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Other Fermentables / Re: Fermented Salsa
« on: September 26, 2014, 07:00:15 PM »
We didn't use a starter culture, since all of the veggies were organic and right from our garden.  Really high-quality stuff, I was pretty selective of which veggies I chose since it was going to be fermented rather than heat-processed.

It came out really tasty, with a lactic tang that almost gives the impression of slight carbonation.  It was really watery though.  I'm making a second batch tonight and this time I'll drain the tomatoes.  I left out the jalapenos so mine came out pretty close to pico de gallo. 

Other Fermentables / Re: Anybody try kombucha
« on: September 12, 2014, 06:37:41 PM »
I've had good luck culturing a kombucha SCOBY from a bottle of GT Kombucha from the grocery store.  It's a good idea to step up the batch size until your SCOBY gets to full size, much like culturing yeast from a bottled brew.  I went with the original, and it worked for me.  YMMV.

Other Fermentables / Fermented Salsa
« on: September 12, 2014, 06:33:18 PM »
We lucked out with an extended growing season in MN last year, but this year it looks like we're getting an early first frost tonight.  So I did a quick pick and now I'm going to make some fermented salsa. 

Here's a link to the recipe (scroll down on the page past the annoying pickl-it propaganda).  My wife and I made some of our own pickl-it style jars last year by buying 1 gallon bail-top jars with gaskets, then having the lids drilled to accept a rubber stopper and airlock.  Truly excluding oxygen with a tightly-sealed jar majorly improved our results.  Now I'm thinking about using a big-mouth bubbler as a fermenter for sauerkraut and other large-batch veggie ferments.

The veggie ferments last year turned out great.  This will be our first time doing fermented salsa.  Hope it's good! 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vienna/Octoberfest Maltiness
« on: September 10, 2014, 06:23:55 PM »
I have not done this personally but I know a guy who did.

After Dave posted about this a while back, I brewed a Vienna Centennial SMASH last winter that was great.  Most of it was consumed during maple syrup season, while cooking down sap.  Good stuff!

The Pub / Re: Best Album of All Time
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:12:21 PM »
No vinyl.  Where is this going.  I need proof to like Ween and own their Cd's?

CD's aren't albums.

I own Chocolate and Cheese on vinyl, which is obviously better than The Mollusk anyway.  Cheers!

The Pub / Re: Movie Quote Game
« on: June 19, 2014, 06:40:04 PM »
Repo Man

The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries!

okay so either Charlie and the Chocolate Factory OR Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory

I was actually thinking of Super Troopers, but that works too. 

The Pub / Re: Movie Quote Game
« on: June 19, 2014, 02:09:44 PM »
Repo Man

The schnozzberries taste like schnozzberries!

The Pub / Re: Suggest a Port?
« on: May 13, 2014, 05:20:09 PM »
Who has experience with brewing port?  I haven't done research into available kits yet.  Is port always fortified with brandy?  I guess I have some work to do here. 

The Pub / Re: Suggest a Port?
« on: May 12, 2014, 03:28:32 PM »
If you have the time, make your own.i made a chocolate raspberry port a few years back  and it was awesome.

In addition to buying a bottle now, I'd like to give this a shot soon.  Did you use a kit?  It would be great to do up a batch and see how it develops over the years.

The Pub / Re: Suggest a Port?
« on: May 10, 2014, 06:08:14 AM »
Sounds like I need to man up and spring for a better bottle!   :D  Price aside, what else is good?  I'm mainly a beer guy myself, so I'm kind of out of my element here. 

"Donny, you're out of your element here!"

The Pub / Suggest a Port?
« on: May 09, 2014, 06:26:10 PM »
My buddy Steve is finally graduating med school after many years of hard work.  I'd like to get him a decent bottle of port - my budget is right around $40.  I am far from an expert.  Any ideas of a commonly-available port that'll fit the bill?

The Pub / Re: quotations
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:33:09 PM »
"Beer is a miracle in itself." - Stephen King

The Pub / Re: Pete Coors doesn't get it
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:21:36 PM »
Let's face it, we all buy light beers from the main brands and they have a place in our beer economy.


The Pub / Re: Tangents
« on: May 03, 2014, 01:59:03 PM »
I always thought it would be cool to get one of those hair metal double-necked guitars, but in order to really take advantage of it, I'd need four hands.  And some long stringy hair.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How was the weekend?!
« on: April 28, 2014, 05:41:01 PM »
Saturday I went fishing and caught my limit (5) of rainbow trout between 2-3 lbs. in size a piece.  I filleted them up and smoked them over alder Sunday.

Wow, I'm jealous!!  I love trout fishing.  Here in MN there aren't too many opportunities.  We do have a few spots but they're all stocked and just not very big. 

I built a cold frame which turned out really well.  I kept finding exactly what I needed - for instance I needed to cut some boards to 33 1/8 inches, and I found 3 that were exactly the right size.  Weird.  I also bottled up two batches of Scottish 70 and spent some quality time with the kids.  Good times. 

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