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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?

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
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?

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.

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.


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

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

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


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.


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.

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

Have fun.

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.


Hop Growing / New and unusual rhizomes
« on: March 04, 2015, 07:00:29 AM »
I was excited to see that Sorachi Ace is now available for purchase at various vendors.... thought I would never order any more hop rhizomes. ???

Any other rarities out there?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada HopHunter
« on: March 04, 2015, 06:42:09 AM »
My wife was complaining loudly with every one of my burps the smelled of eating a handful of fresh hops or when I'm pounding out hop plugs after harvest.

 ;D. 'complaining loudly'.      Chuckling out loud here.  Good stuff.

Can't wait to try it given some of the statements here; still have not seen it.

I am Hunting it, and will go on record again saying I absolutely LOVE hop burps.  :o

Other Fermentables / Re: Anybody try kombucha
« on: March 04, 2015, 06:31:31 AM »
I like it, but it sure can look a little creepy. 

erockrph, what vessel are you fermenting in?  I have been using an old big pickle jar and some big Ball jars...seems like I always spill some when transferring to bottles.  I have been trying to transfer without getting a bunch of sludge in the bottles and have yet to settle on a good system.

RE: carbonation, I have found that what you add for flavor at bottling can have an effect - last batch I tried both some with grape juice and some with elderberry concentrate.  The grape carbed fast and became quite fizzy, while the elderberry is still fairly flat.  Sugar content I suppose.

Looking forward to your thoughts, as I know you are a sucker for experimenting. :)

Beer Recipes / Re: Thoughts on Black IPA recipe
« on: March 03, 2015, 09:57:08 AM »
My secret weapon in my Black IPA is Candisyrup D-180 and some Carafa III. I don't like a lot of roast, but rather a hoppy, dark fruit flavor.

Thanks Dan, I am going to give that a try.  Although I have the D-90....perhaps not as good as the D-180?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Weekend 2/28
« on: March 02, 2015, 02:59:36 PM »
Cranking out an IPA on the Zymatic tomorrow, assuming my internet extender gets delivered today so I can get wifi in the garage.

Wow, times have changed.  Denny has to have wifi to brew?  :)

Yeah..weird, ain't it?

Even lazy pragmatic old dudes can learn new tricks. ;)
That must be pretty cool to push a button and brew.

I admit, the tinfoil on my head started tingling when I looked up Pico Brew online was able to zoom in on your house and see you were brewing Just Another IPA!
ummm. Looks like you got a little crazy with the lawn mower.

In all seriousness, I am looking forward to your reviews.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Weekend 2/28
« on: March 02, 2015, 09:47:04 AM »
Cranking out an IPA on the Zymatic tomorrow, assuming my internet extender gets delivered today so I can get wifi in the garage.

Wow, times have changed.  Denny has to have wifi to brew?  :)

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