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The Pub / Re: OOOH Space beer.
« on: September 30, 2010, 06:30:00 AM »
They should flocculate fine, just not fall out of solution.  Stirring the beer will easily make the larger particles move to the center, just like in the mash.  Then you can draw off from the side.  I think filtering would likely be the way to go though, and you'd probably still want to spin it so the beer all moves to the outside of the vessel as you're pumping out liquid.

Beer Recipes / Re: How does this sound?
« on: September 30, 2010, 06:12:53 AM »
You can assume that honey will have a potential gravity of about 1.035.  That means 1 lb in 1 gallon gets you 1.035.  There might be better numbers available if you've measured your honey, but it's an approximation.  We'll call this 35 gravity points.

So, you added 1.5 gallons, that gets you 52.5 gravity points.  If this is a 5 gallon batch, then you just divide by 5 to get 10.5 gravity points.  You're starting gravity was 1.050, or 50 gravity points, so 50+10.5=60.5.  So once you added the honey you can estimate a SG of 1.0605.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 10/1
« on: September 30, 2010, 05:49:31 AM »
Not brewing - I'm officiating a friend's wedding in Portland OR on Saturday, I hope to hit the new Cascade and Hair of the Dog while I'm there.  Hard to say though, the schedule might be too tight to hit both.

Equipment and Software / Re: lost siphon
« on: September 29, 2010, 11:09:44 PM »
You can start it by mouth, but that's not very sanitary.  Most people who bottle flat beer use a bottling bucket with a spigot at the bottom, so a siphon is not so much of an issue.

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic and Regional Cooking
« on: September 29, 2010, 09:58:56 PM »
I make some darned good mussels, too.  Chorizo, garlic, shallots and whatever homebrewed Belgian beer I happen to have on tap.
No offense Jeff, but how could you make anything bad with those ingredients? :)

Ingredients / Re: re-using dryhops
« on: September 29, 2010, 06:36:30 PM »
That's not surprising :)

Ingredients / Re: re-using dryhops
« on: September 29, 2010, 04:11:48 PM »
Good point on the lupulin that I hadn't thought of.  I should have, since a lot of my dry hopped beers end up with a layer of lupulin on the bottom of the glass.
Mine too, at least for the first pint or two (or five) out of the keg :)

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic and Regional Cooking
« on: September 29, 2010, 04:05:42 PM »
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We steamed some 2.5 pound lobsters up in Cape Cod this summer.  Delicious.  I'll still take blue crab as my favorite, though  :-X
We got a bushel of blue crab when we were in NC this past summer, it was awesome!  But it's still no Dungeness.

Nice icon narvin, Mr. Boh!

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: September 29, 2010, 04:03:44 PM »
And . . .done.  Plus I ordered some cherry and hickory dust to go in it.  I want to smoke some cheese before Thanksgiving, this will give me a chance to practice a bit and get it done.  Thanks, I hadn't heard of that product.

Here's a much cheaper source of dust.  I have 5lbs of mesquite and 5lbs of apple, and 5lbs of sawdust is a LOT of sawdust as you might imagine, this thing only uses a few ounces per burn.  I don't know if I'll ever use it all up.
edit: helps to include the link!
Things that would have been good to know YESTERDAY!   :(

No big deal, if it works well for me I'll order a bunch of the other stuff.  I can use it as a change from the typical madrona/apple/plum that I use.

All Things Food / Re: Smokers
« on: September 29, 2010, 03:56:36 PM »

I'm not really sure.

But better safe than sorry.  8)
I wouldn't risk my life or health on anything found solely in wikipedia :)

I'd find another source for the safe temps for galvanized.

Ingredients / Re: re-using dryhops
« on: September 29, 2010, 03:48:24 PM »
Although the alpha acids won't be as soluble since they haven't been isomerized, that won't stop the lupulin from falling to the bottom of the fermenter.  Your bag might, and the hop mass will stop some, but my guess is you'll lose some.  I have no idea how much though.  I don't see any problem with doing it, especially if you're brewing the same day you remove them or you freeze the whole bag after removing it from the the beer.  I haven't done it though, so those are just my thoughts on the subject.

All Things Food / Re: Smokers
« on: September 29, 2010, 07:41:50 AM »
After rereading the MSDS on it I'm not sure about the "fumes" aspect of it. At what point does galvanized steel fume? At pit temps (185-400F) or at much higher temps?

According to wikipedia:
Galvanized steel is suitable for high-temperature applications of up to 392 °F (200 °C). The use of galvanized steel at temperatures above this will result in peeling of the zinc at the intermetallic layer.

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: September 29, 2010, 07:27:44 AM »
Yeah, warm enough to be a bit soft . . . I imagine there would be some variability between cheese varieties and a softer cheese might not need to be as warm.  But it's a great starting point. :)

All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: September 29, 2010, 06:36:01 AM »
Oh I thought it had to be below 40F? The temps you describe sound better to me. Interesting.
Well, that's what they say . . .

The Pub / Re: Note to self...
« on: September 29, 2010, 06:15:18 AM »
Please don't  :)

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