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    Doppelbock

    Kai's Optimator clone: http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=Imperator I've brewed it, and it's delicious.
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    How many gallons of homebrew in 2016?

    I hit my 100 gallon Wisconsin limit for the year. All of my batches are 5G. I brewed: 1 x Maibock 1 x Doppelbock (Optimator clone) For a wedding: 8 x Belgian Dubbel (the first 4 batches didn't clear and smelled like trub, so they were re-brewed) 4 x Cream Ale (Spotted cow clones) 4 x IPA...
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    The Home Made Pizza Thread

    Last minute, made a margherita for the first time. Usually I put on as many veggies and meats as I can find in the house on homemade rye sourdough. This time, picked up a dough ball at the local grocer, stretched the dough as far as it would let me, pre-baked it at 450, added slightly more than...
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    Homemade Bread Thread

    Have to mention, challah makes the best French toast.
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    Homemade Bread Thread

    Good Lord, those look delicious!
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    Seeking help from double batch Brewers

    This is the method I use. I also have a friend help, who enjoys helping me brew beer as much as she enjoys drinking my beer. And you have to have everything organized and ready to go before you start. I have two pots, a 10G and a 5G, so I re-order the recipies, or re-jigger the second recipe...
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    Make 1 starter for 2 batches of beer?

    I brew two batches of high gravity lager about twice a year, so I have experience stepping up a single smack pack or vial of yeast for both batches. I use a stir plate, a one-gallon pickle jar, and a couple of Mason jars. The following process takes about a week, so plan ahead. So here's how...
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    Homemade Bread Thread

    A sourdough white/rye I made for this month's home-brew club meeting. (If I don't bring a loaf of sourdough, too many club members ask me why I didn't bring any bread) Sometimes, I make hummus to spread on it, which is also good. Ack! The board software is rotating the picture.
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    Can Quaker old fashioned oats be added directly to mash

    You can also toast the oats in the oven for a little oatmeal cookie flavor.
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    experiences with keep fermentation warm in cold climate?

    I built a box out of this: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Thermasheath-Rmax-Thermasheath-3-1-in-x-4-ft-x-8-ft-R-6-Polyisocyanurate-Rigid-Foam-Insulation-Board-787264/100549260 The bottom is double layer, but the other walls are single layer. It is taped together with aluminumized foil tape (be sure...
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    The Home Made Pizza Thread

    Sourdough rye crust, garlic, red onion, yellow & red & orange pepper, black olives, turkey pepperoni, Canadian bacon, and Italian sausage. In my rush to get this into the oven before the Packer's game (boo!) I forgot the mushrooms and basil, but they weren't missed; there was nothing but crumbs...
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    WiFi Temp Controller with ESP8266

    I'm a software engineer. I'll be monitoring this thread. I have a HUZZUH on my desk, collecting dust. Currently, I use an STC100+ to control the temperature my keggle, and another STC1000+ to control a friend's garage fridge for fermenting lagers. It'd be nice to be able to monitor the...
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    Haier 7.1 cu ft freezer for $175 at Costco

    It's tight, but I can fit 4 ball-lock (8 inch diameter) kegs on the floor of this freezer. And with a tall enough collar, another one on the hump. I have no doubt that you could fit 3 pin-lock (9 inch diameter) kegs on the floor, and another pin-lock on the hump with a tall enough collar.
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    The Home Made Pizza Thread

    Thank you. It tasted pretty good, too. It's 1/3 rye, 2/3 white bread flour. I pre-baked the crust at 400F before loading it with toppings and putting it back in at 550F.
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    The Home Made Pizza Thread

    Homemade sourdough rye crust. Pizza sauce, pressed garlic, sliced Roma tomatoes, peppers, red onions, black olives, fresh homemade mozzarella, basil, and oregano.
  16. M

    Smack Pack Didn't work - viability and stir plate questions

    I second that. I've brewed a Belgian dubbel twice with 1214.
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    Homemade Bread Thread

    I brought the first no-knead loaf I baked using sourdough starter from Carl's friends. The starter didn't smell tangy, and the bread didn't taste tangy, but my whole house had that fantastic tangy sourdough smell.
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    Homemade Bread Thread

    One of Carl's friends sent me a dried out starter, which I'll get it going. In the mean time, I'm going to make Jim Lahey's no knead recipe, which I've made a dozen times, for Thanksgiving dinner.
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    Homemade Bread Thread

    Wow, I finally reached the end! Every starter I tried creating ended up in a disturbingly smelly mess, so I sent away for "Carl's Friends" starter about a week ago. Up until now, I've been successfully making the no-knead recipe using traditional bakers yeast. Looking forward to a sourdough!
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    caribou slobber problems

    +1. I've used NB's priming sugar calculator dozens of times, using a fairly accurate digital kitchen scale, with universally good results.
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