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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 17, 2015, 06:03:52 AM »
Well hell yea Euge!  Very cool to see you back here in the Garden Thread.
Hope all is well; like the new look.

Wow Amanda...you have oodles of space there!  Your mini orchard could turn into a regular orchard preety quick.  Are you sourcing your apple trees locally?  I have had some pretty poor luck ordering trees through the mail...they always seem to be spindly sticks that take forever to get cracking.

Boulder!  You still have any time to garden?  Owning a brewery might be cutting into you food preservation time?

I finally cut down all my residual hop plants.  Wow the smell of shattering lupulin was amazing in March.
Planted a few rows of carrots, lettuce, spinach, bok choy chard and a few early beets.
Have not tried the burlap yet...but if it gets much hotter I might.  Record heat here today.
It sure is nice, but we will pay for it later in the water year.


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All Things Food / Re: Pretzels
« on: March 12, 2015, 08:23:41 PM »
Teach me Jedi master...I want to make salami
You'll need a grinder and stuffer. After that it's easy. Grind the meat. Add the spices and cure. Stuff the casing. Cook the sausage.

...and for the big sausage you don't even really need a stuffer. Just grind it, mix in the spices and cure, and dollop into the casing (ensuring to remove all air).

I made/cured all the meats on this board: 





Whoa. This definitely deserves The Wurst Thread.  8)
someone should start it and make Bama show us his skillz.
Dang.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 12, 2015, 08:16:58 PM »
This year is about getting land, figuring out where everything is going to go (house, garden, etc.) and making a start on it. next year will be gardening time. Maybe a food forest.

Wow, congratulations man. A new start
with all that west coast learnin.


Carrot are probably my favorite.
My main problem with them is getting them to germinate and not dry out
so your burlap idea intrigues me Pete...do you keep it mashed flush with the ground surface?


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The Pub / Re: New toy
« on: March 12, 2015, 08:03:43 PM »
*snort*

a "pie-bald pure bread doxy named Doober"?


  ;D 


Thanks.










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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 11, 2015, 05:21:22 PM »
Excellent!     Gardening 2015


Hard to believe this:



Will become this:




Awesome.......Yes!..glad you figured out pic posting. :)




I'm really looking forward to the growing season.

! another Redbird house project! 8)


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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 11, 2015, 12:00:29 PM »
Another year in the Garden?
What are you folks dreaming about growing this year?



I am going to try and get a bunch of beets to store for winter.
I really like the yellow ones and the Cylindra reds...but I usually only plant enough for summer consumption.
Does anyone store beets through the winter?

And pickling cukes....want to make my own gherkins this year.  Yum.

I noticed yesterday that the garlic is sprouting. 
Also have some spinach and lettuces up in the hot box.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Anybody try kombucha
« on: March 11, 2015, 11:50:37 AM »
You can train your kombucha SCOBY to feed on honey & green tea over time but you can also find jun SCOBYs to purchase or trade for.

Interesting stuff Mary; I too, had not heard of jun. 

I ran out of sugar this morning while making a tea batch for an additional SCOBY and was eye balling the honey that was in the cupboard. :o

How does one "train" a kombucha SCOBY to like honey and green tea?

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Other Fermentables / Re: Sauerkraut
« on: March 11, 2015, 11:44:42 AM »
Seems like one could actually try both sizes; ie, coarse as well as a finer shred. Layer in the coarse and then top with a layer of the fine shred or vise-versa?   It might be nice to have both texture/sizes available...just package separately.

So when you both are saying food processor, are you just using like a cheese grater blade in yours or some other blade attachment?  I guess you just have to cut up the cabbages into chunks that will fit into the processor chute?


Watched this again...worth a look!
Just found this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjNRvGAQeLE
salting the cabbage on the conveyer belt....serious production goin on there

5000kg and hour!  Automation is fascinating.




So, I like it raw and plain, without anything else it it.
But, willing to try new tastes - so

What types of additives do folks enjoy?   you know..caraway seed, apples etc.
Any thoughts/experiences on that?

