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Equipment and Software / Re: Bayou Burner Tips
« on: November 30, 2009, 02:20:09 AM »
I'm in the US.  Yeah, I was thinking the standard weight was 20 lbs, but just to make sure before I posted I went and looked at the tank and it said "Net Weight 15 lbs".  It's a standard size propane tank you'd find anywhere.  Maybe that weight is referring to the weight of the tank itself?

Either way, I think that you've provided the answer.  I'll be good to go with one tank.  Thanks.

Equipment and Software / Re: Bayou Burner Tips
« on: November 30, 2009, 01:53:56 AM »
One other question on this burner:  What kind of propane usage am I looking at?  Will one standard 15 lb tank get me threw a brew session?  I have another tank attached to my grill that I could fall back on but it's no where near full so I'd need to top it off before I brewed if it was likely I was going to need it.

Just looking around a little more on the NB site I found this kit which is comparable, but better, as it includes a thermometer, hydrometer, autosiphon, bottling bucket, and more bottle caps.

That said, it's the same price as the one you quoted and doesn't include an ingredient kit.  Even so, this is a better deal I think.  But don't take my word for it.  Go look around and see if you can piece things together yourself for a better deal.

Also, check out this thread for other places to shop for stuff:

Well, without the book and the beer kit I just calculated that you could buy all of that stuff from NB for $87.12.  Also that kit doesn't include either a hydrometer or a thermometer (other than the stick on, which I included in my price) and I also included an autosiphon rather than the racking cane.  NB might not have the best prices, I just used it as a reference, but I'd suggest exploring piecing together the equipment you need rather than buying a kit.

Edit - And sorry, that's if you haven't been there before.  Like I said, there may be better prices out there, that's just what I used in a quick and dirty comparison to that kit.

Beer Recipes / Re: Beersmith?
« on: November 27, 2009, 04:51:46 AM »
I think I'm probably missing something here.

I've been using the free trial and I want to buy.  But when I click on the paypal link it doesn't seem to be adding Beersmith to my order.  I have a paypal account but when i click on it and log in it just shows zero with no option to add beersmith. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vanilla in a porter
« on: November 27, 2009, 04:13:02 AM »
Not sure how much vanilla you're going for here but if you're just looking for a hint I'd think that going with one bean might be best.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vanilla in a porter
« on: November 27, 2009, 04:05:08 AM »
When I brewed Denny's BVIP a while back a did two vanilla seeds in the secondary for two weeks.  I'll say that it was maybe a little over the top on vanilla flavor but not by much.  I think if I did it again maybe I'd decrease the time.

Edit - Just realized I quoted Denny's recipes twice in a short amount of time.  Not sucking up here, I was just on TB at the time I brewed them and was happy with the results!  But yes, I shamelessly copied the recipes.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Wheat Beers - short lived?
« on: November 27, 2009, 03:44:13 AM »
I think what he's asking though is the timetable for degradation.  I'm interested in the responses in general to this question.  In my (somewhat limited) experience homebrews that have been properly cared for (no excess oxidation, etc) seem to last a long time.

Just the other day I drank the last of a Denny RyePA partial mash that I brewed over three years ago and it tasted delicious.  What are the effects of age on our beers and how long does it take the bad things to happen?  The big beers are obviously going to have more staying power so its a function of gravity but are there any general guidelines?

The Pub / Re: The Martini Thread
« on: November 27, 2009, 02:50:03 AM »
Decided to whip up a gin martini in response to this thread and all the gin-lovers that have posted.  It had been awhile and I wanted to renew my hatred since you can't criticize if you don't participate  ;D

Bombay Sapphire, about a capful of good vermouth, and two olives in the glass.

I'm actually enjoying it.  Very nice smooth taste.  I don't know if I could drink more than one or two (but who needs more than two anyway?) and I definitely prefer my vodka, but overall a very nice cocktail to cap off the Thanksgiving evening.

Hats off to the martini traditionalists for steering me back this way!

All Things Food / Re: Thanksgiving recipes -- let's see 'em!
« on: November 27, 2009, 02:44:05 AM »
Didn't want to post until I had success.  Just made one of the best turkeys I've ever tasted.  Brined in a mixture of water, salt, maple syrup, honey, fresh bay leaves, crushed black peppercorns, and ginger for 24 hours.  Made a mixture of fresh chopped rosemary and sage crushed into softened butter and spread under the skin.  Stuffed with an oyster and andouille bread stuffing.

Fantastic.  Very moist and flavorful meat.  I'd drop the sausage from the stuffing next time since it ended up being a little over the top but overall a very satisfying Thanksgiving dinner.

Ingredients / Re: Coconut Porter Thoughts?
« on: November 26, 2009, 11:28:14 PM »
You might have better luck with getting coconut flavor by adding an extract either in the secondary or at bottling.  Maybe something like this: (just found from a quick google search.  I've never used it so can't vouch for it.)

The Pub / Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 26, 2009, 03:28:33 PM »
Happy Thanksgiving all.

Ingredients / Re: Viagra in beer
« on: November 26, 2009, 03:23:56 PM »
This thread will go away in 4 hours

But if it doesn't contact your physician.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Oxygen; too much, or not enough
« on: November 25, 2009, 07:10:38 PM »
I use the "Shake the living hell out of it" method.

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