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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: May 17, 2012, 08:54:14 AM »
We munched our first 4 artichokes the other night. with melted butter and grapefruit (we were out of lemons). They were small and some of the stems were a little bitter but there is something magical about eating artichokes you grew your self.

still got to get the last of the tomatoes transplanted.

corn is sprouted and we are ready to plant our beans in with them. then squash a week or two later. vacation is coming up in just over a week so lots of time to putter in the garden.

Awesome on the artichokes.  We tried growing them a few years ago, but they just didn't do well for some reason.  i think the growing season here may be too short.

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Unfortunately, they let the homebrew bill die last night.  Another year before they can try again to legalize homebrew in AL.

AAARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!  Sorry, guys.

Yes, it is too bad, it's an unfortunate consequence of democracy. ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pleasant surprise
« on: May 15, 2012, 06:59:53 AM »
I detect more sweetness from a boil down than I do from crystal malts.  Tastes is funny....

I do as well.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Kolsch
« on: May 11, 2012, 01:14:10 PM »
Just finished a keg of my first Kolsch ever. Came out alright. I think I need to use some kind of fining next time, as well as cold conditioning for at least 2 weeks. The following is based on a whole bunch of recipes I found online.

5 Gallon batch

7 lb. Pilsner
1 lb. Munich I
1 lb. Pale Wheat

Infusion mash:

122- 15 min.
138- 15 min.
151- 60 min.
168- mashout

60 min. boil:
1.5 oz. Hallertauer @ 0:00
0.5 oz     "      "     @ 0:45
0.5 oz     "      "     @ 1:00

What yeast strain did you use?  I've had great results using WLP029.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: May 09, 2012, 10:08:37 AM »
Dang, nice work redbeerman!  Did you plant bok-choy from seed?  Mine have taken a ton of time germinating.  I hear they like cool weather.

sammich mater is my new favorite term.  I am going to try an use that in a conversation soon. ;D
but I don't think "go make me a sammich" is going to be in the mix.

My garlic has 9 leaves already.  I am thinking it might be scape season early this year.

Cheers.

We got the bok choy as plants from one of our local greenhouses.  These folks have all kinds of neat stuff, from annuals to trees and everthing in-between.  Started some green onions from seed last week.  We'll see how they do.

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No brewing.  Home related activities on Saturday.  Philadelphia Union soccer match on Mother's Day.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: May 08, 2012, 09:24:08 AM »
Wow...harvesting onions?   8)

Here, the ones that came up from last year are sending flowers. ???


I planted some things this weekend.  Tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, leeks, cukes, couple melon plants.
The garden is fresh and beautiful this time of year.

Anybody grow bok-choy?

We are trying bok choy for the first time this year.  Just put them in a few weeks ago, they seem to be doing fine.

This year we ended up with asian radishes, spicy mesclun mix, spinach, green, wax, and purple beans, beets, lemon peepers, jalapenos, red, orange, green, and yellow bells, poblanos, black crim, early girl, Arkansas traveler, cherry, sammich mater, black beauty and Italian eggplant, spaghetti squash, okra, corn and peas.  We've been eating asparagus for about five weeks now.

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Congrats!  It's all up from here! ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing at Rogue today
« on: May 07, 2012, 09:16:31 AM »
Awesome Denny! 8)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Enjoying a Cigar on Brew Day
« on: May 04, 2012, 09:30:01 AM »
That's my idea of a relaxing day.  :)

+1

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Which yeast?
« on: May 04, 2012, 09:28:53 AM »
My experience with 3711 is that it finishes dry, but has a slick mouthfeel to it, which I don't really care for.  I have used 565 and will agree it is a pain to use, but I think it makes a superior product.

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Beer Travel / Re: Prague/Czech Republic
« on: May 04, 2012, 05:06:26 AM »
"Recycled vegetable oil
 
Recycled vegetable oil, also termed used vegetable oil (UVO), waste vegetable oil (WVO), used cooking oil, or yellow grease (in commodities exchange), is recovered from businesses and industry that use the oil for cooking.
 
As of 2000, the United States was producing in excess of 11 billion liters (2.9 billion U.S. gallons) of recycled vegetable oil annually, mainly from industrial deep fryers in potato processing plants, snack food factories and fast food restaurants. If all those 11 billion liters could be recycled and used to replace the energy equivalent amount of petroleum (an ideal case), almost 1% of US oil consumption could be offset. Use of used vegetable oil as a direct fuel competes with some other uses of the commodity, which has effects on its price as a fuel and increases its cost as an input to the other uses as well."

Like I said before, I agree that something has to be done, and this may be viable at some point in the future, but at what cost?  The waste oil comes from production of "food" items that are non-nutritious at best and deadly at worst.  Petroleum is dirty, no doubt, and a limited resource to boot, but the technology to use other sources MORE economically is not yet in place.  I work designing and building analytical equipment that researchers are using for biomass and coal gasification resarch as well as CO2 sequestration (greenhouse gas mitigation) and hydrogen storage for fuel cells, so I am kind of close to this. ;)  I also have many years of experience in the analysis of petroleum, natural gas and pollution measurment (H2S, SO2, NOx).

Anyway, have fun in Czech, they have awesome beer there. 8)

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Beer Travel / Re: Prague/Czech Republic
« on: May 03, 2012, 12:19:05 PM »
In fact, availablility of the raw materials for bio-diesel is much more widespread than that of petroleum.

anyway, I'm gonna stop now before this become political.

Not if you are talking about waste vegetable oil. ;)  That is a by-product of fast food restaurants and to my knowledge, there aren't many of those in central Africa or Siberia.

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Beer Travel / Re: Prague/Czech Republic
« on: May 03, 2012, 11:00:00 AM »
Running on a vegetable/algae based fuel means the carbon output of my vehicle is directly offset by the crops grown to create the fuel in the first place. so assuming bio-diesel is available to you, and you place value on environmental issues it pays for itself almost immediatly.

Plus the energy to plant it, fertilize it, harvest it, process it and transport it which makes it somewhat less desirable.  Which is why ethanol is a fallacy. ;)  Still needs improvement, just as hydrogen costs more to generate that the energy it provides.  Food for thought.  I apologize for the hijack.

currently much of the bio-diesel is manufactured from used vegetable oil products so those added costs are minimized. However the associated costs for manufacture of petro-feuls aren't zero so I think this qualifies as a strawman argument don't you? sure it's not perfect but it's one moster sized chunk better. and the paralell between ethanol and bio-deisel is not appropriate as the manufacturing processes are vastly different.

The processes may be different, but both still require energy to produce.  I agree that bio-diesel may be more economical to produce than ethanol, but it depends largely upon the supply of used vegetable oils, which as euge points out (indirectly), varies widely from region to region (population dependent supply). Major metropolitan areas have an abundance of this resource, whereas rural areas do not.  We do need to get there, but it may not be in my lifetime.

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Beer Travel / Re: Prague/Czech Republic
« on: May 03, 2012, 10:20:53 AM »
Running on a vegetable/algae based fuel means the carbon output of my vehicle is directly offset by the crops grown to create the fuel in the first place. so assuming bio-diesel is available to you, and you place value on environmental issues it pays for itself almost immediatly.

Plus the energy to plant it, fertilize it, harvest it, process it and transport it which makes it somewhat less desirable.  Which is why ethanol is a fallacy. ;)  Still needs improvement, just as hydrogen costs more to generate that the energy it provides.  Food for thought.  I apologize for the hijack.

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