Originally Posted by tmongoose
my buddy and i have been brewing almost 2 yrs now..we have kept it small. we have a dedicated turkey fryer for our boil and made our mash tun out of an old cooler we have made alot of batches with some good sucess for just us..only 2 things have not turned out and we just go on from there and learn from our mistakes. right now we have a belgium triple fermenting.
i traded some beers with a guy up north one time. we mailed them back and forth. he has the same set up you do. his beers always had a burnt plastic taste to them. i was trying to figure out if the plastic cooler had anything to do with it? is the mash tun hot when you put it in the cooler?
when i made my all grain beer i just used a large stew pot and a gas burner from my turkey frier. i never run it through a cooler or anything. i used a wort chiller to bring it back down to room tempature or water temp if you want to call it that.
i mainly do extract brews becuase of time restraints, but i have done several ag brews. i believe the only bad beers i have made were mr.beer brews!! man some of mr.beers stuff is good, but some is just plain out bad!!! i use liqiud ume and dme mainly. i have made several that called for corn sugar as well. i have one i used 4 pounds of dme and 2 pounds of sugar in. it is going to bottle condition till christmas day at least!!!! i bottled it the day before thanksgiving so i figure it might be about right on christmas day.