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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The new apartment dilemma
« on: September 12, 2012, 11:09:57 AM »
It's not as convenient and likely more expensive but are there any "Brew on Premise" places within a reasonable distance?  You could do the boil there and add the yeast at home.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: September 10, 2012, 01:42:01 PM »
Long, Long Way From Home - Foreigner

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All Things Food / Re: Soft Beer Pretzel
« on: September 10, 2012, 01:25:29 PM »
So no info on how to stuff a pretzel or if the lye crystals measure out the same as the lye in Jeff Renner's recipe?  Some one has to have some ideas!

I found this on Food Network.  I can't speak to how well it works for making a stuffed pretzel.  http://www.foodnetwork.com/how-to/how-to-make-stuffed-pretzels/pictures/index.html

I haven't used lye so I can't answer that one.

Paul

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cleaning lines
« on: September 10, 2012, 01:19:01 PM »
I would replace them with new beer and gas lines.  Then you can just clean the connectors.  Trying to get what ever 10 year gunk is dried in them cleaned is more work than it's worth.  Plastic tubing is cheaper than cleaning solvents. 

I would replace all the o-rings too, if it were me. 

Congratulations on getting the kegs!!

Paul

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All Things Food / Re: Advice for getting a smoker
« on: September 07, 2012, 02:56:14 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.

Paul

Paul,
Does adjusting the vent (both the top and the bottom) help control the burn rate and temp?  If so, how do you set yours for a long slow, lowish temp cooking session?

My kettle has one vent on top and one on bottom.  I set the bottom 3/4 or more closed and the top on is 2/3 closed.  It has enough leaks to keep the coals going.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Kia Sorento
« on: September 07, 2012, 01:01:55 PM »
On another note, the clutch in my truck started slipping last night.  One of the other perks of owning a manual transmission.   ::)  I really shouldn't complain after 11 years and 77K miles out of one clutch but it's hard not to mumble a bit.

Paul

Guess I got lucky.  My 1998 Honda Civic has 225K on the original clutch.

It mostly depends on who is driving.  77K is premature for a clutch to slip.

Vehicle weight and what you use it hall around has a bit to do with it.  I've had light cars with clutches last 250k+.  My full size pickup/work horse gets a bit more beat up that my old Corolla.  Teaching kids to use a clutch doesn't really help either.  (For the record, second set of tires and one set of brakes.  She's just a baby yet.)

The good thing is it is only slipping under heavy stress.  Driving to my desk job doesn't cause that much anymore so it will last awhile yet.

Paul

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All Things Food / Re: Advice for getting a smoker
« on: September 07, 2012, 09:32:36 AM »
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.

Paul

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Open air fermentation
« on: September 07, 2012, 04:52:35 AM »
I read the question as "controlled open fermetation" not "wild yeast fermentation".  BYO's article did a very good job on how to get a wild fermentation started.

Buckets will workk better than carboys in my opinion.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: homebrew turning black
« on: September 06, 2012, 10:51:46 AM »
I'm not completely sure it would help but can you attach a photo of the beer and the environment you are storing it in?

It might help trigger an idea for somebody on the board to see what you are looking at.

Paul

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: September 05, 2012, 02:52:47 PM »
Women - John Lennon

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Ya, blu-ray players don't usually have HD tuners in them.

We have been very happy with the 2 Panasonic TV's we have.  Great picture and no problems (so far).

Paul

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All Things Food / Re: Soft Beer Pretzel
« on: August 31, 2012, 12:13:59 PM »
Another good recipe that use often is from Alton Brown. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe/index.html

You can get lye at most Ace Hardware stores and farm stores that stock supplies for home canning too.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I once had too Many Beers.
« on: August 31, 2012, 12:02:37 PM »
I vote for Pedro.   8)

Paul

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The Pub / Re: Kia Sorento
« on: August 31, 2012, 12:00:58 PM »
That video is my neck of the woods.  She was lucky the traffic was fairly light.  That stretch can be much busier than it was in the video.

On another note, the clutch in my truck started slipping last night.  One of the other perks of owning a manual transmission.   ::)  I really shouldn't complain after 11 years and 77K miles out of one clutch but it's hard not to mumble a bit.

Paul

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: White House Brew Recipe
« on: August 30, 2012, 02:25:20 PM »
No, Alabama is not there. Hopefully will be next major legislative session. The bill passed the senate but never came up for a vote in the house.

I didn't think it had passed but it's been a long day and I've been known to be mistaken now and then.

Paul

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