Oaked IPA Part 2: Transferring to the Secondary

I’m brewing an IPA this time around, but I wanted to give it a little something extra. To do this, I purchased some French Oak Chips. After reading a little on the homebrew forums, one member suggested sanitizing them in a liquor of some sorts. Since I am in Tennessee and I enjoy a good whiksey, I decided to go with Jack.

I began my brew process by putting the Oak chips in a container, then dousing them with a healthy amount of Jack.

The next step was to lay out all the equipment I would need to transfer the beer from the Primary to the Secondary. My secondary is a 5 gallon glass carboy. I also needed my racking cane, siphoning hose, airlock, and cork for the carboy. As always, everything must be sanitized. I prefer to use OneStep.

Secondary Fermentation Tools
Secondary Fermentation Tools
Sanitizing the Equipment
Sanitizing the Equipment
Carboy being Sanitized
Carboy being Sanitized

After I got everything all good and clean, I removed the lid from the primary to find a beautiful dark beer.

Beer in the Primary
Beer in the Primary

It was time to transfer from the primary to the secondary. I emptied out the OneStep out of the secondary and removed the rest of the tools from the sanitizing solution. I assembled my racking cane to the hose, and clipped it to the side of the primary. Then I started the siphon by simply creating a vacuum with my mouth.

Transferring via Siphon
Transferring via Siphon
Siphoning the beer into the Secondary
Siphoning the beer into the Secondary

After the beer had completed siphoning, I removed the Oak chips from the Jack by using a strainer. I then added them to the secondary and sealed it off.

Beer in the Secondary w/ Oak Chips
Beer in the Secondary w/ Oak Chips

Check out the color difference between the original Jack, and the stuff that came out of the Oak chip solution.

Before and After the Oak Chips
Before and After the Oak Chips

Curious as to what the primary looks like with no beer? Well, it’s just a bunch of spent yeast and hops.

Spent yeast and hops
Spent yeast and hops

I ended the session with putting it in the brew closet.

In the beer cellar
In the beer cellar

So that’s it for now! Next week I will be clarifying the beer with gelatin, then I will keg it! I’m excited as it is my first time doing both of those things. Stay Tuned.

Google to Remove H.264 Video Support from Chrome

To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 <video> support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM VP8 and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.

via Chromium Blog: HTML Video Codec Support in Chrome.

Facebook Chat Fix for Adium/Pidgin/iChat

The other day I launched Adium and noticed a significant decrease of friends. I noticed that although my Facebook friends were online at www.facebook.com, they were not showing up in my list. A quick check showed that yes, my Facebook account was connected in Adium, but nothing was showing up.

Well, here’s the fix for your Facebook Friends not showing up in Adium, Pidgin, or iChat.

You need to create a new Jabber account in your IM software. Then configure with the following:


  1. Go to the iChat menu and select “Preferences.”
  2. From the “Accounts” tab, click the “+” and select the following settings:
    • Account Type: Jabber
    • Account Name: your Facebook username@chat.facebook.com
    • Password: your Facebook password
  3. Click down to server options and select the following settings:
    • Server: chat.facebook.com
    • Port: 5222
    • Uncheck “Use SSL”


  1. Go to the Adium menu and select “Preferences.”
  2. From the “Accounts” tab, click the “+” and select “Jabber” from the drop-down menu. Fill in the following information:
    • Jabber ID: your Facebook username@chat.facebook.com
    • Password: your Facebook password


  1. Go to “Accounts” and select “Manage Account.”
  2. Create a new account with the following settings:

    Under Basic:
    Protocol: XMPP
    Username: your Facebook username
    Domain: “chat.facebook.com”
    Resource: “pidgin”
    Password: your facebook password
    Local alias: “Facebook Chat”

    Under Advanced:
    Uncheck Require SSL/TLS
    Connect port: 5222
    Connect server: chat.facebook.com

Now you’re all set, back to chatting.

Red Curry for Dinner

The other day my lovely fiance and I went to the local Asian market. I picked up two cans of curry mix, some prawn flavored rice crisps, and Krating Daeng (thai/original Red Bull). Tonight I decided that I would make the curry.

I started by seasoning two steaks with cayenne pepper, cracked black pepper, and kosher salt. I then stuck them in my favorite cooking tool, the cast iron skillet, on medium heat.
Beef in the pan

While those were cooking, I started up the rice cooker. When cooking rice use a 2:1 water to rice ratio.  Also, just a capful of rice wine vinegar helps as well.
After cooking the beef to rare, I removed it from the heat and cut it into cubes. I then added the curry sauce. I did not use the Dave’s Insanity pictured.
After combining the meat and curry, I realized it looked a little thin. I added a potato that I cooked in the microwave, as well as some Sriracha Hot Sauce and it thickened up.

Just as it was done cooking, so was my rice. So I threw the white rice in a bowl and added the curry.

I just finished it, and it was delicious. Although, not as good as our local Thai place, “Taste of Thai.”