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All Things Food / Re: Prime Rib help needed
« on: December 23, 2010, 07:16:17 AM »
Serious Eats JUST did a segment on Prime Rib:

Basically, set your oven to 150 and let it roast for about five hours. Then take it out and let it rest, and preheat your oven to 550. 10 minutes before serving, throw it back in the oven to let it get a lovely crust. But read the article, he does a better job of explaining it.

All Things Food / Re: I'd like to discuss bacon, again.
« on: December 22, 2010, 10:21:58 AM »
Had this while in Brussels:

It's a Veal meatlof studded with loads of lardons, which are matchstick-cut thick slices of bacon. They were EVERYWHERE. The sauce is a roux from the bacon fat which uses Orval instead of milk.

All Things Food / Re: Big Green Egg
« on: December 22, 2010, 10:11:25 AM »
And, I might purchase the small egg, since firing up the large egg for one steak or pork-chop is a little wasteful. Must add that it's quick to bring up to temp and very economical with the fuel at low cooking.

Sometimes I kick myself for not having bought a small to go with the large before I moved. I found a Small at a shop in Brussels for the "value" price of 750 euros. FOR A SMALL. Shipping's a b****.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: An alternate-historical style
« on: December 22, 2010, 09:32:05 AM »
I love the 163X series, it's super fun!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Christmas presents to myself
« on: December 21, 2010, 08:05:24 PM »
I figure the Corona mill would be fun to tinker with until I save up for a the real deal. Just another home brewer trying to save a buck.

I used one for a few years.  I typcially do half batches and even then it was a chore to crank through 5-6lb of malt, but I generally got a good looking crush.  conditioning the malt prior to crushing helped keep the husks intact.

It also works well for unmalted grains (like wheat) that are pretty hard on a roller mill.

And back to the topic, I got a small freezer for a fermentation chamber a few days ago.  My first fermentation is going now, an alt at 56F.

How do you do the conditioning of the malt beforehand? That's new to me...

All Things Food / Re: Big Green Egg
« on: December 21, 2010, 04:50:26 PM »
I bought a BBQ Guru at the same time as my egg and have never had a problem keeping it at 225. One time I smoked a rather tough shoulder and it kept 225 for nearly 30 hours, hands-free. My only complaint with the BBQ Guru is that it can't go higher than 350 I believe.

All Things Food / Re: Big Green Egg
« on: December 21, 2010, 03:55:02 PM »
My large egg has been the perfect size for us so far - typically during grilling season I'll cook for between 5 and 15 people and get food cranked out with no problem. For briskets, etc, I've never had trouble fitting anything on.

I can vouch for the tandoor. 900 degrees is totally doable, although you'll want to upgrade to the high-temp felt lining, because the standard stuff melts at around 600 I believe. Use the "T-Rex" method to get it way up there for steaks and things.

Also, DO NOT PUT IT TOGETHER BY YOURSELF (if at all possible). Have the guy from the shop come down and put it together. We had to take ours apart for the trip overseas and when I put it back together the lid wasn't seated quite right, and it's a b**** b**** b**** to put on correctly. It'll be worth it. Also, build a nest. The tiny nest that comes with it is nice, especially with the little flip-up side tables, but you'll be thankful for all the extra prep space if you build a bigger one. Plans are available on the BGE site for free fitty.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cough Syrup off flavor?
« on: December 21, 2010, 02:19:07 PM »
If you have the cough syrup off flavor try putting it away for a month or 2 it may mellow out.I had this issue the first time I brewed with honey a few months later when i was about to dump I tried one more and it was awesome.

Ah, interesting! So you've experienced it too? What sort of brewing/fermenting conditions did you have? Extract or AG? This particular batch that I did was extract with some crystal 60l for color/depth.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Christmas presents to myself
« on: December 21, 2010, 02:18:11 PM »
Corona mill?  You making bread?

You know, my Corona has always done me good, at least once I finally figured out how to keep it on a good setting.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cough Syrup off flavor?
« on: December 21, 2010, 10:13:23 AM »
Time to break out the spectrometer I guess... If I over-pitched, and then my sample was basically a yeast slurry, would I have gotten those flavors?

bfogt: I'm not sure I know what Chloraseptic tastes/smells like, unfortunately.

Could the flavors be produced by my priming sugar not being fully utilized/being over-pitched? I haven't had any bottle bombs so I doubt it's that, but who knows.

Another factor, perhaps: remember this was a .5 l bottle that only had about .2 of beer in it. Perhaps oxidation caused this?

I'll be sampling another one of the beers on Thursday after putting it in the fridge this evening, and will report back then. Maybe it's just bad luck.

Questions about the forum? / Re: White Pages of Death Support Thread
« on: December 21, 2010, 08:07:14 AM »
Hi there, friendly neighborhood web developer here with my $0.02. Forgive me if I'm saying something that is already known, but given that 1. this problem is happening across multiple platforms and browsers and 2. never, ever ever happens for me and 3. it's a -BLANK- as in white (right?) screen, that tells me it's most likely a server-side problem as opposed to an end-user problem. Furthermore, as a Drupal developer I'm very familiar with ye olde WSOD (white screen of death). Given that this forum has grown by leaps and bounds over the past year, and given that a lot of people are starting to go on vacation and have more time to post/loiter on the forum, this leads me to believe this is most likely a memory or other resource problem. In my mind that's one of the few explanations for intermittent failures.

Denny etc, I'd be happy to try to diagnose the problem if you can't get ahold of your admin types.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cough Syrup off flavor?
« on: December 20, 2010, 04:59:46 PM »
Maybe the yeast...despite what the manufacturer says, S-33 is a British yeast, not Belgian.

No kidding? wtf... Is it at least high-alcohol tolerant?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cough Syrup off flavor?
« on: December 20, 2010, 12:49:08 PM »
A cough syrup flavor makes me think of a medicinal quality.  Would that be accurate?  If so that would be a result of certain phenols.  What temp did you ferment at?  Which yeast did you use?  I'm not sure that too much yeast would cause a flavor like that.  How much yeast did you use?  Did you use a yeast starter?  How long was it in the fermentor?

I suppose you could say medicinal... For me, the alcohol flavor is very strong, but there's also a bit of a fruity note, and those two combined are what make me say cough syrup.

Temp fermentation: It was in the cave when it really started to cool down earlier this month, I'd say average temp was between 50 and 60 f.

Yeast: Safale S-33, made a starter the day before pitching with about 200 ml (6.76 ounces).

Fermentation time: no rack to secondary, was in the primary for about 30 days.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Orval
« on: December 20, 2010, 12:22:54 PM »
Just got back from Brussels, and can now say I've had a great Orval experience. Nuetnigenough (restaurant near Manneken-pis) had a veal and bacon meatloaf served with an Orval sauce, that was pretty tasty!

General Homebrew Discussion / Cough Syrup off flavor?
« on: December 20, 2010, 12:18:02 PM »
Anybody ever had a cough syrup off-flavor? I brewed a small-batch (1 gal carboy) Tripel for my MIL for Christmas and it appears to not be doing so well. OG 1060/FG 1015 but I was sampling from a half-bottle that came out of the dregs of the bottling bucket, so perhaps too much yeast?

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