HOMEBREW Digest #4366 Mon 06 October 2003

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  Split Rock 2003 HB Competition ("David Houseman")
  Mutant hop cone ("Mike Maag")
  er: the missing WMDs ... ("-S")
  re: sweetener/diet,  hot wort and air ("-S")
  beer at restaurants ("Jeff & Ellen")
  Wiring capacitor start -run motor ("A.Ulinskas")
  brewers yeast, dogs ("Rob Dewhirst")
  specific gravities (Isaac Gibson)
  Competition Announcement ("Jim Hinken")
  re: Czech ingredients (Dane Mosher)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2003 09:31:59 -0400 From: "David Houseman" <david.houseman at verizon.net> Subject: Split Rock 2003 HB Competition This is a follow-up that there will be homebrew competition on November 22nd, 9am promptly, at the Split Rock Resort in the Poconos of Pennsylvania in conjunction with their annual Micro Brew Festival. Contrary to the web information, judging will only be on Saturday. Entry fees, $5, will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This is a sanctioned competition and will use the standard BJCP/AHA style guidelines judging all beer, mead and cider styles. Entries should be shipped to The Resort at Split Rock, One Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, PA 18624, Attention: Shelly Kalins Lutz, for receipt from November 12 to November 19. Two (2) brown or green bottles with no markings are required. Any standard entry forms identifying the brewer and the appropriate entry category/subcategory are acceptable. Any standard homebrew competition entry and bottle identification forms are acceptable. Judges and Stewards will be needed and they should contact Shelly Kalins Lutz [srinfo at splitrockresort.com] or me to secure a position. Judges and Stewards can hand carry their entries if they pre-register with payment and show up at least 1/2 hour early. Checks should be made out to The Resort At Split Rock. Judges will receive an entry to the beer festival or entry to the beer dinner for their efforts and need to indicate which they wish when they commit to participate. The BOS winner will receive a complementary weekend for two at next year's Split Rock Beer Fest as well. But just entering makes you a winner for helping a good cause. More information will be available at the Split Rock web site (http://www.splitrockresort.com/gba_homebrew.html). David Houseman Competition Organizer david.houseman at verizon.net Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2003 10:11:59 -0400 From: "Mike Maag" <maagm at rica.net> Subject: Mutant hop cone The storm broke my hop trellis, so I harvested. One of the cascade cones was 3 cones growing from one stem/base. I have never seen a triple cone, but my hop picking experience is limited. Anyone with vast hop picking experience ever see three cones growing from one base ? Just wondering if it is very unusual or not. Mike Maag, Shenandoah Valley Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2003 21:21:25 -0400 From: "-S" <-s at adelphia.net> Subject: er: the missing WMDs ... Pete Ensminger notes ... >Chemical or biological >weapons could have been manufactured with minor modifications of a >[...] microbrewery attached to a restaurant." I have tasted some bad microbrews, one fm near Toledo and another from Florida which could be classified as "bio-weapons", but if you want reviews of Baghdad Micros I'll need the $87Billion in cash. -S Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2003 01:38:40 -0400 From: "-S" <-s at adelphia.net> Subject: re: sweetener/diet, hot wort and air Fred Johnson notes that Splenda seems to be stable at low pH based on product features. After reading a couple not-so-well supported reports I did have concerns. Thanks for clearing that up Fred === <<Well I hate to go here on HBD - but beer drinking beer and excess body weight does seem to be peripherally related>> Dave Burley says ... >Also I deeply doubt the arithmetic that a few grams of sweetener in whatever >form will cause you to gain or lose weight. I once read that if the body >behaved in this way that eating one carrot more a day than your calorie >utilization would cause you to gain 600 pounds in a lifetime. Obviously, it is >about time to redo our 18th century based thinking about diets. A carrot is 30 calories according to the "Atwater" estimates used by the FDA on food labels, but a more accurate estimate of biologically available energy would discount the ~2gm of fiber to a total around 26Cal per carrot. An extra carrot a day would add about 2.6 lbs to you per year. And if you want to continue with absurd extrapolations it would take 230 year lifespan to gain 600lbs ! NORMALLY your internal controls would cause you to choose to eat less of other foods if you added a carrot per day to your diet. Still if you were forced to keep the same exercise regime and add 26 calories per day to your diet you would quite certainly gain the 2.6 pounds in a year. The only thing 18th century about an understanding of dietary energetics and overweight is that there are loads of snake-oils salesmen and hucksters trying to convey the notion that there are major loopholes or exempt foods to the calories balance <==> weight relationship. There aren't. >Biggest problem ( and there are many) with the calorie /weight gain theory is >that it does not take into account how much of ingested calories are >eliminated without being utilized. To get a true reading on this you have >to measure how many calories go in and how many go out and how many >are burned to get the equation to balance. I used to think the same thing till I started reviewing the modern literature. That is exactly what is done Dave, tho' it's based on measures of body mass, exhales gasses, urine or blood analysis or even caloric chamber measurements in the case of humans. There are very accurate studies of caloric availability in cattle, pigs, and various commercially important farm animals. There are similar studies in which human volunteers have carefully controlled diets and controlled exercise (necessarily less accurate). No one is just sticking food in a bomb calorimeter. They DO get a good reading of the available calories applicable to humans. Here is an example article showing use of modern techniques: http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/reprint/68/4/820.pdf Yes there is variation from many sources - but this is well studied. The simple linear algebra of adding up calories is not perfect, but it explains 95% of what is observed in healthy people. There are no gaping loopholes. >It may also have something to do with the success of the Atkins diet [...] There is a much simpler explanation of Atkin's success. Weight loss under Atkins-type diets is attributable to lower caloric intake, not lower carbohydrate intake. [["Among obese patients, weight loss was associated with longer diet duration (P =.002), restriction of calorie intake (P =.03), but not with reduced carbohydrate content (P =.90)."]]