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Old 08-05-2008, 11:21 PM   #1
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Nothing quite like getting home from the LHBS, starring proudly at the 14 lbs of crushed 2-row that will make up the base of your christmas warmer (my biggest AG beer yet!), only to go in for a closer look and see that it's moving around a bit.

You rub your eyes and squint in even closer, then you say "Oh f*ckbunnies!" and go grab the camera:


Well, that's what I did. Has this ever happened to anyone else? I hadn't opened the bag of grain at all, crushed it at the store, so I know it was infected with insects there. I'm obviously taking it back tomorrow, but I wonder how unusual this is. Anybody?

BTW, while i'm at it, how does this look as a crush?

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Old 08-05-2008, 11:23 PM   #2
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You have weevils. It's quite normal. Vacuum seal it if you can, that'll kill 'em. Otherwise, use it ASAP (proteins increase head retention). The store might take it back, but I kinda doubt it.

The crush looks a bit coarse, but it's usable.

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Old 08-06-2008, 12:05 AM   #3
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I can use it? Great! That saves me a trip.

I don't have a vacuum sealer, but am planning on brewing Saturday. Is that soon enough?

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Old 08-06-2008, 12:07 AM   #4
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I've never had the problem (that I know of) but wouldn't think twice about using it - tis just a bit of protein. Plus, after an hour's boil - how much could really be left?

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Used to have those same critters in my wheat flour and boxed cereal when I first moved to this house. They're a bit unnerving, and no good at all in Grape Nuts ...but harmless.

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cool. I'm not too bothered by the idea, it's just the first time I've noticed. Guess I won't be needing that carafa for head retention after all.

Insects: Proof that no mammal is truly vegetarian ('cuz they eat insects unintentionally all the time! he he!)

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Drop it in the deep freezer overnight...

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The mash will kill them. They don't drink much anyway.

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hmmm, if that is a course crush, I may ask my LHBS to drop the spacing from .41 to maybe .38?

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You can just call it "Weevil-Claus Christmas Warmer"

Mmmm you can really taste the Thorax.

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