HOMEBREW Digest #1143 Tue 18 May 1993

Digest #1142 Digest #1144

		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  Raspberries in beer (Brett Charbeneau)
  ISBN for brewing biotechnology book (Matthew Mitchell)
  Chocolate beer and The Hop Report (Diane Palme x2617)
  Hops growth in the N.E. (FSAC-FCD) <dward at PICA.ARMY.MIL>
  How long in secondary ? (Paul T. Williamson)
  Back from the dead. 1.020 starters. (Kinney Baughman)
  Anchor Porter Change ("Rad Equipment")
  soda pop (Harry Gilling)
  re: Sugars ("William A Kitch")
  Bud, Wyeast, clear beer, Miller ale (Kirk Anderson)
  bisulfite solution (Charles Coronella)
  West Virginia Brewpub (Sean.Smith)
  1993 Stoudt's Festival (Sean.Smith)
  Bittering hops, alternative fuels (drose)
  Growing hops ("Mark S. Nelson")
  PET bottles, sankey kegs, _Brewing Techniques_, etc. (Eric Wade)
  Thanks for all of the help with my bitter (Riccardo Cristadoro)
  Cranberry Beer???/Decoction mash (WAUTS)
  ReUsing Kegs (Bruce=Kiley)
  Brewing Cookbook (Bruce=Kiley)
  fruit beers (jay marshall)
  Mail Order Supplies (Robert Spangle)
  Beer Video (Jim Kirk II)
  England Pubs (ksalomon)
  Light-struck beer again (Tom Kaltenbach)
  Beer Disaster <PLEASE HELP!!!> (geotex)
  Homebrewing in the Far East (drwho2959)
  Microbreweries in the London Area (Nir Navot)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 16 May 93 10:10:07 EDT From: Brett Charbeneau <BWCHAR%WMVM1.BITNET at VTVM2.CC.VT.EDU> Subject: Raspberries in beer Gang, Having seen the recent queries on fruit additives to wort I would like to pose a question of my own. I was exposed to a lambic framboise about a month ago and have been experiencing pipe dreams of making my own ever since. I am still an extract brewer, but I am interested in giving this style of beer a go. If anyone has had any experience with this sort of lambic or successes getting lighter ales "take" the fruit I would love to hear about it. Does one need to make the all-grain "jump" to be able to play on this level of exotic beers? Brett Charbeneau Return to table of contents
Date: 17 May 93 09:09:26 EST From: Matthew Mitchell <IEKP898%tjuvm.bitnet at TJUVM.TJU.EDU> Subject: ISBN for brewing biotechnology book From: Matthew Mitchell I lost the mail requesting the number, so apologies in advance for posting to the net. The ISBN for "The Biotechnology of Malting and Brewing" by JS Hough is 0-521-395533-4, published by Cambridge University Press. Howzat!?! Matthew Mitchell <iekp898 at tjuvm.tju.edu> <iekp898 at tjuvm.bitnet> Former Brewmaster, Penthouse Brewing Co., Haverford PA makers of Barclay Beer, Penthouse Brown Ale, and Big B Malt Liquor Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 1993 08:12:19 -0500 (CDT) From: dspalme at mke.ab.com (Diane Palme x2617) Subject: Chocolate beer and The Hop Report Howdy all! (clack. clack, clackety clack: imagine a teletype here) :) In response to all the the questions about chocolate beer of late, I just thought I would throw in my $0.02. I made a chocolate porter recently ala TNCJoHB's Goat Scrotum Ale and tossed a full 6 oz. of baking chocolate into the vat. Some molasses went in as well and the results were wonderful! The beer has a *very* noticeable chocolate flavor that coats the mouth but is not bitter. Definately something interesting. Some important words of warning for those wishing to replicate this beer: 1. DO NOT SAMPLE THE BEER WHEN TAKING S.G. READINGS!!!!!! I am *totally* serious about this. I made the mistake of doing exactly this because (to be perfectly honest), we were worrying about the beer. It was the vilest, most horrible, foul, disgusting ilk ever to pass these lips. Worse than liver!!!!! :-) The first time it was even remotely close to beer was when I put the stuff in the bottle. This was about 3 weeks after brew day. Ok. I'm better now. Whew. 2. Be sure you are not operating heavy machinery when drinking this beer. It is *very* potent. Time for more honesty here, I don't know what the initial or final S.G readings were because we were *sure* this beer was a gonner. :( Little did we know this was going to be the best beer we have ever brewed! Go figure. Now that I have imparted what little wisdom I have...on to page 2 (clack, clack, clackety clack clack... RRRRRRRRRIIIIIIPPPP) Now for the hop report. Thanks again to all of you who wrote to me