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Brew larger batches unless you have the ability to measure very accuratey. A few % off in small batches has a bigger impact where in the larger batches the +/- errors diminishes. 5 gallon is good, 10 is better.

All Things Food / Re: Mozzarella
« on: August 16, 2012, 06:47:31 PM »

All Things Food / Re: Mozzarella
« on: August 16, 2012, 03:02:57 PM »
unhomogenized milk is better if you can get it.

If whole milk makes better cheese than reduced-fat....,

^^^^not depends on what you are making.

I've made tons of mozz and just use regular whole milk. Do not use ultra pasturized.
Add calcium chloride if pasturized.
Flaked salt is recommended but I have never used it..just plain kosher or pickling salt. Don't use "tablesalt". It has unwanted addatives.

GMAC has the best answer -

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I've lost that "new hobby" smell
« on: August 16, 2012, 02:52:18 PM »
Try making bread, fermented vegatables, candels, wine, sausage, kiefer, soap or cheese for a while. You'll cycle back around.

Just don't rid of any of your equipment. Some of it are multi-taskers.

All Things Food / Re: Sausage
« on: August 14, 2012, 07:10:02 PM »
Made 3 batches of summer sausage so far.

 Soy protien is a must!!! All the difference in the world.

Fixing to dry cure a deboned boston butt to make some buckboard bacon. Got my cold smoker device perfected. I'll post pictures when I smoke the butt after curing.

The Pub / Re: Stay off my f'ing driveway!
« on: August 14, 2012, 04:47:25 PM »
I have the same thing happen to me. Apparantly GPS directions to somewhere is wrong or something and I get about 20 turnarounds everyday. About 10 times every night after dark and it drives the dog crazy because when the cars turn around the headlights flash through a big picture window into the den.

I made a cardboard sign and staked it at the edge of the drive: HEY YOU NO-DRIVING IDIOT: YOU MISSED YOUR TURN!

 I took it down after a week because of all the horn blowing.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 2 gallons in my dead space
« on: August 12, 2012, 03:13:35 PM »
Use braid laying on the bottom.

 Put in a coil of copper wire in it if it collapses.

You're not trying to fly sprage, are you?

All Grain Brewing / Re: 2 gallons in my dead space
« on: August 12, 2012, 12:57:31 PM »
What feet???

Describe your tun.

Mine don't have feet.

The Pub / Re: What is your Bench?
« on: August 12, 2012, 10:30:00 AM »
Way back when, we had to press at least our body weight before we could graduate the Criminal Justice Academy. I managed 230 (age 25, 5'10", 180lbs and ripped). 28 years later I did manage to pick up the remote 3 times in a 2 hour period last night. Also was able to get up twice during the night to go to the bathroom. This morning I was able to heave 7 lbs summer sausage into the smoker.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Malt Analysis
« on: August 11, 2012, 05:10:23 PM »
The Tubercle just brews and enjoys life.

No time for such thoughts.

Good luck in your endevors.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boil kettle too big, not enough fire.
« on: August 11, 2012, 02:40:47 PM »
Larger heat source.

 Or find a way to insulate.

Equipment and Software / Re: Repairing cooler mash tun
« on: August 11, 2012, 11:05:48 AM »
Throw it away and get a new one.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Inconsistent Carbonation
« on: August 11, 2012, 11:01:51 AM »
Tubercle votes for insufficent mixing of the priming solution.

If you;re into coffee beers, the base porter works great with a coffee addition.

The base porter also works great if you add a little peated malt to make a smoked porter   :P


I think I heard somewhere, it might had been on this forum (can't remember) that Denny doen't like peated malt(?).

The Pub / Re: I want to toast to Euge's father
« on: August 02, 2012, 04:18:26 PM »
Sorry to hear my brewing brother.

My most sincere condolences.

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