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Beer Recipes / Re: sour cherry rochefort brett in oak
« on: September 26, 2010, 01:18:11 PM »
Sampled this last night. Pulled one wine thief out and dropped it into a tumbler.
Chunks of white pellicle were clinging to the glass of the thief...
Color is rust...migrated away from the dark tones of the rochefort base to a lighter redish hue.
Aroma at first resembled vinegar...but not strongly...faintly...then after the pull sat in the air
for 5 mins or so, the aroma was very floral and laced with the smell of the mahleb.
No vinegar at all...(may have been gasses from the headspace/oak)

The taste was at first kind of a vacuum...your mind questioning ....what was THAT???
Then suddenly the sour bret character takes ahold and it is distinctly tart and dry...fruity
yep pie cherry fruity..pleasant. Oak comes in the mix somewhere and is noticeable to me now.
 The mahleb then comes thru with the almond/pit note and it lingers on your palate for
20-30 mins...pleasantly dancing on the taste buds...after taste is strong and long...

Never tasted anything like this before....It should prolly come out of the cask soon an I hope
to make a pull when I get another keg kicked.
Then I will replace the pull with 8# of frozen pitted balaton cherries and top up with some more
rochefort that I brewed for that purpose...another stint in the barrel and we will see what comes out next pull.......

The Pub / Re: Brewing by the Full Moon
« on: September 26, 2010, 01:05:35 PM »
I thought no pants  brewing was brewing by the full moon   ???

The Pub / Re: I expect Spring Mushrooms any day
« on: September 26, 2010, 01:04:25 PM »

Denny, get any chanterelles yet???

All Grain Brewing / Re: what do you do with all that grain?
« on: September 25, 2010, 06:19:33 PM »
Compost pile.  Guess it's far enough away from the house, I've never noticed too bad a smell.

Predominant wind is from the west....neighbor to the east has a mountain of horse manooch...
when the wind comes from the east....I reeks....but since most of the time I am UP wind
from that big mountain, I enjoy the chance to share the aroma from my compost pile...that is where
the spent stuff goes.... :P

All Grain Brewing / Re: Round Igloo or rectangular cooler for mash tun
« on: September 25, 2010, 06:15:49 PM »
Ah yes Grasshoppa   ;)

Not only will you be making beer, you will be making  Great beer all because of your cooler choice.   

Ingredients / Re: Cacao Nibs
« on: September 25, 2010, 04:50:01 AM »
My method is to winnow off the hulls of the beans and then make a slurry of
everclear and cacao in a blender...put this slurry in a pint jar and keep it in
a cool dark place for a couple weeks...adding everclear as needed to maintain
a liquid condition. Then add the entire slurry to secondary.....this serves to
assist in breaking down the cacao bean and it's oil/butter...also I would add a
little splash of some vanilla extract which helps get the aromatics rolling....

it works well...enjoy.  ;)

The Pub / Re: Beer before Liquor...
« on: September 24, 2010, 12:40:08 PM »
Beer or liquor, pick one never mix the two. Drink lots of water. If you wish to drink liquor to the point of intoxication drink something clear. Ten you may be in the clear.


All Things Food / Re: Rant! Glad Fold lock sandwich baggies
« on: September 21, 2010, 05:24:45 AM »
I'm gonna check the dollar store!

Ingredients / Re: Where can we get this years Hops??
« on: September 20, 2010, 12:59:47 PM »
The hops come vac packed in the amount ordered IIRC.
Sounds like it's time for me to get a food saver . . . :)

Yeah I must do the same thing

One more option . .

No Sterling at hops direct

Ingredients / Where can we get this years Hops??
« on: September 19, 2010, 07:48:50 PM »
I have been looking all over the net trying to find some 2010 hops....

evidently all the wrong places...or am I just a bit too early???

(I want to get plugs if I can...sterlings seem extra scarce)

The Pub / Re: How do you tell people where you are?
« on: September 18, 2010, 02:47:47 PM »
I take photos with my cell phone...then add the text....
"where in the world is waldo?" then sent it in a pic/text msg...let them figger it out

The Pub / Re: Let's talk Grass
« on: September 18, 2010, 02:39:34 PM »
Euge I had Great results this year from a product I got from the county weed n pest.
It really targets canada thistle and wipes it out is called Redeem.  There are some
constraints you will want to study up deadly to conifer trees....soil residules etc...

Your thistle needs to be up 3-4 pairs of leaves for exposure to be effective.  

Generally the best time of the year here, is in the fall because that is when the plant
tries to pull nutrients into the root for the winter.  Pulls the poison in with that mechanism.

I apply it to each thistle (spot spray)using a plastic quart hand held spray pump bottle.  Where it contacts
surrounding foilage ....yes affects it too.  

Anyone klnow how to effectively kill field bind weed?????

Equipment and Software / Re: dead mouse in my carboy
« on: September 15, 2010, 01:10:31 PM »
Take a brand new, fresh out of the package toilet brush, wash it, then use it to stir a pot of chili.  Then see how many people who saw you do that want to eat the chili.

I adopted a new one and use it for reaching into the bottom of my cornie kegs to swish em out....

proposed name for mousy carboy beer....

"Hanta Hopback"

All Things Food / Re: Rant! Glad Fold lock sandwich baggies
« on: September 13, 2010, 06:54:33 PM »
I use empty prescription pill bottles. Keeps it from getting all crushed up and compressed.
;) nice

All Things Food / Rant! Glad Fold lock sandwich baggies
« on: September 13, 2010, 06:17:33 PM »
Are no longer being manufactured in the good ole US.

I like these compared to ziplocks for ease of use and this just figures...if I like it, it will go bye bye....

I finally know why I cannot find em any more... I have to buy a case lot and get back to hoarding....I don't have many lunches left to make in my career,
but, I have made THOUSANDS of lunches in my life using this product and Never ever got gastro...anything that can be
attributed to the closure method of these baggies,

Dang it Cap what you going to put your stuff in ???

Rat bastages

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