Say for example you wanted to have a span in an Outlook email (using Word’s terrible HTML renderer) with a unique foreground/background color:
<span style="color:#FF0000;background-color:#000000;">Your Text</span>
This would be supposed to render as: Your Text, but it actually renders as Your Text. Ironically enough, you can style a table cell with foreground/background colors and all will be well. To make this work in a span, I emailed myself an Outlook HTML mail composed using their in-client email editor, saved it to HTML, and found the style that works–adding a mso-highlight CSS rule with the background color:
<span style="color:#FF0000;mso-highlight:#000000;background-color:#000000;">Your Text</span>
For whatever reason, this works…
Update: This works in some cases (if you want a black bg, red text for example) but not others. If the colors are sufficiently OK outlook works fine. I haven’t figured this out 100% yet…
I recently went through the successful application to remove conditions on residence (I-751) with my wife, and found there were a few things I could have done better with my initial submission.
We unfortunately received (and responded to) an RFE (Request for Evidence) due to insufficient documentation for the petition. I had included standard items, like the last joint bank statements, marriage certificate, etc, but it wasn’t enough to prove a “bona fide” marriage.
Some tips I’d suggest for anyone looking to file this on their own:
- Consult a lawyer when preparing your filings. Yes, it will cost you $300-$600, but it can help you prevent mistakes at the onset.
- Draft up a cover letter detailing each piece of evidence, the time span it covers, across various categories
- Include any beneficiary information you have
- Your evidence should span the entire period of marriage–in my RFE I submitted information from just before our marriage date, quarterly, to the present
- Highlighting the petitioner’s name, spouse’s name, and dates on evidence will help your examiner work the case faster
- Include a couple affidavits; it’s easy to ask your friends/colleagues to draft one, and helpful.
Note: I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice, just my own personal experience.
My brother bought me a Brew in a Bag (BIAB) grains IPA kit for Christmas, and I had a lot of fun making and fermenting the beer, which I tweaked a little with a fresh mint twist. We have yet to see how well it comes out, as it’s currently sitting on its yeast for at least the rest of the week, then priming sugar + bottling, a couple weeks of rest, and finally it will be drinkable. It’s a little one-gallon kit, and my yield is probably hurt by my small stovetop pot. I might only get 10 bottles out of it.
Extracting sugars, the hops, and the final fermenting setup
I’m wondering now–how much would it cost to buy basic equipment to make a 5-gallon batch? Here’s what you need:
- 7 gallon Brewing pot
- Muslin bag
- 6.5 Gallon Carboy w/Airlock
- Bottle Capper
I can buy everything except the brewing pot for $90 at our local store, the pot runs $80 but it’s a nice 7.5 gallon size. So far, just investing in basic equipment, we are at $170 in startup costs.
Then for a recipe and point of comparison, we’ll look at a Nugget Nectar clone, pricing it retail at $13/6-pack (this is NYC sadly):
- 6.5 lbs Continental Pils Malt: $18
- 7.0 lbs Munich Malt: $16
- 5.0 oz Crystal 120L: $2
- 1.00 oz 13%aa Nugget 60′: $2
- 0.50 oz 13%aa Simcoe 30′: $2.5
- 1.00 oz 16%aa Warrior 20′ $2.5
- 1.25 oz 16%aa Tomahawk 0′ or hopback: $2.25
- 1.00 oz 8%aa Palisade 0′ or hopback: $2
- 1.00 oz 13%aa Simcoe DH: $2.5
- 1.00 oz 8%aa Palisade DH: $2
- Cal-Ale Yeast: $7
The total cost of this recipe is $58.75 or about $60, for 54 bottles of beer. So, about $1.10 per bottle. Whereas, buying 54 bottles in store in NYC costs about $117, or $2.1 a bottle. By making your own beer, you can save a dollar a bottle, and enjoy the process!
I’m actually a bit surprised that that malt is that expensive, perhaps there’s a better source?
To make back your startup costs of $170 you’ll need to brew at least 2 full five-gallon batches. After that, you’re in profitable territory! And some of the items, such as yeast, or large bulk orders of hops, can be used for multiple sessions, further driving down costs. I wouldn’t be surprised to see under a dollar a bottle if you bought in bulk.
Update: I should multiple pricing on the DME by .75 to get the equivalent grains ratio, which would give me $8.5 off the batch, for $50 even or $.93 a bottle, for a savings of $67. If I did all-grains, the price would be another 20% lower.