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All Grain Brewing / Re: My first brew
« on: October 25, 2012, 01:45:35 PM »
Yep, 2nd brew on Saturday.  A Pale Ale, lightly hopped with orange and coriander. I'm not going to be able to drink them this fast!  I'm also scheduled to do a 10 gallon IPA batch with a friend the following Friday.  Need more fermenter room...


Wow!  Talk about jumping in with both feet!

Sounds like you've got things moving along well.  Welcome to the obsession. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Conditioning
« on: September 26, 2012, 08:13:33 AM »
i go two weeks in at room temp.  one bottle is usually a 20 oz plastic pepsi bottle.  (they are in the dark),  i can then tell if there is yeast formation in the bottom (usually check at one week as well) and also if the bottle is hard to indicate pressure build up.

Interesting idea.  Is this purely for monitoring?  Or do you drink this bottle too?  I'd be concerned about not having a truly airtight seal.  Are you just screwing the cap on?

General Homebrew Discussion / CO2 bottle in the fridge?
« on: September 22, 2012, 01:40:47 PM »
No problem at all. Just don't freak out when the gauge drops a lot. It's normal when you store cold. Won't change how much CO2 you have though.

General Homebrew Discussion / NB Marris Otter Extract
« on: September 08, 2012, 04:04:48 AM »
I just ordered 6# of this to do two small test batches. Will let you know how it tastes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/7
« on: September 07, 2012, 12:18:09 PM »
Brewing a nut brown ale that should be ready when my kegs and kegerator get here!   ;D

All Things Food / Re: Advice for getting a smoker
« on: September 07, 2012, 12:14:51 PM »
I've been using a Weber 22" kettle for about a year.  Weber makes baskets that fit perfectly in their kettles to hold the coals in a controlled space (you've probably seen them) that work very well.  I usually use one - not both. 

To keep the initial temp down I use lump charcoal and put a 1" or so layer of unlit lump in the bottom of the basket.  Then I light a very small amount of charcoal so it is completely ash covered.  When I say a small amount I mean somewhere around 1.5 to 2 hand fulls, tops.  Once everything is warmed up and the meat is on the grill, add the soaked wood chips on to the coal.  The combination of lit/unlit coal and the wood chips burning (sooner or later) keeps the temp about right.  I might have to add some additional coal after 3.5 to 4 hours. 

You can get a really good smoke in a Weber Kettle but you won't be doing huge amounts of meat at a time.  It's a fairly cheap way to try your hand at smoking and not end up with something you can't really use for other tasks if you don't enjoy the process.


I agree and do everything that was said here. Weber makes the swiss army knife of outdoor cooking equipment.

Agreed.  Started smoking using the kettle grill.  Upgraded to the WSM after a couple of years because I wanted to do larger smokes.

All Things Food / Re: Advice for getting a smoker
« on: September 07, 2012, 08:44:43 AM »
+1 for the Weber Smokey Mountain.  Got it a few years ago and love the ribs, pork butt and brisket I'm able to do on it with ease.  A great way to get comfortable with the smoker is to follow the book "Low and Slow" -
It walks you through making chicken, ribs & pork butt, and gets you very comfortable with timing and temperature control.

Current project is to dial in starting times on BBQ/Brew Day so I can maximize time efficiency for both activities.  My wife and I did baby back ribs last Saturday while brewing up a batch of Pale Ale and bottling up a batch of Porter.  Worked out very well.

Yes, but time (and gas) to drive around and find what I want locally, and have it customized the way I want it, is going to get me pretty close to break even. That's without factoring in the sales tax differential.

Ordered the kegerator from them today.  Staff was very helpful on the phone, going through the options and what I'd really need.  Looking forward to getting the unit and getting it set up.

Will post an update when it's delivered and I get it set up.

Nothing to say about the kegerator, but I've had good experience with Beverage Factory.  I wouldn't hesitate to buy from them.

Cool. Thanks for the feedback. Think I'm going to put the order in after the weekend's over.

Looking at getting a kegerator. Don't have the time or inclination to DIY. I'd like to get something that I can order to my configuration and have it arrive and just work. I'm looking at this model from

Does anyone have any experience with this model? Any feedback on buying from would also be appreciated.


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 29, 2012, 12:14:26 PM »
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 27, 2012, 06:26:36 AM »
All This Everything - Perpetual Groove

The Pub / song title game
« on: August 25, 2012, 04:56:21 AM »
Turn up the Night - Black Sabbath

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 23, 2012, 08:46:07 AM »
One of these Days - Pink Floyd

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