MacBourne's Musings

Time to go back to the land: Planning to be as off-grid as I can - in the process there'll be music, guns, guitars, a smattering of politics (really kind of over that), CNC routing, yeah - a bunch of other stuff, too. Conservative with libertarian leanings - no wookie suit, yet. Μολὼν λαβέ - ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒE

Category: Preparedness (page 1 of 2)

Processing venison – efficiently

Everyone has their own way of processing meat – this fellow is an artist. If I was half as efficient and smooth with my cuts, I wouldn’t have near as much burger, stew meat, and jerky grind!

Things that make you go hmmm…and grab your tinfoil hat…

On three separate days this July, invisible and odorless gases will be released in subway stations and at street level in all five boroughs of New York City. But officials in the New York Police Department will not be alarmed — it was their idea.

The gases, known as perfluorocarbons, will be dispersed to study how airborne toxins would flow through the city after a terrorist attack or an accidental spill of hazardous chemicals, the department said on Wednesday.

Police to Disperse Gas to See How It Would Flow in Terror Attack – NYTimes.com

 

I guess the strangest thing to me is there is no further mention of this past the original article…(that was buried on A24).

“Nothing to see here folks, move along…”

Kinda seems like we’re doing the bad guys’ legwork for them…

#smdh

Hantover immersion heating element performance

Two Hantover Heet-o-matic 40830 immersion heating elements maintaining a rolling boil on a 7.5 gallon boil – this was about 20 minutes into the boil. The built-in thermostats were great during the mash to hold temperature, too – but cranked to 11 here. (yes, they actually go to 11 – heh).

Happy Yeasties

Fermentation activity 24 hours after pitching yeast – Safale US-05 Ale Yeast. MMMMMMM…beer.

Wherein I fumble through my first all-grain brewing session in 15 years…

So…this was originally going to be Midwest’s Sierra Nevada Pale clone modified with additional base and caramel malts for a 6 gallon batch. Best laid plans of mice and men and all that. I inadvertently grabbed the grains for a California Common Ale out of stock – as I was mashing I noticed the color was a bit darker than I expected. Oopsie.
I decided to roll with it, so now we have the birth of the California Uncommon Pale Ale. A bit over the top in IBUs for an American Pale Ale, but a tad weak for an American IPA. We shall see.

Ingredients:
Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 9.00 lb
Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 0.50 lb
Caramel/Crystal Malt – 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 0.50 lb
Caramel/Crystal Malt – 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 3.00 lb
Perle [8.90 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 1.00
Perle [8.90 %] – Boil 30.0 min Hop 1.00
Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 mins) Misc 1.00 tbsp
Cascade [6.80 %] – Boil 2.0 min Hop 2.00 oz
Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) Yeast 1.00 pkg

8.75 gallons water @60°F

6:10 PM – 60°F
Power On – 100% (Both elements – more on that later).
6:50 PM – 108°F
7:10 PM – 130°F

Heating Up2
7:30 PM – 145°F
7:40 PM – Noticed power cord for second element had not been plugged in…d’ya think that could help?
7:45 PM – 164°F
Reduced power on both elements until thermostats clicked off.
Added grains to bag – “Doughing-in.”

Doughing In

7:50 PM – Mash at 153°F – Started mash timer.

Double Checking
8:55 PM – Increase heat – Ramp up to 170°F
9:00 PM – 170°F – mash out.
Reduced power on both elements until thermostats clicked off.
9:10 PM – Pull grain bag out and hang above brew kettle to drain.

Engineered Drain Rig1

Power on both elements (really both of ’em this time)
9:25 PM – Initial boil – initial hop addtion – Perle

Draining and already boiling9:30 PM – Hard, rolling boil

9:55 PM – Second hop addition – Perle

10:15 PM – Irish moss
10:23 PM – Aroma hop addition – Cascades
10:25 PM – Cut power
10:26 PM – Removed hop bags and false bottom.
10:27 PM – Whirlpool and cover brew kettle
10:40 PM – 185°F started transfer to sanitized tighthead fermenter
10:45 PM – 180°F – gently tilted brew kettle to get the last of the goodness – Capped tighthead fermenter.
1.5 quarts of wort reserved into sanitized half gallon jug – set in water bath in sink to cool.
10:50 PM – Tightened fermenter cap with wrench – turned fermenter on its side and rolled it around to heat sanitize. Set in sink to cool.
11:00 PM – Dead on OG – 1.056
11:15 PM – Pitched yeast in cooled reserved wort.
11:45 PM – Airlock on yeast starter bubbling already.

