Wow, some great stories. Thanks for the original posts Thirsty.
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It drops for the first time in Texas on Friday. I'm excited to see it finally arrive but I also know I'm not sitting in line at 6am in front of a bottle shop to try to get it, so I probably won't get any this year.
I've used the paint filter bags from Lowes/Home Depot. They've worked well.
We rented a house on the beach this year in Fort Morgan (on Gulf) during Thanksgiving. I want to have a special seaside touch for Tday. I'm going to try an oyster dressing HERE but am open to other recipes you may prefer.
What else? We are having cornish hens instead of Turkey. Sweet potatoes are real big on gulf, as well.
I've never used whole vanilla beans before. I know you need the alcohol to extract the vanilla. I want to add some to a pumpkin beer that has a ( 5 gallons) Belgian dark strong as the base. I want only a subtle vanilla flavor. I was thinking about taking one whole bean, slicing it down the center, and leaving it in the secondary while conditioning. Is this the right number, or should I add more.
Can't a spigot be added to the top of the spidel to use a blow off if clearance is a concern? I think I can wedge two of the 15 gallon into my freezer, but not with the airlock.
+1 for glass being a non starter for me. I have a couple of these and really like them: http://morebeer.com/products/speidel-plastic-fermenter-30l-79-gal.html.
Large enough so I've never needed a blow off tube, easy to clean, has a port to easily rack and the integrated handles are sturdy and great for moving around 5 gallons of wort.
Thing that scares me about that I guess is the spigot, which are so hard to keep clean on plastic and when you take them apart to clean they never go back together properly and leak. Maybe this one is constructed differently.
It got all the way down to 63⁰ F down here at sea level last night. Had to put an afghan on the bed. Brrrr!