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Beer Travel / Re: Austin
« on: February 05, 2013, 06:06:30 AM »
Ya gotta go to Whip In and to Black Star Co-op. I had a good time at Red's Porch and they also have a Flying Saucer, but I had a better time at Gingerman when we were there last spring.

Have been to Whip-n, but did Black Star last year. The niece and her Welsh husband like the pub atmosphere at the Draught House, and so did we last year.

If you like BBQ brisket, Franklin's is on another level from all of the others. Perfect. Except for the long wait in line.




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You would think the guy would have some coveralls and a classier hat.






Nice little article, good luck to them.

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Ingredients / Re: Subbing chocolate wheat for chocolate malt
« on: February 03, 2013, 07:06:19 AM »
As Jeff says, it is smoother. That is because wheat has no husk. It would be similar to Carafa Special malt.

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Ingredients / Re: Meridian Hops
« on: February 03, 2013, 06:59:55 AM »
Tom...was that one of the beers brewed for Stan Hieronymus's talk last year? I remember tasting a beer with them at his seminar. The beer was very nice.
Yes, the four beers were mosaic, meridian, el dorado, and LR.  Mosaic was the runaway favorite.

True. I need to brew my Mosaic beer soon.

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Beer Travel / Austin
« on: February 02, 2013, 04:18:26 PM »
We were just down in TX last week, the main reason was to visit family in South Texas. Had some Shiner Black, the FM 966 farmhouse, and lots of Indio at the BiLs.

Stayed a couple nights in Austin with the niece and her husband. We went to Bangers one night in Downtown Austin. Place does a lot of their own wurst, good and unique toppings, sides were better than expected. German potato salad was excellent. The place has 100 beers on tap. Some were showing their age, but the popular local brews were fresh. I would go back without hesitation.

Also went to the Gingerman. Live Oak Pilz is good stuff.

Also managed to hit City Market in Luling for some Q on the way to the Rio Grande Valley, and on the way back hit Kruetz in Lockhart for another helping of Q. The brisket at Kruetz won our vote for this trip.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering question
« on: February 02, 2013, 01:32:43 PM »
Yep, something we know in the frozen slippery states. We call it mud season too.

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All Things Food / Re: Mozzarella
« on: February 02, 2013, 01:27:25 PM »
I have to admit, the coffee roasting is what has my interest. My LHBS is not into that, yet.

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Pimp My System / Re: Home made grain mill . . . . that could crush a brick!
« on: February 02, 2013, 01:24:56 PM »
I'm impressed.  Can you help with the terminology - a gearbox drive spline, fitting into what?   Gotta hit up the few gearheads I know!
There is a selection ring that has the sychronizer cone(s) that will slide along the shaft and engage the gear that is free spinning via dogs on the side of the gear and ring. This might help.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KDuk2-4s6E

Don't ask about automatics.  8)

I am a recovering automotive engineer, not a gearhead.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hopslam Clone?
« on: February 02, 2013, 01:13:41 PM »
Thanks! That's what I figured you would do, but just wanted to make sure. I will probably be getting some Hopslam here soon, so I get working on this. Do you use yeast nutrient in this type of starter? I can't imagine that the yeast is in tip top shape at the beginning.
Get a lower gravity beer like the Amber, the yeast will be pooped out in the Hopslam.

Yes, a little nutrient is a good thing in a starter.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hopslam Clone?
« on: February 02, 2013, 11:51:45 AM »
I buy a couple bottles. Make up a starter with the ratio of 100 grams DME for 1000 ml. Start small for this, maybe 250 or 500 ml in size. Open the bottle, sanitize the opening, pour the beer in a glass leaving a little, give it another shot of sanitizer if you wish, swirl and dump the dregs in the starter. Repeat for the second bottle.

Then step it up to 1 or 2 liters, then again to what ever yeastcalc.com says.

More time. More work, but you have the Bells house strain that way.

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All Things Food / Re: Mozzarella
« on: February 02, 2013, 11:39:59 AM »
The LHBS has added cheese making kits and supplies. The wife is looking at those each time. Mozzarella is quick and easy, and fresh is great on pizza. She has the pizza thing down now, and fresh Mozzarella is the next step.

Nice pics. I might just show those to her.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Hopslam Clone?
« on: February 02, 2013, 11:35:56 AM »
Well since you asked, if you have the time culture op some from a bottle of one of the beers like Bells Amber or Pale Ale. I have done that for some of my Bells clones.

The Chico yeast 001/1056 will do it, make sure you have a big starter, aerate well when you pitch, and even give it some more air when it is 8 to 12 hours after the pitch. Control those temperatures so it doesn't get too hot or estery.


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Beer Recipes / Re: Hopslam Clone?
« on: February 02, 2013, 11:13:33 AM »
I did not run the IBU level for that, but Hopslam is in the 60s. What do yo have?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: cornelius vs firestone
« on: February 02, 2013, 09:35:14 AM »
I only do one keg at a time!

From learning the hard way, me too.

Euge - like the tagline from Feynman.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: cornelius vs firestone
« on: February 02, 2013, 08:22:46 AM »
What's the difference between a firestone and cornelius keg?  They look the same, but the posts are different.

I think you mean that these are ball locks, but the posts have detail differences.

For ball locks, you need to know that there were several manufactures, Firestone (I know I have some of those), Spartanberg, Cornelius and John Wood (never seen those). There are at least 3 different posts designs for corny kegs, Northern Brewer calls those A,B,C type. Williams Brewing also has a breakdown by manufacturer.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/connect/2011/08/choosing-the-correct-keg-parts/
Pictures
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/catalogsearch/result/?q=keg+post+assembly
http://www.williamsbrewing.com/MALE-POSTS-POST-PARTS-C297.aspx



Pin locks are shorter and wider, I do have one that was converted to ball lock.

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