telling me not to worry about the little guys. They are all above the ground now and doing great. The Hallertau was the first up, followed closely by the Cascade and bringing up the rear, the Tett. I am very pleased with their progress and plan to do some fertilizing now that they are visible. Is it harvest time yet???? :) Diane dspalme at mke.ab.com - -- " God does not play dice " - Albert Einstein " Nor is it our business to proscribe to God How he should run the world. " - Neils Bohr Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 93 9:22:26 EDT From: "Darren L. Ward" (FSAC-FCD) <dward at PICA.ARMY.MIL> Subject: Hops growth in the N.E. Well, I don't know why my hops are doing so well, but I'm not complaining. My Nugget vines are at 16', Cascade at 15', Hallertauer at 12' and Mt. Hood at 8'. The first three have reached the tops of the cages they're in so they're going no higher, but the Hood is climbing a string I hung diagonal to the top of my chimney, a hypotenuse of approx. 25'. I'm surprised and pleased with the growth so far. Not bad for a second year in the NY/NJ border area of the country, I'd say. The Hood only gets half the sun the others do, the higher it grows though, the more it'll get. None are with cones, yet. Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 93 8:36:40 CDT From: ptw at Texaco.COM (Paul T. Williamson) Subject: How long in secondary ? In HBD 1142 Bill writes: >1) How long is too long in the secondary fermenter? ....... (stuff deleted) In regards to that I have a couple of questions for the group : I would also like to know how long is too long and what happens to the beer ? Would it change the taste, color, or the ability to carbonate in some way ? I have just started my first homebrew and though the instructions I received from the brew shop say 1 to 2 weeks the stuff in my carboy seems to have pretty much settled out after 3 or 4 days. I plan to bottle it in the next day or so but I wondered if my delay in putting it in the bottle would effect it in some way. Paul Williamson PTW at Texaco.com Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 1993 10:29:02 -0400 (EDT) From: Kinney Baughman <BAUGHMANKR at conrad.appstate.edu> Subject: Back from the dead. 1.020 starters. Greetings to all my homebrewing netbuddies! First post in about 9 months. Wow!! It's been difficult to even keep up with reading the HBD, much less post, even when you guys have been talking about me. School's out. Hallelujah! The big news as far as this forum goes, though, is...every homebrewer's dream came true for me back in November when I became head brewer/consultant at what is probably the World's Smallest Microbrewery--The Tumbleweed Grille and Microbrewery here in Boone, NC. (Cheers!! Clapping!! Thank you. Thank you.) And how much do we brew? A whopping 60 gallons at a time!! Most of you would get a hoot from seeing the brewhouse. It's nothing more than an upscaled homebrewing operation. We built everything ourselves. Conditions are a little rustic but the beer is pretty good. I'm happy with about 75% of the beers that go out the door. And the other 25% is well-received anyway. The interesting part of this enterprise is the fact that I've had a chance to put together the numbers for running a microbrewery/brewpub of this size and the results are rather surprising. Even at this scale, the enterprise is commercially viable and we haven't sunk tens of thousands of dollars into the operation. If there's any interest, I may post my reflections/observations/ calculations for this little project. Who knows? I might be able to inspire some of you to give it a shot. Before closing, let me try to make a worthwhile contribution to a thread I barely followed from couple of weeks ago. (And I apologize if this has already been said. Last time I made a comment about a two week old thread, I got flamed into eternity so be kind...) Didn't see this mentioned so... RE: why 1.020 wort for starters? I asked Dave Logsdon this a few weeks ago because we were having trouble with long ferments at Tumbleweed. Dave says 1.020 wort is necessary only from the point of view of efficiency of reproduction of the yeast. Sure you can use 1.030 or even 1.040 wort but the yeast will not reproduce as fast at that gravity. Good to be back. Hope to be contributing more often this summer now that my schedule is back to normal human proportions. ___ ----------------------------------------------------------- ___ | | Kinney Baughman | | | | baughmankr at conrad.appstate.edu | | \ / \ / | "Beer is my business and I'm late for work" | --------------------------------------------------------------- Return to table of contents
