Crunchy pizza dough

A colleage asked me, how do you get rustique, nicely browned pizza? It's simple. You need sugar in the dough, because sugar browns. How do you get sugar? It's easy. Enzymes convert starch to sugar (brewers know this). How do you get enzymes? Easy. Yeast produces them or you could…

Sierra Nevada - Nooner Pilsener

The first that came to mind, when I thought about American Pilsener was: nah, no way. This ought to be boring. I remember tasting at least one different beer by Sierra Nevada, but wasn't blown away. Nooner however is different. Very lightly carbonated, thin temporary head. Golden colour. Mostly bitter…

Ale Mania - Gose

This weeks visit to the local bottle shop brought a german Gose into my fridge. The label reads, among the usual suspects, coriander, sea salt and lactic acid. It doesn't however list wheat as an ingredient. The bottle overcarbonated. Great head. Smells like coriander. Very funky taste, slight clove aroma.…

Modernist Rillette

I had a guest on sunday and we usually sit there talking all day. Even if you're sitting all day you need an occasional snack to gorge on. My eyes were set on the Rillette from Modernist Cuisine. So on saturday I went to the butcher. I explained to him…

Recovering from a botched LV resize

Two months ago a coworker of mine and me were taking an exam together. Everything seems to be going along smoothly, when 45 minutes into the exam the coworker starts to talk to the instructor, gesticulating wildly. I can overhear the instructor giving him two options: either figure it out…

Weißer Nougat

Thomas Kellers zugänglichstes Buch soll das Neueste sein: Bouchon Bakery. Ich habe gerade mein Exemplar bekommen und musste am selben Abend noch etwas ausprobieren. Nur was? Mein Auge ist auf den weißen Nougat gefallen. Im Zucker kochen besitze ich eine gewisse Routine, aber Vorsicht ist geboten, wenn man mit 145°…

Moving an LVM mirror log

Suppose you created an LVM mirror but your mirror log is on the wrong SAN device. SAN migration won't help you since these LUNs exist on different SAN machines altogehter. But how do you move the mirror log? Let's create an LVM mirror: Last login: Sat Nov 23 17:36:…

tcpnice & tcpkill

Have you ever thought about killing a particular TCP connection or just shaping that traffic down to acceptable levels? dsniff is a little collection of tools that were build for security analysis. They include two tools that I'm interested in: tcpnice and tcpkill. tcpkill is the easier tool to comprehend.…

Scharfe Kartoffelsuppe

1,5 kg Kartoffeln. 4 kleine Pfaumen-Tomaten. 2 gut angetrocknete Pepperoni. 2 Zehen Knoblauch. 2 Tassen Bruehe (irgendeine). 300g Gelderlaender Speck. Speck gut anbraten, mit Bruehe und Kartoffeln ansetzen und dann den Topf mit Wasser auffuellen, bis die Kartoffeln abgedeckt sind. Wenn die Kartoffeln gar sind, einen Teil der Kartoffeln…

APOD to Desktop Wallpaper

Recently I had a meeting with one of our customers. I was setting up my laptop, plugging it into the beamer. Immediately the customer raised a brow. The beamer was showing a gorgeous HD image of the deepwater horizon oil rig blowing up. The following smalltalk was interesting. I decided…