HOMEBREW Digest #4536 Fri 04 June 2004

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  Kegs (Gene Wavrovics)
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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 01:51:37 -0700 (PDT) From: Gene Wavrovics <gwavrovics at yahoo.com> Subject: Kegs So here's another opportunity for waxing sentimental. There are many firsts I remember in my life. My first job, my first kiss, my first... well anyway... Recently I started kegging, and after countless empty bottles I finished my first keg of homebrew tonight. For some reason it seemed a time to remember. And on Cinco de Mayo to boot. Here's to many more homebrews. Gene Port St. Lucie, FL Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 07:04:52 -0400 From: "Dave Burley" <Dave_Burley at charter.net> Subject: "Anti-oxidant" burnt malt - not- and old beer Brewsters: Jeff speculates that the stability of old beers is sometimes due to the presence of highly roasted malt and it's "anti-oxidant" content. I doubt that burnt malt, by definition, has any significant anti-oxidant properties. However, it is possible that the dark malt flavors cover up any damage that oxygen does to old beers. And George Fix is correct that beer in a reduced state will not ( by definition) be oxidized. Duh. The best protection for beer is to bottle it with yeast. As long as the yeast remain viable in the bottle and the beer is under CO2 pressure, the beer will remain in a reduced state as the yeast will take up oxygen and its progenitors. A good capping procedure using fobbing as a way of keeping oxygen out of the bottle when capping from a pressure chamber or just plain old fashioned bottling with sugar and yeast will provide a reducing atmosphere. Like Jeff, I have opened decades old beer that was still good and it was always beer that had been bottled with plenty of yeast. Which also brings into question the yeast autolysis momily. Keep on Brewin' Dave Burley Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 12:50:51 +0100 From: hbd <hbd at thebarnsleys.co.uk> Subject: Freezer Mods Hello fellow brewers, Long time no post . . . This really goes out to Fridge Guy (Forrest Duddles) whom I hope is still around. Following the demise of my last converted freezer around this time last year, I have finally acquired another that I am looking to convert. Typical Chest freezer just a bit too shallow to take a 60L fermenter and Airlock, or even some Cornii, So I need to build a collar, but then got round to thinking (Which is usually a bad idea!). If I stood it on one end similar to an upright I can get a Fermenter in no problem, OK so I'm restricted to 4 Cornii instead of 6. Now to the real issue the compressor will not like working at this angle (Hey I remembered something :> ) so Using a set of micro pipe benders is it possible to put the compressor back into its usual orientation without totally scr*w*ng the whole thing? I suppose the real question is can the copper refrigeration piping take being bent? Upright it gives me so many more options, but I'm not totally wrecked using it as intended. - -- Regards le Man ( The Brewer Formerly Known As Aleman ) Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 05:27:42 -0700 (PDT) From: Paul Mahoney <pmmaho at yahoo.com> Subject: Signs Brewers: It is a clear day on the legal horizon. Here is a summary of a recent decision from Connecticut: Flag is Not a "Sign" Judge Thomas Corradino, a Superior Court judge in Connecticut, has overruled a zoning board of appeals decision and held that the flag of Ireland is not a commercial or advertising sign and is, thus, not subject to zoning regulations. The dispute involved Ceili's Irish Pub, which had the flag flying outside the bar A Superior Court judge has ended a nearly two-year-old zoning dispute in Guilford by ruling the national flag of Ireland is not a commercial sign. The ruling allows Geoff Pothin to keep flying the flag outside his bar, Ceili's Irish Pub. Judge Thomas Corradino upheld a Zoning Board of Appeals decision that the flag is not subject to zoning regulations. He dismissed an appeal by the Planning and Zoning Commission and its enforcement officer. The dispute has been going on since August 2002, when Zoning Enforcement Officer Regina Reid declared in a letter to Pothin that the Irish flag, unlike the American flag also flying outside his bar, was an "unauthorized sign in violation" of zoning regulations. Pothin had said at the appeals hearing that the flag doesn't advertise anything but "is a personal expression of national identity and relationship." In his decision, Corradino ruled that a national flag can't be considered an advertising sign, and if it is not a sign, it isn't subject to zoning regulations. Paul Mahoney Roanoke, Va. StarCity Brewers Guild Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2004 10:49:45 -0700 (PDT) From: Mr Patrick Babcock <pgbabcock at yahoo.com> Subject: Rumors of the HBD's demise... ...are highly exaggerated. Greetings, Beerlings! Take me to your lager... What a long, strange trip it's been! After much hacking, tons of wrangling, and a whole lot of learning, it seems the HBD is back up and running. My apologies for the overlong delay in restoring this beast, and my express thanks for your patience! Here's some info: HOSTING: To those clubs who are hosted by the HBD: you need to have your webmaster email me with a request for restoration and password for your site. Unfortunately, the webmasters mailing list is kaput, so I cannot use that as a means of contact. Another reason I am doing it this way is to "weed out" the defunct clubs from our hosting list; IE: if I am not contacted, the site will not be restored under the assumption that the club no longer exists. I will be restoring all of the Preserve sites. Those who maintain them will need to contact me for their login information as well. CLUB MAIL LISTS: These will come back as soon as I get all the other stuff running. I am migrating AWAY from Majordomo; likely moving to Mailman. This will provide your club webmasters with a web interface in order to maintain their lists, plus provide some measure of spam and virus transmission protection. RBL LISTS: These will eventually return as well, though I'm not sure how many remained active at the time the HBD went down. Since they were a custom hack of Majordomo, can't say at this time whether or not they'll function the the same way as they did since I'll likely not be using Majordomo for them again. Details forthcoming. OTHER STUFF: The new box is on the order of 150 times faster than the old box, with approximately 5 time the storage space. Assuming the system's architecture is sound, it should be many, many moons before we have to go through anything like this again. I'm adding several SPAM filters and a virus scanner to the mail stream. Keep in mind that these may affect how your posts to the Digest are handled, and there may be false triggering since both systems will use heuristic-based rules to process the incoming mail stream. Finally, welcome back! I missed y'all... ===== Return to table of contents
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