Date: 17 May 1993 08:14:47 U From: "Rad Equipment" <rad_equipment at rad-mac1.ucsf.edu> Subject: Anchor Porter Change Subject: Anchor Porter Change Time:8:04 AM Date:5/17/93 While busily unpacking entries to the 93 NHC the other night I paused for a moment to watch the open primary fermenter in the Ale Room fill. It occurred to me that the wort was pretty dark for any of the ale which they make so I asked the brewer on duty what I was watching. "Porter," was his reply, "we went to ale yeast in the porter about 3 months ago. So now the Steam is the only lager product and it is the only one put into the shallow primaries." I quickly retired to the tap room to sample this new version. I must confess that I had already had my tastebuds cascaded with Liberty so my palate was not in top form, still the porter seemed to be a little less robust than in the past. I'll try it again tonight. RW... Russ Wigglesworth (INTERNET: Rad_Equipment at radmac1.ucsf.edu - CI$: 72300,61) UCSF Dept. of Radiology, San Francisco, CA (415) 476-3668 / 474-8126 Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 93 10:36:41 -0500 From: gilling at quaver.urbana.mcd.mot.com (Harry Gilling) Subject: soda pop With summer coming soon, I'd like to make some root beer or ginger ale suitable for kids to drink. I've seen the extracts in the stores which contain all sorts of additives including food coloring. I'd much prefer to make something from scratch if I could find some recipes. Does anyone know of a source for recipes? I understand the the soda made from the extracts results in a drink with about .25% alcohol. Is the reason why this is so low compared to beer is because you bottle it immediately and the yeast stops working before it has time to convert much of the sugar? Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 93 10:09:25 CST From: "William A Kitch" <kitchwa at bongo.cc.utexas.edu> Subject: re: Sugars One thing I find amazing about HBD is how adamatly one's opinions are presented as fact! Perhaps this has to do with the relative anonymity of e-mail. Any psychologists (pseudo or real) care to comment? Anyway to the matter at hand. The e-mail I received after my last "sugar" posting has left me with, yes, *more* questions. Piloncillo (sp?) -- some sort of mexican brown sugar. Anybody heard of and/or tried brewing with this? re US Brown sugar -- several people said they thought by FDA requirements sugar had to be fully refined. Therefore brown sugar is actually refined sucrose with molasses added back after refining. Can any of you FDA types confirm this? If so is there any reason to use brown sugar. Why not just a smaller amount of molasses? re Inverted -vs- non-inverted sucrose: Can anyone move the following statements from my opinion list into my fact list: a) Sucrose must be broken into glucose and fructose before it can be assimilated by yeast. b) Yeast have the ability to break sucrose into fructose and glucose. If b is true why is inverted sucrose "preferred by brewers" (Rajotte _Belgian Ales_). Caramel -- How does the process of caramelizing change sugar? Can glucose, sucrose, fructose, and maltose all be caramelized? Is molasses caramelized to some extent or does all its flavor come from other stuff in sugar cane and/or sugar beets used to make sucrose? Maltose -- Is this a simple sugar? Just trying to learn, WAK |- William A Kitch (512) 471-4929 -| |- Geotechnical Engineering -| |- ECJ 9.227 -| |- Univ of Texas at Austin, TX 78712-1076 -| Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 1993 12:09:51 -1100 From: Kirk_Anderson at wheatonma.edu (Kirk Anderson) Subject: Bud, Wyeast, clear beer, Miller ale In HBD #1141, Shane writes: |While in Bonn last October... I noticed a restaurant across the |street called (I kid you not) "The Chicago Pizza Pie Factory." |On their menu,I was appalled to not only find that scourge of American |zymurgy, Budweiser, but to also discover that it was more than |TWICE the price of fine local brews like Bitburger (it was |DM6.90 a glass, about $4.00!) My