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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chilling wort in the winter
« on: December 24, 2012, 03:21:50 PM »
Not sure i understand the problem.  Don't discharge the water anywhere you don't want ice and drain the hoses using gravity.

I'm in central Neb and look forward to brewing with colder chilling water

Ingredients / Re: Storing HOP Pellets
« on: December 08, 2012, 07:34:20 AM »
Flush the jar with co2 first?  I'm sure some o2 would remain but that will the case for most methods attainable for home brewers.

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Sauces
« on: December 01, 2012, 04:38:42 PM »
As a place to start or refer to I really like this site.

Good source of regional sauce ideas

All Things Food / Re: Kitchen Knives
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:53:10 PM »
Have the Fibrox handled victorinox and really like them.  Might just get the chefs knife and build up from there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermentation Temperatures
« on: November 17, 2012, 05:01:49 PM »
Go ahead and warm it up and rouse the yeast.  Not sure what ale yeast you pitched but I would imagine that 50 degrees caused it to floc out.  I wouldn't be optimistic-except maybe about your sanitation but at this point what are you out?

All Grain Brewing / Re: first batch sparge in the morning
« on: September 25, 2012, 02:16:59 PM »
Others will comment but 1.5 qts/lb is about right for me.  I find it easier to avoid dough balls if I add the grain to the water but YMMV.

Have fun

All Things Food / Re: Tacos al Pastor
« on: June 21, 2012, 06:01:46 PM »
If I remember correctly cooks illustrated ran a recipe on this that is really good.

All Things Food / Re: Smoking Chicken - Need Brine and Rub Recipes
« on: June 08, 2012, 01:28:50 PM »
I don't know that you will be able to impart much herb flavor through your brine.  I would stick to a basic saltwater brine.  Lot of great rubs out there.  One thing that I definitely think helps is to rinse and dry the bird after brining followed by a light coat of oil.  Most rubs are oil soluble but not water soluble.

Don't over smoke it.  I use no more than 4oz of fruitwood.  Have fun with it.


Ingredients / Re: Sorachi Ace in single hop wheat
« on: June 08, 2012, 09:28:54 AM »
It's been in primary for 9 days.  I haven't checked but I imagine fermentation is about done.  I'll post when I tap the keg.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pesticide for hops
« on: June 08, 2012, 07:34:32 AM »
You want to identify the pest and choose a treatment that is safe and effective.  Maybe check with the extension office.  They seem to appreciate the out of the ordinary.

Ingredients / Re: Citra, Amarillo & Simcoe
« on: June 08, 2012, 07:31:38 AM »
I've used Simcoe a few times and haven't gotten any cat piss taste.  Maybe I just don't pick it up.  I have never added it before 15 min though.  If you are worried drop the 40 min addition and increase the bittering addition.

All Grain Brewing / Re: oxidation risk with batch sparging
« on: June 07, 2012, 06:16:15 AM »
Never had an issue with HSA or oxidation in over 5years of batch sparging.

Ingredients / Re: Sorachi Ace in single hop wheat
« on: May 28, 2012, 02:43:00 PM »
Martin,  in your opinion does the proposed hop schedule constitute a "light hand?"


Ingredients / Sorachi Ace in single hop wheat
« on: May 28, 2012, 10:32:11 AM »
Looking to do an American wheat with Sorachi Ace.  First time using this hop.  Right now my hop schedule is .5 oz FWH, .25 oz at 60 min, and .25 oz at 0 min.

Looking around it seems like this hop can be a little overpowering but I'm intrigued by the "lemon/dill" description.

The base beer is a 1.044 American wheat using wheat malt, 2 row, and flaked wheat.


The Pub / Re: Note keeping app for iPad
« on: May 25, 2012, 06:02:11 AM »
Another vote for Evernote.  There may be better apps for note taking/keeping track of things as they come up but I haven't seen one.

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