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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Off flavor..
« on: December 14, 2010, 07:05:38 AM »
Define what phenolic flavor means to you (i.e. give a more specific flavor)?  Is the beer solventlike, plastic like, astringent (dry or metallic)?  What fermentation temps, type of fermenter and what yeast do you use in your chest freezer? Ever boil grain in any of your brews?

Btw, welcome to the site and don't get too crazy with sanitation.

I wanted to know also- what he said.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boil....hard or slow.....
« on: December 14, 2010, 07:04:27 AM »
I boil it fairly hard and don't use the lid until flameout. No problems with DMS. Seems like I get a better break too.

Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Machine
« on: December 14, 2010, 06:58:39 AM »
I'm really new to this and want to buy my first home brewing kit but I was wondering if anyone knows if the Beer Machine 2006 model really works? Or should I just get like a True Brew type of kit with buckets?

It will work but the starter kit is far better if you seriously want to delve into brewing. And don't get the notion that extract brewing is inferior. By all means get an extract kit or build a suggested recipe. Enjoy!

Equipment and Software / Re: Malt Mill
« on: December 14, 2010, 06:50:14 AM »
FWIW, I have and like a Barley Crusher, which is adjustable and also fits on a bucket. I'd get an adjustable mill. Over your brewing career the cost difference will be negligible, and you never know when you might need it.

The Barley Crusher was my choice as well. It's adjustable, fits a 5 gallon bucket and has a pretty big hopper- will hold 7 pounds of grain. The price is/was good. I run mine with a drill, but for just a few pounds it's no problem to crank it out.

If you can fab up something then a Crankanstein or a Monster Mill might suit you. A tri-roller perhaps sir?  :)

All Things Food / Re: Bread/Yeast question.
« on: December 14, 2010, 02:45:13 AM »
Ooooooohhhh, make bread with the yeast cake! Does that work?

It's the same yeast, just a different strain.

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic and Regional Cooking
« on: December 12, 2010, 12:27:59 AM »
I like my roux and gumbo extra dark like chocolate.

Equipment and Software / Re: Dropped my Barley Crusher
« on: December 11, 2010, 10:06:51 PM »
I dropped mine too and bent the rod slightly. Still works though. Good to know about the lifetime warranty.

The Pub / Re: Poor Miley
« on: December 11, 2010, 10:05:00 PM »
Yeah, post the video. Dont know much about the girl. Only that she is 18 now. Guess nude pictures or a sex tape is next.

Here you go:

Can you say glossolalia?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: nothing but foam.....
« on: December 11, 2010, 07:56:47 AM »
I keep an eye and ear for it. The tap kicks a little in my hand I let off quick lest the last glass gets some gunk. I'm amazed at how few days 5 gallons only lasts.  ::)

The Pub / Poor Miley
« on: December 11, 2010, 07:02:22 AM »
I just watched the video of Miley Cyrus babbling away... almost fell off the couch I was laughing so hard. I thank my lucky stars we didn't have cell-phones when I was just 18. ;D

I just found out 2-Below isn't the best...

Just a hoppy Fat Tire.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Drilling more holes in the fridge......
« on: December 11, 2010, 06:45:42 AM »
Why not just cut out a bit of the door seal? Just enough to feed the hose through and maybe a dab of caulk to hold it in place. Run the hose from the back and under to the corner by the bottom hinge. You could still open the door and maintain a good seal when shut.

Equipment and Software / Re: Counter top brewery.
« on: December 11, 2010, 06:35:12 AM »
Well, a hot-water heater element is easy to wire up and install. At 1500w 2-3 gallons will heat up nicely. Hell- a RIMS or HERMS would be fun. Solder up a copper kettle and hot liquor tank. All electric. Just on a smaller scale.

If all one had to do was 2 gallons it'd be a snap.

I'm also partial to the BIB idea. I think that mash would be manageable- except I'd try two pots- and do a batch brew in bag to maximize extraction.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Orval
« on: December 10, 2010, 08:36:05 PM »
I didn't get any farmyard funk out of this bottle. Actually I would have been hard pressed to say it had much of what I call "bugged character." Just a faint hint, and if I hadn't been looking for it wouldn't have noticed.

Very nice. I might have to try and replicate this. Looking at the other clone thread I'm impressed with the high bicarbonate water. It's a little high for the apparent SRM (loosely) so the astringency factor probably won't be that much of a stretch with my local water.

Equipment and Software / Re: Burner to Kettle Distance
« on: December 10, 2010, 07:06:36 AM »
What sort of burner do you have? It depends on the size/height of the flames. You'll want the "cone" or hottest part playing on the bottom of the kettle.

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