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All Things Food / Re: Rant! Glad Fold lock sandwich baggies
« on: September 14, 2010, 02:17:46 PM »
My mom used them when I was a kid back in the day.  I never got sick. Yet I do love the Ziploc®.  My wife needs the ones with the plastic zipper thingy.  I do find Ziploc bags a waste for sandwiches.

Ziploc bags are far better for storing used grains and extra hops. In fact... I have a "Mystery" bag with all of the leftover pellet hops and small amounts of crushed grain that go back in the freezer. Someday I'll make a "Mystery Beer" with all of the leftovers.

All Things Food / Donut Recipes found in Beer Advocate
« on: September 12, 2010, 07:20:57 PM »
I was reading the Raised Beer Donut recipe in Beer Advocate from... I think it was in the Spring sometime before May of 2010... my wife and I were waiting for the Friday tour At NOLA brewing and I was reading the recipe from B.A. and I jotted down the ingredients for the Raised Beer Donut at the beginning of the article but forgot to write down the method.

If anyone has that issue and could slap it on the forum, that would be great.  B.A. doesn't seem to have it online.  If someone shares that info, I'll post my Beer Pretzel Bread recipe.

The Pub / Re: Why Grammar is Important
« on: September 12, 2010, 03:17:43 PM »
When I was in school too many decades ago, I was taught that the plural for deer was deer, not deers.  
Deer Singular: "That deer is eating the tree."
Deer Plural: "Look at all the deer eating the tree."  Not "look at all the deers eating the tree."

So why do we insist in drinking beers? It must be that majority Denny showed in his graph. The same rule is followed by the word beer or any other word with two ee.  
Beer Singular: "I'd like to have a beer please."
Beer Plural: "Let's go out and have some beer." not "Let's go out and have some beers."

Thank you for indulging our needs for some grammar.

All Things Food / Re: Beer Dough - Pizza
« on: September 11, 2010, 10:39:00 PM »
Shhhh. Here's a secret. Don't tell 'em or they'll all be doing it.  Substitute 1/2 cup of DME for a 1/2 cup of flour. That'll give you maltiness and crispness. You can also take a tablespoon of DME when you're proofing the yeast instead of sugar. Using darker DME will give you a darker crust. Crunch on that!

Ingredients / Re: Growing Hops Next to Siding - Any chance for damage?
« on: September 10, 2010, 02:20:42 PM »
I can't comment on the hop variety to grow with your 100+ºF temperatures since I'm way north of you in MA, but I would be concerned about the hops becoming to dry with the amount of heat energy reflecting off the south side of your house, especially if it's painted, aluminum or vinyl siding.  Most hops (but not all) need the full day's sun, but also like the other side shaded. With the reflected energy off the siding, the whole plant gets too much sun and may burn.  Your inclination then may be to water the hops more to prevent the burning, but hops shouldn't be over watered especially on the leaves.  I somewhat disagree with others by saying whatever normal rain you get should be enough or at least water them to the average amount of rain you should get.  I've also found that hops like to have the breeze blowing through them. This helps regulate its temperature and along with ground watering will help prevent leaf diseases.

As far as the siding being ruined goes, hops are Bines rather than Vines.  Vines grow by tendrils, which wrap around structures (like grape vines), or suckers that attach to the things (like English ivy).  Tendrils can get underneath clapboards, shingles or vinyl siding, looking for the nails to wrap onto, pulling the siding away from the sheathing underneath and those little suckers are like barnacles that can be hard to scrape off your siding.

As stated by others, hops grow upwards counterclockwise - following the movement of the sun - up strings or other supports such as trellises - using little hairs on the stalk to assist in the climb. The clockwise growth also regulates the amount of sun each part of the plant gets during the day.  The hairs do no damage. They don't wrap or stick. They're like fingers holding onto rocks walls.

I would try the strings rather than the trellis because: 1) it would be easier to cut the hops down at harvest time, rather than having to pull the bines out from the trellis.  2) it will allow more air flow between the house and the plant.  3) keep the strings as far away from the house as possible to reduce the heat reflected by the siding.

Give string a try. Go forth and grow your hops!

All Grain Brewing / Re: How long will my grain last?
« on: September 09, 2010, 07:33:03 PM »
I think these stackable vittle vaults would be the ideal way to store grain over long periods:

I'm thinking one of these should hold 50lbs. - plus they would make the grain storage look more organized than a few half empty 50lb sacks in a Rubbermaid trash can (which is what I'm currently using).

