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All Things Food / Re: Why buy a 22" WSM
« on: October 17, 2017, 08:20:17 PM »
I think I’m going with the 18.5”. 22 is just obscene when I’m cooking for two most of the time.
Probably a good choice. The 22” feels kind of like driving a duelie in the city. But, when I work my way up to a brisket, hopefully, I will feel good about my choice.

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All Things Food / Why buy a 22" WSM
« on: October 17, 2017, 08:16:50 PM »
That potato is huge around here. Looks like the next thing you need will be a vacuum sealer


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Got that. I vacuumed sealed a couple of pounds of pork for later tater dates. She doesn’t drink the beer but she will eat the barbecue.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: October 17, 2017, 08:15:47 PM »
As a wise philosopher from ancient Greece once said, lodo brewing is 10 percent adding weird chemicals and putting funny mash caps, and 90 percent best practices.
:)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: October 15, 2017, 08:43:31 PM »
Azac Attack IPA



Tasty IPA. This is my first use of Azacca and my first IPA in a few years. Azacca definitely has lots of flavors. I taste mostly orange and mango, but, there are other flavors also.

1064 OG, 2.5 gallons
97% Two-row Pale
3% Caramel 40
60 IBU Simcoe @ 60
1 oz Azacca @ 1 (3 IBU)
3 oz Azacca steep
3 oz Azacca dry hop
MJ M44 US West Coast Ale

PS. Thanks for the grain bill suggestion, Jon. It worked out well.

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All Things Food / Why buy a 22" WSM
« on: October 15, 2017, 05:55:35 PM »
My wife likes baked potato topped with barbecue, sauce, etc. But, apparently everyone else in town does too. Everytime we go out for one they are sold out.

Problem solved:




PS. THE WSM makes one Boston Butt look small.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brew bag question
« on: October 15, 2017, 03:35:09 PM »
I reduced my dead space down to zero (from just over a quart) by going to the bag. The bulkhead/valve conversion I used had the braid sitting a little higher than when using the mini keg bung and obviously left more wort behind.. Regardless, I'm a big fan of the bag in cooler approach.
Do you sparge? I have gone no sparge lately since trying LODO. I have been doing no sparge BIAB in my kettle. I have thought about going back to batch sparge with a bag to get improved efficiency. But,  haven’t yet because that might introduce oxygen. Which may or may not be a problem preboil.


No, I'm no sparging since the switch over, Tommy. I'm really happy with the results lately and like the direction things are going.
Me, too. I get 70-71% efficiency since switching versus 80% before. I have to remind myself efficiency is not a score. It’s the taste of the beer that matters.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: brew bag question
« on: October 15, 2017, 03:09:47 PM »
I reduced my dead space down to zero (from just over a quart) by going to the bag. The bulkhead/valve conversion I used had the braid sitting a little higher than when using the mini keg bung and obviously left more wort behind.. Regardless, I'm a big fan of the bag in cooler approach.
Do you sparge? I have gone no sparge lately since trying LODO. I have been doing no sparge BIAB in my kettle. I have thought about going back to batch sparge with a bag to get improved efficiency. But,  haven’t yet because that might introduce oxygen. Which may or may not be a problem preboil.

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General Homebrew Discussion / It's Official
« on: October 15, 2017, 11:53:37 AM »
What’s wrong with this forum is people constantly talk about what’s wrong with this forum (or what’s right about this forum). Both are boring. I come here to talk about brewing beer (and maybe barbecue :)

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Pimp My System / Re: Basement electric kettle / cooler setup
« on: October 02, 2017, 04:03:43 PM »
I'm super jealous of the double wide utility sink. I'd love to have a nice way to set my fermenters/kettle up to dry inside, over a sink.
+1

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Equipment and Software / Re: Suck back solutions
« on: September 30, 2017, 02:45:41 PM »
I may not understand the contraption, but, why is the extra airlock even needed?  The tubing sits in water in the jar. That's an airlock right there.

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Here's one idea based on the linked probrewer thread in the OP.

Connect a gas QD with a few feet of tubing (nothing connected to far end of the tubing) to receiving keg's gas post. The end of this tubing can go into a bucket under water (air lock). The air lock will prevent air (oxygen) from going back into the receiving keg.

Transfer into the receiving keg until bubbles stop and beer comes out of the gas line and into the water.

Then serve a few ounces from the receiving keg to lower the liquid level away from the gas post.

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Cream Ale is more like an ale intended to taste like and compete with Budweiser.

From the BJCP description of Cream Ale: "A clean, well-attenuated, flavorful American “lawnmower” beer. Easily drinkable and refreshing, with more character than typical American lagers."

I don't know if there is a cream soda ale. I am sure somebody has tried that.

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Ingredients / Re: Hops Glut?
« on: September 25, 2017, 07:11:47 PM »
Majorvices, how about some IPA special editions?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 25, 2017, 05:25:45 PM »
American Brown ale



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I'll have a pint of the brown ale, please.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 25, 2017, 05:23:40 PM »
Great looking beers!

Seriously, man.

Thanks guys.  I've been on a bit of a rally lately.  A lot of brewing and a good amount of beer drinking and the beers have been coming out really nicely.
That's a lot great looking beers. I hope you drank all those in one sitting ;)

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