friend Eberhard explained |that the locals sometimes like to pretend they're Americans... Purely a novelty item. There's a "Chicago Pizza Pie Factory" in Paris too I believe. What worries me a lot more is AB's effort to acquire the _real_ Budweiser in Bohemia. Does anyone have recent info on this? Is there any reason to hope that the whole world won't be eating and drinking the same multinational swill before our time on earth is up? They said the French would never buy fast food. Ha! Prediction: all of Europe will be drinking Bud in a very few years. A couple months ago, I asked HBD readers to tell me why I should go from dry to liquid yeast and got some kind and intelligent answers. Well, my first experience with Wyeast was an attempt at a Belgian ale. When I bottled two weeks ago, I thought the stuff tasted very ordinary. But wait! after only 12 days in the bottle, I snuck a taste, expecting it to be fairly green still. WOW! This is my best batch ever and it's only getting better. There's no way I could have got that charateristic flavor without the right yeast. All you who predict the fast demise of clear beer because it tastes lousy, I hope you're right, obviously. But what did you say when lite beer hit the market? It hasn't gone away, has it? Remember what HL Mencken said about the taste of the American public? Finally, where and when can I get that new Miller ale (sic) that js was raving about the other day? Kirk Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 93 10:27:45 -0600 From: coronell at cadesm13.eng.utah.edu (Charles Coronella) Subject: bisulfite solution In today's HBD, Jeff Benjamin says he rinses fruit in "bisulfite solution" before adding the puree to the secondary. I've made a few cherry beers, and I've always wondered about a way to kill bacteria et al living on the fruit before adding them to the wort/beer (without boiling). So, how/where/why/ why not? I'd like to hear from others about this or other easily available treatments for fruits. Thanks in advance, (TIA) Chuck Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 93 12:31:27 EDT From: Sean.Smith at LUNCH.TRUST.CS.CMU.EDU Subject: West Virginia Brewpub Thought I'd let you know about a little discovery I made this weekend: Sometime since last summer, a microbrewery has opened up in Morgantown, West Virginia (home of West Virginia University). The ONE ONION BREWERY AND BISTRO---allegedly ``West Virginia's First Brewpub''---is located in the downtown section, down by the river. The menu didn't look too exciting, but my wife and I had a couple of pints and thoroughly enjoyed them. The Scottish Stout had an especially nice flavor. Talking with the young bartender (who was reading Papazian when things were slow) revealed that the owner is apparently an avid homebrewer who decided to go big-time. They do their own mashing, but apparently don't use a secondary... For those keeping track of this sort of thing: WEST VIRGINIA, Morgantown. The One Onion Brewery and Bistro. 1291 University Ave. (304) 296-BREW Cheers! --Sean sean.smith at cs.cmu.edu school of computer science carnegie mellon university 5000 forbes pittsburgh, pa 15213 3891 Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 93 12:34:21 EDT From: Sean.Smith at THEORY.CS.CMU.EDU Subject: 1993 Stoudt's Festival Last summer, the Stoudt Microbrewery held a beer festival featuring microbrewers from all over the East Coast. (In fact, I first heard about it here.) A relative who went to it (and had a great time) reports receiving information about this year's festival. Since I haven't seen it announced yet, here goes: Stoudt Microbrewery Beer Festival Two sittings: Friday June 12, 6PM-10PM or Saturday June 13, 2PM-6PM At Stoudt's Black Angus Brewery Hall, Adamstown PA (This is just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike) $15/person 215 484 4385 Enjoy! - --Sean smith+ at cmu.edu school of computer science carnegie mellon university 5000 forbes avenue pittsburgh, pa 15213 3890 Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 93 12:41:30 EDT From: drose at husc.harvard.edu Subject: Bittering hops, alternative fuels Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 1993 10:56:45 -0700 (PDT) From: "Mark S. Nelson" <mnelson at eis.calstate.edu> Subject: Growing hops I was interested in possibly growing my own hops, and would like any information on the types of climates they like. I live on the Northern California coast, so the weather is usually chilly and damp. Do they like this kind of thing? - ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Everything you know is wrong. Mark S. Nelson nelsonm at axe.humboldt.edu mnelson at eis.calstate.