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From: Mark N. Davis <mndavis@pbhya.PacBell.COM>
Subject: Re: Homebrew Digest #921 (July 10, 1992)[D[D
Date: 1992-07-14 00:27:41 GMT

> My friend and I made a quicky extract/specialty grain batch on Friday.
> We put 1/2 pound of ground chocolate grains in one of my girlfriends
> old white nylons and began to heat the water to about 170 F at about
> 150 F or a little less we noticed this awful plastic like smell that
> seemed very wrong and toxic. It eventually went away (we didn't just
> get used to the smell we had others come in and smell) when the water
> got close to 170 F. The smell seemed to come from the water and not
> the nylons (tested by pulling the nylons out of the water and sticking
> out noses on them).

It sounds to me like the odor was derived from the stocking, but not
necessarily the nylon itself. The obvious explanation would be your
girlfriend's feet. But since we treat brewing as a science, I feel that
you are now responsible for proving this theory. At your soonest convenience,
please stick her feet in a pot of water and gradually raise the temperature.
Take careful notes as to which temperatures produce the aforementioned odor.
If the odor begans to dissapate as you approach 170'F, then we can safely
say that we have identified the cause. Try not to confuse the smell of the
boiling flesh with the unidentified odor.

Sorry for any offense, but I couldn't pass this one up >:-)

Mark


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