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All Things Food / Re: Espresso Machines
« on: February 21, 2012, 01:12:34 PM »
I'm a little leary about buying some bigger items.  I’m afraid of getting burned.

Oh c'mon, as long as you're more careful than the McDonalds coffee lady, you shouldn't burn anything :)
Careful is something I am not very good at. At least she got a lot of money. I would just end up with a burn in an uncomfortable place.  :o

If you're willing to spend that kind of money, get a better grinder and an espresso machine. If you don't want to get both now, just get the grinder and use the stovetop, press pot or drip until you can get the espresso machine. That said, a friend went with the Rancilio Silvia/Rocky grinder combo 5 or so years ago and is still happy as a clam. I have a Gaggia Baby Class that I'm very happy with, but I do just black espresso, no steaming. I might not be as happy if I used the steamer, I dunno. Also, I did have to replace the solenoid valve, which was pretty cheap and easy to do.
Thanks for the info. I'm about 99% of the time black espresso. My wife likes Cappuccinos. I talked about the Silvia/ Rocky combo with her and we probably will buy that or get the machine and check Craigslist for a grinder. Personally I would use the stovetop one and put the money for a new machine towards a good beer engine.

This forum is great for advice(and great comments) for just about anything! Thanks for all the responses.

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All Things Food / Re: Espresso Machines
« on: February 16, 2012, 10:53:40 AM »
I know that craigslist in my local area always has coffee shop equipment listed...you may be able to score a deal on something there.
Craigslist is great.  Thats where I bought the Sanyo fridge I mentioned....and the one I use for fermentation…and a bunch of other stuff.  I didnt think about equipment from coffee shops. I'll have to check it out.  I'm a little leary about buying some bigger items.  I’m afraid of getting burned.
for actual Brands, I own a Rancilio Silvia. I got it with the grinder and some other stuff (it was a gift set) for $1000, but the machine itself was about $600. I have had it for about 2 1/2 years, and it is still going very strong. It pulls a great standard shot or double, and I haven't had any issues with the boiler or pump malfunctioning. We did have 1 small problem with the boiler not heating up, but it was an emergency switch that occasionally flips if you leave the boiler on too long, and the fix was simply pushing a button with a screwdriver.

I bought it from www.wholelattelove.com, which has a lot of good information and useful reviews.

Thanks for the info. That’s one of the machines I am really considering.  Is it as particular with the grind as some of the reviews say?  I have burr grinder but its not that good.  I’m afraid of the slippery slope thing. First its low end machine, then a better machine, then a better grinder…..manual espresso maker…roasting own coffee…growing own “ingredients”….Wow that’s not a familiar pattern at all. 

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All Things Food / Re: Espresso Machines
« on: February 15, 2012, 02:02:02 PM »

Automatic,  semi or manual?


This site has a lot of good info: http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/

Thats a good site. Was just checking it out. Thanks for the info. Im looking for a semi automatic. Although I would love a manual one, that’s not just making an espresso, thats an art and far beyond me.


I have two espresso machines sitting in my garage.  They have been modified to pour cold beer through the portafilter.  We used them at the conferences in Oakland and San Diego, and will again at the conference in Seattle.

In one we pour a stout through coffee grounds and straight into the cup, but it gets pretty foamy because the pump is running (but the boiler is disconnected).

In the other we pour an IPA through hops and into the glass.  This one comes out much less foamy - it's a different machine that lets you push the beer through with just CO2 pressure.  We found that whole hops work much better than pellets, the pellets clog too easily.  There is a definite impact of pouring the beer through the hops, although it is fairly small which isn't that surprising considering the short contact time.

Not exactly what you are talking about, but still cool. :)
Now I know what I’ll be doing with our old machine. I’ll just put in on top of the Sanyo fridge that’s been waiting in my garage for over a year waiting for me to make a kegerator out of it….

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All Things Food / Re: Espresso Machines
« on: February 15, 2012, 12:44:38 PM »
I also use the stovetop model. Makes a nice 16oz mug of espresso. :D

Ha! no kidding I usually make a double on the machine every morning before work. I like the stovetop too, but my wife's not so into it...our stovetop model makes 6.....its a shame to waste it....so I have to drink it.  :o

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All Things Food / Re: Espresso Machines
« on: February 15, 2012, 12:35:06 PM »
Thanks euge, I didnt really specify $s. 500-1000 budget is what i would consider midrange for just the machine, no grinder. Our original was cheaper, but I would like a better one.

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All Things Food / Espresso Machines
« on: February 15, 2012, 11:00:53 AM »
I dont post a lot here, but I do read a lot of them, and I know there's a bunch of people who love and know a lot about all things food.  Our faithful espresso machine crapped out after 7 years. It was nothing fancy, an older Krups Novo. It made some good espresso every day and multiple times a day on the weekend.  I'm using a stovetop one now, but I would like a new machine. Any suggestions for a midrange semiautomatic machine would be appreciated? 

