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All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: December 16, 2010, 05:45:07 PM »
Very nice!  Gotta love a well cooked brisket.

All Grain Brewing / Re: About being fresh.....
« on: December 09, 2010, 05:39:16 PM »
I keep open bags of grain in big Rubbermaid bins.  A year is no problem.

Me too. Although they usually don't last a year. ;)

All Things Food / Re: Peppers and oil
« on: December 09, 2010, 01:56:31 PM »
Oh man, ever have poppers? is that only a North East thing?

They are cherry peppers stuffed with a little piece of aged provolone wrapped in some prosciutto then packed in olive oil. Just wonderful when they are made right.

Love 'em.  What's nice is that you can get them almost anywhere from the mid-Atlantic to Boston and they are pretty much the same.  Like a good hoagie without the bread. 8)

All Things Food / Re: Peppers and oil
« on: December 08, 2010, 01:00:49 PM »
We get these peppers called ancient sweets at BJs.  They are are long red pepper grown in Canada (look like giant cayenne) that are supper sweet.  I roast them on the grill and then just pack them with fresh garlic.  No oil is needed, the natural oils in the peppers is sufficient.  They are quite yummy and good for you too.  I pickle jalapenos and scotch bonnets.  The jalapenos are very tasty as are the scotch bonnets, but the scotch bonnets seem to cause me some pain the next day. ;)

The Pub / Re: I am a rich man......
« on: December 06, 2010, 09:14:02 PM »
AFAIAC, the best part of homebrewing isn't the's the people you share the beer with!


The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: December 06, 2010, 09:10:38 PM »
It's great to see Jeff making progress.  Hang in there, bro!

The Pub / Re: Got a mention in Draft Magazine
« on: December 06, 2010, 09:08:41 PM »
Very cool, Keith.  Good Luck!

Nuttin' brewin'.  Going to bottle some BVIP for gifts though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best Brew Software??
« on: December 02, 2010, 05:54:29 PM »
I've tried Promash, Beersmith and Beertools and settled on Beersmith.  I've been using it for a few years and it works well for me and I prefer the user interface compared with Prolmash or Beertools.

It is unlikely that a long boil will cause this problem.  It could be the amount of roasted grains used or perhaps the water chemistry (if your pH is already low, the addition of roasted grains would take it out of range on the low end).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Late Dry Hopping
« on: November 27, 2010, 12:46:31 AM »
Like Denny, I use a hop bag (like cheesecloth almost), sanitize, put the hops in, tie it up and chuck it the keg.  I don't tie it to the dip tube.  Some folks have had issues with it clogging the tube.  I have only had that happen once, but it was easily remedied by taking my mash paddle and pulling it away from the tube. YMMV.

One thing I noticed is that you said you sterlize with B-Brite.  B-Brite is an oxy-type cleanser that is not really for sanitizing.  It also must be rinsed with hot water or it leaves a residue.  It may leave a "chemical" like taste in your beer.  Not sure how you are using it, but look into this as well.

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: November 24, 2010, 02:59:27 PM »
Sitting here drooling like a dog.


Way to go, Paul!  Congrats!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Brewer / New Member
« on: November 24, 2010, 02:54:16 PM »
My advice is to not overthink in the beginning.  Develop your process and learn the equipment you have at your disposal.  The more you keep it simple in the beginning, the more time you will have to analyze your mistakes (yes, you will make them) and learn from them.  Add to your knowledge and experience a little at a time and you won't become overwhelmed.  You will find the folks here to be very knowledgeable and helpful without too much BS ;).  I've been brewing for 18 years and I am still learning new things and improving my process and results.  Welcome to the obsession. ;D

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