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Beer Travel / Drinking Beer in Argentina Right Now
« on: February 19, 2012, 08:11:50 PM »
Have an ice cold Quilmes in my hand.  light and crisp but nicely flavored.  not thr best beer ive had but good enough

I decided to start brewing beer because my girlfriend is allergic to wheat ...

Is she allergic to gluten, or to wheat? Just curious.
both actually

So I checked out Austin HBS and I saw the GF pale ale recipe but I did not see a partial mash version only the white sorghum extract version. What grains did you mash for this recipe? partially I want to know so I can try it and partially I want to make sure you don't make your girl friend ill. a gluten intollerant person can't ussually handle barley either and oats are only safe if they are from a certified GF processor. Depending on the individual buckwheat can also be a problem as can tritical(sp?) and most of the other wheat like grains. i think corn is okay and I know quinoa and amaranth are okay. Millet is also okay, in fact it's the seed of the plant that sorghum syrup is made from and can be malted, mashed and brewed with as well.
I apologize, I used the extract version.  Not sure why I typed that.  I was thinking about my second beer that I'm doing today. 

Pimp My System / When an Idea turns into a Laughable Fail
« on: February 17, 2012, 06:26:06 PM »
 hahahahahahaha,  sometimes a good idea is destined for failure.  I had this idea to turn some spare parts into a counterflow chiller.  IT was a laughable fail.  At least we enjoyed fine tuning our welding skills.  Onto the next mad brewer project.   

congrats! can you post the recipe? I have a celiac friend or two and am interested in trying out some GF recipes.
Yes, Austin Homebrew had the recipe.  You can order it from them.  I believe it is available as an extract, partial, or all grain recipe as well.

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 / Re: New 3 Tier Beer Sculpture (My First)
« on: February 14, 2012, 07:23:50 AM »
We put three kegs on it each full of water.  plus 20 pounds of sand on the second tier to simulate grain, and one of my shop guys stood on it and the square tubing showed very little flex.  We used 1 inch angle iron in the corners and 3/4 " square tubing everywhere else.  It is a prototype, i"ll probably use 1 inch square tubing next time or perhaps 1 1/4. 

Any advice from others taken as to strength needs.  It's probably a little lower than it could be but I wanted it to be at a height that my GF doesn't have to use a stool to see in the middle tier with a keg on it..

mostly, we had a blast making it.

Pimp My System / Re: An Idea:Counter flow cooler from ford truck egr cooler
« on: February 14, 2012, 05:34:24 AM »
did not like results.  have a different plan.  this could end up being a fail in concept. 

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 / Re: An Idea:Counter flow cooler from ford truck egr cooler
« on: February 12, 2012, 03:59:11 PM »
How long is it? it looks kind of short but assuming it is all stainless or copper inside and any welds that will come in contact with wort are sanitary it should work. So this cooler is what keeps my TDI at 190? do you know the cooling capacity?
not quite.  this device cools the exhaust gas leaving the engine by pumping glycol through the core of the cooler and the exhaust over the core.   It pretty much cools 1800 degree air to under 200 degress in less than a second.  Its about 2 ft long and 2.5 inches in diameter.

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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