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 1993 11:01:05 -0700 (PDT) From: Eric Wade <ericwade at CLASS.ORG> Subject: PET bottles, sankey kegs, _Brewing Techniques_, etc. Finally caught up with my HBD reading after two weeks vacation and thought I'd add my $0.02 plus ask a few questions. Re: PET bottles. Some time ago I mentioned that my brother was trying to mail some Hook Norton beer that he brought back from England. Well, it arrived saftely and in addition to the pint (glass) bottle of Old Hookey, he also sent me a 2 litre PET bottle of Hook Norton Bitter. The bottle, BTW, was the same brown color as the glass. Stainless is good, aluminum is bad . . . Can anyone fill me in on the use of the "new" sankey kegs, the type with only one tap hole in the top center and the handles. I've heard that they are aluminum with a stainless coating. Is this correct? How durable is the stainless layer? What's happening with _Brewing Techniques_? I understand it is due this month so I shouldn't get too impatient. Just wondering if anyone has any news on its progress. Cooler mashing and step infusion. Does anyone have instructions on step infusion and picnic cooler mashing? I've been successfully doing single step infusion in my cooler tun but was wondering what the numbers might be for attempting step infusions (i.e., Step 1: x gal H2O at y deg. F/lb grist, Step 2 add x gal H20 (boiling?), etc.) Finally, its easy enough to get kegs of beer at most liquor stores here in the U.S. Can the same be said for England. I'm at the early stages of planning a birthday party for my father two years from now. We'll be staying in a private house in southwest England. I'd like to be able to get ahold of a keg of cask conditioned ale. Anybody have any knowledge of what I might have to go through? How long in advance would I have to get it for it to be in serving condition? Would I need to do anything to it? What about a tap? Many thanks, Eric Wade <ericwade at class.org> Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 93 11:31:17 PDT From: rcristad at weber.ucsd.edu (Riccardo Cristadoro) Subject: Thanks for all of the help with my bitter Last week I posted a request for help with my next batch, a bitter. I was very pleased with the numerous responces that I got, all of them very helpful. I really appreciate the help, and the information that I get from this board. I feel that the quality of brweing advice is outstanding. In any event, I want to share my latest creation from the basement of Pirate ALE: 8 # British 2-row .5 #British crystal malt .5 # Wheat Malt .5 # Golden Brown sugar .75 oz Willamette (60 mins) .50 oz EKG (60) ----I had to use up some hops 1 oz EKG leaf hops (60) 1 oz EKG leaf hops (30) 1 oz EKG leaf hops (5) Irish Moss Wyeat #1098 (British Ale) started two days before in a starter My O.G. was 1.046 There are a few questions I wanted to ask. This is my second All-grain brew. Is a starting gravity of 1.046 sound about right for 9.5 pounds of grains/sugar? I was reading Fred Miller's book and he seems to get these amazing o.g.'s with 6 pounds of grain. Also, I mashed at a slightly higer temp (154-155). I was told that I would get more body in the brew by elevating the mash temp. What are the draw backs of the extra few degrees? Is it a good idea to use .5# of Wheat malt to help with head retention? I got suggestions for Wheat malt and cara-pils. Lastly, one suggesting was to dry hop in my keg. I like the idea of that, but will whole leaf hops (EKG of course) clog my cornelius keg?? Once again, thanks for all of the help. I'll give you a taste test report in a few weeks. STEVE BOXER Return to table of contents
