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All Things Food / Re: My new Love affair with Pho
« on: December 02, 2013, 10:42:04 AM »
Maybe brand specific goodness?  I looked on amazon for that particular model and
was not finding it.....hmmmm.    Sure would take a LOT of the work out of the
genuine method.....mashing bones at 160* for as long as you can stand it.....
Thanks Euge for the tip.  Our little Pho cafe is looking for an exit as he says
he could use more income....but his kid is in the school he stays for now.

Wood/Casks / Re: Oaked cider, anyone?
« on: November 26, 2013, 11:31:20 AM »
You could insure it resembled sparkling wine by adding sugar and or yeast back to the
cider at bottling time. Just be sure to use heavy (champagne) style bottles.  As for the
Oak ageing, try it and report back to us....what the heck....especially if you like the flavors
that oak brings to the flagon.  Methinks back in the day this was NOT unheard of....

All Things Food / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: November 21, 2013, 11:39:41 PM »

All Brett dry hopped c3 isolate brew and baby backs with sweet tater and mixed veggies....
(the white pill, is NOT a qualuude.... ;) )

The Pub / So I am out in the garage brewing today
« on: November 10, 2013, 06:06:37 PM »
It is November and we were having a wind free 60 degree bananna belt day

the boil is going I just finished skimming hot break off and I see this thing
that I thought was a spider dangling by my hat I grabbed my hat
and swatted it was a HONEY BEE!.....I am thinking wow this is
so i picks her up and takes her outside (tactfully avoiding the
stinger that was being deployed in a futile attempt to snag me)  I set
her down and she disappears....I go back to the garage and then much
to my amazement I am visited by 5 -6 more honey bees.  They were detecting
the sugar fumes and there is NOTHING blooming for them to eat and the warm day
had them active.  It was way strange.  ???

All Grain Brewing / Re: Tannin Insurance
« on: November 10, 2013, 04:42:00 PM »
Well I got a couple things to think about....suggest you try, some PH strips
a down n dirty cheep and ez way to determine where your mash is at for Ph.

then do not forget about acid malt that is for bringing that mash Ph number
down toward the desired 5.2 level.  Also consider addition of some
food grade phosphoric acid to the mash if you are still having trouble
getting to that majic number.  Be aware that the effect is logrythmic and
not linear as you would drop drop drop ....good,... drop drop drop

The Pub / Re: A salute to our veterans
« on: November 10, 2013, 04:01:13 PM »
Well I will be mandated to work tomorrow on the holiday that I helped earn....and
despite the whims of my wonderful boss,  I salute you all back!!!

Yes it is a great brewing day NO I am in the mancave putting
the boil to my 2nd Veinna Lager with WLP 940 yeast cake left from my
first lager ferment....this one is a good attempt at a Negra Modelo thang....
We shall see......couple months in the cold cold garage of winter ought
to put the finishing touches on the fall brews!
 ;)  brew on brew on.....

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 1st all Brett beer
« on: November 09, 2013, 03:51:15 PM »
I have managed to sneak a taste of this brew.  Still get the rancid orange peel note
not sure what to say of the stuff. UNKNOWN and UNFAMILIAR flavors and tastes.
Definately a flavor party on the palate.  I have sipped about 3-4 oz of this and
well here goes nuttin....fresh earthy aroma then amarillo comes after that.  Pours a
big white head and the golden liquid is somewhat hazy from the dry hopping. It was
clear prior to the addition of hops.  No belma comes thru that I can tell.  first touch
at the tongue is that peeling note then it kind of goes indescribable toward mangoish
pineappleish a touch of malt shows up. Mouthfeel is light and crisp not lacking. Long
finish is of bitter amarillo.  Its gonna take a few more sensory adventures with this
to get more of a description....just really unfamiliar flavors....not bad, but different.

The Pub / Re: Fall back Spring Ahead Poll
« on: November 04, 2013, 12:09:19 PM »
I don't see any way to vote, there are no buttons to select but I think the whole concept is idiotic.  Twice a year half of my employees either show up an hour late or an hour early, somebody has to work a 13 hour s*** while somebody else goes home after 11 hours.  It makes my payroll complicated, doesn't actually change the length of the day and really makes no sense.
I closed the vote but I do not mind the comments following....still interesting

The Pub / Re: Fall back Spring Ahead Poll
« on: November 04, 2013, 08:59:41 AM »
Thanks to all who voted in my frivilous poll.

I humbly apologize to pinnah for my typed tone  :D

The Pub / Re: Fall back Spring Ahead Poll
« on: November 03, 2013, 06:33:19 PM »
I added a 3rd option for me.
Now you skewed my poll. which I see is right in line with this poll on the same topic....

Which gets to my point, that most folks Do not want to time travel....sheesh

The Pub / Fall back Spring Ahead Poll
« on: November 02, 2013, 09:37:37 PM »
Please keep this NON political

The Pub / Re: Got a Wood or Coal burnin stove?
« on: November 01, 2013, 10:09:19 PM »
Vermont castings here as well, it is a free standing brick lined coal burning catalytic unit also.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: lagering question
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:13:57 AM »
I have one of those,tom.  I was hesitant to use it with all the work I had in the solara
just did not want to take the chance.  I sealed the thing with the same type white
silicone rubber solid bung.....after "s" tube bubbler quit.

And I was having a fly attack from some fruit from the store....little buggers

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: lagering question
« on: November 01, 2013, 07:33:32 AM »
I was nervous about those in fruit fly season tom....??

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