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Ingredients / Re: where do I buy bulk grain
« on: October 15, 2010, 10:56:27 PM »
By far your best option is to find a local brewpub that will let you add a few sacks to their orders.
That's how I've done it for years.  Or there may be a homebrew club that can put together bulk orders, my club does that periodically.

Equipment and Software / Re: Vacuum Sealers
« on: October 15, 2010, 04:06:37 PM »
If I'm eating out(very rare)  I'll order the Christmas on burritos, but for enchiladas I'm a green chile guy, posole I like red, and I make tamales with either.  Green chile chicken tamales and oatmeal stout are about as fine a breakfast as a person can eat.

Equipment and Software / Re: Vacuum Sealers
« on: October 15, 2010, 02:47:09 PM »
They're $18 + $6 for roasting at the farm in Artesia NM.    I used to roast my own but I don't have time anymore(got a real job)  Since we're having a long summer the  fields are still full of green chiles, plus there are lots of red ones ready for drying.  We buy a bushel of the hottest and a bushel of the milder ones, but even the mild ones can be pretty hot.
We have apples down here but the only oysters I can get come from my boss' cattle ranch and a bushel of them is not on my menu.

Equipment and Software / Re: Vacuum Sealers
« on: October 15, 2010, 04:45:33 AM »
I bought 2 bushels of green chiles and vacuum sealed the first one tonight.  My Food Saver kind of let me down, about half the bags didn't seal properly and were full of air after 30 minutes.  I broke out my backup, a Black and Decker and it came through for me.  It's slower and noisier, but it works like a champ.  IIRC it was a lot cheaper than the Foodsaver also.

Equipment and Software / Re: What can I do with a keg...
« on: October 14, 2010, 02:52:40 PM »
I posted a picture of a Budweiser keg urinal on Beer Advocate a couple of years ago and the Bro's deleted the thread within minutes saying it didn't advance the cause of beer or some similar nonsense.

All Things Food / Re: Finicky Eaters?
« on: October 13, 2010, 04:32:45 AM »
My son (age 26)will only eat fish when we batter and fry cod on Friday nights for our fish & chip friday, complete with homemade malt vinegar, but he loves to fish and he'll eat any other seafood.  My daughter loves bratwurst, as long as it isn't grilled.  I understand(not really, I'll eat anything)  not liking something and don't hassle my kids about it, but I've noticed over the years their food dislikes have changed, and usually they decide they actually do like a food they've avoided for years.

Equipment and Software / Re: Keggle False Bottom
« on: October 11, 2010, 01:54:50 PM »
I have the 10' false bottom on my mash tun keg and have never had any problem with grain getting around it, at least nothing a 3 or 4 gallon vorlauf doesn't clear up completely.  Maybe your RIMS  is sucking too hard at the grain bed and pulling grain past the edges, but I don't see how moving the false bottom will make a difference.  If it's a really big deal put a piece of stainless braid on the end of the pickup tube.  I have a 15" folding FB for my kettle, but since I use pellet hops most of the time I end up with a lot of hop debris underneath the FB.  The stainless braid on the pick up tube braid solved that problem.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hefe in a Keg
« on: October 09, 2010, 01:30:08 PM »
Add a tablespoon of whole wheat flour the last 5-10 minutes of the boil, it will add enough starch haze to keep your beer hazy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: "lost beer"
« on: October 08, 2010, 05:01:28 PM »
I have a freezer kegerator that holds 6 cornies for serving and a fridge that holds up to 6 cornies  for lagering/carbonating so that when I need a keg in the kegerator there's always one ready to go.  So my lost keg had just been in the fridge for a year hiding out with all the others

I will absolutely start brewing again this weekend, hopefully today I'll do a kolsch and tomorrow I'll do a stout or porter.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Have you checked out yet?
« on: October 08, 2010, 04:56:01 PM »
I noticed under recommended websites there's nothing about homebrewing sites. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Little Home Brew Survey
« on: October 08, 2010, 04:48:14 PM »
Hi everyone

I'm an Advertising major doing some market research on Home Brewers and their online habits. If you could be so kind to answer some survey questions I would greatly appreciate it!  I did notice that AHA already did a survey so if you don't want to answer questions you already answered, feel free to jump to question 8.
I won't use any of this information to sell to some big company either.

1) What is your age range?
   a. 21-35
   b. 36-45
   c. 46-55+++
   d. 56+

2) What area do you reside in?
  a. Northeast
  b. South
  c. Midwest
  d. West
  e. Other+++ Southwest

3). What do you do for a living?  Geologist

4). How many children do you have?
    a. 0
    b. 2-3+++
    c. 4-5
    d. 5+

5). How long have you been home brewing?
    a. >1 year
    b. 1-3 years
    c. 4-7 years
    d. 7+ years+++

6). How much money do you spend on home brewing a year?
    a. >$1000+++ now that I have pretty much everything I need
    b. $1,000-$2,000
    c. $2,000 +

7). How often do you participate in Home Brewing?
    a. Daily
    b. Weekly
    c. Bi-Weekly+++

8) Why did you begin home brewing?Good beer not available in my area and I just wanted to try it

9) Do you have any home brewing goals?Always have 40 gallons on hand

10).  How many hours per day do you spend online?
    a. >1
    b. 1-2
    c. 3-5+++
    d. 5+

11) What are the top 10 websites that you visit each day?,,AHA,

12) What forms of social media (ex: facebook, twitter, blogging) do you use the most to connect with home brewers and learn about home brewing itself? just internet forums

Thanks again!

All Things Food / Re: Finicky Eaters?
« on: October 07, 2010, 02:05:58 AM »
Both of my kids learned to cook well and its made a big difference in their lives.  They understand the connection between nutrition and food(not the same thing), and even more they treat mealtime as a time of socialization and relaxation as opposed to a time to stuff their faces.  They enjoy experimenting with ingredients and recipes, and they love to cook for their friends who are strangely amazed that people still cook their own food.  Last weekend my daughter's friend watched me shelling peas and kept saying "that's awesome, how did you learn to do that?"  How bizarre that a 26 year old had never shelled peas.  Teach your kids to cook and they'll appreciate it all their lives.

All Things Food / Re: Sausage
« on: October 07, 2010, 01:58:52 AM »
That stuffer is beautiful, especially with the family connection.  Looking at the gears you can tell it was made to last, not like stuff made today.

Ingredients / Re: hops transplant
« on: October 06, 2010, 09:26:19 PM »
Wait until they start to sprout in the spring.  Then you'll know exactly where all the roots have spread to.  It won't hurt them at all to wait until next year.  You can also cut a few pieces off the crown , plant them and at least double the number of plants you have growing.

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