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All Things Food / Re: Homemade cheese
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:53:49 AM »
This is a good way to get invited back.
We have a friend who has been a cheese maker at a couple farms and we have exchanged brewing and mead making lessons for cheese making lessons a couple times. I make ricotta and paneer from local raw milk on a regular basis. Our friend taght us how to make halloumi and feta which use some more advanced techniques and is a bridge to the next step, aged cheeses. Aged, stinky, runny cheeses.

I've made paneer a few times and I've made ricotta from the whey left over after making mozzarella. I've also screwed up a few batches of mozzarella. I'm not into the stinky, runny cheeses so much. What I'd like to get into eventually is stuff like gouda, cheddar and provolone.

All Things Food / Homemade cheese
« on: October 04, 2014, 09:30:15 PM »
After several batches of mozzarella, I decided to branch out a bit in my home cheesemaking. I bought some chèvre culture a little while back. I didn't have a chance to get goat milk, but I wanted to make some cheese so I used cow's milk instead from my local dairy farm.

I must say, it was way easier than mozz and the results are great so far. I let the curds set for about 8 hours, then drained it overnight for about 8 more hours. At this point the cheese was softer than cream cheese, but firmer than ricotta. I split the batch in 4. One part got salted with truffle salt. I added honey and ginger to the next. I mixed sriracha in with the next (this one is the best of all). The last portion got salted and packed into a "mold" (a red solo cup with some holes poked in the bottom) and was left out to drain for another 10 hours or so while I went to work. I haven't tasted the last one yet, but it smells like some super tangy chèvre.

I'm going to the Pats game tomorrow night with some guys from work. I'm bringing a keg of O'fest and the three soft cheeses. Sometimes you just have to show off :)  I'll save the extra tangy cheese for cooking. Nothing beats roasted beets with chèvre and fig paste.

Ingredients / Re: what hops to use with apricots
« on: October 04, 2014, 04:21:44 PM »
I'm thinking a Belgian wit
In that case I wouldn't go strong on the hops. Let the yeast and apricots take the lead. A big hop character will probably muddy things up. A traditional hop for the style such as Goldings will be just fine.

I just finished helping judge the homebrew section of the Fresh Hop Ale Fest here in Yakima.  the most common flaw my table saw?  Too much crystal malt.

I learned a lot.  It was a great experience.  I am even more jazzed to get certified.
Out of curiosity, how did you determine it was specifically too much Crystal vs underattenuation or some other fault? I'm still not sold on "too much Crystal malt" being a glaring flaw on its own. Otherwise Celebration would be undrinkable from what I understand.

Ingredients / Re: what hops to use with apricots
« on: October 04, 2014, 05:01:59 AM »
Meridian has a big apricot/nectarine aroma that would really compliment them well.

Other Fermentables / Re: Cider original gravity
« on: October 03, 2014, 08:33:00 PM »
Weighing each of these factors, my favorite cider apples include: any crabapples (crabs all seem to hit all the marks highly), Golden Noble, Washington Strawberry, Scarlet Surprise, and good old Honeycrisp (a little expensive but unbelievably juicy, with good gravity at 1.048).
That might explain something. My local orchard grows quite a bit of honeycrisp and it's a big part of their cider mix, IIRC.

Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Manhattan Quad - Please offer advice
« on: October 03, 2014, 08:28:43 PM »
Have you used wormwood in anything before? Is 1/4 tsp in 5 gallons an acceptable amount? Wormwood is potent, vile stuff. Best be careful with that one!

Ingredients / Re: Serebrianka Hop
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:21:34 PM »
I have been mulling over how to describe this with taste notes.  Today
I was having a burger steak with a little A-1 sauce and this beer was
in the mix.  I got a fairly strong note of Black Licorice in the olfactory.
Took me a long time to recognize this because I do not eat Black Licorice.
I'm not a big fan of black licorice or anise-flavored liquors, but there are a few hops that I get that note from and it really works in certain beers. I get that flavor from EKG, and it pairs well with the caramel and toffee notes from English Crystal malts.

I think I might have to give this a try. I have a Baltic Porter on deck that would be a good fit, I think.

Other Fermentables / Re: Cider original gravity
« on: October 03, 2014, 11:12:22 AM »
Are you guys pressing your own apples? Maybe it's the orchard I use, but I've never gotten cider lower than 1.045, and 90% of the time it's in the 1.048-1.050 range.

Ingredients / Re: English Barleywine
« on: October 03, 2014, 10:17:32 AM »
personally I'd skip the crystal. I liked the 100% mild malt idea. I would go for it. bitter with something neutral and hit it with some EKG and challenger late. maybe some fuggles just to annoy Denny.
+1 to everything here

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Adding Dextrin for Brett
« on: October 03, 2014, 10:12:44 AM »
The Brett doesn't need the dextrin, but if the lacto is going to produce any acidity, it will need some food.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Adding Dextrin for Brett
« on: October 03, 2014, 06:19:52 AM »
I've only ever seen powdered Maltodextrin. I'd just boil it briefly in enough water for it to dissolve, then cool and add it to the fermenter.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Help please
« on: October 03, 2014, 06:14:05 AM »
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All Grain Brewing / Re: Help please
« on: October 02, 2014, 08:28:15 PM »
Technique trumps gear. You can make fantastic beer on the cheap. Hang around this forum - pay attention and ask questions -  and you will see improvements in the quality of your beer far beyond what money will get you.

Ingredients / Re: English Barleywine
« on: October 02, 2014, 05:06:16 PM »
Just make sure you mash long and low. A pound or two of pale ale malt wouldn't hurt as an insurance policy for some extra enzymes.

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