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Sausage Making / Re: sausage stuffers
« Last post by byacey on November 29, 2020, 07:18:11 PM »
I found that by putting too much casing on the tube, it tends to dry up and doesn't slide off the tube as smoothly after you use up about half the casing.
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Sausage Making / Re: Rytek Kutas recipes, salt content
« Last post by byacey on November 29, 2020, 04:32:59 PM »
Everything is by weight.
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Introduce Yourself / Re: Idiotic questions for posting
« Last post by manfromplaid on November 29, 2020, 04:06:51 PM »
couple more post and its done
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Introduce Yourself / Re: Idiotic questions for posting
« Last post by Habanero Smoker on November 29, 2020, 02:16:47 PM »
Must be some geek sitting on his couch, thinking of ways to frustrate people. I've never seen that character.

From what I've read from other members, after you log on for a specific number of times you don't have to go through this.
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Sausage Making / Re: Rytek Kutas recipes, salt content
« Last post by Habanero Smoker on November 29, 2020, 02:10:58 PM »
Hi byacey;

Welcome to the forum.

I don't have that book handy right now so I haven't reviewed his recipe. I like to keep the salt content around 2%. If you use 2% that would be 2.8 oz. (or 18 grams per 1,000 grams of meat). Your salt amount is much lower, than I use. so I don't know why your sausage is so salty. Or is that the amount you are planning to use. Using less salt is alright, but it does impact the flavor.

You cure is a little high, and it should be .40 oz (11 grams), but that wouldn't make your sausage salty. Are you weighing your salt, or using volume, then converting to weight?
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Introduce Yourself / Idiotic questions for posting
« Last post by byacey on November 29, 2020, 01:55:42 PM »
I'm new to the forum, and have wasted considerable time wrestling with the anti spam settings trying to post. I understand the need for this, but this is looking ludicrous already.

 When I try and post I'm confronted with retyping some hazy letters that are next to impossible to read, but fortunately you can listen to an audio clip enunciating what the letters actually are. Then  I get a sentence asking me what the last letter or symbol is in this sentence, which is displayed as .:   
What the hell is this, braille? I don't have this on my keyboard. I've also tried typing "period colon"  , " .: ",  " : " , " colon" but it keeps prompting me that  the answer is incorrect, and to make matters worse, one can't even select a different question.

Who thinks up these thing?
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Sausage Making / Rytek Kutas recipes, salt content
« Last post by byacey on November 29, 2020, 01:17:05 PM »
I've tried Rytek Kutas's Ukrainian garlic sausage recipe on a few occasions and found it to be quite salty.

On the last batch I've cut back on the salt:
for 10 lbs of meat, I've been using 1.5 ozs of salt, and 0.6 oz of sodium nitrite. Do these numbers seem reasonable?

Edit: This is the cure I'm using: https://highcaliberproducts.com/product/cure-curing-salt-f-s-500g-pkg/

It's 5% Sodium Nitrite.
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Introduce Yourself / Re: Tempco upgrade
« Last post by manfromplaid on November 29, 2020, 08:14:02 AM »
I have the 2 element mod and use a PID. when I am doing salmon I start at 120 and work my way up. I can start the smoke and set temp on pid. if temp goes above my pid setting the element gets no power. so you can set your smoke generator to on and set the pid to where you want and for how long and away ya go.
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Introduce Yourself / Re: Tempco upgrade
« Last post by Chuckals on November 29, 2020, 07:34:33 AM »
thanks for the response. I will be running an Auber PID and their new cirfan. It is a Bradley 4 rack digital so I just wondered if the PID would have a setting lower than what I can get to with the Bradley smoke generator. Haven't received the PID or fan yet but was curious as to how low I can get to. Have been using my Bradley for several years now and finally got tired of temperature inconsistencies.
When I smoke salmon I usually start as low as I can...usually just the generator without element on and work my way up. Think the PID can be programmed so wondered if I can stilll. start ;ow with generator and have PID come on after a certain time
Thanks
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Introduce Yourself / Re: Tempco upgrade
« Last post by Habanero Smoker on November 29, 2020, 03:48:47 AM »
Hi Chuckals;

Welcome to the forum.

Not knowing your smoker model or your final configuration after the upgrade; the lowest smoking temperature you will be able to achieve will be the same before you made the upgrade. Just like before, you lowest temperature with the tempco element off, is the same as running a stock Bradley with the 500 watt element off - and that is also very dependent on the ambient weather. With the element on, if you don't have a third party controller and you are using the Bradley controller and sensors, I wouldn't expect it to run any hotter or much hotter at the lowest setting than with the stock 500 watt element. The main difference you will see is how fast your reach the set temperature.
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