Smoked Trout from the Front Yard

I've been running an aquaponics system for a number years and have lost my last three batches of trout due to silly mistakes, leaving them in too long into warmer weather, water flow shutting off due to a dead one being sucked in the pump with no air pump and last year I filled up the pond and later pulled the hose from the tap which siphoned the pond empty.

Alas this year I foolproofed my system and only lost three netting 17 trout for the smoker and a winter of fresh garden greens, sweet radishes and crunchy snow peas.

The trout start out as 4cm fingerings around May and are ready for harvest around the time that we start getting 30 degree days as they're very O2 sensitive and don't handle water temps above 22 degrees too well.

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 Well done Frosty. Looks the

Tue, 2019-09-17 07:46

 Well done Frosty. Looks the goods

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 Take my money!!!! I'm

Tue, 2019-09-17 07:49

 Take my money!!!! I'm drooling.

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Looks fantastic!

Tue, 2019-09-17 08:55

 I'd love to see a photo of your aquaponics setup too.

And presumably you freeze the trout after vac packing them, or do you just refrigerate?  If so, how long will they keep?

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Cool

Tue, 2019-09-17 09:40

Now that is pretty cool.

How big is the tank?

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this looks frikkin

Tue, 2019-09-17 10:13

this looks frikkin awesome!

how much room does a setup like that need? any chance of posting a photo of the setup?

well done! im drooling loking at those smoked trout!

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Nice

Tue, 2019-09-17 10:45

nice frosty.. I did a few years back from

harvey dam . Is that a cold smoke your

doing them in ?? 

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Cheers lads. Harvest time is

Tue, 2019-09-17 12:42

Cheers lads. Harvest time is always exciting when I have a few to smoke. I brined them in a salt/sugar solution for 4 hours and then hot smoked them at 215f (100c) and started with a handful of mequite and then fed through dried offcuts of my apple tree over the next four hours and I'll make an angel hair pasta with capers and rocket tonight and freeze the rest and I have a smoked trout cream cheese and sour cream dip that I pull out for special occasions.

I've attached a pic but the system (approx) is a 600l fish tank with a 400l growbed and comfortably does 20 trout. I have pea gravel in the growbed as the grow medium and expanded clay is way lighter and kinder on the hands when planting but way more expensive and the whole system takes up a footprint of approx 2.2m2. The idea is that you pump water from the tank up to the growbed and let it drain back into the tank. The bacteria in the pond convert ammonia from the fish waste into nitrites and the bacteria in the growbed convert the nitrites into nitrates which feeds the the plants and filters the water to keep the fish healthy.

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That's it

Tue, 2019-09-17 14:06

That's great. Doesn't look to expensive to establish either, although the pump etc probably costs a bit.

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Should try silver perch

Tue, 2019-09-17 13:42

In summer they grow very quick. Not bad on the chew . Cheap to buy alive

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Veggies look like black kale and broad beans

Tue, 2019-09-17 15:31

 Or am I mistaken 

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 be very interested what u

Tue, 2019-09-17 16:16

 be very interested what u did with the smoker - does that digital readout also control the smoker?

 

got same model but i wired mine up to switch off on internal temp

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Yeah mate. I found that the

Tue, 2019-09-17 17:47

Yeah mate. I found that the smoker's control was useless as the probe is at the top of the smoker where the temps are hottest and it works on a thermostat so I had big temp swings.

I have bypassed the smoker's controller and it is now plugged into an Auberins PID controller (not cheap at around $200) with the probe where the food cooks so it's an accurate rock solid temperature rather than the +/- 10 degree swings I was getting

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Cool

Tue, 2019-09-17 17:08

Frosty boy. Smoked trout friggin awesome

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Tue, 2019-09-17 17:16

 Mate that is a great result, bit of effort gone in there!

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All built slowly from Gumtree

Tue, 2019-09-17 17:48

All built slowly from Gumtree bits and pieces Rob but still cost around $500 to put together

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 Well done. A hobby into

Tue, 2019-09-17 18:18

 Well done. A hobby into fresh food.  At least you finally got a feed in the smoker

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 Now tell me you harvested

Tue, 2019-09-17 18:26

 Now tell me you harvested them with a Stradic 1000 , Gomoku and pe 1 braid ;) 

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LOL, tried with a soft

Tue, 2019-09-17 19:22

LOL, tried with a soft placcie one year with my bream gear. No dice

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 Good shit Frost, Good to get

Wed, 2019-09-18 09:16

 Good shit Frost,

 

Good to get a result from something thats been a fuck around and set you back a few times mate...

 

How good is smoked food!!

 

I've always wanted a cold smoker but always thought it needed to be elaborate until one day watching something i saw they had some round gutter pipes running through a steel bin full of uce to chill the smoke, thought that was clever. I went out and bought half the bits ( about two salmon seasons ago ) but have not got there yet!!

 

 

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Bloody nice, few beers and

Wed, 2019-09-18 10:18

Bloody nice, few beers and that will be a feast.