HOMEBREW Digest #310 Mon 27 November 1989

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		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  Re: yeast culturing (John Polstra)
  labels for bottles (Alan Duester)
  World Beer Review (Tim Weil)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 24 Nov 89 09:48:49 PST From: polstra!jdp at hplabs.HP.COM (John Polstra) Subject: Re: yeast culturing In HBD #309, dsbaer at EBay.Sun.COM (David Baer) wonders: > My only question is what is the starting gravity for your starter wort? The Fall 1987 issue of Zymurgy had a special section on yeast, with lots of information about this sort of thing. In an article on yeast culturing, Gary Bauer recommended using "half-strength wort" (SG around 1.025) as a starter. Other articles I've seen also recommend using a starter medium that is less than full strength. For starting my Wyeast, I always use 2.5 to 3 oz. of dry light malt extract in 1 quart of water. I add one hop flower (for reasons probably based on superstition) and boil for 10 minutes. Then I put the lid on the pan, remove it from the heat, and let it cool for 30 minutes. At that point, it can be transferred to a small glass bottle and capped with a fermentation lock. I set the bottle in a sinkful of cold water until it has cooled to pitching temperature, then I pour in the Wyeast. I normally make the starter on Thursday, and then I use it on Saturday or Sunday. It works great every time. One great thing about using a starter with Wyeast is that it protects you from the uncertainty of how long it's going to take that foil pouch to puff up. - John Polstra jdp at polstra.UUCP Polstra & Co., Inc. ...{uunet,sun}!practic!polstra!jdp Seattle, WA (206) 932-6482 Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 25 Nov 89 12:22:30 EST From: capnal at aqua.whoi.edu (Alan Duester) Subject: labels for bottles On the subject of labels: I've been doing a good bit of research on the subject. I had originally thought of doing a Zymurgy article on labels. John Polstra suggested Avery removable labels (type S-3232, 2" X 2"). I can't find this number in my listings, so a potential warning might be in order: If these labels are not specifically designed for high temperature use in either xerographic copiers or laser printers, DON'T use them in a laser printer - you could ruin it! The Avery number I have here for 2.75" square laser labels for 3-1/2" disks is 5196. However, there is a better product, though more expensive. Williams & Macias produces Laser Labels for disks that are removeable, and have a glossier, burnished surface. They are more resistant to liquids, removable even after you get them wet (if you let them dry), and the plastic "ink" of xerography is not affected by bleach, even though the label will get yellowed, allowing multiple uses. They also have less of a dimensional change due to wetting, reducing the wrinkling most labels experience. The labels come 6 per 8.5" x 11" page, so you can design out to the borders of the labels. Laser printers that are dirty or full of paper dust will have real problems aligning the label sheets, though. Williams & Macias, PO Box 19206, Spokane, WA 99219, (800) 752-4400. I order them from MacConnection for overnight delivery. (800) 622-5472. They cost $20-22 for a pack of 216 labels (36 pages), as I recall. I tend to make mini Christmas cards on them, and give my Restorative Stout out with customized labels as a gift (to those select friends who appreciate homebrewed stout). ======================================================================== Al Duester, Ocean Engineer, MS S201 # SPAN: 6308::capnal Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution # INTERNET: capnal at aqua.whoi.edu Woods Hole, MA 02543 # GEnie: A.DUESTER (508) 548-1400 x2474 (508) 457-2000 auto-receptionist for touch tone phones ======================================================================== Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 89 07:30:04 EST From: hpda!uunet!f419.n109.z1.fidonet.org!Tim.Weil (Tim Weil) Subject: World Beer Review WORLD BEER REVIEW (WBR) is an excellent 'no-frills' brewing magazine published by Steve Johnson from the campus of Clemson University. BREWNET just received the Nov/Dec issue covering the following topics - * Thomas Hardy's Ale * National Beer Event Catalog * Oregon Beer Festival * Allegheny Brewery * Pilsner Urquell (review) * Pilsner Urquell (recipes!) * Beer Ratings (including Big Jug & Milwaukee Light) ??? One of the freebies worth mentioning is a blurb for an illustrated 12-page booklet on beer history & folklore available from: The Beer Institute 1225 Eye Street NW Washington, DC 20005 For more information on WBR contact : WORLD BEER REVIEW PO Box 71 Clemson, SC 29633 - -- Tim Weil at The Black Cat's Shack (Fidonet 1:109/401) Internet: Tim.Weil at f419.n109.z1.fidonet.org UUCP: ...!uunet!hadron!blkcat!419!Tim.Weil Return to table of contents
End of HOMEBREW Digest #310, 11/27/89
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