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No brewing this weekend. Need to keg a Raspberry Cider and check up on the Black IPA I brewed last weekend to see how its coming along.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: I got my four banger working!
« on: November 30, 2010, 08:45:15 PM »
Thats legit. Great job. I need to get my s*** together. I'm still pouring from picnic taps!!! :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Masters......up or down.....?
« on: November 30, 2010, 09:05:33 AM »
Its entertaining and its about beer.  Works for me, I'm a man of simple pleasures.

Agreed. I also think that this show is geared more towards the general public than it is to us home brewers or brewers in general. There is a lot of basic education in there. I think the goal of this show is to let others know that there is more to the beer world than Bud, Miller and Coors! And I think they've accomplished this. As I mentioned in my earlier post, Sam is a good representative for the industry. Maybe not to you but to that guy who's watching this show with a Natural Lite Ice in his hand....There may be some people out there getting turned on to something new...and BETTER. Its a good show. Take it for what it is.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping Beer
« on: November 30, 2010, 08:54:27 AM »
Anyone in the Indiana or Chicago area want to send me some Gumballhead??? Been wanting to try that one for a while now. I'll take my chances with UPS.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Outragious beer prices???
« on: November 29, 2010, 09:40:23 AM »
The market dictates pricing. If people werent willing to pay those prices...they'd be lower. The fact that people are willing to pay those prices shows there there is some value there. Real or perceived, it's there. If you dont want to spend that much money on beer, dont. The best way to try a bunch of expensive beers is to host a dinner party and have everyone bring a bottle to share.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Masters......up or down.....?
« on: November 29, 2010, 09:33:58 AM »
I just caught last night's episode. Missed the first one. I like it. Now, I dont know that I like what they made...... but I like a show that puts our passion in the limelight. Sam is a great spokesman for the industry and he has a TV personality. I think its a good fit all the way around. I'll be tuning in tonight for episode #3.

My wife actually watched the whole show with me and I think I saw her connecting the brewing dots. Good stuff.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Raspberry Cider
« on: November 28, 2010, 01:57:11 PM »
Update:
Its been two weeks. I added 3/4 tsp of sorbate to my 2.5 gallons of cider to stop fermentation. FG got down to 1.004 from 1.058. Could have squeezed a few more points out I think but I intend to back sweeten anyway and 7% is going to be just fine!

I strained the juice from 30 oz of frozen raspberries and placed the juice into secondary and then racked the cider on top of it. After a few hours, I noticed that fermentation has picked back up again. I was under the impression that the sorbate would stop the fermentation. I want the raspberry flavor to remain and not ferment out. Should I add some more sorbate or let it ride? If so, how much?

Any help is appreciated.

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All Things Food / Re: green chiles
« on: November 28, 2010, 01:48:45 PM »
Take a flank steak and slice a big pocket into it. Take 4-5 whole, roasted, hot NM green chilies (seeds removed) and stuff them with some queso fresco. Marinate the steak in some olive oil, lime juice, salt and spice marinade for an hour or two. Stuff the steak with the cheese stuffed green chilies. Lace the pocket up with a skewer and grill that thing up. 6-8 minutes per side. Keep the lime halves in the marinade and use them to baste the meat while it cooks.

I slice it and serve it with tortillas, rice and black beans.

Es muy bueno!!!

Looks good, might make a version of this over coals.  I could see a left-overs sandwich with crusty grilled bread like nic was saying


Over coals for sure. You want it to taste like fire, not gas!!!

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All Things Food / Re: green chiles
« on: November 27, 2010, 08:38:29 PM »
Take a flank steak and slice a big pocket into it. Take 4-5 whole, roasted, hot NM green chilies (seeds removed) and stuff them with some queso fresco. Marinate the steak in some olive oil, lime juice, salt and spice marinade for an hour or two. Stuff the steak with the cheese stuffed green chilies. Lace the pocket up with a skewer and grill that thing up. 6-8 minutes per side. Keep the lime halves in the marinade and use them to baste the meat while it cooks.

I slice it and serve it with tortillas, rice and black beans.

Es muy bueno!!!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging with Nitrogen
« on: November 27, 2010, 12:25:43 PM »
I had the IPA on nitrogen at Odell Brewing in Ft. Collins, CO. last year and it is the most memorable beer I've ever had! I had never thought of having an IPA on nitro before and now, its all I can think about!!!! Effing Amazing!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Starter Sanitation
« on: November 27, 2010, 11:40:33 AM »
I agree with the sanitary aspects of paper towels. One thing to have handy in a brewery is rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. You can use that to spray items you want to have sanitized.

Kai

+1 on the spray bottle. I spray the surface and openings of everything from yeast containers, to the funnel to the carboy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Late Dry Hopping
« on: November 27, 2010, 11:34:55 AM »
I wound up dropping an ounce of whole leaf Centennial in yesterday! Looking forward to the results! Thanks for the tips. Very much appreciated.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Midnight brewing...
« on: November 27, 2010, 11:32:02 AM »
I'm with cheba on that.  I try to start early enough in the morning so I won't be having a beer until it's about ready for cleaning up the gear.  By the time any particular evening rolls around (and especially on weekends) I will most likely have had an adult beverage or two which leads to stupid mistakes in the brewery.
I brewed a Baltic Porter yesterday and was finished and cleaned up by 2:30pm.
A cold home brew during clean up is fantastic! :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Midnight brewing...
« on: November 27, 2010, 09:34:45 AM »
No kids underfoot so I can brew when I want to but....I have started late in the day before. Was going to brew the following day and just got too damn excited and had to fire up the kettle!!!! The biggest problem I see with brewing this late is I like to have a few beverages in the evening. I've learned that I need to be brewing beer or drinking it but not both at the same time!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Late Dry Hopping
« on: November 26, 2010, 08:25:08 PM »
Would you guys take them out after a specific period of time or let em ride til the keg blows?

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