Tag Archives: beer

Episode-731- Preserving the Harvest

Well the time is approaching rapidly that we will be in the full swing of fall harvesting and even planting the fall gardens.  With temps are or near 100 in many parts of the nation today it may seem a long way off, yet it isn’t, cooler weather and the bounty of the garden and the field are just around the corner.

As we turn our focus to harvest both of garden and game it is a good time to discuss what to do with it all.  You can only eat so much fresh, your neighbors will only smile about so many free zucchinis.  You worked hard for it, when it comes to game it is also hard work, time and money, today we talk about making it last.

Join Me Today as we Discuss…

  • What is blanching
  • The easiest method – dehydration
  • The closest to fresh method – flash freezing
  • Canning – pressure and steam
  • Pickling
  • Fermentation
  • Brewing and vinting
  • Making liquor
  • Smoking vs. curing

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Episode-676- Home Brewing – Tips, Tricks and Recipes

Today we go into some tips, tricks and recipes to complete our mini series on home brewing.  Yesterday we focused on the equipment, the basics of how to, the role of ingreedents and developing a basic understanding of brewing equipment and technology.

Today we get much deeper into various ingredients and adjuncts.  We discuss specialty malts, hone, fruit, beer styles and more.

Beer is at the same time remarkably simple and extremely complex, on one level it is simply a form or sugar (usually malted barley), water, hops and yeast.  On the other hand there are millions of ways that any individual batch of beer can be modified both intentionally and simply by circumstance.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Specialty Grains
    • Black Patent Malt
    • Chocolate Malt
    • Crystal Malt
    • Roasted Barley
    • Cara-Pils Malt
    • Honey Malt
  • More on Hops
    • Flavor is always evident, even when it’s not
    • Bitterness and the HBU scale
    • Styles are generally hop specific to a degree
  • Yeast
    • Dry Yeasts
    • Liquid Yeasts
    • Cultivation of Yeast
    • Reuse of Slurry
    • Yeast strains have a huge impact on beer flavor
  • Adjuncts
    • Honey
    • Fruit
    • Chili Peppers
    • Smoked Malt
    • Pumpkin
    • Brown Sugar – Molasses
    • Maple Syrup – Maple Sap
  • Some Special Recipes
    • Bandit Honey Ale
    • Jack’s Brown Mild
    • Conversion Pollinator Triple
    • Copperhead Barley Wine
    • Raspberry Stout (liquid sex in a bottle)
    • Blackberry Porter

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Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-675- Building the Home Brewers Kit and Understanding Beer

I haven’t gone into home brewing for a long time and thought I might do a couple shows on it this week.  Today we start out not so much with how to brew (though we will cover it a bit) but the “hard items” you need to brew great beer at home.

Then tomorrow in part two we will go into tips and tricks for better brewing, some recipes I have developed and discovered over the years and more.

My hope is that more of the audience will take the time and effort to develop brewing and vinting as self sufficiency skill sets.

History has show that beer and wine are both usable as currency and to quote one of the father of our country, Benjamin Franklin, “beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Basic Beer Knowledge
    • Mash, Partial Mash and Extract
    • What is the purpose of hops anyway
    • Ale vs. Lager
    • No you won’t go blind
    • Yep totally legal
    • No it doesn’t take forever
    • The goal is not more alcohol
    • It does save money, not over swill though
  • The Basic Home Brewers Kit (must haves)
    • The “kettle”
    • Fermenters (glass vs. plastic)
    • Overflow hose and plug
    • Airlocks
    • Racking Tube
    • Siphon Tubing
    • Filling Wand
    • Bottling Bucket
    • Capper and Caps
    • Sanitizer
    • Grain/Hop Bags – Muslin vs. Nylon
    • Bottle & Carboy Brushes
    • Stirring Spoon
    • Stove
    • Charlie’s Books
  • Completing the Kit (nice to haves)
    • Hydrometer
    • Floating Thermometer
    • Wort Chillers
    • Propane Cooker
    • Jet Washer
    • Bottle Rinser
    • Bottle Tree
  • The Basic Mash Extract Brewing Process
    • Clean, clean and clean
    • Add specialty grains (if called for)
    • Start heating up your water
    • Remove specialty grains prior boil
    • Add in extract and turn down/off heat, stir heavily
    • Now add bittering hops
    • Near end add flavor and or aroma hops
    • Chill wort
    • Rack to fermenter
    • Pitch Yeast
    • Ferment
    • Rack to secondary
    • Bottle
    • Drink

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Episode-265- An Interview with Johnny Maxx and The Queen

Tune in today for an interview with Johnny Maxx and The Queen, (aka John and Tammy McKissack) who are the host of “The Self Sufficient Homestead” and co hosts of “BrewCrazy“.

Join in today as we discuss a variety fo subjects and projects John and Tammy are working on in at their south Texas homestead such as…

  • What is up with today’s bumper music
  • Hydroponics
  • The perpetual onion
  • Making “lazy mans cider”
  • Keeping bees and making mead
  • Why debt free is the way to be
  • What dealing with multiple hurricanes taught them
  • The cost of running a generator over a few weeks
  • Why savings really matter when the chips are down
  • Price gouging in a SHTF
  • Keeping chickens
  • Alternative energy
  • And of course a little bit about beer

Episode-131- Making Beer and Mead at Home

Today’s initial show notes will be very brief and I will back fill them with resources and bullet points mentioned in the show this evening.  Due to the reminants of yesterday’s ice storm my morning drive took almost three hours.  So I will just put up the audio and back fill later on.

Tune in today to learn the basics and some of my personal tricks for makeing beer and meads at home.