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All Grain Brewing / Wheat malt...poor extraction
« on: July 06, 2013, 11:16:51 AM »
I just started brewing a hefe, not a style I normally brew.  The last time my BG was way off on the low side.  I attributed it to not getting a good crush on the wheat malt.  So, today I double-crushed the wheat malt.  The BG was still low by 8 points.  I used 6.25 lbs wheat, 6 lbs pils, and 1 lb rice hulls.  Single infusion mash.  Aside from increasing the grain bill next time to make up for the loss in efficiency, is there something I'm missing?  Is there a better "cure" for this anomaly?  Thanks.

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: February 24, 2013, 02:58:48 AM »
Twin butts.

Done.  Most will go into tacos.

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: January 28, 2013, 04:20:55 AM »
This was a spur of the moment smoke-out.  Bought a cheap (SELECT grade) 12lb  brisket, and decided to do the "hot and fast" method, i.e., smoked it at 350F instead of 225F.  Cut the time at least in half, and the smoke profile is good.  Cut back a bit on my rub this time.

At 165F I.T.  Some guys foil it at about this point, but I let it ride and get darker.

Here it is at 190F.

Time to add some beer, foil it, and throw it in the oven.

Waiting patiently.

Done.  A lot of this will be made into tacos with my chile piquin sauce.


General Homebrew Discussion / APA...Great Flavor...Poor Aroma
« on: January 28, 2013, 03:57:38 AM »
That pretty much describes my latest APA.  It has been in the keg long enough now to have cleared, and the flavor is how I like it.  The aroma was never good though.  I could dry hop, but I'm afraid it would throw off the flavor.  In the recipe, there are 3oz of aroma hops at 5mins, and 1.5oz at 1min, so you'd think there would be some hop aroma, no?  Any ideas?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hopping in Primary...why not?
« on: January 11, 2013, 12:15:59 AM »
Well, I already dry hopped 1 1/2oz Amarillo, plus 1 1/2oz simcoe on day 5 of fermentation.

General Homebrew Discussion / Dry Hopping in Primary...why not?
« on: January 10, 2013, 12:58:50 PM »
In terms of aroma, any negatives to dry hopping in primary?

Ingredients / Dry Hopping w/ Simcoe + Amarillo
« on: January 08, 2013, 12:50:39 PM »
If I dry hop with 1oz Simcoe, and 1oz Amarillo, will the Amarillo have a detectable presence given the pungency of the Simcoe?

Equipment and Software / Re: Removing keg lube?
« on: January 01, 2013, 07:43:54 PM »
Very interesting to me...So, the guys who like the "rocking" method of carbing fear not they their brew will be sloshing against keg lube.

Equipment and Software / Removing keg lube?
« on: January 01, 2013, 12:25:49 AM »
How do you remove keg lube from the cornie o-ring?  Also, from the inside top of the keg where the oring sits?

Ingredients / Re: Bravo Hops?
« on: November 01, 2012, 02:42:04 PM »
I just brewed my second IPA with Bravo as the sole bittering hop.  It's a good change of pace from Chinook or Columbus.  I like it a lot.  It would not be a suitable aroma-sub for the hops you mentioned though.  What possible sub is there for Simcoe anyway?   

All Things Food / Re: New Hottest Chile...Carolina Reaper?
« on: November 01, 2012, 11:43:27 AM »
I've been upping the ante over time. Graduated from jalapeños to green chilies...Flirted with small amounts of habanero and now Chile de árbol. This particular chile has great heat and fantastic flavor and I bulk buy them dried out of the bin at the grocer for $5/lb.

Yesterday I blended up one pound of jalapeños with 3.5% kosher salt in the blender. Took about half a cup of water to get a nice slurry. This went into a quart mason jar and covered with some cheesecloth to ferment for a month or so. The plan is to mix with some vinegar and age for another month- then blend again and strain. Green hot sauce!

Don't you have to add something like yoghurt whey for the fermentation?

For those aspiring chile growers and chile sauce two favorite forums:

World record chile eating:

Ingredients / Re: 2012 Hop Crop?
« on: November 01, 2012, 11:31:20 AM »
I'm wondering if Hops Direct will be imposing the 1-lb limit on various varieties like Amarillo, Centennial...

Ingredients / Re: Spent Grain as Compost?
« on: October 08, 2012, 07:05:30 PM »
hops can cause malignant hyperthermia/death in dogs

What the !!!  I've only spread the hops out this one time.  No more.  Crap...

Ingredients / Spent Grain as Compost?
« on: October 08, 2012, 04:52:13 PM »
I want to throw my spent rain in my garden to decompose for next Spring when I grow these, among others:

I'm already scattering my spent hops, but was wondering about spent grain.

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