Punkin was the alpha dog of the pack. A square-jawed pup that was all attitude. She will be missed mightily. She was the third one this year.
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I smoked fresh poblanos then put them in the dehydrator.
You have to smoke them low and slow. Mine were around 200-225. A couple hours at least and they collapsed, got all wrinkled but still fleshy. Then overnight in the dehydrator. Quite tasty.
Can't see why it wouldn't work for the humble jalapeño.
My cardiologist would hunt me down and lock me up if I ate that.....
I think you'll gain more confidence as you get more batches under your belt. I also stressed my lager fermentations in the beginning but became more confident as I gained more experience with them.
Colder fermentations = slower fermentations.
Lost another furry friend last week. Second one this year. RIP Mister
sorry Jim - that's rough, man. you'll see him again.
I agree. That's why my suggestion is to get fermentation temps under control before buying any fancy system upgrade or kegging rigs. For most people this will involve refrigeration and a controller.
And I kinda like returning to the stove-top. Brought the fun back into the endeavor.
No brewing this weekend, though the Quad I have fermenting seems to have attracted fruit flies to my basement (damn WLP500). I am hoping and praying that none of the little bastids find their way in. Its in a bucket . Guess I'll have to wait and see. I have found that moisture attracts them as well, they happen to be OK with Star-San apparently.
The biggest factor in preventing the grassy/vegetal aroma is contact time. I never, ever dry hop for longer than 5 days. That, in my experience, is the sweet spot for getting great flavor and aroma and preventing that grassy flavor. But again, my experience is almost entirely with pellet hops which have a higher contact surface area, so that sweet spot may be different for leaf. Maybe somebody else can comment on that.
Then how do you account for those of us who dry hop for months and don't get off flavors? I dry hop with both whole and pellet hops and don't get grassy flavors.