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Equipment and Software / Re: thermowell & blow-off valve set-up
« on: October 07, 2013, 08:52:27 AM »
I ferment in buckets, drilled an extra hole for a grommet and made a stainless tube for the thermo-well by pinching one end and fuse welding that end to make it water tight. If you are using carboys, they do sell blow-off/thermo-well combos.

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All Things Food / Re: pig roast
« on: October 06, 2013, 07:42:22 PM »
We just finished our 21st annual pig roast this last weekend. We always stuff the cavity with chickens and sausages for the whole cook. They come out great. We have people that come specifically for the chicken. We carve everything before the party and don't serve from the pig so if your looking for the spectacle of carving to the plate you could always pull the sausages right before service.

How do you do the chickens? Add them halfway through the cook? Great idea. Chicken fat + pork drippings = yum.
We add them right at the start of the cook. Cooking at a little lower temps keeps them from falling apart.

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All Things Food / Re: pig roast
« on: October 03, 2013, 06:48:04 AM »
We just finished our 21st annual pig roast this last weekend. We always stuff the cavity with chickens and sausages for the whole cook. They come out great. We have people that come specifically for the chicken. We carve everything before the party and don't serve from the pig so if your looking for the spectacle of carving to the plate you could always pull the sausages right before service.


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Hop Growing / Re: Home grown brew day!
« on: September 23, 2013, 10:46:03 AM »
My second year Centennials yielded 5.50 ounces dried and the Hallertau yielded 1.00 ounces dried. Harvested and dried 09-08-2013, brewed 09-21-2013, my first time using whole hops as well as homegrown!

6.75# Pale Ale Malt
5.00$ Maris Otter
.50# C-40
.50 oz HG Centennial at 60
2.00 oz HG Centennial at 15
1.00 oz HG Centennial at 10
1.00 oz HG Centennial at 5
1.00 oz HG Centennial at 0
1.00 oz HG Hallertaua at 0

Beersmith calculated 73.90 IBU and O.G. 1.065. I can’t believe the aroma coming off the fermenter, like fresh picked hops. I cannot wait to see how it tastes.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gift for homebrewer with everything....
« on: September 12, 2013, 09:00:32 AM »
What5 about something personal like a hand carved, engraved mash paddle or tap handle

+1
I just got a set of custom made tap handles from this guy. They look great!
https://www.facebook.com/jerryswoodworks

Ron

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The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: July 22, 2013, 07:48:09 AM »
While we just did the demolition on our kitchen redo, so I can't speak to the actual remodel. We did have custom cabinets made and since my wife an I are a little on the taller side, we had the cabinets made 2" higher than normal. Best thing we ever did, no more back aches. It makes it very nice for kneading dough and pasta. We also did a double sink with one side bigger, great for washing larger pots etc.

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Zymurgy / Re: eZymurgy on Kindle Fire HD
« on: June 19, 2013, 09:00:40 AM »
Thanks Denny I appreciate it.

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Zymurgy / Re: eZymurgy on Kindle Fire HD
« on: June 19, 2013, 07:35:34 AM »
No, wait, with flash disabled it gives me a link that says "Using a screen reader? Click here".  Doing so gets you the HTML5 version.

If you're at least getting that brushed metal gray background on the Kindle, try scrolling down to see if you can find it.  I saw it like halfway down the page, so it might be that it's just not visible at first.

I never get to the metal gray background. When I input user id and password it goes nowhere, blanks out the fields for id and password and nothing happens. I was hoping that the app would take care of this issue for me. I'd sure like to be able to read all the archived versions on my Kindle HD.

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Zymurgy / Re: eZymurgy on Kindle Fire HD
« on: June 19, 2013, 05:31:53 AM »
I was not sure if it was Flash or not.
If it is a Flash Applet, it does not surprise me that it doesn't work on the Kindle Fire HD. I've read that the new Kindle's are not supporting Flash. I think Apple still does so that's probably why that works.
Thanks for the info, looking forward to the Android App.

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Zymurgy / eZymurgy on Kindle Fire HD
« on: June 18, 2013, 09:52:07 AM »
Anybody else have issues signing in and reading eZymurgy on a Kindle Fire HD? I can't even sign in, just sits there and does nothing. Tried the change password etc. Just wondering if it's a glitch or something I'm doing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Straining your wort
« on: June 05, 2013, 09:47:36 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.

I strain using 5 gallon paint strainers. That's a great strainer, anything special about it and where did you find it?

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Beer Recipes / Re: IPA for Pig Roast
« on: May 31, 2013, 06:53:29 PM »
Personally I'd back the IBUs off to about 50 or 55 just to make it more balanced.  Are you looking for an IPA or an APA?  OG would be more of an APA wouldn't it?  For me, balance would make it more drinkable than just lowering the OG.
It will still be an awesome beer and one I'd like to drink as is but if you're not a real hop head, would it still be all day drinkable?
I'm calling it an IPA because of the IBU, although brewing exact to style is not a concern. I usually end up with a bit better efficiency so I think I'll gain a few points. That may help balance it a bit. I'm brewing a Cream as well for the non hop heads.

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Beer Recipes / Re: IPA for Pig Roast
« on: May 31, 2013, 06:44:54 PM »
looks tasty to me - i'd like the OG higher, but I'm assuming its low for the "all day" factor.

Yep I was purposely trying to keep it on the low side. We start cooking Friday night, go all night and the party is Saturday.

Keep the dry (now wet) hops, and rub the inside of the pig with them.  Not much flavor, but your friends will be impressed.  LOL. 

(first hand experience)
I think a great idea if I was using leaf.

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Plan is to brew my house APA using Nelson hops, and if the weather holds a batch of Pig Roast IPA to check the recipe.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Re: IPA for Pig Roast
« on: May 29, 2013, 04:41:52 PM »
So is "Centennial Type" a hop blend? I have heard about a Columbus/Cascade mix to create something similar.
Yep, it is the Cascade/Columbus combo. I've not used it before.
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