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The Pub / Re: Keeping chickens
« on: October 28, 2010, 09:47:14 AM »
Yeast... Bees... Chickens. It's a natural progression.

don't forget the goats after that

 And cheese...

And Ducks, Turkeys ......and I can't wait for what is next. ::)

Oh God... Homebrewing has turned me into... a HIPPY!!!11!ONE!1

All Grain Brewing / Re: Christmas came early
« on: October 28, 2010, 09:19:41 AM »
As people more knowledgeable than me are saying it's a great beer, I'll give it a shot. Now to order a new carboy, as I only have the one and I don't want to be without beer for six months...

All Grain Brewing / Re: Christmas came early
« on: October 27, 2010, 01:57:26 PM »
every thing at once, it FILLS my 10 gal igloo to the brim,

Long mash (I decocted to achieve a step mash) of 3.5 hours, or you could do a long (over 2 hours) cool (148F) single step
and a VERY long boil (4 hours), approximately 9 gallons collected to make 5

Results,  good enough for Charlie to say "Wow!!" at the NHC

Ah, thanks for the link! Well hey, why not? But JESUS 811 calories per pint!?!?! I guess you don't drink it by the pint, eh? And is that 6 months in primary? Oof.

The Pub / Keeping chickens
« on: October 27, 2010, 01:53:41 PM »
Yeast... Bees... Chickens. It's a natural progression.

Seriously though, we're going to building a coop in the front yard this winter and get some chickens in time for spring. Anybody done it before? How'd you deal with the litter? I know it makes a great fertilizer, but I'd like to keep my neighbors happy. My house growing up had its 35 acres fertilized with chicken litter every few years... the smell still haunts my dreams....

All Grain Brewing / Re: Quick recirc question for the weekend
« on: October 27, 2010, 01:41:20 PM »
Quick update, now that I've racked to the BetterBottle: this is my first truly clear beer! Doing an immersion chiller + recirc through a counterflow really seems to have done wonders.

The Pub / Re: Any beekeepers?
« on: October 27, 2010, 11:39:51 AM »
OK Im officially gonna stop reading these threads cause I am by nature a copy cat and there just isn't enough time in the day.


Since I started participating in this forum, my wife has been getting no less than 2 "hey we should do this" emails from me a day. They even have their own folder.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Christmas came early
« on: October 27, 2010, 09:12:22 AM »
1/4 bag, bah humbug

try this

27 lbs 8.0 oz    Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM)    Grain    96.49 %
4.0 oz    Caramel Malt - 20L (Briess) (20.0 SRM)    Grain    0.88 %
4.0 oz    Caramel Malt - 40L (Briess) (40.0 SRM)    Grain    0.88 %
4.0 oz    Caramel Malt - 60L (Briess) (60.0 SRM)    Grain    0.88 %
4.0 oz    Special Roast (Briess) (50.0 SRM)    Grain    0.88 %
1.00 oz    Magnum [15.80 %] (90 min)    Hops    62.9 IBU
2.00 oz    Goldings, East Kent [4.10 %] (15 min)    Hops    8.7 IBU
1.00 oz    Goldings, East Kent [4.10 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep)    Hops    -
1 Pkgs    American Ale II (Wyeast Labs #1272) [Starter 8 Cup slurry]    Yeast-Ale    

Would that be a double mash, or should I throw everything in to the mash tun at once?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Christmas came early
« on: October 26, 2010, 07:49:30 PM »
The single malt IPA in the recent Zymurgy sounds pretty good...

Still waiting to get my copy sadly :-( seems that it takes forever to get here.

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: October 26, 2010, 07:45:17 PM »
I'm doing a batch of chili for Halloween; anybody ever tried smoking chili? I'm thinking about putting it into the Le Creuset and smoking for a few hours with some hickory chunks. Probably add some brown sugar to balance a bit. One thing though, my meat is half short ribs, 1/4 ostrich, and 1/8 pulled pork (applewood smoked) and 1/8 applewood smoked ribs. I don't expect the smoked food to contribute too terribly much in the way of smoke, but would smoking the chili outright lend too much smokiness?

The Pub / Re: Grrrrr Fruit Fly Invasion
« on: October 26, 2010, 07:22:30 PM »
You beat me to it. I'll post anyway:

You know what they say - time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like Isoamyl Acetate.

Thank you, thank you, I'm here all night, tip your waitresses, try the veal!

All Grain Brewing / Christmas came early
« on: October 26, 2010, 07:18:09 PM »

25 kilos of maris otter; recipes are welcome! 1/4 of this is going into a winter warmer of course.

Beer Recipes / Re: strong belgian christmas ale
« on: October 26, 2010, 07:47:19 AM »
Here's something that might work well in that beer....when the beer is about to go to secondary, take 1-2 lb. of figs.  Cut them in half.  In a super heated wok or saute pan (wok works best) caramelize them for a few minutes until you can smell the sugars in them.  Deglaze the pan with some of the beer.  Then put all that into the secondary and let it sit a couple weeks.

Hrm -- I think I might try this, except I'd deglaze with Calvados or maybe port. Toast some walnuts and throw 'em in for the full effect.

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: October 26, 2010, 07:45:39 AM »

Some Spatchcocked Chicken.

I've never tried the direct heat method for whole chicken like that before, how do you keep it from drying out/not cooking all the way through? Would love to try this on the Egg this weekend, the crusty pieces, they look delicious...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: October 25, 2010, 11:27:06 AM »
Volcanic landscape?  Looks like your beer is resting on a spatter rampart, and the peak in the background might be an erroded cinder cone or perhaps a large hornito...

Man, geology is so cool! Where'd you get yer lernin' from? I've wanted to get more into learning about formations and geologic history but the farthest I've come is a series of walking trails in my area that have guidebooks to point out interesting tidbits.

The Pub / Re: Distilling
« on: October 21, 2010, 08:00:50 AM »

For the whisky tangent we went off on earlier ^^^

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