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Brad Balk
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Pouring a tasty home made Vanilla Porter on Nitro.

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Prime example of the phrase "They don't make things like they used to"  This glut era Old Taylor 6  is so freaking delicious, it was sad to finish of this little guy tonight.
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I'm looking for a Stir Plate that can handle a 5-Liter Flask.  I have one of those home made types with the magnets on a computer fan, but it just doesn't want to work very well.  It seems like it is constantly losing the stir bar on me as soon as I walk away.  So I'm looking for something better, anyone have any recommendations on something that can do a 5-Liter with no problems I would love to hear them.
Thanks

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The last of a 2 year old bottle of Old Rip 10 year sparkling by my fireplace.
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So I took my first foray into home made hot sauce.

A friend gave me a bag of serrano peppers, so knowing I couldn't possibly eat all of them I decided to give hot sauce I try.  I made 2 batches
#1 - Straight pepper sauce
10 peppers
1 cup white vinegar
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tbs seasalt

#2 - Pineapple pepper sauce
12 peppers
1/2 a fresh pineapple
1 cup white vinegar
1 clove mince garlic
2 tbs seasalt

I made both recipes the same way, mixed all the ingredients, boiled for about 15 minutes, then blended them until they were mostly liquid.

I was afraid of them being to hot so I de seeded all of the peppers and tried to make sure the mixture of vinegar to hot was high.  

I was very happy with the results, both sauces came out better than I expected, I was worried that the 2 bottles might be sitting around in the fridge for years, instead they are both already very low after 1 big meal with my friends.  I can't wait to make the next batch, I could see getting addicted to this, like I need another hobby.

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The Results of a busy month, 7 ten gallon batches including 4 last week.
Time to sit back and enjoy the results for a while.
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My brewstand with the recently added Blichmann Tower of Power.  I can't recommend the tower enough, it works great and keeps me from screwing up my mash temp while trying to maintain it manually.
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New Mill Station
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