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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: That extract "twang"
« on: September 02, 2012, 01:09:40 PM »
Perhaps I missed somebody else already saying this, but I do believe most of the "twang" is often attributed to old LME.  Older liquid extracts often have bad off flavors along with being far darker than the original color.

Also Cidery flavors as said above can be attributed to poorly made extracts with too much sugar.  Also bad brewing practices as given by kits (like mr. beer) can lead to cidery flavors as well.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: First Batch
« on: September 02, 2012, 12:56:36 PM »
Welcome to the hobby, I myself have been brewing for a couple years though I am also new to this forum.

The best sure fire way to get rid of the smell is to buy a propane burner to go outside with the brew day, keeps the kitchen cleaner and the wife happy.  Other than that febreze should help and open the windows to air it out.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Using Ice to cool wort?
« on: September 02, 2012, 12:52:33 PM »
I wouldn't necessarily trust that store bought ice is "sterile" or even sanitary.  Why buy that when you can sanitize containers and freeze your own pre-boiled water that you know for sure is sanitary.  Palmer even says in his book to be wary of store bought ice.  those bags aren't very thick/strong and often have tiny rips in them.  So use them at your own risk, I for one won't be doing that any time soon.

A way to save water and cool faster using a coil chiller, is to have two coils attached in series. the water goes through the first one which is in an ice bath and then the second in the wort.  Also a  whirlpool chiller like the one that Jamil Zainasheff designed would also help greatly.

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