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Syzygies last won the day on June 28 2016

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  1. I believe that creating an account will do the trick. It's no more that choosing a name and password, that you'll want in any case for order tracking.
  2. I have written Dennis privately for advice on the best gasket retrofit for my 2009 23" KK Ultimate. For indoor ovens, a common warning that comes with using ample steam is possible damage to the oven. Electronics? Glass door? Hasn't been my problem. For a KK, the gaskets are perhaps the most vulnerable component. When steam condenses back to water, it transfers a massive wallop of energy; that's why steam burns are so dangerous. Perhaps the KK gaskets are glued on fine for normal use, but can't withstand constant bombardment by steam. I'm too hooked on bread to give up this practice, I'll figure this out, but in the interest of full disclosure I wanted to raise this possible issue.
  3. Whole shoulder (15 lbs butt + picnic) for a party tonight. A friend from South Carolina will be making the sauce. I forgot to replace my 16" terra cotta plant saucer after the last one cracked, so I improvised with a foil-lined 42cm paella pan.
  4. Back to regular Red winter wheat berries (Giusto). The Fife red just wasn't behaving. Or was it the einkorn?
  5. Hijacking this thread to register my frustration that an edit for spelin or gramer moments after we "Submit Reply" gets tramp stamped with "Edited..." Even if no one has responded. Even if no one has viewed the post yet. This seemed the ideal thread, as [1] it's the most current discussion of forum ease of use, and [2] it has a glaring spelling error in it's title. It must be ridiculously painful for even a moderator to correct title spelling, or else someone would have helpfully fixed this. On facebook I'll routinely delete a post and start over, to avoid the "edited..." stamp. Here, one can't delete posts silently. So one chooses which defaces one's post more, leaving in poor spelling and grammar, or replacing it with an "Edited..." stamp. There are activities like mudding a wall where one learns to leave well enough alone, any attempt to fix an imperfection leaves a more glaring imperfection. The forum software turns posting into mudding a wall, leave in spelling errors if the software is going to be that sensitive about all that. But then, visitors who don't post have no idea about the effect of forum software on our ecosystem. They just think we're hicks who can't spell, which has to work against selling $4K cookers? There is one appropriate time to leave minor spelling errors in one's writing: If one composes and types much faster that a correspondent, who might lay awake nights concerned that they have taken up way too much of your time, the "dashed off" look achieves a social nicety with a purpose. Carefully placed errors achieve this goal. Sort of like if you're a sleeper agent taking a special services exam, concerned that your perfect score will attract the wrong kind of attention. Carefully back off on an answer, without getting this back-peddling caught on video.
  6. Yes, we've tried Red Fife wheat berries for a range of applications. Pie crust: Not as flaky. Pasta: Clear winner. Bread? In multiple tries with free form "artisan" loaves (no bread pan) I get the spread out sploosh I used to get with any "green" flour (not aged) until I learned about ascorbic acid as a dough conditioner. It is as if Red Fife wheat is unresponsive to this conditioner.
  7. I've also long believed in freehand. The sound and feel tells you you're doing it right, like so many other rewarding activities. These stones are incredible. My Japanese knives are as sharp as I've ever experienced, and even western knives easily come out sharp. The feedback tells you when to advance to the next stone, and these are twice as fast as natural or cheap synthetic stones. One needs a holder of some description, and ideally a diamond stone for cleaning and flattening these (who cuts the barber?).
  8. I do own the major alternatives. I haven't used my grill floss since someone on these forums proposed using a 3/8th wrench. Note this is a Craftsman, and is nicely rounded to match the grate. Other wrenches vary, and owner satisfaction varies accordingly, for this application. In my opinion this is a much better option than grill floss. The only advantage of grill floss is length, if the fire is raging. That's not when I clean.
  9. Perhaps. He claimed that they said to say something if the reading went over a certain number. What he saw was a reading that got stuck at that number.
