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  • Posted in thread: infection???? on 11-10-2015 at 05:36 AM
    I think HDPE buckets start to get pliable around 180F or so but can take boiling temps without
    deforming (unlike better bottles). I think it's pretty common to boil wort in a bucket with a
    heat stick ...

  • Posted in thread: Tried a new HBS, sucky results... on 11-10-2015 at 04:36 AM
    Last time I was in my LHBS, they had a sign on their grain mill: "no double crushing". When I
    asked why, they claimed the extra flour from double crush ruined their mill. I bought a corona
    mill the ne...

  • Posted in thread: style suggestion - parting gift for office on 11-07-2015 at 10:37 PM
    Both cream of 3 crops and centennial blonde are mild enough to appeal to the BMC crowd while
    still tasty enough for those who like "real" beer. But I also kinda like the idea of a
    Christmas ale...

  • Posted in thread: Tried a new HBS, sucky results... on 11-07-2015 at 04:23 AM
    I agree with the others.... Looks like a bad crush to me.

  • Posted in thread: Should I Brew It? (Mr. Beer) on 11-06-2015 at 04:45 AM
    it's just pre-hopped LME. So, it's stale and the hops have faded. It'll be beer.You'll
    definitely want to add some hops... at least aroma, maybe some flavor, too. Might not need
    bittering. I don't kno...

  • Posted in thread: Chicken Leg Quarters on 11-05-2015 at 05:38 AM
    also google recipes for cuban chicken thighs... works just as well with leg quarters. Serve
    with rice and fried plantains.

  • Posted in thread: Chicken Leg Quarters on 11-05-2015 at 05:36 AM
    coarsely chop 1 medium onion and saute until translucent in the fat of your choice in a large
    skillet or dutch oven. Salt & pepper 2 or 3 leg quarters and add to skillet to brown on both
    sides. Add se...

  • Posted in thread: Swamp Cooling Temperature + Fermenter Temp? on 11-05-2015 at 02:40 AM
    Let's just summarize and clarify a bit.1) during active fermentation, beer temps can be several
    degrees higher than ambient2) putting your fermenter in a water bath can minimize temp.
    fluctuations but...

  • Posted in thread: Adding grains to secondary? on 11-04-2015 at 04:19 PM
    You'll go sour if you add the grains directly. Grains are crawling with bugs like lacto...
    That's part of the reason for the boil when making beer: kill off unwanted critters to give
    your chosen yeast...

  • Posted in thread: What vessel do you use to make yeast starters? on 10-30-2015 at 04:56 AM
    I also use the 1 gallon apple juice jugs with my DIY stir plate. It works. With the curved
    bottom, it can take some finesse to get the stir bar to stay in place but if you start slow and
    don't go too ...

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