I’ve been making a bunch of pies lately – mostly because I need it. And I can share one take-away: give me corn starch or give me death.
I have been constantly been using cornstarch across every pie lately – and the results have been great. If a recipe doesn’t call for corn starch, I use a bunch of it. And if it does call for corn starch, I use even more. If the filing calls for flour, I substitute it for cornstarch – and then use even more cornstarch.
It’s been my experience that most recipes doesn’t use enough cornstarch. And that flour is a poor substitute for cornstarch. But, that’s my preference, because I don’t want the pie innards flopping all over the place.
I hope you enjoy the photos of pie!
I know I’m breaking some cardinal rule of homebrewing by using malt extract. However, I can’t give up the convenience factor. This is especially the case given the fact that I want to do a double-batch of a high ABV beer. And that’s just not possible with all grain because I lack the equipment.
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For dad’s birthday, I made brisket. He’s never had my brisket before. So, I’d like to get his first brisket I’ve made for him right. Let’s review our best practices from my previous posts/notes for To-Do’s for this cook.
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My notes for future reference – pretty much the main reason I’m putting all this stuff down.
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As I type this, it’s 3:30 a.m. And the brisket is just about to go into the smoker. I’m just waiting for the smoker to hit 250 degrees.
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So, I know this is a beer blog but…
I just threw the de-boned leg of lamb on at 2:56 p.m. My target temp is 145 degrees. I’ll use this post as notes going forward. Smoker temp is 225 degrees. But the Traeger temp does fluctuate wildly.
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Making one gallon batches of beer is a lot of work – for just a little bit of beer. In an effort to cut down on the amount of work per brew, I’m trying a few things:
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I’m sure you’ve seen these before: Rye IPA. Rye IPA are distinctive for their red color, and what’s noted as a spicy character. I’ve tried a couple Red or Rye IPAs in my day, and haven’t really been impressed. I’ve never really noticed the distinctive “pepper” finish that beer geeks wax poetic about. (This includes a previous batch of rye session IPA homebrew.) So, enter my attempt to brew a Rye IPA so I can finally figure out what all this peppery finish stuff is all about. Why will my own particular homebrew version of a Rye IPA make the difference in me distinguishing all those features that a rye beer? I’m using 50% rye in my grain bill. (The last iteration was just 16% rye.)
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Using Milk Sugar
This is my first experiment using milk sugar in a brew – to ultimately create a milk stout. Milk sugar can be either added at bottling or during the boil process. I elected for the latter, but may consider doing the latter in the future. (Edit: I’ll definitely be adding milk sugar at bottling going forward. This will leave more room in the primary fermenter for the wort.)
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Learning is good. And there’s nothing like experience to help you learn – unless of course it’s learning from some one else’s experiences. Here’s what I’ve learned:
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