  10. Another point along this design spectrum: SpringUSA Blackline SwissSteel Cookware I have all but the largest of these pans; the 12 5/8" has an enormous handle. These have less design attitude than Finex; they're simply a perfected successor to either French carbon steel pans or American cast iron pans. They season like either. Smooth like French pans, heavy like American pans. I've tried a variety of the best regarded French pans, and Lodge and other traditional American pans, and I prefer these. The design doesn't have attitude at all, really. Rather, simple perfection, how could its ancestors not achieve this design? The Finex pans have attitude, but I like their attitude. I'd have to try one to be sure, but my impression for now is that I still prefer SpringUSA.
  11. Stainless Steel Flour Sieve, 12 in. (roughly #17) Gilson 12in Round Test Sieve, All Stainless Steel - #35/500um Komo Classic Grain Mill So I measured Laurie's smaller sieve, to put together some extraction percentages using the Komo grain mill. These numbers may vary by grain and by grinding stone wear, but they give a rough idea: With my #35 test sieve, I easily get 80% extraction in one kitchen, and struggle to get 80% extraction in the other (80% flour, 20% discarded bran). With Laurie's smaller #30 sieve, she gets 90% extraction. Using the coarse #17 "mixing" sieve, if I sieve three times I can remove 8% bran leaving 92% extraction. And sieving three times with the #17 coarse sieve is less frustrating for large quantities than sieving once with the #35 fine sieve. My take away? The marked jump between #30 and #35 tells us something about the finest grind that the Komo is capable of doing. If one were flush, and owned an entire range of test sieves and a shaking table, one could describe exactly how many mills on the market (mixer attachments, etc.) performed. I continue to love my #35 sieve for pasta, full of whole wheat flavor but smooth as semolina pasta. I can imagine ordering a #25 test sieve for bread, but I'm going to instead experiment with getting by using the coarse sieve. Ballpark 90% extraction either way, not clearly worth the money or storage to get a third sieve.
  12. So we're just now discovering the wonders and perils of Red Fife Winter Wheat. Read up by Googling, it doesn't behave like the wheat you know. I'm on try four, and not yet back to where I was before on technical issues. But the flavor! Others agree it hands down wins against any other wheat flour for bread. Organic Red Fife Wheat Berries
  13. That's a routine I can follow.
  14. Today (December 11) VacMaster is offering $150 off the VP120, the successor to the machine I have. Normally $780 on Amazon, $799 at VacMaster, this brings the price down to $649. Coupon: DAY11 VacMaster VP120 Home Chamber Vacuum Sealer I'd get the VP215 instead, but one needs more space, a friend to help lift it in place, and the advantages of the oil pump come with having to think about the pump. I'm happy with my VP115 and very happy with their customer support. They resolved my falling seal pad to my satisfaction. I quoted my earlier post in its entirely as otherwise I'd want to say it again. (I just bought one for California. Our location is cold, so an oil pump might not be a good idea.)
  15. TelTru FAQ TelTru is a premier manufacturer of replacement thermometers; various of us have several (trading sensitivity for range). They state a low temperature operating limit of -50F for bimetal thermometers with silicone fill. My speculation is that their other bimetal thermometers have no such lower limit. The display quite naturally goes off scale low well before this point. Whether this causes loss of calibration is both an empirical question and a question for each manufacturer. My thermometers often see 25 F over winter nights, and on low & slow cooks the comparison with my BBQGuru is at least a sanity check (the different locations take a very long time to converge to the same temperature, even if all instrumentation has perfect accuracy). So, dunno. I've been able to ignore this issue and my food tastes good. As I said, ultimately an empirical question. Who has witnessed loss of calibration after freezing nights? For the regulation issue, the operating temperature range would be a good question for Dennis to take up with his supplier. Don't get me wrong; I deeply respect asking this question. What's the poster child for asking this question? Apollo 13 returning home alive after a severe explosion in space. The ultimate cause of the explosion was bare wire inside an oxygen tank, which sparked the contents during a routine in-flight stir. Earlier on the ground, NASA needed to boil off the contents of that tank, missing a voltage design change that accidentally fused a heating element always-on. They asked some guy to sit on a folding chair and say something if a thermometer read over a certain limit. The thermometer quickly reached and got stuck at this limit; it wasn't designed to read off scale high. The guy didn't say anything, and the tank problems went unnoticed.