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Ommegang
« on: February 13, 2012, 09:41:12 AM »
I tried their Abbey Ale for the first time in a long time and it was better than I remembered it. Nice dark fruit taste.  I also had Hennepin more recently and I remembered it being better.  My wife and I went to the brewery in Cooperstown in 2000. It was a cool place to see a Belgian brewery without having to travel far.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Maris Otter
« on: January 27, 2012, 11:43:59 AM »
Isnt most common available Maris Otter fully or well modified? I thought unless a large part of the grain bill wasnt fully modified or was unmalted you wouldn't do a protein rest.  Wouldnt it lead to a thin beer? I ask because I am brewing a dry stout with Maris Otter and a lot of unmalted grain and plan on brewing a bitter with mostly Maris Otter.  For the stout I plan on a protein rest and there will be no rest for the bitter.

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Equipment and Software / King Kooker
« on: January 19, 2012, 10:03:16 AM »
Can anyone tell me anything about this King Kooker

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00264G584/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000O3MX62&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0NX8FPKXWPPEE6W7NZTQ


I'm thinking of(and my wife is hoping i will be) moving my brewing completely out of the kitchen. I would use this for my mash tun and hlt and my sp-10 to boil the wort. It would be like a poor man’s brew structure.  It would be nice to not have to lug a pot full of hot wort from the kitchen to the burner outside.  Any better suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2 batches ruined
« on: January 12, 2012, 11:11:23 AM »
I don't know what Santa Rosa uses for water treatment but another thing to consider is just switching to useing all RO water from the store, it only adds ~5 bucks to the batch cost and is a real piece of mind. If you are doing all grain you would have to get into water chem a little but with extract RO works just fine.

I switched over to using only bottled water because I had two batches in a row taste like plastic. I never had a problem before, I'm guessing our town switched how they treated the water.  I dont even use tap water for cleaning.  Unfortunately one of my batches was for my daughters Bday.  My BMC friends seemed to like it.  Any Ill effects for using Campden?

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The Pub / Re: Beer Hunter: The Movie - Kickstarter
« on: January 12, 2012, 11:08:48 AM »
Thanks for posting this link.  My friends and I used to go to a tutored tasting with Michael Jackson in Philly every year.  I truly miss those. I'm looking forward to the DVD and Tshirt.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Replacing O-ring on Brew Kettle Spigot
« on: January 10, 2012, 08:02:14 AM »
I switched over to a kettle for my mash tun instead of my cooler. There is an Oring on the outside and inside.   I fiddled around with valve for a while while water testing it and it kept leaking. I finally gave up, got it to leak minimally and used it for a batch and it stopped leaking.  It hasnt leaked since.  I also never remove it because I dont want it to leak again.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Caramel Machiato
« on: November 23, 2011, 08:04:32 AM »
For what its worth, the base of the Starbucks caramel machiatto is vanilla syrup. The caramel syrup is put on top of the foam. My wife also loves them and I make them at home for her. You may want to add vanilla beans.

I made a vanilla sweet stout that I added espresso when bottling.   It was probably my favorite espresso stout, not that it tasted like a caramel machiatto.

Edit: Brain cramp

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Beer Travel / Re: 2012 Oktoberfest
« on: November 18, 2011, 10:16:55 AM »
A group of us spent about a week in Munich during Oktoberfest in 2009 and I could have stayed longer, but that always is the case on vacation. We also did other than Oktoberfest things.   Dachau, Deutsches Museum, Bike Tour(which was free). My wife and I would like to go back for 4-5 days when our daughter is older.

You can rent Lederhosen and Dirndls if you don’t want to buy them.  I didn’t rent or buy, but when we go back I will buy one….Lederhosen that is….I don’t have the moobs for a Dirndl.

I went to some of the beer tents (Hippodrom, One of Paulaners, Lowenbrau, Hoffbrau, don’t remember all of them) and the wine tent. The wine tent was more reserved and the beer tents were more rowdy.  Reservations can be tough and ours were made by my friends German friend and it was for the wine tent.  We didn’t drink in all the tents because if you are not seated you may not get served and we didn’t wait to get a seat. All tents we went to were a great time.  In 2010 they were going to ban smoking in the tents and I’m not sure if that happened. 

We actually had better times in some of the bars.  The ones I remember were the Hofbrau house, the Rathskeller and this yodel bar http://www.jodlerwirt-muenchen.net/.  The yodel bar was packed, but we happened to get a table upstairs, which was great. If you go, try to get upstairs. It seemed like more of a local crowd. They were really friendly and probably the best time we had there.

Hope this helps. Cant say Im not jealous. mmmm so much Meat and beer.   Have a great time.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing in the winter
« on: November 03, 2011, 12:08:01 PM »
I can't use my garden hose in the winter. When the temperatures really drop there is a danger of bursting pipes if I don't shut my outside spigots off. What does the acronym HLT stand for?

Understandable. I have a freeze-proof outdoor faucet that I connect my hose to for brewing. Then disconnect and drain it when I'm done.

Putting it in a tub of cold water and stiring will cool it relatively quickly. Fill the tub well before brewing and the water will be nice and cold.

+1 I have a small garden hose I keep with my brewing equipment for the same type of setup. Its a lot easier than lugging a full length hose around. My outdoor faucet isnt freeze-proof so I set everything up and turn the water on/off from the shutoff valve in our basement. Then I break everything down and bring it inside.  I've tried cooling down a 5 gallon batch in a snow bank in cold weather with no chiller. It takes a lot longer to cool than one would think. It works for me but Im sure our winters in NJ probably arent as cold as where you are. 

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