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All Things Food / Smokers: electric vs gas
« on: January 27, 2016, 01:10:03 PM »
I've been wanting a BGE or Komodo for several years now but every time I go to pick one up the price gets in my way. I have always used a bullet type smoker but often times I end up having to finish a pork butt off in the oven in doors and I really just want an easier way to manage my smoke days.

I'm not looking at the Traeger tyope either, but the gas and electric smokers look pretty nice with shoots or drawers you can pull out to add chunks or chips.

A buddy of mine has a gas fired one and he loves it but I was leaning electric so that I could not have to fool around with gas tanks.

Anyone have any experience with these? Preferences? Thanks!

The Pub / My Christmas Present
« on: December 27, 2015, 03:38:46 PM »
Grand opening at Yellowhammer new location! New Metal Craft Brew House too! (I'll post a better picture of the brew house later today.)

All Things Food / Cooking on a salt rock
« on: December 25, 2015, 10:36:26 PM »
I got a really cool gift from my wife, a Himalayan salt block for cooking. Looks like something really fun, I'm thinking about trying an egg on it first and then a steak on Sunday. Anyone of you doing this? Tips and advice would be cool.

Beer Recipes / Hard Root Beer - Anyone have a recipe?
« on: December 14, 2015, 12:04:42 PM »
I have been asked to brew a hard rootbeer and I don't really know where to start. I'm thinking about keeping it fairly low alcohol, maybe around 3.2%. Anyone have a good idea on where to start?

Equipment and Software / PID Controller
« on: December 10, 2015, 08:55:21 PM »
I got this thing all out of whack. Any oneknow how to get it back? The green is set temp but red is supposed to be display temp. Not sure how to get it to read right and still trying to figure out the 60+ page manual.

The Pub / Creed
« on: November 29, 2015, 03:29:25 PM »
I'm a huge Rocky fan, but especially the first movie which is one of the best movies ever made IMO. Lots of people forget that it won 3 Academy awards including Best Picture.

Creed is every bit as good as the first Rocky. Great story, great dialogue and Sly probably deserves an Oscar for his performance.

If you liked any of the Rocky movies at all trust me, go see it! Best movie I have seen in years.

The Pub / Fun Yellowhammer video
« on: October 04, 2015, 11:21:49 AM »

Ingredients / Belgian Chocolate
« on: September 01, 2015, 09:47:04 AM »
I am working up a recipe and I want to be able to say it has "Belgian Chocolate" in the beer. I found this:

I plan on finishing the beer off on cacao nibs but wanted to add some real "Belgian chocolate" to the whirlpool.

Does anyone have any recommendations? I think a powder would be easiest to use.

Ingredients / Wet dry hop?
« on: August 26, 2015, 08:19:20 PM »
Anyone use fresh "wet" hops as a dry hop?

All Things Food / BLTs and Okra!
« on: August 02, 2015, 03:30:23 PM »
Here's something I tried recently with my garden fresh okra and tomatoes. when I make a BLT (weekly this time of year) I cut up some fresh okra and after I pull the bacon off the skillet I throw the okra, unbreaded, in the hot bacon grease and fry it up as a side dish. Light salt and pepper. Simple and Delicious.

Equipment and Software / Harvesting Yeast from a Speidel Fermentor
« on: July 09, 2015, 11:49:58 AM »
I was complaining to my assistant brewer about how I hated to harvest yeast from my Speidel fermentors, how it was messy and unsanitary to pour yeast from the top into jars. He suggested taking off the bottom port completely, and just pouring the yeast from there. Viola! Ingenious! The yeast poured perfectly right into the jars! So the final major problematic aspect of these fermentors has finally been solved for me!

The Pub / If I could bother my friends here for a little help...
« on: June 12, 2015, 12:08:13 PM »

Vote for Yellowhammer, please! We are currently winning but need all the help we can get! You can vote every day of you feel like it and from multiple computers/IP addresses.

Beer Recipes / First All Brett Beer
« on: May 05, 2015, 11:19:16 AM »
I brewed 35 gallons of a 1.068 beer yesterday. 55 lbs Best Pils, 25 lbs Best Vienna, 10 lbs FrancoBelges cara vienne. Bittered with Magnum and Tettnanger at 10 minutes. I plan to dry hop with Tettnanger as well.

I have a single barrel pitch of Brett Brux. I've done a lot of brett aging beers, but never a beer fermented on brett as primary yeast. I know it can be a lot cleaner than expected. I'm planning on not aerating when I pitch today to try to get as much brett character as I can. But what can I expect? How long does fermentation take? I am planning on fermenting in my "barrel room" which stays a constant 60 degrees, or should it be warmer? How long will the lag be? Anything other bits of advice from those who have done this before would be much appreciated.

Beer Recipes / What's your favorite Mild recipe?
« on: March 26, 2015, 03:49:46 PM »
I was thinking 85% mild malt, 13% crystal 60 and 2% chocolate malt.

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