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All Things Food / Re: Sausage
« on: June 06, 2012, 06:48:26 AM »
Well I bought a pound of natural hog-casings that are salted down like cod but on these hollow plastic strips. One of these strips will probably do 15-20 pounds of sausage.

I think natural casings are preferable due to the crunch/snap and digestibility. They also take on smoke more readily than synthetic. When fermenting I think ultimately natural is the way to go. But for an intro basic unfermented summer sausage a synthetic casing probably will do for now. Mine will have cheddar and jalapeño...
Do the plastic strips go all the way down the inside of the casing? For the first time sausage making that I just did, I bought natural hog casings.  I got them from a farmers market by me and were similar to the these but without the plastic strips.  They were all balled up together and I had to untangle them.  I rinsed them with water and ran water through them and they slid pretty easily on the attachement.

From my extremely limited knowledge on the subject, hog casings are easier to work with than other natural casings. For me, who tends to be more destructive than not, they worked well. As far as stuffing goes, I was worried that it would come out too fast and I wouldnt be able to keep up. The grinder I have moves the meat out slowly and I have to push it out to move it faster.  I would slide the casing off the tube as I needed more.  It worked well for me since I was doing it by myself.

All Things Food / Re: Sausage
« on: June 05, 2012, 07:45:36 AM »
It's too much work using the grinder with the stuffer attachment. I'll get a proper stuffer this week. I see now that it isn't essential but would make things a hell of a lot easier.
A stuffer would be a nice but we have had a number of our appliances we use everyday die recently so that wont be happening anytime soon.  The sausage attachment for my meat grinder works pretty well.  Here are some picks of the bangers I made.  I browned them and then cooked them with onions and Guinness.  Reduced the Guinness to make a sauce and ate it with cheddar mash.  Mmmmm.

All Things Food / Re: Sausage
« on: June 04, 2012, 12:41:14 PM »

It was pretty easy handling and stuffing the casing. Thought it would be more slippery and out of control. It wasn't!

They look great.  Was this your first time making them? I just made sausage the first time about a few weeks ago and I felt the same way.  It was a lot smoother than I thought it would be. I made about 6lbs, half breakfast sausages and half Irish Bangers. Did you use a stuffer?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Found A Decent Laid Back Summer Beer
« on: June 04, 2012, 12:07:49 PM »
In Germany I tried radlers which are pretty much the same thing. It was the first time I had anything Shandy like.  The ones made with lemonade are good. The ones made with cola, not so much.  A friend let me try Leinenkugels and it was pretty good.  I think I would still prefer making them myself....but I would probably just have beer.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 04, 2012, 06:33:11 AM »
Royal Orleans - Led Zeppelin

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« on: May 23, 2012, 09:22:55 AM »
Very cool. The labels look good. I'll have to check neato out the next time I make labels. I was making them myself and spraying them with polyurethane to keep them from bleeding.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: May 23, 2012, 08:06:11 AM »
Thank You (Fallettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - Sly and the Family Stone

No thank you for Wiggles or dinosaur references. It took me about a month to get Dorothy the Dinosaur out of my head.  Rump pump pa chump Hey! Now its back.

But, I've heard that Johnson controller's probes are too large for the thermowell, which is unfortunate.
This is true. Where the probe is crimped to the wire is a little wider than the thermowell. I filed down the "fins" created by crimping with an emory board carefully enough to fit the thermowell. I should say that I have the Johnson a419 and the thermowells, bought within the past two years from two different shops, IIRC Northern Brewer and Midwest supplies.

Ingredients / Re: Rhizomes?
« on: April 27, 2012, 10:02:11 AM »
Some of mine have begun to sprout what looks an awefull lot like the beginings of cones. I suspect that the hours of light at this time of year, here in northern cali are just a little to short still and it's triggering some flowering behaviour. My fingers are crossed that, as the days get longer they will revert to vegetative growth. It's the cascade and the sterling. The centenial are not doing this.
I can't speak for sterling because my sterling plant died after two years with no hops, but my cascade flower twice in a season. A small amount early and a large amount later, but if i remember right its usually not until the summer before the first flower and late summer fall for the larger amount. I live in New Jersey, around 40°.  I couldn’t tell you if there are any flowers forming right now though because I’ve already broken my promise to tend to them by not stringing them up yet and not checking on them in a week or so. When I get home from work today...

