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Old 01-28-2010, 10:51 PM   #11
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ok i definitely see what your saying now. i wouldn't call those crushed either. to me those look like whole grains. hit them with the rolling pin.
Thanks for the heads up... I am unimpressed with Midwest Supplies today.
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:38 AM   #12
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Those are definitely not crushed. I'd call 'em up and bitch, they should be willing to ship you the crushed grains (because that is what you ordered) for no charge, as well as whatever item they forgot to send.

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And I'd like to see my 1.080 beers ready from grain to glass in a week, and served to me by red-headed twin penthouse pets wearing garter belts and fishnet stockings, with Irish accents, calling me "master luv gun," but we can't always get what we want can we? :)
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:41 AM   #13
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Yeah that crush looks suspect at best based on the picture. Where did you order the grain from?

Edit: I see I missed where you posted the vendor a couple posts up.

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Old 01-29-2010, 01:00 AM   #14
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It was Midwest Supply, who I thought had a pretty good reputation. There was several issues about this order. Aside from the grains, I was also shorted a packet of yeast ($0.80 item, but still), had a substitution made without being contact before hand (they were out of stock of the Briess Sparkling Amber DME and replaced it will Muton Plain Amber) which isn't a problem in this case, but was not appreciated as an example of how they do business, and also didn't represent the contents of the kit I bought correctly (oddly, they under represented it. They specifically stated that the kit did NOT have a thermometer when it in fact did. As a result I ordered one in addition my kit. Now, the kit thermometer is pretty chintzy - just a long stick lab thermometer and the floating thermo I got is nicer and was only $6, but it's still a little annoying).

I'm pretty sure I won't be ordering from there again unless they are good about correcting the situation. I already emailed them about the yeast, thermometer, and DME substitution but I will have contact them again about the grains. Sigh.

Thanks for the help everyone!

EDIT: dumb thing is I am lucky in that I live about 3 blocks from a HBS. Midwest Supply had a good price on the kit, so I ordered one there and just added the ingredients to save me a trip to the store. I think I will sick local from now on.

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Old 01-29-2010, 01:57 AM   #15
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Midwest has been a good supplier for me. I believe in giving people a chance to do the right thing. If they make good on your order, give them another chance. If they stiff you, you know what to do.

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Old 01-29-2010, 04:08 AM   #16
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Midwest has been a good supplier for me. I believe in giving people a chance to do the right thing. If they make good on your order, give them another chance. If they stiff you, you know what to do.
We'll see what the say tomorrow. On a good note, I crushed the grains with a rolling pin and have some Graff nearly ready for the fermentor! (The yeast they forgot wasn't for this - it was a packet for a friend who I am gifting my old "make hard cider in a gallon jug kit" to). Hopefully I didn't f' anything up! I'm super paranoid I didn't clean everything well enough and I will get a nasty infected cesspool of beer!
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:33 AM   #17
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Their cracked, not crushed lol. Should be fine, but if you want higher efficiency- you may want to roll them with a rolling pin.

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Old 01-29-2010, 04:58 AM   #18
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Well, all done... Graff in the fermentor. Thanks to everyone! Had some small mishaps right towards the end... one that I am really concerned will cause me trouble. Dropped an apple juice cap right in the bucket. Last bottle of juice, of course. Nothing to be done about it so I just covered it up and hoped for the best.

David: well, I emailed Midwest about it already, so hopefully I didn't make a huge ass of myself. I rolled it and broke them up some more. The steeping smelled grate and nothing came out of the grain bag (more or less) so I think that they did need some extra rolling.

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Well, all done... Graff in the fermentor. Thanks to everyone! Had some small mishaps right towards the end... one that I am really concerned will cause me trouble. Dropped an apple juice cap right in the bucket. Last bottle of juice, of course. Nothing to be done about it so I just covered it up and hoped for the best.

David: well, I emailed Midwest about it already, so hopefully I didn't make a huge ass of myself. I rolled it and broke them up some more. The steeping smelled grate and nothing came out of the grain bag (more or less) so I think that they did need some extra rolling.
Definitely, I wouldn't have used them like that lol. I once read in my early-brewing days that one should only crack the grain. I don't really agree with that now & those barely look cracked. I would have rolled em pretty good.

Also, don't worry about the cap; you'll be good. It's nothing to stress out over. RDWHAHB
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Hope everything works out for the best with Midwest Supplies! Glad to hear you got that first brew in the fermenter OK.

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