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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Starter's OG
« on: November 16, 2009, 07:51:43 AM »
Also, NEVER use an airlock on a starter.

What's the reasoning for that?  It's been awhile but I've used an airlock on a starter done in a 2 quarter tomato juice bottle.  The mouth is wide enough to fit a smaller sized stopped and the airlock fit in just fine and the starter did what is was supposed to and the beer turned out just fine.

All Things Food / Re: Non stick pans
« on: November 14, 2009, 07:45:42 PM »
I love using cast iron.  I have a Le Creuset dutch oven and a braising pan -- awesome cookware.

The dutch oven is one of the porcelain enamel ones?  I'm assuming they're pretty low maintenance as opposed to bare cast iron, right?

All Things Food / Re: Non stick pans
« on: November 13, 2009, 11:14:10 PM »
The cast iron dutch ovens are relatively inexpensive.  But yeah, the porcelain enamel ones are not cheap at all.  Which is why I don't have one yet.  But they look very nice.  I'm trying to reboot my homebrewing system at the moment so my expendable $ are going there instead of the cooking hobby.

All Things Food / Re: Non stick pans
« on: November 13, 2009, 09:01:24 PM »
I agree capozzoli.  I don't see myself buying any non-stick pans again.  It's either stainless or cast iron from here on out.  Although I do have my eye on a porcelain enamel dutch oven...

Ingredients / Re: US Goldings
« on: November 13, 2009, 08:58:53 PM »
I'm interested in the answer to this question as well.  I'm going to be doing an ESB and my plan was to use EKG but hopsdirect has US goldings and I might go with that depending on the answer.

All Things Food / Re: Non stick pans
« on: November 13, 2009, 07:05:31 PM »
I really liked my Calphalon non-stick omelet pan for about 4.5 years.  Then the non-stick stuff started to flake off.  With heavy use I just don't think they last that long.  I'm thinking of getting and conditioning a cast iron skillet for eggs and meat and a stainless steel tri-ply saute pan for everything else.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NB Crush
« on: November 13, 2009, 09:27:00 AM »

The Pub / Re: The Wheel of Time
« on: November 12, 2009, 08:53:50 PM »
The Tower series is possibly one of the greatest fantasy epics I've ever read.  As someone mentioned above it's a lot different from the normal (if you can use that word with him) King novels.  I highly recommend it.

And I'll also concur that The Long Walk was a good read.  I picked that one up only recently after having read a lot of King over the years.  It's disturbing, but his best work is.

General Homebrew Discussion / NB Crush
« on: November 12, 2009, 08:36:27 PM »
How's the standard crush if you order crushed grains from Northern Brewer?  I'm just getting back into the game and the cost of my equipment wish list is a little higher than I'm willing to spend at the moment.  So I'm thinking of just grabbing the essentials and leaving a mill for a little bit later date.   I used to have a Corona mill but it's gone now.  RIP.

The Pub / Re: The Martini Thread
« on: November 12, 2009, 08:11:55 PM »
Well, first of all you need to get rid of that gin and get yourself a nice bottle of Ketel One ;)

And as far as the vermouth goes I'll quote the bartender from my favorite martini bar in State College, PA (well the only martini bar there i guess):

Regular Martini:  Toss in a few drops of vermouth
Dry Martini:  Toss in a drop of vermouth
Extra Dry Martini:  Toss a drop of vermouth up in the air in the general direction of the martini glass and if it goes in, so be it

In all seriousness I know you're talking about good old traditional martinis here but I could never get on board with gin.  I like the smooth clean taste of cold vodka.  And I've graduated from the above measurements and appreciate a little more vermouth character in my martinis now.

So my vodka martini recipe (dirty) goes like this:

7 parts Ketel One
1 part Noilly Prat dry vermouth
Splash of olive juice
All of the above into the sufficient ice and stir
Pour into chilled cocktail glass and add olives

As a nice change I enjoy olives hand stuffed with sun dried tomatoes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A brief intro
« on: November 12, 2009, 08:01:50 PM »
I do have a big blue rectangular cooler with a hose braid that I'm working on refurbishing.

Ooh, you'll definitely want to switch that out for a red cooler...

I'm kind of partial to the blue so I think I'll stick with it.  I think it adds character to the wort  :D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A brief intro
« on: November 12, 2009, 07:52:08 PM »
If you don't mind Theo I'm going to glom onto your thread and introduce myself as well.  I brewed for about three years before life caught up with me and I had to take a break.  It's been about three years since I've done any brewing but recently I've gotten the itch (and have some time and a bit more space) and am planning on making my entry back into the hobby.  Before I stopped I was doing as big a partial mash as I could but I was working with a kitchen stove so that kind of limited me.  I do have a big blue rectangular cooler with a hose braid that I'm working on refurbishing.

Anyway just figured I'd throw out my intro before I started posting.  This looks like a great board and I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can from you guys and maybe eventually passing a nugget or two of my own along.  Cheers.

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