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All Things Food / Re: Grilled Artichoke
« on: June 11, 2013, 09:39:55 AM »
Yeah, many time.  Delicious!  I usually parboil them first.

That's a good idea. I wish I had thought of that. This is my first try at it.

All Things Food / Grilled Artichoke
« on: June 11, 2013, 09:15:51 AM »
Anybody ever try cooking an artichoke out on the grill? I have one quartered and I covered it with peanut oil and sprinkled it liberally with Lowry's seasoned salt. My grill is cast iron and well seasoned. We shall see how this turns out.

The Pub / Re: Something for dog owners to consider
« on: June 10, 2013, 03:11:48 PM »
I think this simply does not occure to a lot of people. Thats why I posted it here, on my facebook, and on the other forum I frequent.

The Pub / Something for dog owners to consider
« on: June 10, 2013, 10:55:33 AM »

It is getting to be that time of year again. Every year veterinarians treat a number of dogs for 3rd degree burns as a result of walking on hot pavement. Please, before taking your dog walking or jogging, put the back of your hand on the cement. If you don't think you could leave it there indefinitely don't make your dog walk on it. Every year someone posts a picture of an egg fried on the concrete. Would you want to walk barefoot across a giant hot grill? Please don't make your dog do it either. This time of year I take Ralph for his walks before my morning coffee.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: FG and priming sugar
« on: June 10, 2013, 07:55:13 AM »
Really don't know why I obsess over the ABV!

If you're like me it's because you like sharing your brew with friends, and the ABV is one of the first questions they tend to ask about.

Also nonbrewers tend to expect you to know all the answers. But you don't, you're learning. "By you I mean you and me." After my first batch was done I had just followed a recipe and new none of the science behind how I made beer, they all bombarded me with questions and my only response was that I boiled a bunch of stuff and it turned into beer.

I hope I never stop learning. That is part of the fun of brewing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: when to check for bottle bombs
« on: June 09, 2013, 07:33:17 AM »
With all of that work, and a desire to bottle after 4 weeks of waiting, I FORGOT TO SCRUB THE INSIDE OF THE BOTTLES WITH A BOTTLE BRUSH :o

If you soaked in OxiClean, I don't think this is an issue. To be honest, I just rinse my bottles right after pouring - no scrubbing. The only time I ever use my bottle brush is if there's visible crud on the bottom that won't rinse clean. Frankly, OxiClean should get most of that. My bet is that you'll be fine.

I always get residue from oxyclean that I need an ice pick to get off. It doesn't seem to matter how much I rinse. When I use that stuff I have to use a bottle brush to get it out.

Going Pro / Re: Filled Keg storage
« on: June 07, 2013, 07:39:34 AM »
Why would kegged beer be any different than bottled beer?
I store my bottles for up to a year in my basement, which stays a constant 66 to 68 degrees. Some of my beers actually improve over this period of time. I recently started kegging, my last two kegs I primed with half the sugar I would have for bottling, gave each a shot of C02 to protect them, and now they are sitting in my basement waiting for a slot to open up in my kegerator. Is this a bad practice? I figured they would carb then condition just like my bottled beer does. I was thinking this way I would have matured beer when my taps run dry of the beer that is in there now.

Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith
« on: June 05, 2013, 06:18:28 PM »
In a sense it does. It estimates gravity, color, and hop bitterness among other things.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Burner question
« on: June 05, 2013, 05:48:46 PM »
I just ordered a Blichmann burner.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Straining your wort
« on: June 05, 2013, 05:47:44 PM »
I kept getting clogged bottling wands and finding hop matter in my beers until I got one of these.

As an added bonus it helps oxygenate my wort.
I strain using 5 gallon paint strainers. That's a great strainer, anything special about it and where did you find it?

I got it at midwest supplies. It is stainless steel. I throw it in the dish washer after each use.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 05, 2013, 07:39:32 AM »
OK that sounds like 1 oz in a mason jar and fill the rest of the way with bourbon. It also sounds like more AA units for bittering. I was thinking an ounce of sterling at 7% AA FWH in a 1.060 beer. I was also thinking about 5 months in the bottle before serving.

General Homebrew Discussion / Burner question
« on: June 05, 2013, 07:31:38 AM »
Has anybody had experience with both Blichman burners AND cheaper burners such as Bayou Classics? I noticed the burner on my SP10 is looking really rusty so I am thinking about a replacement. I just don't know if it is worth 3 times the price to go with the Blichman. But if I thought it actually performed better, would save some fuel, and I wouldn't have to replace it in 2 years, it might be worth it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 05, 2013, 07:23:07 AM »
Thankyou for your replies. I have been reading differing views on how much bourbon to use. They range from a cup and a half to a pint. I love Shlafly's imperial stout which is a bourbon barrel stout. To me the balance of that beer is absolutely perfect. It is what I am looking for in mine. I am going to brew it this weekend or the following weekend so it will be ready this winter.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Straining your wort
« on: June 05, 2013, 07:17:52 AM »
I kept getting clogged bottling wands and finding hop matter in my beers until I got one of these.

As an added bonus it helps oxygenate my wort.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bourbon barrel porter
« on: June 04, 2013, 06:44:05 PM »
1. I don't know about minimum, but I've got a couple of jars of chips and bourbon just sitting around waiting.  I also use all of the bourbon they soak in, not just the chips.
2. As long as you enjoy the flavor.  I wouldn't waste top shelf bourbon as that's simply better by itself.  I use a variety of cheaper good tasting bourbons.
3. No worries.
4. I use mason jars.  If the plastic bowl has a lid, that should be OK.  I'd be worried about picking up flavors from the plastic, though.  Perhaps unnecessarily so.
5. I don't think I've gone beyond seven days.  Maybe 10 or so.  I would taste it every couple of days to check. Pull the chips when you hit the flavor you like.

FWIW, I like the flavors of the darker oak chips.

So you are saying the chips themselves never go into the beer? I just use them to flavor the bourbon then pour that in?

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