HOMEBREW Digest #440 Fri 15 June 1990

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		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  What do people think of this idea? (CRF)
  Re: Starting Siphons (Keith Morgan)
  Bottle filling (Ray Mrohs)
  Recipes for cherry beer? (CORONELLRJDS)
  Jackson on sale (John Bates)
  Re:  Siphoning (Patrick Stirling (Sun HQ Consulting Services))
  Re: keg floaters (a.e.mossberg)
  Homebrew Siphon Idea (314) 872-3168 <schmidt at aecnt5.mdcbbs.com>

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 14 Jun 90 08:10 EST From: CRF at PINE.CIRCA.UFL.EDU Subject: What do people think of this idea? Hi there! As we _all_ know, I've been putting a great deal of time and effort recently into brewing up a framboise. Now: one of the classic characteristics of this and other Belgian lambics is the presence of a _Lactobacillus_ flavor, which under other circumstances would be considered an off flavor/contaminant. Thus, in attempting to duplicate/imitate a lambic, one is in the unusual position of needing to somehow introduce a normally undesirable element into the wort, if one can manage it. While not particularly concerned with actually accomplishing this, I've nonetheless been pondering whether or not it *could* be done. I think I may have thought of a way. I'm wondering what people will think of it. These days, almost any grocery store will carry milk inoculated with live _Lactobacillus acidophilus_. It's very popular. So: what if one pitched an ounce or two of _L. acidophilus_ milk out of a *freshly opened* quart into the wort, along with the yeast to be used? I figure the milk is pasteurized before the inoculation, so a freshly opened quart could provide the bacterial culture without fear of comtamination. How might this work? Would it compete unfavorably with the yeast? Produce too much _Lactobacillus_ flavor? How might it affect the finished beer? What do y'all think? Yours in Carbonation, Cher "God save you from a bad neighbor and from a beginner on the fiddle." -- Italian proverb ============================================================================= Cheryl Feinstein INTERNET: CRF at PINE.CIRCA.UFL.EDU Univ. of Fla. BITNET: CRF at UFPINE Gainesville, FL Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 90 08:30:33 edt From: Keith Morgan <morgan at DG-RTP.DG.COM> Subject: Re: Starting Siphons For those of us that are equipment freaks, Edmund Scientific sells a neat little gizmo that can be used to start siphons. It's a hand operated vacuum pump; with it, a few feet of extra siphon hose, and a T connection (so you can connect in the vacuum line close to the output end of your siphon), you can prime your transfer line the same way the big guys do it. The pump costs about $30.00, if I remember correctly, and the T connection is another dollar or so. The pump is plastic and can be disassembled for cleaning if (when) you pump a little too enthusiastically and slurp some wort up into the pump. Now, if I can just figure out how to rig an RS232-readable pressure gauge and a computer-controlled mechanical hand to work the pump... Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 90 09:29:13 EDT From: Ray Mrohs <IRMIS971%SIVM.BITNET at CORNELLC.cit.cornell.edu> Subject: Bottle filling From: Ray Mrohs System Programmer (OIRM) Smithsonian Institution After initial fermentation of our ale, we typically siphon the liquid into another clean container which has a spigot installed low on it's side. The sugar is stirred in and the container is placed on a table with the spigot hanging over. Three feet of Tygon tubing is attached to the spigot and then the 'spring-loaded' filler goes on the end. With the bottles arranged on the floor for easy access, filling is done pretty easily. Pressure is strong enough to cause some foaming in the bottles but this can be regulated by adjusting the spigot. The only drawback is: some bending is required, but since we're only dealing with 2 cases (plus we're always eager to get the beer into those bottles anyway) (plus we're still pretty young :-) ) it hasn't posed much of a problem. Our latest batch was the fool-proof Weizen, which turned out excellent. (hello Jeff!) Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 90 09:11 MST From: CORONELLRJDS at CHE.UTAH.EDU Subject: Recipes for cherry beer? Greetings!! I don't know about the rest of the country (or world?) but in Utah, the cherries are ripe! I'm just dying to make a cherry-flavored beer. There are two recipes in TCJOHB, but I'd be interested in hearing about other recipes. I'd really appreciate it if you'd send me any extract-based recipes you've tried with comments on how the beer turned out. The cherries are going to have to be picked within the next couple of days, so I'm looking forward to brewing this one next week. Thanks for your input. Chuck Coronella CORONELLRJDS at CHEMICAL.UTAH.EDU Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 90 09:30:12 MDT From: bates at palmen.Colorado.EDU (John Bates) Subject: Jackson on sale B Dalton's has Michael Jackson's book, "The new world guide to Beers" (I think thats the title) the hardbound edition on sale for about $18 in the Denver area (and I assume maybe nationwide). If you don't already have it, it's a great time to get it. It's a MUST for you serious beer lovers. John Bates (We do have vacancies at the Motel) Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 90 10:27:14 PDT From: pms at Corp.Sun.COM (Patrick Stirling (Sun HQ Consulting Services)) Subject: Re: Siphoning I thought I'd add my bit to this! The main difficulty I have with the suggested solutions is that a fair amount of handling the siphon tube is required, both to fill it with water and to stick it into the beer. And (horrors!) while putting it into the beer, I might inadvertently stick my hand in too. Further, I use a racking tube, and filling that with water as well has proved impossible. So, my solution was to cut about an inch off the racking tube. Then I insert the racking tube into the beer, attach the siphon hose, and then attach the small piece. I can start the flow by sucking on the small piece, which I them remove before the beer reaches it. Voila, a flowing siphon with minimised germs! I too use a spring loaded bottling tube. I stand the carboy on the work surface (waist level), start the siphon, and fill the bottles on the floor. Lots o' flow! The only problem is the amount of foam generated before the beer in the bottles covers the end of the tube. One thing I've noticed with siphoning is that the seals between the flexible and rigid tubing are not perfect. I can hear air hissing into the assembly. I wonder if this could cause problems? patrick Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 90 17:47:17 GMT From: aem at mthvax.CS.Miami.EDU (a.e.mossberg) Subject: Re: keg floaters In digest <1990Jun14.071628.21908 at mthvax.cs.miami.edu> florianb at tekred.cna.tek.com writes: >Some time back, someone posted a method for installing a floating system >in a keg. The purpose was to prevent tapping off the bottom of the keg >(Cornelius system) and sucking up yeast. Could the person who described >this system please post it again or send me a copy? Thanks very much. The system is available for a couple dollars from Wine and Brew By You (305) 666-5757 and consists of a float, a weight, tubing, line, and instructions. I have found it to be extremely reliable, and in their store it gets heavy heavy use in the kegs at their samples taps. By the way, In Miami? Be sure to stop by Wine and Brew By You 5760 Bird Road in South Miami, and talk to Craig, Sandy, Dale, and sometimes, if you're very very lucky, you'll meet me there! Samples of beers and wines always available, and they have the largest selection of malts, yeasts, and hops anywhere. aem - -- a.e.mossberg / aem at mthvax.cs.miami.edu / aem at umiami.BITNET / Pahayokee Bioregion Everything secret degenerates; nothing is safe that does not bear discussion and publicity. - Lord Acton Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 14 Jun 90 10:48:45 PDT From: Mike Schmidt (314) 872-3168 <schmidt at aecnt5.mdcbbs.com> Subject: Homebrew Siphon Idea Ye Olde Hand Siphon. The filled hose siphon approach seems like a very logical approach, however a friend (J.G.) recommended a very simple method of starting a siphon. Use your clean, sterile, tightly coiled hand to act as a spacer between the siphon tube and your mouth. Simply clamp the tube with one end of your hand and suck on the other. Ideally, you should start the flow in one draw. You certainly do not want any backflow of brew or air into the siphon tube. Return to table of contents
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