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Ingredients / Re: citrus juice
« on: February 03, 2013, 07:07:39 AM »
I'm leaning toward hoser's way of thinking but maybe by using the zest after fermentation would allow the alcohol to extract the essential oils much like how the oils are pulled from the hops when dry hopping.  Happy Groundhog's Day!
Zest can be added at the end of the boil and the flavors are very persistent in the final beer.

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All Things Food / Re: Mozzarella
« on: February 03, 2013, 07:00:51 AM »
The LHBS has added cheese making kits and supplies. The wife is looking at those each time. Mozzarella is quick and easy, and fresh is great on pizza. She has the pizza thing down now, and fresh Mozzarella is the next step.

Nice pics. I might just show those to her.
It was pretty easy and quick (at least relative to beer, or even bread). Start to finish it took about an hour - one of those "That's it?" moments.
Cheeeeeeese......
That's why I don't come up to Eugene that often.  My market of price bill is $200 just for cheese when I get to the city.  I've had good luck making Goat's milk brie, but I've got to travel to get the fresh goat milk and
then there's making space in the beer fridge and the fact that it almost all reaches peak maturity at the same time so it seems to be feast or famine. Half the fun is just learning what goes into these processes though. You end up with so much appreciation for those who have perfected the craft.
Goat cheese would be cool. I know there are a few goat farms around here, I'll have to look into it. I work for the Dept. of Agriculture so somebody at work must know.

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All Things Food / Re: Mozzarella
« on: February 03, 2013, 06:50:46 AM »
This is on my list of things to do. I love fresh Mozzarella!

Yeah, I'd love to get into cheesemaking.  I'm a cheeseaholic, though, and I hate to think what I'd look like with cheese AND beer around all the time!
I'll have to consider this very carefully.

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All Things Food / Mozzarella
« on: February 02, 2013, 05:59:47 AM »
We made some mozzarella last night. First time making any cheese and it was pretty cool! What should we try next?




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Kegging and Bottling / Re: cornelius vs firestone
« on: February 02, 2013, 05:39:37 AM »
I also have some firestone ball-locks. Always wondered if some of them were originally pin-locks that have been converted?
There are lots of 'converted' ball locks on the internet. I've seen pallets of them at homebrew shops, but that's a recent response to the short supply of ball lock kegs. I'm not sure about ones purchased 5 or more years ago.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Questions about using corn meal
« on: February 01, 2013, 08:52:05 PM »
I wonder about any flavor differences with corn meal instead of whole or flaked corn.
I think there is a difference. Flakes have a little less in my experience.

Once a friend asked Ron Jefferies about the differences in wheat - Raw vs flaked vs malted. He talked for close to 10 minutes about the flavors and how to use them in beers. In retrospect, I should have had a pencil and paper in my hands and not the pint of beer.
I figure it would make a difference since most cornmeal has the husk and germ removed.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: cornelius vs firestone
« on: February 01, 2013, 08:49:31 PM »
I'll have to check, but I think I've got some Firestone ball locks.

I definitely have some Firestone ball locks...they were some of the first kegs I acquired 20 some odd years ago.
Maybe Firestone made both

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I have also seen one where people made them themselves out of schrader valves (think tire valve).

That would be me.  I've also lost about three or four of them, so the comparatively low price of the valve stem is ideal for me.

The DIY part is easy.  Drill a hole in the cap, push the valve through, tighten the nut.  Bingo!

http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/CatalogItemDetail.aspx?R=NTH90226_0214193515

There are also rubber "snap in" stems, but I think your drilled hole probably needs to be more precise.  I've never tried those ones.
That's easy! I'll add that to the project list.  :o

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Ingredients / Re: citrus juice
« on: February 01, 2013, 05:19:30 PM »
I've seen recipes using juiced oranges.  It's possible you could lower the pH too much with lemons or limes, but I think that would be a LOT of juice.  The peels have more flavor though in the finished beer.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Questions about using corn meal
« on: February 01, 2013, 05:17:34 PM »
I wonder about any flavor differences with corn meal instead of whole or flaked corn.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: cornelius vs firestone
« on: February 01, 2013, 05:15:29 PM »
Edit: Pay no attention, the following answer is mostly wrong... Read down

Different manufacturers. Corny kegs were mostly used by Pepsi. Firestone were prefered by Coke.  The Corny kegs have ball locks and are generally more popular and a little more expensive (because supplies are running out and these are what many people have).  Both work just fine, but you'll want to pick one style and stick with it for your homebrewery.

Firestone kegs are also called pin locks - although since ball locks are more popular some companies are replacing the posts with ball lock posts.

Other differences - Corny kegs have a pressure relief valve in the lid. On pin lock you must press the gas valve.
Pin lock kegs are slightly shorter and wider than corny kegs.

My LHBS owner loves pin lock kegs because the gas and liquid posts are easier to distinguish. On ball locks they are different diameters, but very close.

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Beer Recipes / Re: basic blonde ale
« on: February 01, 2013, 01:50:47 PM »
I like it - I like simple. Make sure fermentation goes well, you have little to hide behind.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thank You Jimmy!
« on: February 01, 2013, 01:48:03 PM »
Your welcome! Oh, I mean, thanks too! +1  Cheers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop Pellets
« on: February 01, 2013, 12:14:50 PM »
I have a stainless braid around the bottom of my kettle. It works well in conjuction with whirlpooling.
 

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Flat $5 shipping too . . . that's going to be hard to pass up!

I have also seen one where people made them themselves out of schrader valves (think tire valve).
Hmm - and then you could use a co2 tire inflator.

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