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Old 09-08-2012, 12:57 AM   #1
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So I cracked open my grain from Austin Homebrew and gave it a taste. It was crunchy/toasty/fresh/whatever you want to explain for fresh malt. Well, I BIAB and noticed a little bug crawling around near my bag. I looked into my Golden Promise and Crystal Malt and saw a few more crawling around. 5 minutes later, this is what rose to the top of my grain. I was 2 seconds from throwing this batch out, but I said f&@" it. You're the only ones I'm going to tell about this. This stays between us. Wort tastes great. Boiling now and all critters filtered/drowned/torched in my mesh grain bag. Ok, go ahead.


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Old 09-08-2012, 01:08 AM   #2
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my limit is much less than that. Call them and let them know you are sending pictures to them, they should give you a free kit. will the beer be fine, probably. did the recipe call for 80 bugs, no.


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Old 09-08-2012, 01:37 AM   #3
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I think my tolerance would be lower than that, but maybe not on brew day. Respect.
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:42 AM   #4
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Well played, If it were me on a brew day with no backup plan, I am pretty sure I would just say "**** it, its gonna boil" and proceed onward.

Although I still may at least shake the bag out pretty well.
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:48 AM   #5
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Looks to me by the way the bug legs are pointing that they are on the outside of the bag.
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Old 09-08-2012, 01:56 AM   #6
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Looks to me by the way the bug legs are pointing that they are on the outside of the bag.
It's actually a picture with the camera pointing into the bag. There were a lot that escaped to the outside. It's like when I mixed my malts together, they were getting smothered and trying to escape. Some of the made it outside the bag, but they did seem to enjoy the mesh. They didn't want to leave. I picked all the ones on the outside and threw them in some water in the sink. They drown within seconds. The rest got mashed. It's my secret ingredient. Funny thing is, I named this recipe beforehand - SECRET SILAS. Coincidence?
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:05 AM   #7
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Had a 50 lb bag of Breiss 2-row with them critters in it and another 50 lb bag of Rahr 2-row with no critters. The grain was the same age (6 Months) in the exact same storage containers. Why do some grains have bugs and some don't?
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:08 AM   #8
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Boy, if you only knew the amount of bug's legs, mouse bodies, and foreign matter (rocks, sticks, etc) that were incorporated into the foods you eat, you'd probably die of starvation.
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Boy, if you only knew the amount of bug's legs, mouse bodies, and foreign matter (rocks, sticks, etc) that were incorporated into the foods you eat, you'd probably die of starvation.
But I don't know. And that's why Chicken McNugget's taste so GOOOOOOOOD.
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Boy, if you only knew the amount of bug's legs, mouse bodies, and foreign matter (rocks, sticks, etc) that were incorporated into the foods you eat, you'd probably die of starvation.
Slipped into the food? I thought that was the food. Figured the grain was just there as packing material.

The seller needs to know before they wind up with a bunch of grain spoiled by vermin and vermin excrement. And the crap that grows on their crap.


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