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Old 11-20-2012, 07:17 PM   #1
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made my first batch of smokes sausage this weekend, temps never got over 180, but my sausage is almost too smokey and the casing is a little tough. i used oak for fuel, what did i do wrong?
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:26 PM   #2
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What was your final IT? I've had natural casings that were just plain tuff. I also have cooked sausages and case hardened the casing. For that reason, I bring the temp up gradually.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:03 PM   #3
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i gradually brought the temp up
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:23 AM   #4
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Natural casing benefit from vinegar in the soaking water. about a TBS per cup of water, It softens them a bit and they seem a bit more translucent... (another tip while Im thinking about it Turn your casings inside out so the stringy sides are in...)
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:25 AM   #5
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What kind of smoker did you use.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:15 AM   #6
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Humidity is the factor here. Not enough, and the casings dry out and get tough before the inside is cooked.

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Old 11-21-2012, 09:17 AM   #7
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Plus after smoking you should spray down with cold water to rapid chill the sausage.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:08 PM   #8
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I had the same problem with smoked fish - just too much smoke. It mellowed after a month or two in the freezer.

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Old 11-22-2012, 01:00 AM   #10
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Plus after smoking you should spray down with cold water to rapid chill the sausage.
i put them in an ice bath
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:01 AM   #11
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how do you get the casings inside out??
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:24 AM   #12
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how do you get the casings inside out??
They don't always have to be flipped, I have come across where they were already. (The stringy bits we not on the outside)

To flip I have spread an end over two fingers and then use the facuet to help run it through itself... (sorry, hopefully someone can explain better or has a pic)
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