Ingredients / Re: Vanilla flavors
« on: April 26, 2012, 09:26:08 AM »
Of course, I don't know your secret recipe but lactose is also a great addition for a "dessert" beer to add sweetness.
+1 I made a vanilla milk stout and the lactose and the vanilla worked well together.

As far as subdued taste goes, I used three beans(although they were old beans) scraped and cut and soaked and in vodka. I strained and added the vanilla vodka at bottling time to half of a 5 gallon batch.  There was a faint but detectable vanilla finish. It was really subtle but delicious.

Delo you have the same risk of making bad beer your first batch or two with a 5 gallon kit as you do with a MrBeer kit..the difference being Mr Beer is only a $25 to $35 investment. So there is less at risk.

I have started 3 people out in brewing. I started them with Mr Beer kits to insure they would be successful on their first brew. From there I helped them with more advanced processes a little at a time. They are all doing 5 gallon extract kits now
It is a good, cheap way of getting people into brewing, but I would think there is a higher chance of things going wrong with Mr Beer.   Maybe the kits have changed since I first brewed with it or I may not remember too correctly, but I had to use a lot of sugar and it came with a cleaner not a sanitizer.  I guess it’s also because when I look at what I use now as far as equipment and ingredients go, and look at what I used back then its hard to believe good beer can be made from such a simple kit.  I do wish I still had my fermenter, but I melted it in the dishwasher.
BTW its great your helping people get started.  It would have been cool to have someone to help me when I first started. Maybe they would have taught me how to read directions.  :)

Coopers kits seemed better quality than the Mr. Beer kits so if they do modifications,  I would think that should help with the quality of Mr Beer. My first kit was a Mr Beer gift from my wife. I made an ESB and it was pretty good. It was cool, but I already knew I wanted to brew and was eventually going to get a more advanced setup.

It’s pretty much a crapshoot whether the beer will be good or not with these kits. It's cool if it turns someone on to brewing, but it's unfortunate that it may turn someone off easily if the beer doesnt taste good.  What doesn’t help these kits are people trying to brew lagers and/or pilsners.  My coworker was going to brew with a Mr Beer kit and he had two ingredient kits,  a lager and a stout. I told him that a good lager would be harder to make the first time brewing. He brewed the stout and I'm hoping that it tastes good and he enjoys brewing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wedding favors
« on: April 19, 2012, 08:31:46 AM »
I wish I was brewing before I got married. It would have been great to serve my own beer at the reception. You may regret not having it there.

Kegs are the way to go here.  That way people can sample the beer from their friend's (red solo?) cup and see if they want one of their own, or not.  A lot less wasteful and a lot easier on you (bottling takes sooo much time and effort).
+1.  If you do not have the equipment, you could always have the bartender or server poor the beer from the bottles instead of handing them out.  A friend of ours did that at their wedding with his homebrewed beer and it worked out well.

Beer Recipes / Re: Is it CDA or BIPA?
« on: April 19, 2012, 07:41:46 AM »
I used to think they should be called India Dark Ale or IDA because they are a dark IPA... But since they really have no real relation to India, I like the name American Dark Ale. That to me is the best description.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wedding favors
« on: April 13, 2012, 11:51:45 AM »
They saved a couple of bottles for their 1st anniversary and let us know that the beer was still pretty tasty a year later.
I'm doing it as a surprise present. They're both fans of my Belgian beers, and I thought a Champagne-type beer would be perfect.
A champagne type beer is a good idea. It would have been cool to make something that could age so they could have it on their anniversary.

My friend that got me into homebrewing made a batch for my wedding, and it was the best present we got. He gave us a copy of his design and process notes, which was pretty fun.
I can relate.  We did our house amber ale for a friends wedding two years ago.  The groom came over and helped brew and they both came over and helped bottle the 10 gallon batch.
They both want to start brewing. We wanted to brew the beers together but could never coordinate a day.  Giving them the recipes would be a great idea.

Haha this is great! Love the labels and anecdotes. People are always brewing for friends weddings and their own. Excellent to hear that everyone was pleased!
Thanks! The best part was having brew days that trumped anything else we had to do. They are my wifes friends too, she knew it was for their wedding so there were no "You're brewing again?" kind of questions. My wife likes that I brew, but doesnt like the fact it is an all day process.  I may be brewing for some imaginary friends wedding in the near future.  ;)  :-X

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