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Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-17-2013, 02:24 PM
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Posted By Ottis
1L swing-tops

I stopped at a store called "Big Lots" yesterday, they had a bunch of "Rieme" sparkling Lemonade in 1L clear swing-tops for $3 each (they even take the same bale and cap as the ez-cap bottles at my...
Forum: Meat Smoking, Curing and Sausage Making 08-04-2012, 10:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 37,852
Posted By Ottis
I'v made this a few times since I originally...

I'v made this a few times since I originally posted this recipe. I have only made a few minor changes, namely putting the dried spices in the jar with the sausage and then pouring the hot brine into...
Forum: Cider Forum 06-29-2012, 07:14 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 475
Posted By Ottis
Michelob Ultra Light Coder

Michelob Ultra Light Cider

The name Michelob Ultra brings to mind hop flavored water drinks consumed by people who pretend to drink beer. I normally avoid this swill like a, like a, well, words...
Forum: Extract Brewing 05-25-2012, 01:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,175
Posted By Ottis
I know it's a matter of personal taste, but I...

I know it's a matter of personal taste, but I just don't see the appeal of the high ABV brews. A lot of my pale ales are only abt 3% or so, I can have a few without tripping over the patterns in the...
Forum: Extract Brewing 05-25-2012, 12:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,175
Posted By Ottis
I have a recipe for Imperial Stout (8.7%) that...

I have a recipe for Imperial Stout (8.7%) that calls for 2 weeks primary fermentation (ale yeast), then transfer to secondary and adding a pkg Champagne yeast to finish out the fermentation.
I...
Forum: General Chit Chat 03-23-2012, 02:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By Ottis
Videos I took at work today

I found a free video editing program and thought I'd try it out, these are some videos of us removing a steam locomotive "tire" and turning it on our 96" Niles-Bement-Pond wheel lathe. 12 of them...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-16-2012, 10:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,686
Posted By Ottis
Plastic 6-Pack holders (4 & 8 also)

I'd never seen these before;
http://www.pakitproducts.com/images/products/display/BOBC626.2.jpg
http://www.pakitproducts.com/bulkplastic6packbottlecarrierforbeer.aspx

12.4 cents each (+S&H), the...
Forum: Meat Smoking, Curing and Sausage Making 01-13-2012, 09:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 37,852
Posted By Ottis
I just made another batch a few days ago, the...

I just made another batch a few days ago, the local WallyWorld had Hillshire Farm Beef Smoked Sausage on sale. Long story short, it works even better as a Penrose clone! The meat in the sausages are...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-03-2012, 06:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,880
Posted By Ottis
Nothing a few homebrews wont fix, I was wearing...

Nothing a few homebrews wont fix, I was wearing my seatbelt and wasn't going very fast. What sucks is I only had liability coverage, and I'll have to borrow money against my tax return to have...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-03-2012, 06:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,880
Posted By Ottis
I hope you didn't strain yourself typing that. ...

I hope you didn't strain yourself typing that.

95% of the time if I have a question I do just that, not that it matters now anyway, I hit some ice on the way to work this morning and rolled my...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-03-2012, 12:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,880
Posted By Ottis
I'm going to try that! I have one 10 gal...

I'm going to try that! I have one 10 gal rubbermaid tub I soak bottles in, their cheap, I'll grab a couple more for swamp coolers.

I have a old frige that I use to lager in, it has a greenhouse...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-02-2012, 11:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,880
Posted By Ottis
What is meant by a "Swamp cooler"?

What is meant by a "Swamp cooler"?
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-02-2012, 11:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,880
Posted By Ottis
I have an old under powered electric range in my...

I have an old under powered electric range in my brew room, almost wont boil with no lid, esp in cold weather. 4 gal cast aluminum pot, probably 60 or 70 years old.



Well I'm not a religious...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-02-2012, 08:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,141
Posted By Ottis
I did some reading on that, the CO2 tanks have...

I did some reading on that, the CO2 tanks have proprietary fittings that only the company can refill, and you have to send then back, and receive them via the company's private courier... (read...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-02-2012, 08:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,880
Posted By Ottis
I'm not going to say it........ I'M NOT GOING TO...

I'm not going to say it........ I'M NOT GOING TO SAY IT!!!!!

ggggrrrRRR!!!! I"M GOINA' SAY IT!

THANKS FOR THE NEWS FLASH!!!!
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-02-2012, 08:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,880
Posted By Ottis
Boil with out the lid??? Why haven't I seen this before??

I've been an extract brewer for about two years now, my beer is good but I always thought it could be better. I've always had a hit-and-miss off flavor that I couldn't figure out, but I've stuck with...
Forum: Meat Smoking, Curing and Sausage Making 12-24-2011, 08:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 37,852
Posted By Ottis
Penrose hot sausage recipe.

Penrose Hot Sausage Recipe.
Vs 3.0

This recipe is about as close as I've come so far.
Penrose (later bought by ConAgra Foods) mixed the spices into the sausage before cooking and pickling. So,...
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 12-11-2011, 03:40 PM
Replies: 3,603
Views: 787,345
Posted By Ottis
Ahhh! it does! :rockin: Ya learn something...

Ahhh! it does! :rockin:

Ya learn something new every day!
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 12-11-2011, 02:23 PM
Replies: 3,603
Views: 787,345
Posted By Ottis
Arrrggggghhh! I need a spell checker for...

Arrrggggghhh! I need a spell checker for Photoshop... (I can't spell for &$@#..)

EDIT; I fixed the labels spelling mistake in my OP...
Forum: Label Display & Discussion 12-11-2011, 01:40 AM
Replies: 3,603
Views: 787,345
Posted By Ottis
This is my first try, but I do have experience...

This is my first try, but I do have experience with Photoshop

EDITED for spelling mistake.

http://i42.tinypic.com/ic0qdc.jpg
http://i44.tinypic.com/2w4a3ie.jpg
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-30-2011, 12:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,346
Posted By Ottis
I was rinsing out some bottles today, using my...

I was rinsing out some bottles today, using my jet bottle washer prior to the de-labeling soak. Some were returns from friends with a little liquid in the bottom, some were still labeled.

I...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-30-2011, 12:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,267
Posted By Ottis
I had used 34/70 before, but this time was the...

I had used 34/70 before, but this time was the first for a 1 gal batch, maybe it just wasn't so noticeable in a larger fermenter.

Plus, now I see why 3-piece airlocks are more popular, easier to...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-29-2011, 11:26 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,511
Posted By Ottis
I had a rat problem a few years back... I...

I had a rat problem a few years back...

I have a replica Rogers & Spencer mod 1859 44cal revolver, I loaded it with 25 grains fffg black powder, and as much #4 bird shot as I could fit with a felt...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 06-29-2011, 10:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,267
Posted By Ottis
Specialty Grains and fermentation.

Does the amount of specialty grains in a recipe have much effect on the level of fermentation?
There's a reason I'm asking...

I like making small one gal batches in 1 gal glass cider jugs, just...
Forum: Mead 09-13-2010, 02:35 AM
Replies: 1,957
Views: 561,919
Posted By Ottis
I just bottled two gallons, one spiced and one...

I just bottled two gallons, one spiced and one not. I had never tasted mead before so I'm not sure what I should have expected.
I ordered sweet mead yeast but when I got it it was dead, so I used...
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