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post #76 of 102
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I'm trying to figure out what to do with potato peels. I watched a documentary about the people in Kentucky that still make moonshine, and apparently potato peels are good for that. I haven't come up with any other ideas yet.

Careful. Get the wrong alcohol going (methanol instead of ethanol, i think), and you go blind/die. Happens all the time in russia with doodz that sell fake vodka.
post #77 of 102
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Careful. Get the wrong alcohol going (methanol instead of ethanol, i think), and you go blind/die. Happens all the time in russia with doodz that sell fake vodka.
The boiling point of methanol is ~65C and ethanol is ~78C. If you heat your batch to ~70C but don't get up to 78C you'll boil off any methanol. Collect it with a distillation apparatus and discard. It's not too hard to get rid of if you know a little bit of chemistry.
post #78 of 102
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Originally Posted by Listi View Post
The boiling point of methanol is ~65C and ethanol is ~78C.

If you heat your batch to ~70C but don't get up to 78C you'll boil off any methanol. Collect it with a distillation apparatus and discard. It's not too hard to get rid of if you know a little bit of chemistry.

What if your distillation apparatus is made from old lead pipes, some copper tubing, and a few old car radiators?
post #79 of 102
I don't like buying rounds or pitchers because I inevitably spend far beyond what I actually drank. Fuck you if you think I'm being cheap for wanting to pay my share.

I am also pretty cheap about dishes... my roommates have broken half my glasses and lost half my Tupperware since we moved in together. But I've decided that the regular tit-for-tat bullshit will start if I call them out so I just keep in mind that in total it's still probably only $20 worth.
post #80 of 102
I once went to lunch one Friday and there was a large group at the table next to us. I was not eavesdropping but it was very clear that this a lunch in honour of a retiree, it being his last day at work.

Anyway, the lunch went on and the bill came. This was not an expensive place. I noticed the retiree taking out his wallet to pay for his own meal. How cheap is that to make the retiree pay for his own lunch on his last day of work?

Scandalous.

I should add that this was a group of high school teachers.
post #81 of 102
My roommate wants me to pay more on the heating bill because I spend more time at home then she does. Seems a little cheap to me, as I've always split bills down the middle with roommates.
post #82 of 102
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My roommate wants me to pay more on the heating bill because I spend more time at home then she does. Seems a little cheap to me, as I've always split bills down the middle with roommates.
How do you find people like that? She just needs a dick.

I don't like people that are cheap in social situations. I don't eat out with people who don't even make an effort to tip properly. People that can't even pay their share are the worse. Why not just stay home? This is why I don't like to eat out with moar than two other people. There's always a chump trying to get someone to cover his trash.

I use the backside of handouts as printing paper.
post #83 of 102
a guy i know asked if he can share with someone else at a buffet.

my house mate asked me to split the cost of detergent with him. $2, are you serious?!
post #84 of 102
I get this parm-cheese grater from the local department store, its the best model but the (plastic) handle always breaks within a month or two. I simply buy the new one and return the old one in the new box for a refund. Also break the huge stalks off of broccoli (10-15cm long sometimes) and leave them in the store.
post #85 of 102
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Also break the huge stalks off of broccoli (10-15cm long sometimes) and leave them in the store.

This is rather brilliant and I will be stealing the idea...
post #86 of 102
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Originally Posted by Gradstudent78 View Post
My roommate wants me to pay more on the heating bill because I spend more time at home then she does. Seems a little cheap to me, as I've always split bills down the middle with roommates.

Sigh. My one problem with roommates. When in college I seemed to only live with lizards who kept their rooms at tropical temperatures but wanted even splits on the electric bill.
post #87 of 102
We have vine ripened tomatos with the green parts still on, some of them don't have the green parts and get scanned at half the price $5kg instead of $11 or you could be a little more cunning but I will leave that to your imagination.
post #88 of 102
Huge difference between being sensible/thrify/cheap

Sensible is buying something on sale, or waiting a while to buy it when you know it will be reduced (i.e. if you want it in december, wait til January sales). Sensible is also not wasting money - justifying purchases rather than just post-rationalising them.

Thrify in my mind means re-using things. Not throwing something away until it is used up. Getting what you paid for. If you paid for a service you didn't get, complain. If you paid for a product that was inferior, complain. Keeping things and re-using them is perfectly acceptable IMO, as long as it's not ridiculous where you refuse to throw out something ancient because "it works fine."

Cheap is more of an attitude thing IMO. It usually involves being a dick - squabbling over a few ££ on a meal, getting out the calculator at the end of a meal and putting down exact change, refusing to take a taxi, not wanting to go somewhere all your friends do because it's too expensive.

Being sensible and thrifty is sensible. You can have enough money to enjoy life, buy nicer things, go to nicer places etc.. but it's pointless to literally throw it away or waste it. But being cheap is just being a dick unless you really ARE trying hard to save money.

But usually the cheap people are the biggest hypocrites - they won't divide the meal price equally because their meal is £2 less, but they smoke which costs £5 per day.
post #89 of 102
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Originally Posted by jobro View Post
I get this parm-cheese grater from the local department store, its the best model but the (plastic) handle always breaks within a month or two. I simply buy the new one and return the old one in the new box for a refund.

This is not right, you're a dick.
post #90 of 102
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This is not right, you're a dick.
Well in my defense, I have bought their stainless steal model ('dishwasher safe') which gained severe rust from going through a dishwasher cycle, which I kept and did not return. I then moved to the plastic handle model which is excellent, apart from the plastic handle which connects with two infinitesimal amounts of plastic to the main body. I see no reason as to why I should suffer do the poor selection of products available in the store. I have given up my search for a superior grater as it just isn't to be found in a brick and motor store.
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