Food, Beer, Cooking, and Homebrewing

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The GF asked for waffles and I delivered. Sadly I didn’t get any more pictures because the waffles were gone as soon as they came out of the waffle iron.

The GF asked for waffles and I delivered. Sadly I didn’t get any more pictures because the waffles were gone as soon as they came out of the waffle iron.

I have been out of stock for a while so it was nice to get to make some again. Nothing too special just a good batch of stock.

I love my cast iron!!! the pan in the foreground goes all the way back to my great grandmother. 
I cooked up some tarragon chicken with a tarragon cream sauce and pasta. To go with that was some BBQ style pork chops with mashed sweet potatoes, lightly wilted swiss chard, and cold slaw. The pork chops were really good and what is to not like about a sauce that is based around heavy cream.

I love my cast iron!!! the pan in the foreground goes all the way back to my great grandmother. 

I cooked up some tarragon chicken with a tarragon cream sauce and pasta. To go with that was some BBQ style pork chops with mashed sweet potatoes, lightly wilted swiss chard, and cold slaw. The pork chops were really good and what is to not like about a sauce that is based around heavy cream.

Last meal at one of our favorite places on Canton Street. It’s a sushi and tapas place that my GF loved.

We started with some mac-and-cheese, kobe sliders, and tuna sliders. All of which were really well.

Then we had a couple rolls of sushi and steak and grits. The sushi is good. Not great, I mean it’s Atlanta after all, but it works to fill the craving for sushi. The steak and grits is really good.

One of the things that I am really happy about is that I can now compost my spent grain! It makes wonderful compost.

One of the things that I am really happy about is that I can now compost my spent grain! It makes wonderful compost.

As my beer supplies are getting low I also brewed a Pale Ale that I am working on. I wanted to hold off so I could rework any issues with the new space but I went for it anyway. 

One cool thing about double brew days is that you can use the water out of your chiller for the next batch. I generally get about 5 gallons of 150 degree F water out of my chiller. For a standard gravity beer I normally strike with around 5 gallons so it works out pretty well. My bucket heater can heat it up the extra 10-15 degrees in no time. 

Everything went really well until one of the bags for my pellet hops broke open during the boil. This caused my two bazooka screens to clog while I was trying to whirlpool. Normally I use leaf hops to get around this but I don’t keep cascade hops on hand. I’m not sure how the bag broke. The bag ripped open but I’m not really sure what it ripped on. After taking my bazooka screens and manifold apart I did not find any evidence pointing to what cut the bag. 

Because my bazooka screens were clogged I had to break out the auto siphon to get the beer out of the kettle. It worked fine but I really like using my pump for that. When using the pump the transfer is much quicker and I don’t have to open the lid a much on my kettle. 

We will see how it turns out. 

Brewing my first beer at our house!!! I’m finally a HOMEbrewer!!! It’s only been about two months and I was so happy to be brewing again. For the first beer I made an American Stout that I have made a couple times. 

It went pretty smoothly. Of course as with brewing in a new place for the first time there were some issues but nothing that can’t be overcome. It did rain a good bit so I was glad that I could setup just inside the garage. I also enjoyed some of my Barley Wine while brewing. It has really mellowed out and is getting pretty good.

One of the best things is just brewing outside again! It just feels so natural. Plus I can make a mess and just hose it off. Speaking of cleaning stuff. Oh how I have missed being able to do that outside!!! It is so nice to be able to just hose everything off outside and not have to really worry about making a mess inside. 

I FINALLY got back to brewing last weekend!!! It had only been two months. Just getting some starters going before the brew day.

I FINALLY got back to brewing last weekend!!! It had only been two months. Just getting some starters going before the brew day.

I made a caddie for my pump. I’m glad that I finally have a safe place for my pump.

I made a caddie for my pump. I’m glad that I finally have a safe place for my pump.

First loaf of bread in the new place. Of course Dr. Pasteur came to make sure I was doing everything correctly. I didn’t get a finished picture but y’all have seen a loaf of bread before. 

First loaf of bread in the new place. Of course Dr. Pasteur came to make sure I was doing everything correctly. I didn’t get a finished picture but y’all have seen a loaf of bread before. 

Pot Roast! It’s finally getting cold so it’s time for pot roast!

Pot Roast! It’s finally getting cold so it’s time for pot roast!

Ice cream sundaes at work! I got Salted Caramel with a caramel sauce, toffee, whipped cream, and candied bacon. When candied bacon is an option you always get candied bacon. This was not a bad way to end the week!

Oct 9
Avery Brewing Company’s The Reverend. I had this one our trip out to CO. I got it a couple years ago so it had really mellowed out. 

Avery Brewing Company’s The Reverend. I had this one our trip out to CO. I got it a couple years ago so it had really mellowed out. 

Oct 8

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While on our drive up to Milwaukee we stopped by Hot Doug’s: The Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium. If you have never heard of them you can see Anthony Bourdain talk about it here. You can also read about it from Bon Appetite here. They open at 10:30 am but we got there around 10:00 am before the line started to form, it was a rather cold day. My girlfriend made us get out of the car around 10:15 to wait by the door. It turned out to be a good thing because as soon as we got in line several people followed suite and got in line behind us. We were the first people in line!!!

I had to get the foie gras dog. It’s a duck sausage topped with truffle aioli and a metric f*** ton of foie gras. It was AMAZING!!! It was by far one of the best sausages I have ever had. 

I also had the smoked yak sausage. It was topped with a bacon garlic mayonnaise, cheddar garlic spread, and duck cracklings. It was great. The spread had a nice tart note that helped cut through the richness of the sausage. 

I also got an order of the duck fat fries. If you have never had potatoes fried in duck fat you do not know what you are missing. They only do this on Friday and Saturday. Throwing a little mayonnaise on them pushes them over the top.

I love sausages and this was well worth stopping in Chicago. If you are there you HAVE to go to Hot Doug’s.

Well I just learned that Hot Doug’s in Chicago closed last week. I am so happy that we stopped there while going to visit my GF’s parents. The meal that I had was wonderful. I mean what is wrong with foie gras, duck cracklings, and duck fat french fries!!!

I was looking forward to the day we drove back through Chicago to get to Milwaukee so we could stop again. Sadly I will never get another foie gras dog. 

Oct 7
For lunch I went to a place called Eats. It’s a meat and three place that does southern food with a few Caribbean flavors thrown in. 
I got the BBQ chicken, mashed potatoes, mac-and-cheese, and green beans. It also comes with corn bread. Everything was really good. The BBQ sauce had a nice touch of heat. All of the sides were done very well too. Not only is the food really good. It’s also a great deal. A meat and three plate cost $7.75. You can get a veggie plate for $4-$5. It’s nice to know that a place this good and this reasonably priced is right next to my new office.

For lunch I went to a place called Eats. It’s a meat and three place that does southern food with a few Caribbean flavors thrown in. 

I got the BBQ chicken, mashed potatoes, mac-and-cheese, and green beans. It also comes with corn bread. Everything was really good. The BBQ sauce had a nice touch of heat. All of the sides were done very well too. Not only is the food really good. It’s also a great deal. A meat and three plate cost $7.75. You can get a veggie plate for $4-$5. It’s nice to know that a place this good and this reasonably priced is right next to my new office.