Deer Jerky and Home Brew (Pic Heavy)

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  1. jstalljon

    jstalljon Woods Wanderer Supporter Bushclass I

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    Who doesn't enjoy that title???!!! :D

    Ever since my daughter could walk, she loved hanging out with me in the garage, whether it was just tinkering around...or one of her favorite activities, making venison jerky, summer sausage or the like. Well, she's almost 10 now and other interests occupy a great deal of her time...nail polish, make up, dancing, boys....stuff that makes little girls happy, and make Dad's trigger finger itchy. ;) So when she asked me late this week if we could make deer jerky, it was not only a surprise, but a welcome invitation.

    Our set up yesterday morning as we would grind and marinade the meat overnight. My homemade dehydrator makes 6-7 lbs of jerky, so we had 4lbs of venison and 2 lbs of pork/fat. Yes, this deer is almost 3 years old. I found these 2 packages buried while cleaning out my freezer. Typically most people would just throw this meat out, but knowing it had gone from field to freezer with my own hands, I knew it wasn't freezer burnt.

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    I'm going to miss these times as she grows older and it isn't "cool" to hang out with Dad anymore.


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    With everything chopped...it was time to start stuffing through the grinder.

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    Everything ground through the medium and fine plates, then marinated and wrapped to absorb all that flavor overnight.

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    I had brewed a nice malty brown ale a few weeks ago, so it was time to keg that batch....the perfect addition to the jerky.

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    This one went straight from primary fermenter into cornelius keg.

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    Hydrometer reading of 6.7% abv on this batch.

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    So into the kegerator for forced carbination, and chill overnight. So fast forward to today....back to the jerky. The Cabela's Jerky Blaster makes short and quick work of putting the jerky into nice uniform strips.

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    Into the home made dehydrator...

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    It takes about 6 hours total for the jerky to dry to the right consistency. So in the mean time I took the liberty of doing a few quick projects...like wrapping all my folding/nesting handles with stripped paracord.


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    Whenever jerky is drying in the garage, my bud is never too far away.

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    And the yield from the day....nesters cup in the picture for scale...

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    With the jerky done, it was time to hook up the CO2 and tap the keg.

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    And the finished products of both my efforts....yes, it's a lot of work, but not only is rewarding knowing I made this by hand...when compared to actual cost of purchased jerky and craft beer, the price difference of doing it yourself is staggering. So a great late afternoon snack and some BCUSA....nothing finer. Thanks for looking


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    Looks quite tasty. Howd you build the dehydrator
     
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    Heck yeah!!!
     
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    Cool Bro interested also in your dehydrator ?
     
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    Sweet. I'm interested in you dehydrator too.
     
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    That is some fine looking stuff you have there. And I to would love to know more about that dehydrator.
     
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    Oh yeah, that's what I'm talkin' about. Some of the finest things in life right there, Daddy's girls, good jerky, and some fine home brew.

    Envious.
     
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    Thanks, now i want some deer jerky lol. Nice lookin dehydrator man, good job.
     
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    Always glad to see homebrewers in action!
     
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    Looking good. Gotta love the time with your kids.
    The brew looks delicious! Mind sharing the recipe? I have been brewing kits for sometime but am planning to start doing some full scratch runs!
     
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    A great post and I bet you had a hard time on the keyboard afterwards! Thanks for sharing :)
     
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    man after my own heart I also home brew and make roo jerkey
     
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    Oh man, I haven't had home made jerky in a few years! That looks so good. Since leaving Colorado, I've only had the convenience store crap. And you are teaching the kiddo. Kudos!
     
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    Don't mind sharing the recipe at all....I'm a partial masher:


    Grains:
    .25 lbs Caramel 80
    .25 lbs Pale Chocolate
    .25 lbs Black malt


    Sugars:
    6 lbs Amber LME
    1 lb Amber DME


    Hops:
    1 oz Goldings (bittering, full 60 min boil)
    1 oz Liberty (flavoring, 40 min)
    1 oz Williamette (aroma, 15 min)

    Yeast:
    Safale 05
     
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    Add a fire and a fine pipe afterwards and ya got heaven! Nice!

    Scott
     
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    How did you learn the right amounts ? I would love to brew my own beer, only have started my Mr. Beer kit but that's nothing I wanna delve into a full craft beer. If you don't mind divulging that information !

    Sent from my ADR6410LVW using Tapatalk 2
     
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    First off, buy the complete joy of homebrewing (the homebrewer's bible) by charlie papazian

    never heard of a mr. beer kit but I'm guessing it wasn't very good. see if you can find a local homebrew shop, if not there are several online stores.

    Best way to learn is just to make your own recipes. I've been brewing for years and only used someone else's recipes on the first two or three. I went all grain after only a few batches and decided to just make my own recipes. Never had a bad one. All grain is also great to progress your learning process. Hardest part is getting started, just do it.

    Best way to make your own recipe is look at some of your favorite beers. Start out with a base malt (usually 2 row) which is the main body of your beer, then the rest are color and flavor malts. Some breweries will list the ingredients of each beer on their website. Usually they don't give amounts but it's a good way to figure out similarities and decide what you like. Then just throw something together and do it. If you use similar ingredients it will most likely be good and brewing a recipe you made gives you a lot of confidence. And one thing I've learned over the years is everybody's palate is different, so even if you hate it, somebody else might say it's the best beer they've ever had
     
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    +1 on the book good starting point
     
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    There are also several opptions for fairly inexpensive brewing software which really helps with figuring out how much alcohol, color, bitterness units a given recipe is going to give you.

    I use iBrewmaster on the ipad and it really helps with organization and recipe design.
     
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    Nice. the ol lady and I made up a batch of Pumpkin Porter today.
     
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    Awesome beer. Thanks jstalljon!
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    That right there is time well spent. Nice work.
     

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