I'd go with the 60 to store a whole 55# sack o'grain and have room to scoop.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Recipe scaling
« on: September 09, 2010, 07:22:58 PM »
I concur with scaling using percentages of the fermentables. if you double 60% one of your fermentables. it's still 60% of the total.  That's Zen (or B.S.!)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/3 Edition
« on: September 09, 2010, 04:19:53 PM »
My cousin's boyfriend showed us the Cave Mountain Brewing Co. in Windham NY, just NW of Hunter Mountain ski area on NY 23, but we didn't stop for dinner cause we were full from our first stop.  We'll catch it next time.

If you like German ambiance and food look for the Crystal Brook Resort's Mountain Brauhaus.  We ate Sunday supper there. 

When you pull up and park you can hear the accordion music playing from inside. We consumed several pitcher of Spaten Oktoberfest. I had Jäger schnitzle, red cabbage and spaetzle. Mmmm. They also had Goulash as a special. The accordion player had a fancy squeeze box with a built in Oom Pah band inside. There was also dancing at 3:00 PM on a Sunday afternoon.  My cousin and her boyfriend are avid polka dancers and know all of the "hot spots" to dance at!

The photo to the left is the model of a horse drawn beer and wine wagon.

Questions about the forum? / Re: 1st Kit and Other Rankings
« on: September 09, 2010, 02:11:30 PM »
Thanks All. I think I deserve two bump-ups in category for this crazy thread since it really doesn't mean anything... and a pair of pants!

Questions about the forum? / 1st Kit and Other Rankings
« on: September 04, 2010, 05:34:14 PM »
<just a short rant>
How many posts do you have to create, read and/or reply to before you get out of the 1st kit category and on to the next.  I'm over 50 years old and now I feel like I'm back in grade school and despite being picked out of the 50% ranking of the P.E. class for kickball, I feel that I'm relegated to being picked last. 
Why rank new members or anyone in this forum?  It's about sharing the information. Does it make the masterbrewers superior to the 1st kitters?
</just a short rant>

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/3 Edition
« on: September 04, 2010, 05:02:42 PM »
My wife and I are heading to Hunter, NY to see my cousins. One cousin flew there to stay for the week before they both go off to Scotland. I'm bringing two six-packs of assorted homebrew (Bourbon Oak Strong Ale, Tongue Splitter, X9-A, Alte Strasse, Smythicks and Craft Beer Wheat) plus a loaf of homemade whole wheat bread as a host gift.  We're looking forward to cool mountain air. 
I hope to check out any brewpubs in the area too.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy's 5th annual Gadgets issue
« on: September 04, 2010, 04:55:42 PM »
Hey, dhacker, this is the perfect place to show off your self stirring mash tun!
I'd like to see that one.

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: September 04, 2010, 04:50:25 PM »
Worcester, MA (Not the home of the sauce)

pH 5.8
Residual Alkalinity 2.4
Calcium, Ca++ 9
Magnesium, Mg++ 0
Sodium, Na+ 10
Bicarbonate, HCO3 10
Sulfate, SO4- - 10
Chloride, Cl- 24
HDNS  21

Pimp My System / Re: My Brewery and Alehouse-Shed
« on: August 31, 2010, 04:24:20 PM »
This is a great place man.  Excellent work, but after all of the ooh's and ah's for your project I have some practical questions for you.
  • What kind of property tax do you pay on this since this isn't really a tool shed anymore?
  • How much does it cost to heat and cool now that you've been in there a year+
  • Do use propane for heat, "domestic" hot water and brewing?
  • How do you get your water to the brewery for cleaning and liquor for brewing and dispose of it later?
  • Are you near a street where services are delivered?
  • What do you do for living? dentist, plumber, lawyer? I doubt you're a doctor, cause you had time to do this!

Ingredients / Re: Long Cascade hops
« on: August 27, 2010, 02:08:51 PM »
I wonder what effect size will have on the intensity of the AA's and bitterness/flavor/aroma they will lend to the beer?

They smelled amazing while wet.  I'm oasting them in the oven on a sheet pan and rack with only the pilot light on for warmth. That gets a gentle convection going. I'll check the smell again tonight.

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