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Everything posted by n_maher

  1. Oh no, you and Claire were not alone in that opinion. That said, RIP Joe.
  2. My experience - the settings on most tube testers for the 5998 and 6AS7 are the same. And bear in mind, the only thing really worth looking at on a tester are shorts and if you're comparing sections or tubes, the relative readings. I've had tubes that tested "bad" that worked for years and tubes that tested "NOS" die the next day.
  3. Forgot to post this yesterday - had a good day doing old-school manual labor after spending a good part of Friday helping my neighbor clear a small maple tree that fell over in a wind storm Thursday. They're selling the house in 10 days and didn't want the tree or debris to cause any issues with the sale. So yesterday I set out splitting a bunch of it. It's funny. The older I get the more I enjoy manual labor. I hated splitting wood when I was younger. Then it was time for Lily and I to make a cake for Andrew's socially-distant, outdoor-5-months-late birthday party tha
  4. Bottom line, do what works for you! Me: I've never pulled one before 200F internal. The short ribs I cooked Friday ended upon just a little long (stupid work phone call) and were at nearly 210F by the time I yanked them but they did get the benefit of a 2hr rest. They were quite possibly the softest beef that I've smoked. One more thing that I've found is that tenderness is (not surprisingly) heavily influenced by the quality of the meat. I had a brisket a couple weeks ago that only got so tender, there was nothing else to be done about it. It still tasted great, but was nowhere near
  5. I can confirm that the approach also works with beef short ribs. In related news, this is what I grilled tonight. 45 day dry aged top sirloin from my favorite butcher. I took 1/3 of the 2lb monster and tried a reverse sear which came out quite nicely. The regularly seared portion was also quite tasty, but took an insanely long time to come up to even medium. More tweaking of the process. Most important lesson learned, the Traeger probe is crap at low temps. I will rely only on the Fireboard from now on.
  6. ^^ I'd suggest ignoring temperature when it comes to when to pull brisket. When it's tender and jiggles, it's done. My recent experience is that it's also key to let it rest for at least an hour before slicing. YMMV, good luck, and all that.
  7. Hey guy, read the fuckin' manual for the 747 whatever that is? Assuming it's a B&K unit in which case, just Google. If not... Also, how the hell do you know the tube is near NOS? Did you buy it back in the 50s? Otherwise welcome to the wonderful world of tubes that can and will fail whenever they want regardless off whether or not they've ever been used.
  8. Seriously 2020, FOAD. Oh, and fuck cancer too.
  9. That's where you just tell me to ban him for 24hrs and I do it.
  10. Shit, piss, and corruption, Al. I'll drink something in your honor.
  11. Really liking the Fireboard2 so far. Between it and the Traeger app I was able to monitor today's cook (small pork shoulder) remotely and adjust the temp a couple times to ramp things up a bit so that it was ready to wrap when I got home. The dip in the graph is when I removed the probe while wrapping. The nerd in me loves this. Overall App View w/ the 2ch that I'm running today: It can run up to 6 channels and also has the ability to drive a fan unit for those that use Webbers or Eggs w/ a booster fan. Detail view The cliff at the beginning is that I
  12. Got out for an early morning ride this morning to meet a friend that's doing a double-metric today. I offered to pull him for the first 25miles or so so I rode 20 miles up to the starting point, played locomotive for an hour or so, and then turned home. Other than the 98% humidity it was near perfect conditions.
  13. I think you posted it exactly where you should have.
  14. I'll throw this out and say neither, without first knowing your budget to be able to say whether or not there may be significantly better options for the same dollars. I see almost no value in purchasing a PC locally, haven't done so for over a decade, and given the use case it sure looks like you are way over-buying and if you do decide to go off leash, both will likely have suboptimal battery life because they appear to be gaming focused.
  15. The family certainly agreed. I think I could have done better so I'll just have to do another round sometime soon.
  16. Nice! I took leftovers from Thursday's brisket and made brisket tacos.
  17. Sorry for your loss Jeff. While 92 is a great run it is still doesn't sit well with me that COVID was the cause. I'll raise a toast in Dorothy's honor shortly.
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