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The Pub / Re: New toy
« on: March 09, 2015, 02:47:57 PM »
Wow.  Sweet rig.

Where are you going to fit the bike? Around here they flip the springs to make them off road capable and then tie on a wheeler trailer on the back that you can't even see in the rear view until it flies off into the borrow ditch.

That dog looks like a riot.  I want one.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Get Your Cabbage
« on: March 09, 2015, 02:38:17 PM »
pinnah hope everything turned out good...

Yes, thank you!
I have a second round going now - around 15 pounds this time - and trying to keep my ferment temp 58-60 based on your recommendation.

We are on the last jar of the first batch...I freaking love it and can eat it straight from the jar.
pretty good with lots of stuff.  I just had it mixed in on some baked potato last night...

I just used a good knife again.  Takes more time, but I like the rough and crunchy texture and don't mind it being a little on the chunky side.  Seems like the food processor would make it too fine and potentially turn it to mush?  I probably just don't know how to run those things.


Cheers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? 2/13/15
« on: March 09, 2015, 02:24:57 PM »


Wow, that thing deserves to be on page 6 as well.  Go ahead,,,click on it. 

For some reason the emoticons will not work for me, but I am chuckling.

nice blow off....  is it worming out of an airlock?  looks a little pahoehoe

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All Things Food / Re: Bramble/ribe varieties
« on: March 06, 2015, 06:44:50 AM »
 :) Another note - Keep in mind that the raspberries will multiply on their own.
In a couple years, you will likely have many runners that can be transplanted.
ie, no need to purchase all that you intend to have, if you have the time to wait.

Elderberry is a good plant.  I am unfamiliar with the two varieties they offer.
I have one I got out of Monrovia and it is a monster. Beautiful big shrub.

I think it is good to experiment and see what will work for you.
Soil, microclimate, aspect.... your farms terrior will dictate what does well.

Yes, planting enough for yourself and the birds is always a good idea.  ;D





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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: March 06, 2015, 06:29:54 AM »
Nice review. You're a good writer.

+2.

How is the BEER?  I guess it is just now fermenting?

Curious about all of you that are giddy about the fast chill on your own systems.
Seems like a $2K beer machine should have a rapid chill feature and not be aerating warm wort?

I have always suspected we may overemphasize the importance of the superrapidchill,
but curious how it may effect the final product.

Thanks.

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All Things Food / Re: Bramble varieties
« on: March 05, 2015, 10:35:57 PM »
Cool site with good selection.

I can recommend Heritage raspberries.  Fastastic. 
They are not really a bramble though....tidy. I wack them back to the ground every season.
I have Latham as well but they cannot compete, at my place at least.

I do have a nasty blackberry that is a bramble. Darrow I think.
Has thorns that will snag and gouge even when you think you can whisper by.
Man is it mean.  I really need to get rid of it before it seriously takes over.
I have started some thornless that are beautiful and a dream to get into...and out of!
Excellent fall color.

I have the black raspberry Bristol. Berries are OK.. a little dry but interesting.
Good for staining or dying.  Plants have nice arching architecture.
More of a novelty and not a heavy or repeated producer.

Ribes
I have some red lake reds and goldens but mostly I think
hairy berries with seeds in them
are for the birds.  ;)

Have fun.



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Other Fermentables / Re: Anybody try kombucha
« on: March 05, 2015, 03:18:09 PM »

What's everyone using for tea? I'm using green tea, since I prefer the flavor. It seems like most people use black tea, though. I'm wondering if there's any differences other than just flavor.
EDIT:  She tells me she's found that with all black tea the SCOBY stays healthier and the kombucha is more sour/robust.

That is what I have found as well.  I have tried green, white, and yerba mate tea mixes in the last few batches, and the SCOBYs have become thin and the product is not nearly as vinegary and seems to take longer.
That said, they still work, given time.  I am ready to bottle a batch tomorrow, and will try again with an all black tea start to try and get a fat slabby SCOBY again.

Mort, I do have one of those gallon jars with the pour spout...we use it for sun tea.  I am going to try your idea.

Cheers.

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