Christmas List 2017

  • Soft woolly socks – 39-41 – Migros has very dark grey ones which I like
  • Abrasive rubber to clean the ceramic knife sharpener
  • Double walled mug for tea which works properly
  • Inexpensive fitbit – smallest with no display
  • Small woodworking clamps – Sliding part with turn handle top – about 30 cm internal size
  • A new belt
  • A ‘straight edge’ about 1 meter long – DE: Richtlineal maybe?
  • An analogue dial gauge caliper – for example

Bypassing DNS Lookups on the Internal Network

  1. Create an alias
    Goto Firewall > Aliases
    Add a new alias
    Name  – LocalResolver (anything will do)
    Type – Host(s)
    Now in Host(s) add IP so it always uses the local DNS resolver
    Save this
  2. Change the route
    Goto Firewall > NAT
    Add a  Port Forward ( the first tab )
    protocol: TCP/UDP
    Interface: LAN
    Destination: select DNS
    Source: any
    Redirect Target IP: LocalResolver ( or the name you gave to the alias )
    Redirect port – DNS (53)
    Save this
  3. Apply the changes
  4. Test using nslookup
    steve@goat ~/Videos/Dance/Salsa $ nslookup
    steve@goat ~/Videos/Dance/Salsa $ nslookup
    Non-authoritative answer:

    So you can see that there is no difference between the local resolver (which uses a Smart DNS lookup) and

Fixing the Damned Linux Brightness Bug

Switch to using the nvidia driver in the driver control

Then execute:

sudo nvidia-xconfig
sudo vi /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Make the screen section look like:

Section “Screen”
Identifier “Screen0”
Device “Device0”
Monitor “Monitor0”
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection “Display”
Depth 24
Option “RegistryDwords” “EnableBrightnessControl=1”

Finally reboot:

 sudo reboot now

Tasting the Beer

So,  the IPA really is quite bitter,  next time I think a bit less at the start of the boil and I want to try dry hoping.  Still, it has a good colour, the head is about right and is fairly clear.  All in all I am happy with it.

Brewing on Saturday

Brewed an IPA style beer. The aim was to be quite bitter and using simcoe so should smell grapefuity.
I changed the technique somewhat. Presoaked the Irish Moss and cooled the beer in the boiler with the Irish Moss and hops still present. I read somewhere that the clarifying effect happens during the cooling phase. Firt impresions are that it was clearing better. However, filtering out the hops was problematic as the filter kept clogging.
The fermentation started very quickly with the new yeast and is very active this morning.
Plato roughly 12, but hard to read with the foamy head.