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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

We Got a Grain Mill!

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One of the benefits I get from my health insurance plan is a gift card at the end of the year. As long as I do things, such as exercise and go to some of their sponsored events, I get monetary amount toward a long list of retailers. I decided to Amazon.com gift card and left it up to M to decide how to spend the money. Anything he wanted, all I asked in return was a taller cake turner (which I did get – not the pricey Tilt-N-Turn I really wanted, but the Ultra will do). His choices were beer minded – two small kegs; a connector so we can make seltzer; and a grain mill. From what I remember, this model had decent reviews and was priced to M’s liking.

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Oooh…marvel in its prettiness!

Our lack of counter space makes using this mill difficult. M needs to make some sort of set up we can put over a bucket. After our last homebrew batch (which he made), I am hesitant to use extract again. It was probably bad yeast that messed up our brew, but I want to try my hand at all-grain.

3 comments:

Jon in Albany said...

Any chance you can describe your seltzer set up? I've been flirting with the idea of putting something together.

M said...

Oh, well this is a little late, but...

We have a 4lb CO2 tank with regulator and a 5/16" line coming off that's attached to your typical air tool quick disconnect.. I have it set up this way so that I can easily switch out pin-lock and ball-lock connectors. If you're going to just do seltzer by the bottle (and not by the keg) you'd only need a line with a ball-lock connector and one of these fancy things -- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008071H8O/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ... you just screw that onto a plastic soda bottle filled with Cold water (CO2 is absorbed best when it's cold), set your pressure (~20-40psi), connect your ball-lock connector to it, and shake shake shake..

Jon in Albany said...

Thanks for the information. I keep flirting with the idea of getting/building a seltzer system. We go through a lot of seltzer. I'm not a fan of the widely available systems.

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