Food and Drink Archive

“Blank” wine

Posted November 19, 2016 By Landis V

Ran across the idea for a “blank” wine here (#14) and thought it was a great thing to hold on to for topping off and the like.

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Teabag steeped in a cup of water until cold
  • Handful of raisins
  • 2 lbs sugar
  • 1 gallon water

The author notes that it has very little flavor of its own, but has enough acid, tannin, and body to blend well with just about anything.

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I recently purchased an Ivation barbecue thermometer which is supposed to be a pretty decent similar build to the Maverick 733 (I believe).  Of course, one of the first things that comes to mind is how to tie this in to some type of IP connected system so I don’t have to rely upon the included receiver and its limited range, and can instead take advantage of wifi, Internet, and the smartphone I always have with me.  Turns out it should be pretty feasible in conjunction with the Raspberry Pi I already have plans to set up as a sort of garage controller.  That device will be connected by ethernet and will have a constant and reasonably close proximity to my smoker and grills already.  This post is for my notes on links that will be useful when (if?) I actually get around to making this work.

Software/code links and notes will come later, after I actually get the equipment to start testing.

About the BBQ thermometers

The Maverick (and presumably Ivation) transmit on the 433.92MHz frequency using OOK.  The Hackaday link to Bob Blake’s article below describes the communications protocols and encoding.


Update 10/9/16

Spent some time trying to get this working with my On Networks N150R over the past couple of days without much luck.  May have to give it a try with one of my Raspberry Pi’s and see if I can get it working there, if for no other reason than to verify that the receiver module I purchased is functional and/or that I have it wired somewhat properly.

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Masterbuilt 30″ Propane Smoker Notes

Posted December 28, 2015 By Landis V

Recently bought a Masterbuilt propane smoker from Cabelas.  Had kicked the idea around for a while, and the price was the lowest I’d seen by 25%, so went ahead with the purchase.  Got it assembled the other day and ready for a burn-in run, started this post to keep track of any notes I come across on it.

It was noteworthy that I had to make some minor modifications to complete the assembly.  It looks like they sent me two front legs for the same side, so one was missing one of the semi-necessary holes to mount the control panel.  Probably could have gotten by without it, but I just drilled a hole and added the fourth nut and screw.

    • Page with some suggestions for improving seal, temperature control, chip and water pans.  Suggests chunks instead of chips.  Also several suggestions for alternate smoke sources.
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The Largest List of Brewing Hops | MoreBeer

Posted June 15, 2015 By Landis V

Pretty comprehensive post.

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Posted May 27, 2015 By Landis V

Looks like a fun and interesting project to build one’s own DIY total dissolved solids measurement.

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Heating Elements

Posted September 25, 2014 By Landis V

Info on wiring for heating elements for brew kettles, along with links to build info using PIDs and SSRs for temperature control.

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Bucket List

Posted August 16, 2014 By Landis V

It’s difficult for me to start a specific “bucket list”, as I want to do just about everything that can be done, and see just about everything that can be seen, but I realized this afternoon that I didn’t have a central repository for these kinds of “someday” things.  So I decided to start one.

Places To See/Visit

This is a list of places I’d like to see or visit in my travels, both in the continental US and worldwide.

Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, AZ

Ran across a few pictures of this area while surfing around today.  Beautiful.

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