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All Things Food / Re: Smoking Chicken - Need Brine and Rub Recipes
« on: June 11, 2012, 05:17:18 AM »
Well I went simple with it this weekend.  The smallest bird we could find was 7.5 lbs.  I brined the chicken for about 4 hours with a mixture of water, kosher salt, sugar, garlic, and onion.  I made a simple rub of salt, brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder.  Put it on the smoker for about 6 hours at 225-250, with some cherry and apple.

It came out excellent.  Even my son who is a picky eater was devouring it.  Going forward I will probably experiment with some other spices, etc.

Thank you everyone for your suggestions!

P.S.  My son asked me if it's possible to smoke cheeseburgers... ;D

Events / Re: NHC Newbie Guide online
« on: June 08, 2012, 11:38:47 AM »
Eat, Drink, Sleep, and Be Merry!  :D

Got it.


All Things Food / Smoking Chicken - Need Brine and Rub Recipes
« on: June 08, 2012, 11:32:31 AM »
So I decided to branch out from smoking ribs to trying a whole chicken this weekend.

Anyone have some recipes for a brine ( yes, it can include beer if you want ) and rubs for my maiden voyage into the smoked chicken world?

Most of the brines I've seen online say water, salt, & sugar and spices if you want.  The spices part is what I'm curious about.  I don't want to over do it. 


Ingredients / Re: I think my hops are drowning
« on: June 07, 2012, 08:23:21 AM »
It also could be a deficiency of nitrogen

But if it's like it has been around here the past week ( rain ), it's probably overwatering.

I always remove the leaves on the bottom foot of the bines to allow for air circulation anyways. 

All Grain Brewing / Re: oxidation risk with batch sparging
« on: June 07, 2012, 06:10:25 AM »
I've never had problem with oxidation or hot side aeration when batch sparging since I started all grain brewing 5 years ago.  It possible that it's there but I can't pick it up.  And I've been know to stir the heck out of the mash and sparge too.

The Pub / Re: Whatcha all want for Father's day??
« on: June 07, 2012, 05:14:05 AM »
I want to sleep until at least 8AM.  Anything above and beyond that will just be gravy.

Now you're just being greedy  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« on: June 06, 2012, 05:45:12 PM »
Mine was just delivered today from NH.  I print the labels at home and send them from work.  I've never had one returned.  Glad you have time to resend.

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In Beersmith 2, click the "Ingredients" tab, click the "Grain" button, then click the "Add Grain" button.

I think the older version 1.x is similar

Edit:  easier the "Insert" menu, select "Add Grain"

Events / Re: NHC Certificates...
« on: June 01, 2012, 06:46:22 AM »
Got my ribbon and certificates yesterday.  My 2nd round entry is going out today.  Please watch for will be 3 brown bottles in a cardboard box  ;D

It's getting close...the current month is now the same as the month of the conference!!!  :)

The Pub / Re: Just sayin
« on: June 01, 2012, 05:55:55 AM »
I just can't bring myself to say "plin-knee"...sounds like I'm ordering a Zima or something.

An wtf with saying apricot like "ape-ri-cot"?  :P

Events / Re: NHC Certificates...
« on: May 30, 2012, 01:06:59 PM »
I still haven't received an email or snail mail about my entry...  Getting down to crunch time here soon.

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Janis said the packets would be mailed yesterday ( 5/29 ).

Hi everyone,

The addition of the extra competition has impacted my timeline for getting the information out to everyone, so the information, bottle labels, and instructions were e-mailed to all of the winners on Wednesday, May 23rd. 

If you have not received the e-mail, look in your Junk , or Spam folder.  If you still don't find it, the package containing the same information plus your ribbons and certificates will be in the mail on Tuesday.  The entry window is from May 29 to June 11, so you have plenty of time to ship your entries.  If you're panicking about it, send me an e-mail to request the information again.  I will try to help everyone, but I don't work 24/7 even though it sometimes seems like I do.

Good luck in the Final Round!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Finals
« on: May 27, 2012, 08:34:31 AM »
No email but no worries...I'll just wait for the packet in the mail.

Thank you Janis!!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Finals
« on: May 25, 2012, 01:27:45 PM »
Anyone get their second round packets yet?

25 days until I travel nearly 2500 miles, just to drink some beer.  ;D

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: May 24, 2012, 01:12:28 PM »
These Lights - The Forecast

These Eyes - The Guess Who

Beer Recipes / Re: Mike McDole's APA
« on: May 23, 2012, 07:53:37 AM »
Someone put a copy up on the Beersmith Cloud:

Not a 100% sure it is the one.

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