Date: 17 May 1993 13:48:13 GMT From: WAUTS at CWEMAIL.ceco.com Subject: Cranberry Beer???/Decoction mash To: Homebrew Publications HOMEBRE1 - CWEMAIL Subject: Cranberry Beer???/Decoction mash - ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello all, While cleaning out the freezer the other day I uncovered four pounds of cranberries. Since Thanksgiving is way off I thought maybe I could use them in a brew. Does anyone have any recipes that use cranberries, if so would you care to enlighten me?? Thanks. I was reading Eric Warners Wheat book the other day, specifically the section on single decoction mashing. Since I haven't done a decoction yet I have two questions, is it OK to boil the grains for 30min?? And how much liquid do put in the pot with the grains. Any info would be helpful. Tom Stolfi Wauts at cwemail.ceco.com Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 93 16:52:11 EDT From: Bruce=Kiley%SIG%SNI%sig at sni-usa.com Subject: ReUsing Kegs I've heard that there are kits available that allows you to use standard 1/4 and 1/2 kegs. Does anyone know any information about this ? Please reply to brucek at sig.sni-usa.com Cheers, Bruce Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 93 16:55:53 EDT From: Bruce=Kiley%SIG%SNI%sig at sni-usa.com Subject: Brewing Cookbook I currently use a brewing cookbook that I made using a database program. It is full functional cookbook type of program. It offers customized printing, IE: ingredients or brewing process or complete recipe or any combination, detailed recipe instructions, brew ingredients via table choices of free form entry, sorting, and many more features. There are many types of these programs available, like SUDS. My question is, is there a need for another program like this? Would you be interested? I'd like your comments. Please reply to brucek at isg.sni-usa.com Cheers, Bruce Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 93 17:38:01 CDT From: jay marshall <marshall at pat.mdc.com> Subject: fruit beers In HBD #1142 Jeff Benjamin and Al Korz mention their experiences with fruit beers. Would you guys briefly describe your process - i.e. when you add the fruit (boil, primary, or secondary), whether or not you use a sanitizing procedure such as campden tablets or (as Jeff mentions) a bisulphite rinse, and how much fruit it takes to get a noticable flavor. Also, I would be interested in knowing what kind of hopping rates are good to use with these beers. I have tried one beer in which I added 2 qts of pure black cherry juice to the secondary and, while it was very tasty, it didn't have as much cherry flavor as I had hoped it would. It seemed that most of the stuff that makes cherries taste so good fermented away in the secondary. thanks, Jay marshall at sweetpea.jsc.nasa.gov (soon...marshall at pat.mdc.com) Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 93 18:35:34 -0500 From: spangle at abacus.mwsu.edu (Robert Spangle) Subject: Mail Order Supplies I need to ask a favor: 1) Since I have moved, and now I have the digest again, I need information. In this city they do not have any homebrewing supplies. I need some address of your favorite mail orders places. You can send it to directly or just post an answer here. 2) I want to start growing hops. Where do I get the flowers? Thanks, Robert Spangl e Dept of Computer Science MSU Wichita Falls, Texas 76308 Spangle at abacus.mwsu.edu Return to table of contents
Date: 17 May 93 19:43:11 EDT From: Jim Kirk II <70403.3157 at compuserve.com> Subject: Beer Video BREW VIDEO ANNOUNCEMENT: Starkirk Productions has just released a video trainig video giving information on opening your own micro-brewery or brewpub. We traveled to: Boulevard Brewery (Kansas City MO), Walnut Brewery (Boulder CO), Breckenridge Brewery (Breckenridge CO), Salt Lake Brewing (Salt Lake UT), Sierra Nevada (Chico CA), Grant's Brewpub/Brewery (Yakima WA), Capital Brewing (Middleton WI), Broad Ripple Brewing (Indianapolis IN). We interviewed the owners and/or brewmasters of these succesful operations. They gave us tons of info on opening and operation of brewing establishments. The video comes on two tapes and runs approx 2:45. It sells for $24.95 plus $5 P.H. For info contact me Jim Kirk 70403,3157 on CompuServe or send to: Starkirk Productions, Inc. 3848 S. Sherman Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46237 (317)786-1274 Return to table of contents