. Most Atkins dieters freely *choose* lower caloric intake given their free selection of proteins and fats. -S Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2003 13:24:43 -0400 From: "Jeff & Ellen" <JeffNGladish at ij.net> Subject: beer at restaurants Don Price made an interesting comment yesterday: "I now find myself asking questions like 'What beer do you have that I can't get at 7-11?' when I go out to eat. I gave up on 'what do you have?' after realizing that most of the wait staff can't remember anything past the most common 6 or 8 mega-swills and mega-swill lights." For years I've been trying to find the most politically correct way to ask for craft-brewed beer at restaurants. I certainly don't want to sound like the snob that I probably am but I also don't need the wait staff to recite a long list of beers that are basically all the same. I've asked, "what is the most interesting beer you have?" and "do you have any craft-brewed beers?" in the past. Commenting on the quality of the wine list and following up with, "but I don't see any beer list" is probably not the best method. I wonder how everyone else on the list gets past this. Jeff Gladish, Tampa, FL Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2003 18:53:31 -0700 (PDT) From: "A.Ulinskas" <algerdulin at yahoo.com> Subject: Wiring capacitor start -run motor I generally take the summers off so I am gearing up to start my new brewing season. Over the summer, I decided to make some improvements to the hardware side of the brewery and decided to soup up the malt mill. I have a non-adjustable Schmidling. My objective is to do the following: 1) Increase the hopper size so that it could hold aprox 30 lb of grain, 2) Build some type of stand to support the hopper and the crushed grain receptacle, 3) Motorize the mill with something more optimal the drill that we presently use. I have built a very nice stand and hopper and was able to obtain a .25 hp gear motor. The problem is that I am unable to locate any documentation for the motor and I am unsure how to wire it. Although the specs differ, my motor looks identical to the first one shown on this page http://www.blowerwheel.com/motor-gearmotor-bodine.htm (no affiliation, not even a customer). My motor is a capacitor start, capacitor run. I have the proper capacitors. The motor has 4 wires: red, blue, white, and green w/ yellow tracer. I am hoping someone in the hbd community can instruct me on how to wire this device. Thanks in advance, I will post a full report once I complete the project. Al Ulinskas, Torrington, CT Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2003 21:30:58 -0500 From: "Rob Dewhirst" <rob at hairydogbrewery.com> Subject: brewers yeast, dogs Apparently Brewers Yeast is a good nutritional supplement for dogs as well as humans, especially for specific problems. I am sure I am getting my daily dose of yeast, but can I give some safely to my dogs? What form? I would sure love to make better use of all those yeast cakes which currently end up mostly in the compost pile. (I asked my vet as well, who was willing to offer a commercial supplement, but no advice on using homebrew yeast cakes.) Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2003 19:34:04 -0700 (PDT) From: Isaac Gibson <interGalactic at wildglobe.com> Subject: specific gravities I have a few basic questions on when to take gravity readings. If I want to calculate the percent utilization of hop alpha acids in order to calculate the IBU then I need the 'specific gravity of the boil' as stated in Charlie Papazian's most excellent book. When do I take this reading, is it right before I add the boiling hops? And then do I need to take it again before I add the finishing hops? Also, how do I know exactly when to transfer my beer from the primary to the secondary? Do I need a gravity reading? How do I know when to bottle? Is it when thebeer has reached the gravity that I want to stop it at to achieve a particular style? Or is it when the gravity stops dropping? Much obliged and happy to be part of the brewing population. -Isaac Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2003 19:37:40 -0700 From: "Jim Hinken" <jim.hinken at verizon.net> Subject: Competition Announcement The Brews Brothers are pleased to announce the Novembeerfest 2003 Homebrewing Competition. Novembeerfest will be held Saturday, November 8 at Larry's Homebrewing Supply, 7405 S. 212th St. #103, Kent, WA 98032 Entries will be accepted from all BJCP/AHA beer style categories, including cider and mead. The style guidelines may be viewed at http://www.bjcp.org/beerstyles.pdf. Three bottles are required for entry with an entry fee of U.S. $5. The standard AHA entry form and bottle labels may be used. Entry forms may also be downloaded from www.brewsbrothers.org. Entries will be accepted through November 2 and may be shipped to Jim Hinken 24211 4 PL W Bothell, WA 98021 425-483-9324 brews.brothers at verizon.net Entries may be dropped off at: Larry's Homebrewing Supply, 7405 S. 212th St. #103, Kent, WA 98032, 206-872-6846 Mountain Homebrew and Wine Supply, 12121 N.E. Northup Way, Suite 210, Bellevue, WA 98005, 206-882-9929 Bob's Homebrew Supply, 2821 NE 55th ST. Seattle, WA 98105, 206-527-9283 Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2003 20:01:57 -0700 (PDT) From: Dane Mosher <dane_mosher at yahoo.com> Subject: re: Czech ingredients >Anyway, you folks know of other places with Czech ingredients? I think Austin Homebrew Supply carries Czech malt, although I don't know offhand how extensive their selection is. NAYYY Dane Mosher Fort Worth, TX Return to table of contents
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