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The Pub / Re: What's for dinner?
« on: November 22, 2009, 04:38:18 PM »
You crock pot haters can go ahead and hate. I agree they are not ideal for everything - but for roast beef they work great. But, I'm willing to learn. What would be a better way to cook a roast beef? Or, would you simply cook something else?


Honestly...I love a nice Beef Roast sauteed in some bacon drippings first...yeah that's right I said bacon drippings. Then assemle the seared beef with some onions, mushrooms, carrots and potatoes...and don't forget the garlic...
some fresh herbs and some beef broth to simmer with...some salt and pepper...maybe some chili powder...I said maybe.

in a Crock Pot...low and slow for about 6 to 8 hrs.

Now that's good eatin'  8)

You know the old saying..."there's more than one way to skin a cat"  ;D

All Things Food / Re: Rib World Tour
« on: November 22, 2009, 09:27:32 AM »
My mouth is watering right about now. Nice looking ribs Matt!

The Pub / Re: What's for dinner?
« on: November 22, 2009, 09:24:53 AM »
Yeah...When I bought my current house the first thing I asked for was a gas cooktop. It's the bomb diggity dawg.  8)

Once you go gas you'll never go back.  ;)

Pimp My System / Re: Pictures of some of my stuff
« on: November 22, 2009, 09:20:23 AM »
Hey Bo - I want to get a Blichmann conical someday. How difficult is it to clean the conical?

When you transfer the wort to the conical...I assume you pump it in or ?

The Pub / Re: Brew Dawgs!
« on: November 22, 2009, 09:14:39 AM »
Yeah...I know what you mean there. Safety first.  8)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Line cleaning...
« on: November 22, 2009, 09:12:40 AM »
As long as you don't call these guys to clean out your's a good day.

All Things Food / Re: Rib World Tour
« on: November 21, 2009, 03:07:52 PM »
So, I'm making the jerk-style ribs as I type.  I was showing my wife the photos above.  Her response: "Man, that guy is as big of a dork as you are!"   ;D

and what did you say?

All Things Food / Re: Oktoberfest schnitzel - response and thanks!
« on: November 21, 2009, 03:06:38 PM »
Here's one that looks good. I want to try it someday too.

By the way crock pots rule.  ;D

The Pub / Re: Brew Dawgs!
« on: November 21, 2009, 02:59:51 PM »
Really really cool dogs you have there. They look like real pals. Do you brew with them?

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewing Software
« on: November 21, 2009, 02:55:52 PM »
i use beersmith on the pc and my favorite for my iphone is brew pal (.99).  brew pal has some very cool features and is updated often.  one of my favorite features is a program that matches your ingredients to beer styles per the bjcp list of styles and you can set the "sensitivity" for it.  i realize that doesn't probably make sense until you do it.


Beersmith is great!

I also have Brewpal on my iphone...I should use it more often.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Store San?
« on: November 21, 2009, 02:54:14 PM »
i think the way you test star san to see if it's still good is to check the pH, although i forgot what the number is supposed to be.

pH should be 3 or less.

thanks.  i knew it was 2 or 3, but couldn't rememeber which.


Yeah 3 or's the mfg's data sheet.

Equipment and Software / Re: How do you chill your wort?
« on: November 21, 2009, 02:49:22 PM »
Hey Lonnie,

Thanks to you...I'm building one of your Brutus 10 systems. I just got the plans last week and I'm working with a welder... our own Capozzli. I want to get the therminator to chill the wort. How easy is it to brew beer on your Brutus 10 compared to the more conventional batch sparge methods? Your system looks fantastic!  8)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Speedway Stout?
« on: November 20, 2009, 10:09:59 PM »
Have you heard about the special-edition Brewer's Reserve Speedway Stout, which is aged in Bourbon barrels, has been rated the #1 BEST BEER IN THE WORLD at It was also featured on CNBC's "Squawk Box" in a segment on the best dark beers in America.


I'd be interested in trying.  8)

A new food grade fermenting bucket at your LHBS should run you between $10-20.  8)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: How Long does a 15lb CO2 tank last you?
« on: November 20, 2009, 10:01:18 PM »
I go through 3 20lb tanks a year but I do a lot of keg to keg transfers along with pushing Star-san from one keg to the next plus line cleaning.
$75.00 a year for CO2 isnt all that bad

That sounds about right for me. I refilled three times last year and went through about 18 kegs of beer. Including cleaning and purging. So about six kegs per cylinder total.

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