Sunday, January 23, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
All was going well with the kegging process until I tried to pressurize the keg with c02. I had already replaced all of the o-rings with new ones that came with the keg but I found a leak coming from the relief valve. After a couple of trips to Austin Homebrew I finally came home with one that worked. That fixed the leak at the relief valve but then I had trouble getting a solid seal around the keg lid. After a quick call to T (one of my homebrew mentors) I found that I needed to get the lid o-ring wet (dipped it in a Star San bath for about a minute) and hit the keg with about 30 lbs. of gas at once to get a good seal. Apparently it takes a 5-10 seconds of precious co2 leaking out before enough pressure is built up to seal the keg. Tip: they also sell keg lube (food grade silicone) for a better seal. I'll have to pick some up next time I'm at the brew shop.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Dog Brew-Grain Cookies
Yield: 6 dozen dog treats (depending on size/shape)
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups spent grains
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup peanut butter
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 apple, peeled & shredded
1 large carrot, shredded
½ cup of parsley, fine dice
Mix all ingredients together (use your hands). Roll out to ¼" thick, onto floured surface, and then cut into desired shapes. Bake on cooking sheet lined with silpat or parchment paper, at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
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days of fermentation at a consistent 68 degrees. Planning on
transferring this batch to the secondary this weekend and brewing the
same recipe again (this time with the corn sugar or extra malt).
Sunday, January 2, 2011
basement is not air conditioned I'm having to keep a space heater in
this closet to keep the temp around 68. Luckily it stays pretty cool
in summer - hopefully cool enough for ale fermentation without an AC.