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Sourdough Sponge

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Making a Sourdough Sponge My Credentials Sourdough is among the various things I like to ferment. Mostly I do bread and pancakes, but I haven't done these in quite a while. The reason is that a little over a year ago, I moved with my family from Utah to Washington, and my sourdough sponge didn't survive the trip, and I've been putting off making a new one. Well, holiday vacation, I have a few other things I'm making, so I decided to get this going too so I can make some bread to go with the sauerkraut and beer for the new year.

Left Hand Brewing Milk Stout Nitro

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Left Hand Brewing Milk Stout Nitro We had an unexpected stop off at the store on the way home from work today, and I saw a little something on the shelf that I hadn't seen before. Milk Stout Nitro by Left Hand Brewing. It caught my interest. I love cream stouts. I'm a fan of Left Hand Brewing's Milk Stout. I guess I'm not a refined enough beer drinker to know what I should expect out of a nitro draft. Two out of three ain't bad, so I went for it.

Mash Tun 2.0

Mash Tun 2.0 I posted a while back on my home grown mash tun that I made from a couple of 5 gallon food grade buckets that I picked up from a local restaurant a while back. It served me well for quite a while. I was able to keep a fairly consistent mash temp, it was easy to work with, easy to clean, best of all, it was dirt cheap to make. Then came the day that I decided I wanted to try my hand at a dopplebock, and I learned that my little mash tun 1.0 just wasn't enough, but I'll post about that another time. The bottom line was that I started turning my attention to a bigger kit.
The Research Trying To Buy A Mash Tun I decided I needed a new mash tun, but definitely didn't want to spend the bucks to buy one of the stainless steel setups I'd seen, but for the right price I might be willing to buy something pre-built. In fact, I'd rather buy something pre-built because when given a choice I'm sort of a buy it outright kind of guy, so I started looking around a…

First Mead

I've made a couple of meads, well, actually three. Two really sucked. One of them used too much honey 🍯, another I tried to get fancy and use blueberries. It ended up being totally flavorless. The first, however, was awesome. For some reason I never tried it again, but maybe it's about time. It was a simple recipe that I found somewhere online and adapted a bit for ingredients I had around the house.
Honey, of course, at about 3 pounds per gallon.
The recipe called for a yeast nutrient and said bee 🐝 pollen would work. I happened to have a bunch of capsules, so I used about 20,emptying the contents in to the diluted honey and water.
It called for an acid so I got 3 lemons (for about a 1 gallon batch, quartered them and threw them in to the fermenter.
I needed yeast, and as this was my very first brew of any kind and I didn't even know of home brew stores, I took a shot in the dark and got me some fleishmans bread yeast. I think I used 2 packs.
After a month or so I …