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Food / Re: Looking to start smoking...
« Last post by nbmonte on Yesterday at 01:21:45 PM »
I built a uds a few years ago, hardest part was finding a suitable barrel. I liked it, food tasted great, but Iíve since moved on to a kamado joe. I ďthink ď the food tasted a bit better off the uds, but it was also my first smoker and I had low expectations.

I really like the kamado joe, and I havenít used the uds since I got it, so I guess that says it all.
Technique / Re: No chill brewing
« Last post by feldmann on Yesterday at 11:57:33 AM »
I do this fairly frequently. If I run out of anything to build a starter I'll use extra runnings from the mash to build my starter, which means I can't pitch for a little while after brewing.

Before I built my immersion chiller I used to just rack it into a plastic bucket and throw it in my spare room until it reached pitching temp and I never had any problems. Don't put hot wort in a cold glass carboy though, i learned that the hard way...
Technique / Re: No chill brewing
« Last post by mikegraham on May 21, 2019, 09:47:21 PM »
I have used it a few times before to play with I had food grade containers with lids that sealed tight never had an issue. Only advice is move the hops to the right as they will keep bittering for a few hours after the boil.
Technique / No chill brewing
« Last post by Brian_S on May 21, 2019, 07:11:39 PM »
In an effort to reduce my water usage I've begun to experiment with no chill brewing.  At flame out I put a tight fitting lid on the kettle and walk away for 24 hours letting physics do the work and poof 20ish degree wort.

I've done one batch and its worked perfectly fine.  I decided to try it on a light blonde so I would be sure to pick up on off flavours and such.

Anyone else trying this method?

While shortening the brew day (ok now its 2 brew days) I found I've reduced my water usage by ~75L (I'm doing 60L batches) and the only water that does not become beer in the end is what ever was absorbed by grain and perhaps 15 to 20L used in cleaning.

Food / Re: Looking to start smoking...
« Last post by feldmann on May 20, 2019, 05:37:17 PM »
I'll second the weber smokey mountain, thats what I have. I haven't had any issues maintaining temperatures and its nice that it comes apart easy. The electric set ups are nice because they're set and forget but honestly I prefer the flavour from charcoal. Especially since you have an unlimited supply of good wood, you could even go straight wood (but its more work). If you can afford it or find it used/on sale I'd go for the kamado style smoker.

If you have the space and you don't care what it looks like you can also build a pretty decent smoker our of cinder blocks. Thats what we use for our annual pig roast.

One of the best investments I made for my smokey mountain was a wireless probe thermometer like this one. I started with different cuts of chicken to get comfortable with my grill before I moved to ribs and brisket.
Food / Re: Looking to start smoking...
« Last post by jamie_savoie on May 20, 2019, 11:43:54 AM »
- If youíre crafty you could build yourself an Ugly Drum Smoker (UDS). Google it for examples, thereís tones of peoples who made one.

- Weber Smokey Mountain. Similar design to a UDS but made by Weber. Two of my friends owned one for years, the quality is good, they can cook long hours and the modular design allow you to either cook a steak or a long and slow pulled pork.

-Kamado style cooker. They are super efficient, constant, keep the moisture and temp for long hours. Thereís many brands and price range out there. I own a Primo XL, theyíre not cheap but I couldnít live without mine. Iíve used mine on average 2 times a week, year-round for the last 6-7 years. Kamado Joe is another brand I would consider if I would be in the market right now. Vision Grill from Canadian Tire is also good, I have 4-5 friends who got them on sales and theyíre happy with it.  All kamados pretty much run and perform the same. The differences is in the design, where itís made, available options for it, customer service and warranty.

As for electric, Iím not a fan at all. Flavor is just not the same as to charcoal. I have one and only use it to cold smoke. This summer Iím building myself a 3íx3í smokehouse then Iím getting rid of it

Beside homebrewing, grilling and smoking meat is my next best hobby. Doing some wings tonight!  :rock:
Food / Re: Looking to start smoking...
« Last post by Roger on May 19, 2019, 06:14:14 PM »
I think most propane and electric smokers require chips or pellets not chunks. If I were you I'd get my hands on a charcoal grill like a Weber or a kamado style grill. But if you wanna use just the wood you have you might consider a stick burner. I decided to get a ceramic kamado style mostly because the price was right and the bugs are horrendous where I live so I've got it under a roofed deck right next to the house with screen walls so I can smoke and hang out with a beer all year long. But if I lived where you are in kings clear up on a hill like that the bugs probably aren't bad at all you could go with anything you want.
With a stick burner style you need to use it away from the house but all you need to do is start a fire in the fire chamber with your wood of choice adjust your air flow to get your desired temperature and let her go.
 The nice thing about the kamado style grills is you can cook low and slow or a high heat sear and everything in between. I can cook a pork shoulder for 12-14 hours without any problems and never needing to add any charcoal.
I guess it all depends on what you want to do...  :cheers:
Food / Looking to start smoking...
« Last post by shazapple on May 18, 2019, 10:21:51 PM »
Meat that is. Any suggestions for a entry level smoker? Electric or propane would be my preference. I have an unlimited supply of apple wood, some of it chipped but easiest would be chunks or sticks.
Classifieds / Re: Grain for sale and/or trade
« Last post by Roger on May 15, 2019, 02:33:11 PM »
It was brought to my attention that @brew had already started a spread sheet for sharing grain here.


Might be easier to go with that instead I'll add mine to it right away.  :facepalm:
Classifieds / Re: Grain for sale and/or trade
« Last post by Roger on May 13, 2019, 11:12:58 PM »
I'll start off by listing some tenths I'd be willing to part with. I'll update this list as I use it.  :cheers:
-Flaked rye 5
-Flaked oats 6
-Flaked corn 5
-Toasted wheat 3
-Roasted barley 2
-White weat malt 5
-Vienna 2
-Munich 1
-Honey malt 1
-Biscuit 1
-Carafoam 3
-Aromatic 1
-Crystal medium 2
-Crystal 240, 1
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