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Old 04-07-2011, 03:24 AM   #1
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I recently tried making a barley wine / weird beer but the problem is I burnt a bit of the whole grain barley on the bottom of the pot. I tried to remove as much as I could but now after bottling their is a profound burnt, smokey flavor. In fact, the burnt flavor is a bit gross.
Any suggestions? I'm thinking perhaps some light roasted coffee (maybe it would add a touch of coffee flavor that would make sense with the roasted "burnt" flavor of the liquor. What about some cola tea or anise, maybe it would give it a hint of Dr.Pepperness?

I know this is an odd question but any suggestions and thoughts would be most welcome.




 
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Old 04-07-2011, 03:49 AM   #2
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first.. distilling is illegal in the US.. don't think that is something you should discuss on here. second.. how did you burn barley in the brew pot? were you boiling the grains?



 
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:27 AM   #3
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first.. distilling is illegal in the US.. don't think that is something you should discuss on here. second.. how did you burn barley in the brew pot? were you boiling the grains?
It's only illegal without a license. Here in WA you can get one for $100!
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:35 AM   #4
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It's only illegal without a license. Here in WA you can get one for $100!
Nice.

Of course, it's legal anywhere as long as you're only "purifying water".
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:11 AM   #5
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I'll be damned - $100 permit for distillation.

http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewt...p?f=44&t=12260

 
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:12 AM   #6
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Nice.

Of course, it's legal anywhere as long as you're only "purifying water".
You can distill alcohol here in WA for a $100 permit. It will also let you sell up to 2L per customer per day. Not bad.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:22 AM   #7
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first.. distilling is illegal in the US.. don't think that is something you should discuss on here. second.. how did you burn barley in the brew pot? were you boiling the grains?
wrong

 
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:35 PM   #8
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You can distill alcohol here in WA for a $100 permit. It will also let you sell up to 2L per customer per day. Not bad.
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A recent law has allowed for small operations to get a $100 state permit, along with the Fed permit
its that along with the fed permit that will cost ya.

I was referring to home distilling, not a micro distiller. Maybe I had wrongly guessed that he was referring to distilling alcohol at home, which, unless used for fuel, is illegal in most if not all 50 states.

either way that is not what the OP was asking about.

My question of how he burned the grain is still valid. if he burned them by boiling the grain that will leave a pretty nasty tasting brew.

as far as the OP's question on how to fix it. I would probably say this is a time when it gets dumped

 
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:41 PM   #9
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I used 2lbs of pearl barley. Turned into a big sticky mess in my pot and I couldn't stir enough to keep it from burning at the bottom. It was an experiment to see what kind of barley wine like drink I could make with just stuff from the kitchen. I removed all the blackened barley from it before I put it into the fermenter but somehow that flavor just permeated the whole batch.

 
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:43 PM   #10
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you're saying that you were boiling the grain? if so, you're going about it all wrong. you don't boil the grain. you need to use malted barely, crush it, mash it and boil only the wort.



 
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