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post #21 of 38

have you pulled your chip loader and opened your vent the whole way? it might help get the air flow moving better if you havent, I have seen some guys say they pull out there chip tray an inch or two as well to get better flow

 

post #22 of 38
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Thats what im thinking too.. I probably should not have added the extra water., first time Ive done that., maybe added an extra 1/2 cup. gonna let it coast for now at 155 until I see the steam lessen. Thought about cracking the doorsome but dont want to lose the temp. Internals are at around 148-150 somthing like that. 

 

Maybe i need to leave that water pan out next time to promote more heat and air flow in the chamber.


I just took the water pan out, added a few more pellets, Heat at 160, If they dont get done pretty soon they are going to become dog sticks for my pack of hounds.

 

post #23 of 38

just because the casing doesnt color up doesnt mean they wont taste good, it just means they didn't get dry enough to color up, and they arent as pretty...LOL

post #24 of 38
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just because the casing doesnt color up doesnt mean they wont taste good, it just means they didn't get dry enough to color up, and they arent as pretty...LOL



Yeah but its the principal of the thang ..ya know?....if it dont look good it aint no good. Just dont know how I did such a great job on the prime rib and then scew up on little ole snak stix I have done many times before... grrrrr

post #25 of 38

yeah I can dig that

 

post #26 of 38
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Yeah but its the principal of the thang ..ya know?....if it dont look good it aint no good. Just dont know how I did such a great job on the prime rib and then scew up on little ole snak stix I have done many times before... grrrrr



 



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yeah I can dig that

 


I just checked and still havemoisture out of the stak. Temp is 160 on the unit and IT on the MAV is 148 and 152 so we are getting real close. Im going to take IT to 155 and pull it. Its been a long day after doing tose pastramis at 5am this am. going to slice them tomorrow.

 

Perhaps those will be my salvation from this hahahaha..

post #27 of 38

I  know how ya feel I am waiting for 1 degree to finish up my mortadella... a watched pot ...

post #28 of 38
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have you pulled your chip loader and opened your vent the whole way? it might help get the air flow moving better if you havent, I have seen some guys say they pull out there chip tray an inch or two as well to get better flow

 



I did earlier when I had the AMPS burning. I always leavethe vent wide open always. I just pulled vent out again just now .,, good idea. Thanks

post #29 of 38
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I  know how ya feel I am waiting for 1 degree to finish up my mortadella... a watched pot ...



What is it they say...If your lookin you aint cookin..

post #30 of 38
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I'm going to go ahead a pull them out . Will post pictures tomorrow if Im not too embarrased...hehehehe.

 

Good night All

post #31 of 38

Looking forward to seeing how they turned out 

                  

post #32 of 38
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They are so so, not what I have done in the past. Leaving a fan blowing on them tonight. Too much water and too much smoke is my take. on it.

Ill post pic tomorrow. Looks like the dogs have treats and will love em.

post #33 of 38

Sorry to hear that Dex icon_cry.gif

post #34 of 38

Water pan or no water pan?

 

Big debate for years.

 

Water in the pan will reduce hardening, dried out casings (collagen very easily gets dried and brittle)

 

No water will make dried brittle casings.

 

True no water the first 1-2 hours to semi dry the casing exterior. Smoke adhesion will be greater on a semi dry surface. A wet casing will cause any smoke to drip off the casing.

 

Did you poke a small hole in the very bottom of the casings to see if water or oils drain? Like stated added water to the product will not harm the meat, Mixed with added water (moisture) in the smoker will take longer to fully reduce from the casing.

 

At times when i have added to much water to the mix i will place the meat into a colander (plastic) and this into a bowl. Fridge this and in the morning any excess water will have drained to the bowl.

 

This is just how i do things,your results may vary.

post #35 of 38

The only time I have seen that is when I had my smokehouse to full and the sausages were touching each other .

post #36 of 38
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Water pan or no water pan?

 

Big debate for years.

 

Water in the pan will reduce hardening, dried out casings (collagen very easily gets dried and brittle)

 

No water will make dried brittle casings.

 

True no water the first 1-2 hours to semi dry the casing exterior. Smoke adhesion will be greater on a semi dry surface. A wet casing will cause any smoke to drip off the casing.

 

Did you poke a small hole in the very bottom of the casings to see if water or oils drain? Like stated added water to the product will not harm the meat, Mixed with added water (moisture) in the smoker will take longer to fully reduce from the casing.

 

At times when i have added to much water to the mix i will place the meat into a colander (plastic) and this into a bowl. Fridge this and in the morning any excess water will have drained to the bowl.

 

This is just how i do things,your results may vary.



Didnt use a water pan., but  it did sit in frig overnight.

FYI after pulling them late last night I put the fan on them and this morning after wiping them off and cutting them into, I discovered they cam out OK after all. I am convinced it was the extra water. I might add that I was not prepared for the extra time it would take. Now I have learned something and thats a good thing. .

 

Here is the finished product after all the aggravation last night. Thanks to everyone who responded to my concerns It all worked out .,Thanksbravo1.png

 

I am pleased that they didn't come out too dry,,,,that was my main concern

 

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These were sheep casings I used. With the extra water i put in the mix I should have put the fan on them longer to dry ou before smoking., but it worked out after all.

 

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closeup

 

 

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Pretty good color, was suprised they were not dry.

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The End.

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post #37 of 38
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I  know how ya feel I am waiting for 1 degree to finish up my mortadella... a watched pot ...



Big C. they came out ok..

post #38 of 38

Awesome!  glad you could save them!

 

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