Date: 17 May 1993 21:26:52 -0400 (EDT) From: ksalomon at BIX.com Subject: England Pubs I am taking a business/pleasure trip to England next week. Does anyone have any good suggestions for special pubs to check out? I will be in Manchester and London for 3 days each. Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 93 21:48 EDT From: tom at kalten.bach1.sai.com (Tom Kaltenbach) Subject: Light-struck beer again I have an addition to the recent discussion on light-struck beer. Andy Hoffmann, a friend of mine who reads the digest off-line, brought an article to my attention last week. For those interested in the chemistry of light-struck beer, look up the following: Vogler, A. and Kunkely, H. "Photochemistry and Beer", Journal_of_Chemical_ Education, vol 59, no. 1, Jan 1982, pp. 25-27. The article is written by a couple of German chemists, and describes the chemical reactions that occur when beer is exposed to various wavelengths of light. It also discusses the effects of brown and green bottles on the light-struck flavor, and gives absorption spectra for brown and green glass. It also provides 27 references for those brewers interested in more detail. Hope this helps. Tom Kaltenbach Upstate New York Homebrewers Association tom at kalten.bach1.sai.com Rochester, New York, USA Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 May 1993 22:22:15 -0400 (EDT) From: SMUCKER at UTKVX.UTCC.UTK.EDU Subject: BREWING TECHNIQUES I had the good luck the other day to see a new magazine at my local homebrew store, BREWING TECHNIQUES. All I can say is WOW! this leaves Zymurgy in the dust. This new magazine is designed to bring technical information to the small scale brewer. As I read it it is intended for both the homebrew and the brewpub / mircobrewer. The first issue (volume 1, number 1, May / June 1993) has articles by Fix, Schiller, Haunold, and Nickerson. I especially like the article by George Fix on Belgian Malts. It has a column on trouble shooting by Dave Miller and another on beer styles by Roger Bergen. The content is great and each article includes references if you want to follow up on more information (although I am impressed with the depth of the articles). The presentation is very professional and well done. With luck this magazine may do for brewing what Fine Woodworking did for that hobby, take it beyond the amateur world in to a expanding advanced amateur / small profession world. With good solid technical information this magazine can build the growth of both the users / suppliers just as Fine Woodworking did. BEWING TECHNIQUES is published 6 times a year for $ 30.00. But a charter subscription is available for $ 24.00. Their address is BREWING TECHNIQUES, P.O. Box 3222, Eugene, Oregon 97403, Tel. 503 / 683-1916, Fax 503 / 687-8534. One of the things I like best about this magazine was not once did it tell me to not worry, since most of us type A, technical types worry one hell of a lot and that why we make damn good beer. Just for the record I have no connection what so ever with BREWING TECHNIQUES, I was just very impressed and it was very much worth the $ 5.00 I paid for it. (The copy I got was likely a free one that my homebrew supplier got as a sample, but so what it was worth the money.) The only two things I found wrong with this magazine was that it was too short and didn't yet have as many advertisers as I would like to see, but I bet these both change with time. Dave Smucker Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 18 May 93 00:09:22 EDT From: <geotex at engin.umich.edu> Subject: Beer Disaster <PLEASE HELP!!!> AAAAAAAHHHHHHH! Yesterday, I followed Charlie Papazian's recipe (The New Joy of HBing) for so imperial stout. Call me a beginner, but, it was my first intermediate brewing attemp. i.e. I used grains to add color etc, to a malt extract, boiled the whole mess (after sparging the grains out) and ending up with some nice looking wort. BUT! The recipe called for 1-2 packages of ale yeast, and I added 2. Today it begain to ferment about 12 hours after pitching the yeast. When I got home about 8 hours after fermentation began, the thing was going nutty. I mean it is all bubbling out through the fermentation lock on onto the floor. I am talking a lot of the mixture is gushing out. What went wrong? Too much yeast? Too warm (its about 75)? So is the beer which cost me about $30 to make ruined? What is a novice to do? I poured some out (gasp), and I am thinking of moving the fermenter outside where it will do minimal damage. I am hoping the cool weather may slow down this out of control process. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. If at all posible, e-mail me at geotex at engin.umich.edu. I would like to know ASAP what to do! Thanks Alex Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 18 May 93 02:27:28 EDT From: drwho2959 at aol.com Subject: Homebrewing in the Far East (The following was captured from my BBS. We are interested in comments and advice from any and all HBDers who have experience with homebrewing in the Far East.) Msg #: 329 Security: 5 MAIN From: SYSOP Sent: 05-17-93 20:35 To: HOWARD MORELAND Rcvd: 05-17-93 21:17 Re: (R)HOMEBREWING-JAPAN & KOREA > Does anyone have info on homebrewing in either Japan or Korea? A work > assignment will take me to one of those locations this Fall, to stay > for about a year. The fine folks at DeFalco's referred me to a notice > on clubs in Japan in Zymurgy, and I wrote them. I still need a source > of info for Korea, and more on Japan would be welcome. For instance, > (1) is homebrewing legal, illegal but tolerated, or ranked with > assassinating the head of state? (2) Are homebrew ingredients and > equipment available locally, by mail order, or not at all? (3) Is it > possible to take yeast slants through Customs without risking arrest? > (4) Any particular items I should try to ship in when I move? > Thanks. Latest Zymurgy has a very interesting (and amusing) story about this: (I am plagiarizing, go ahead and sue me, Charlie.... MAKE MY DAY!!!) "LOW ALCOHOL OR NO HOMEBREW...... According to _All About Beer_ magazine, to get a license to brew beer in Japan you must make a minimum of 2 million liters annually. Obviously, this makes homebrewing illegal. Mr. Yamanaka, head of the Japan Association for the Promotion of Homebrewing, is Japan's only importer of homebrew kits. How does he get around the law? In Japan, beverages containing 1 percent or less alcohol are exempt from the law. So Mr. Yamanaka went to Edme Ltd. in England and asked them to make a beer kit with instructions to make a 1 percent alcohol beer. The instructions say to use 40 liters of water and no [additional] sugar, and brewers are warned that deviaing from the recipe is illegal. When the tax collectors started asking questions, Mr. Yamananka told them to find someone else to harass. He hasn't heard from them since." I wonder HOW MANY poor, unsuspecting Japanese homebrewers actually FOLLOW the directions?! YUCK!! Msg #: 330 Security: 5 MAIN From: DENNIS LEWIS Sent: 05-17-93 21:58 To: HOWARD MORELAND Rcvd: -NO- Re: (R)HOMEBREWING-JAPAN&KORE A couple of thoughts about Far East Brewing... I suppose that homebrew ingredients are available at least from mail order (probably just extracts, because grains might be too similar to agricultural stuff, and be prohibited. The Japanese are extremely anal about importing agricultural stuff). Yeast slants are a toss-up. If you wrap them well to eliminate the smell, then they should go unnoticed. If you think you can down grade, you may just want to switch back to dry (gasp!!!). If I were going to go, I'd make a care package to send to myself. Pack two 6.5 gal buckets w/ lids, and in them put: a bunch of tubing, a couple airlocks, all the homebrew chemicals, stoppers, a well-wrapped hydrometer, etc. Essentially send a basic homebrew kit. Wrap up another box with many cans/bags of malt extract, etc. Get friends and family to mail you new stuff for birthdays, Christmas, etc. If all else fails, the Japanese make some pretty damn good brew. They copied the Germans in this just as they copy us in everything else. Michael Jackson was fairly impressed. *----------------------------------------------------------------------* | Andrew Patrick | | SysOp, Houston Correspondent & Distrib. Mgr., | | Home Brew Univ. BBS Southwest Brewing News | | (713)465-0265, 2400 bps Internet: andinator at delphi.com | *----------------------------------------------------------------------* Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 18 May 93 09:51:15 +0300 From: Nir Navot <LCNAVOT at WEIZMANN.WEIZMANN.AC.IL> Subject: Microbreweries in the London Area I'll be in London from June 6th on. Can anyone recomend any Micro or just small and worth-a-visit brewery in and around London? How about you favorite Pub? I already have the Publist.Z from the archive. Please reply directly to my box LCNAVOT at WEIZMANN.WEIZMANN.AC.IL Return to table of contents
End of HOMEBREW Digest #1143, 05/18/93