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Yeast and Fermentation / Reviving a yeast cake
« on: January 07, 2010, 07:33:49 AM »
I've had a jar of yeast that I saved from the yeast cake of a previous brew about 3 months ago.  It is probably on the order of 8 ounces of slurry.  How do I revive it if I want to use it this weekend to brew?

The Pub / If you could travel around in a motorhome
« on: November 14, 2009, 11:03:25 PM »
Where would go go?  Where would you visit?

The Pub / La Boca de Fuego margarita
« on: November 14, 2009, 02:30:53 AM »
My step daughter and her boyfriend taught me this one.  It's great to serve anytime but especially when serving mexican food.  Basically I take a bottle of fine tequila.  I like Patron Silver.  You take two or three habanero peppers, cut the tops off and toss them in the bottle to steep.  It's best to wait a couple of days to allow the flavor and hotness to permeate the tequila.  You then use your favorite recipe to make a margarita.  I like to use Grand Marnier.  This stuff can be hot but is very tasty.

The Pub / A astronomer's view of Dec 21 2012 'event'
« on: November 14, 2009, 12:30:19 AM »
I know that the apocalyptic scenario movie "2012" starts this weekend there in the US.  I thought that you might be interested to see an article from Sky and Telescope magazine giving an astronomical and factual perspective.  Enjoy!

Beer Travel / Oktoberfest in Munich
« on: November 13, 2009, 05:16:23 AM »
I've been trying to find my pictures but have you been to the greatest of all beer festivals; the Oktoberfest in Munich?  I've been in 1998, 2000, and 2004.  If I had the financial means, I would go every year.  What a blast!  What amazes me is there are 40,000 intoxicated people there and not a single fight.   Have you been?

I was wondering, do you pour the entire contents of bottled homebrew including the priming trub?  I used to but lately have gotten to a place where I leave the trub in the bottle.

Questions about the forum? / I've just discovered a new feature...
« on: November 12, 2009, 10:36:11 PM »
You can link to an animated .gif in your title block....hehe

The Pub / I need a new photo hosting site
« on: November 12, 2009, 08:32:39 PM »
Mine evidently went belly up and sold their domain name.

All Things Food / Peeling a hardboiled egg
« on: November 12, 2009, 08:07:07 PM »
Ok, this isn't really a recipe but I was looking online this morning to find out how long to hard boil an egg and came across a neat method for peeling the egg.  Many times it has hard for me to peel the egg without taking some of the white with it.  Well you cool the egg in cold water and then put it back into the pot with an inch of cold water at the bottom.  Put the lid back on the pot and shake vigorously back and forth.  Open the lid and voila! the egg is perfectly peeled.  Ok, you can return now back to your regularly scheduled program.

The Pub / Who is a famous person that you've had a beer with?
« on: November 12, 2009, 01:42:41 AM »
Mine is Billy Carter back in 1977.  In the early days of the Carter years, we did a tour of Plains Georgia.  We took a side expedition onto the side roads and soon located the Carter family home.  We knocked on the door and Lillian answered the door.  Billy came out later and there on the front porch was a keg of PBR.  This was before Billy Beer so he was then known to be a Pabst drinker.  Pabst at the time supplied him with an unlimited supply of beer.

What's your story?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Ballast Point Dorado IIPA
« on: November 12, 2009, 01:36:14 AM »
I bought a bomber of this back over the summer not ever having heard of either this brew or the brewing company.  This has to be one of the best 'large' IPAs that I've ever tasted.  A very nice balance of malt and hops that made this brew go down all too quickly.

Other Fermentables / Storing bottles on their side
« on: November 12, 2009, 01:09:36 AM »
A couple of weeks ago, I bottled my first batch of wine.  It is a Chardonnay.  The instructions call for storing the bottles on their side but this is an awkward way to store them and it takes up a lot of floor space.  How important is this?

Yeast and Fermentation / Delay in fermentation
« on: November 10, 2009, 08:21:08 PM »
I pitched the yeast into my last batch about 40 hours ago and there is still almost no kreusen on top and no airlock activity.  I'm not really worried about it just puzzled as to why a delay in this batch.  I did things pretty much the same as my past ten or so batches.  Maybe a bit lower pitching temperature but that's it.  Usually I get a very active fermentation in eight hours or so.  Any thoughts?

All Things Food / Brisket Beer mop recipe
« on: November 10, 2009, 12:17:21 AM »
As posted on another thread but I thought it would be applicable here:

Brisket Mop Recipe
Recipe by: The Smoker King    
1-Can dark beer (Shiner Bock works great, and don't forget to get some for you too)
1-Cup cider vinegar
1/2-Cup light oil (Canola is good)
1-Small onion, diced
3-Cloves garlic, minced
1/2-Cup Worcestershire sauce
1-Tsp freshly-ground black pepper
1-Tsp salt
1-Tbsp Cayenne
1-Tbsp Mustard Powder
1-Tsp Cumin
Juice from 1 Lemon
1. Mix all ingredients in a pot, and heat over med/low for 30 minutes.
2. The mop is now ready to use.
3. Stir well before each use. I keep the mop on low heat while I am smoking so I don't apply it cold.

Lately I have come up consistently with low OG readings.  I do partial boil so it seemed logical that it was a poor mixture problem with the wort and the added water and I was right.  I thought that I was mixing the wort/water up enough but yesterday, as I was getting ready to take a gravity sample, I noticed that the wort at the bottom was slightly warmer than that at the top.  After doing a lot more agitating, I took a gravity sample and it was consistent with the expected value.  I now have a new agitation method that seems to work better.

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