretty good experiences with other courier companies - deliver to the door in a few days from Sydney, for example.

  7. 15 hours ago, Shamus O'Sean said:

    No idea.  But I have wondered about what you say.  Although the Coopers LDM is a bugger to dissolve, it might be a better product.

    I get mine from Beerbelly & it dissolves just great.  CVery fine though - gotta be careful tipping it into the bowl on the scales or it can puff out and I have to clean sticky stuff off the counter. But I just tip it in, brief stir and it's dissolved.

  8. 2 hours ago, MartyG1525230263 said:

    She has decided that it is not really suitable for what I do so she is now chasing quotes to have it replaced with an 9m x4.5m man cave so I can have me Keezer, which is in the garage, all my brewing gear fermentation chamber etc all in one spot. She is a ripper.  Will have a bar, power, water, lounge TV and all the snizzle a bloke would need.  One end will have a separating wall so I have my workshop, tools,  ride on and stuff

    Hmm... I wonder what she thinks about changing the house locks? 😄 Make it a GOOD man cave, just in case! 😄 

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  9. 16 hours ago, terminal2k said:

    assume someone dropped it at some point (there was a big split along one side of the bottom of the box) and that nobody wanted to pick it up after that. All 6 cans are dented and the LDM is all squashed. No burst bags tho.

     

    15 hours ago, Pickles Jones said:

    Had the same thing the box was plastered in Heavy stickers from Coopers, the courier got to the front door ran out of puff and dropped the whole lot. Six out of Seven cans were dented.

    Maybe the PO guys are in training to go work luggage at the airports? 😄

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  10. 3 minutes ago, ozdevil said:

    They are frustrating bunch at Aussie Post   , they take no responsibility for anything not even there own stuff ups.
    at times i wish i could have a holdiday like a  parcel gets  to travel accross the country side
    The thing is covid 19 has been in Australia for 18 months  they still blame Covid for the back log   they cause themselves
    and they think they have the right to strike across the country tommorow .
    i would be charging them a rental fee for keeping your goods that should be at your place
    I have a tracking for something saying from kegland that is saying its in a melb facility  but the numbnuts have already delivered it
    i should put in a complaint   saying i havent recieved the goods and ask them to send it

    I've got one of those - delivered but still showing they have it.

    The problem is this - covid does NOT explain what is going on. At best, the virus might explain a bit of delay in getting a parcel but it fails utterly as a reason for sending things to the wrong place, not just once but over and over.

    If Auspost is overworked they could reduce the workload by well over 100% by simply sending things where they are supposed to go. As it is they are rehandling packages 5 or more times.

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  11. SO my package is now in Sydney again and my expected delivery is now 8 days away! Auspost is so far under 'incompetent' I can't think of a word bad enough! So much for the assurance "I've contacted Chullora and they will turn the parcel around!"

    They also happily lie - my tracking CLEARLY said Adelaide airport was sending it to Sydney and some idiot assured me in a FB message that she had checked the tracking and it was on it's way to me in MB. Pure lie! As evidenced by the next person to answer my msg who was the one who mentioned Chullora.

  12. 19 minutes ago, Classic Brewing Co said:

    My next door neighbor & her girl friend go out for the night some weekends & sometimes knock on my door after as they like my homebrew, it's like pouring petrol on the fire if you know what I mean, Double Drunk females, not a pretty sight but I am a gentleman so I help where I can.

    I don't suppose they look a bit like the pair you were so 'gentlemanly' with at the races? 😄 

    'cos we ALL got time for that... 😄 And hey, maybe a little elderly gentlemanly attention might convert them? 😄 

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  13. 2 hours ago, Worts and all said:

    That will depend on a number of factors.

    1) How much room will you take up in the kitchen?

    2) How much mess will you make in the kitchen?

    3) How long will  your brewing activities occupy said facility?

    4) How much will your consumption of your produce affect the normal performance of your- -er- -er- - duties?

    Carefully consider all factors. The stakes are high!

    Actually the MOST important factor you have left out... DOES SHE DRINK BEER!

    I struck lucky - SWMBO has always hated beer - I tried for a decade to get her to like something! Her spirits prefs were very expensive when we went out!

    Turns out I should'a just got into home brew - she likes what I make. She even contributes on occasion to the costs. 😄 Only thing she doesn't like is the grains smell when I'm doing mash/boils in the kitchen.

     

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  14. BTW the 'boiling' point of alcohol is about 79°C - don't go boiling the brew to waster boil temps. I'd use a sous vide stick - beer in pot, stick clamped to side set at 80°, 30 mins timer. (at least - you could get lower ABV by leaving it longer but I think it's diminishing returns - i.e. 30 mins gets you to maybe 0.5%, 60 mins maybe 0.4%.

    You may need to look at something like a soda stream set up to carbonate if you don't have a keg system because the heating also evicts some of the CO2 in the beer.

  15. 13 hours ago, ozdevil said:

    i'm actually thinking those holes are going to be way to big  and will allow hop and grain under the false bottom regardless which way you have it

    i will be interested in how you go with this 

    😄 What Shamus said. I burned through a paint bag using the induction plate to do the warm up. It's faster than using the sous vide stick to bring the water up from ambient. 2400W versus 1000W.

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  16. On 10/8/2021 at 8:14 PM, Shamus O'Sean said:

    I got this one from Kegland 35L BrewZilla Gen 3.1 - Boiler False Bottom (Grainfather Compatible) $18.95.  It fits the 19 litre Big W pot reasonably well.

    I got myself this one. $11.95 on ebay. SS but it's ebay so hopefully it's decent quality.Given I only do partials the legs may be too high so I'm thinking remove them and turn it upside down should do the trick.
     

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