8:10 AM – Opened tighthead fermenter – pitched yeast starter. Set up blow-off and left for work.

Blowoff rig

Brew Kettle Update

Last night I did the maiden voyage of my new all electric brew kettle – 6.5 gallons (just water) from 60° F to a rolling boil = 1 hour and 10 minutes. The first 20 minutes was with one element, then I fired up the second. Probably under an hour with both elements from the start…color me happy. I can do 12 gallon batches with this one…

Bayou Classic Part#800-416 - got it from http://preview.tinyurl.com/BayouClassic - $231.29 plus shipping.

Bayou Classic Part#800-416 – got it from http://preview.tinyurl.com/BayouClassic – $231.29 plus shipping.

Hantover 1500 watt immersion heaters...http://tinyurl.com/hantover-heater - $ 98.60 each plus shipping.

Hantover 1500 watt immersion heaters…http://tinyurl.com/hantover-heater – $ 98.60 each plus shipping.

16 gallon pot - guess they stop the markings at 14 gallons to "suggest" you not fill it past that to allow boil room...

16 gallon pot – guess they stop the markings at 14 gallons to “suggest” you not fill it past that to allow boil room…

False Bottom in place - has standoff feet as well as a lip in the kettle to hold it in place...

False Bottom in place – has standoff feet as well as a lip in the kettle to hold it in place…

A little more of what's beneath the false bottom showing through...

A little more of what’s beneath the false bottom showing through…

Brew Bag in place - got it from www.bagbrewer.com - Jeff is great to work with - each bag is custom made with a super fast turnaround time. $35 including shipping in the US.

Brew Bag in place – got it from www.bagbrewer.com – Jeff is great to work with – each bag is custom made with a super fast turnaround time. $35 including shipping in the US.

He makes 'em super heavy duty with handles to hang 'em for draining the wort after mashing. He sizes the bags so you could actually fit the kettle in the bag...

He makes ’em super heavy duty with handles to hang ’em for draining the wort after mashing. He sizes the bags so you could actually fit the kettle in the bag…

Fermentations – Mead and Beer

Brewed up a small batch (3 gallons) of mead using local Western NC honey the other night. Split it into five jugs and pitched different yeasts for experimentation purposes. All are happily fermenting away…the “yeastie beasties” are busy!

My new brew kettle for electric “brew-in-a-bag” all-grain brewing just came in – Bayou Classic has a 16-gallon stock pot with most of the conversion work already done (they have smaller units converted as well).

800-416[1]If you search around, you can find an even better price – just sayin’. I have to drill holes for my immersion heaters. I know one will work fine for mashing, but it’ll take two to handle a 12-gallon boil. My first few batches with the new rig will only be 6 gallon boils. I also got my new custom size brew bag to fit my kettle, recipe ingredients on hand for two batches and I’ll crank up a couple of yeast starters tomorrow night. It’s going to be a fun weekend!

I’m also going to experiment with the Australian No Chill Method using these…in the 6 gallon size. I just got them in this week,too. They have a similar unit that’s 15 gallons – if the little guys work out well I’ll have some larger brews on the horizon.

 

Friday Eye Candy

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ICYMI – Tab Clearing Edition

All linky – no thinky…

Homeland Security: AR-15 Suitable for Personal Defense

John Lott: The Facts About Assault Weapons and Crime

JediRanger T-shirt

ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Challenge Coins

Sorry, I couldn’t resist…

Whodathunkit?

Gun-related violent crimes drop as gun sales soar in Va. – Richmond Times-Dispatch: Central Virginia:.

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