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I decided to start brewing beer because my girlfriend is allergic to wheat and the market beers just don't taste good to her. The first beer I did was an extract gluten free beer.

I went straight to kegs. It's been sitting in the keg for two weeks. I just did a blind taste test with three people, using my brew and Red Bridge.

Everybody picked my brew. The three main comments were:

Taster 1: i like the carbonation and smell

Taster 2: i like the strong "hoppiness"

Taster 3: it (red bridge) smells like elmer's glue and it's flat, this one (mine) has some bite and tastes a lot more like beer than that (red bridge)

My perspective is that it is a bit bitter but I like that taste so maybe it will soften its flavor profile over time.

I guess that qualifies as a successful brew. My girlfriend hasn't tasted it yet so it's probably a fail if she doesnt like it.

I want to thank everybody here for the advice and guidance on everything from buying equipment to how to brew, etc. One never knows if they did everything right until the first taste. It's probably the most expensive 5 gallons of beer I've ever had in my fridge ;D

Pimp My System / New 3 Tier Beer Sculpture (My First)
« on: February 14, 2012, 05:27:01 AM »
Brewed my first batch of beer last week or so and really enjoyed doing it.  Decided a beer sculpture would be fun to build.  10 hours, $200 in materials, and the help of 2 friends, we made a prototype to mess with.  After we use it and have the experience to decide what we really like in a setup, we'll build a shiny, stout, correctly configured sculpture.

Pimp My System / An Idea:Counter flow cooler from ford truck egr cooler
« on: February 12, 2012, 06:17:03 AM »
im building my brew stand today and im thinking about wort chillers.  i look at a ford 6.4 liter diesel egr  cooler sitting on a shelf and the bulb goes off.  why not use  that as a counter flow chiller?  i will try to prototype that tomorrow.  Can anybody think of a reason why that won't work?  I'm going to collect  the run off water in a barrel for re-use for watering my garden for a green effect.

I have 50 of these units sitting on a shelf.  Seems like a good use for them.  thewheels are turning.

how do i post pictures here?

Pimp My System / Start of Brewstand Project
« on: February 11, 2012, 08:10:32 PM »
A little background:  My girlfriend cant have gluten and she's been wanting beer so we researched gluten free beer and decided to make some instead.  We had so much fun we've decided to dive all the way in.  We started fabricating our 3 tier brew stand today.  I'll figure out how to get pictures on here later today.  Any suggestionscwhere to put pictures?

My GFcant have gluten so we brewed a Gluten free beer last week.  We had so much fun we decided to go full bore.  We are going to build a brew stand today and build the mash tun etc.   Pictures to follow.

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