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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: May 17, 2012, 05:11:54 PM »
I finally got the garden in last weekend.  I have Napa grape hybrid, large cherry, early girl, big boy, better boy, Roma, and Tomatillo tomatoes, California Wonder, Cajun Bell, Sweet Cherry hybrid, jalapeno, Sweet Golden Cali Wonder Peppers, Yellow Crookneck Squash, Zucchini, Straight 8 and Bush Pickling Cucumbers, Rhubarb, Hybrid Eggplant, Kentucky Wonder pole beans, Dill, Italian Oregeno, Purple Sage, Thyme, an Parsley.  I'm sure I forgot something but this is to the best of my memory.

I started some asparagas root this year but won't get a harvest from that until next year.

Of course my hops but that's a different thread.

I'll post some pics soon.  :)

Don't forget Rosemary ;)  Sorry, couldn't resist.

Putting a Berliner Weisse in the secondary, adjusting carbonation and dry hopping an IPA, clarifying a Belgian Blonde ale, making a starter for a Czech pils, and taking a nap. :)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Additional Boil for 70/-
« on: May 17, 2012, 03:59:13 PM »
Yeh volume speaking for a 5 gallon batch, pull the first gallon of wort and reduce down minimally to a half gallon, I reduce to a quart.

I usually take it down to a pint as suggested by skotrat.  It gets very thick at that point.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: May 17, 2012, 03:54:14 PM »
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.

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


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

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pleasant surprise
« on: May 15, 2012, 01:59:53 PM »
I detect more sweetness from a boil down than I do from crystal malts.  Tastes is funny....

I do as well.

Beer Recipes / Re: Kolsch
« on: May 11, 2012, 08:14:10 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.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: May 09, 2012, 05:08:37 PM »
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.


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.

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

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: May 08, 2012, 04:24:08 PM »
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.

Congrats!  It's all up from here! ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing at Rogue today
« on: May 07, 2012, 04:16:31 PM »
Awesome Denny! 8)

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


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Which yeast?
« on: May 04, 2012, 04:28:53 PM »
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.

Beer Travel / Re: Prague/Czech Republic
« on: May 04, 2012, 12:06:26 PM »
"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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