HOMEBREW Digest #4642 Mon 01 November 2004

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  AHA Secretarial Resignation, v2.0 ("Rob Moline")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 22:34:45 -0600 From: "Stephen Rockey" <slrjk at egyptian.net> Subject: Is it legal? Hello, I have been asked to make a beer for the highest bidder in a silent auction for our church's "Wurstmart." (Its OK, we're Lutheran!) Is it legal? I'm not selling the beer, I'm offering my service...or at least the product of my service. Thanks, Steve Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 21:40:14 -0700 From: Bob Devine <bob.devine at worldnet.att.net> Subject: link of the week - phenolic Many compounds in beer are described as "phenolic", a broad class of compounds. If you ask a chemist, a phenolic compound is one that has multiple aromatic benzene rings with hydroxyl groups. A huge number of chemicals fall into that description. Some examples: coumarin is a phenolic from newly-mown hay; ethyl-4-phenol smells horsy; and vanillin is commercially produced for food flavoring for its vanilla aroma. Phenolic compounds mainly (about 3/4) come from plant material -- malt and hops -- but bacteria and yeast can contribute, too. In beers, "phenolic" is commonly used to indicate that the beer smells plasticy, medicinal, smokey, or even spicy (with german hefeweizen's clove character coming from a certain yeast strain that transform phenolic acids through a decarboxylation reaction into aromatic phenols). You pick up on the phenolic smell extremely easily. For many phenols the detectable level is a few parts per billion. However chlorophenols, which come from combining chlorine with certain phenols, the detectable levels are even lower. So what to do? Sanitation is critical. Also avoid all sources of chlorine, such as from cleansers or tap water, because the chlorophenol form is much more noticeable. Here are two papers from Siebel on phenolics. http://www.probrewer.com/resources/library/siebel-phenolics.php http://www.probrewer.com/resources/library/siebel-phenolics2.php Bob Devine Return to table of contents
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Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 06:02:46 -0800 (PST) From: "H. Dowda" <hdowda at yahoo.com> Subject: 6th Annual Palmetto State Brewers' Open The 6th Annual PSBO will be held in Columbia, SC December 4. Entry deadline is November 26. Cash prizes will be awarded for BOS 1-2-3 in the sanctioned BEER competition. Cash prizes will be awarded for BOS 1-2-3 in the Mead/Cider competition. Complete info at : http:/www.sagecat.com/psb/psbo6.htm Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 10:55:47 -0500 From: "Dave Burley" <Dave_Burley at charter.net> Subject: Yeast Ranching under water , yeast energizer/nutrient, C. Pritchard sites Brewsters: Francisco Jones wories he has missed something in yeast ranching by not storing his yeast under sterile water but under beer. He asks what he has missed. Storage under beer has the potential to spoil from the bacteria eating the food which is still in the beer and the trub. If the yeast are not dormant they may autolyze. I suspect some autolysis will take place anyway - don't know - but it has never been a problem for me when using water. This procedure of storing under beer may have something to do with the "never re-use your yeast more than five times or it mutates" myth. It may also stem from not making up a proper starter and starting the yeast before using it once it has been dormant. Store your yeast under water and start it before pitching it. Many professional brewers do a two starter sequence before pitchng as they believe it takes two starts to get the yeast to fully recover. My yeast seem to be true to form if I do it properly once. There are several reasons why you want to use water as a storage medium. The first of which is to rinse away bacteria, unfermented sugars and trub to reduce spoilage potential. Second, being stored under sterile water forces the yeast into dormancy. Third, you can hold this at room temperature if you run out of fridge space. But I wouldn't suggest it under the normal sanitation available to the average homebrewer. Pour off the beer and rinse your yeast with a 1% sterile water solution of tartaric acid. I had some private questions about how to make up a 1% tartaric acid ( TA) solution, based on my last set of comments on this subject, so here goes.. TA can be purchased from your wine/beer hobby supplier. About a teaspoon and a half of TA crystals ( or ten grams if you weigh it) in a clean liter soda pop bottle of cool boiled ozonated water (from the grocery store) will give you about 1%. I suggest you add the TA as you remove the boiling water from the stove as TA can be produced from Cream of Tartar which has a wine origin and is a potential carrier of bacteria. Chill the soution in your refrigerator. Pour off any beer over your yeast, add the cold acid solution, swirl and allow to settle about 15 minutes to no more than 30 minutes. Decant and wash with three rinses of sterile cool, boiled water. Store capped in the fridge. I use a beer bottle most often. Start this when you are ready to use it. To ensure you get a repeatable yeast, use a stirred starter with exposure to air, capped with a sterile cotton plug. Use the same OG as you will use in your wort. - --------------- Bill Velek says: >Forbes & Tobias indicated: "... >we have never come across the >term 'yeast >energizer'. This doesn't surprise me. As I indicated in my earlier response the term "yeast energizer" is not used in the professional area ,but in the hobby beer and wine area. And the distinction appears to be that the yeast "energizer" contains something more than just a source of nitrogen. Typically, it contains dead brewers yeast which provides B-vitamins and yeast ghosts which provide nurtients to build cell walls. Some have zinc and other minerals. Professional "yeast nutrients" already have these, thus no distinction. - ----------- C.D Pritchard, your sites on Chattanoga are not available . Keep on Brewin' Dave Burley Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 13:04:15 -0500 From: Philip J Wilcox <pjwilcox at cmsenergy.com> Subject: RE: Excluding 19c Andy, Yes, three cheers for being consistent. Pils is 90% of the rest of the world, so if Belgium is only 50% good for them for resisting the evil scourge! This from a brewer who's last batch of beer is Bohemian Pils...(I have to feed my Slovakian Au Pair... ) I don't think your target market for SOB would mind the addition of Bier De Garde in the least. And that really is the bottom line. How do you measure what makes SOB a successful event? # of Entries? # of attendees to the event? Financial goals? Willingness of the event organizers to do it again? Quality of the Conference? As an organizer of AHA 2000 and MCAB6, that's my short list of major factors. What it boils down to, I think, is how best to please your target market. Will your target market appreciate the addition of Belgian pils? Do the brewers of ould bruin, Kriek and Belgian Strong ales also brew Belgian pils? No. Most likely not. Will they appreciate the addition of Biere de Garde? Do the brewers of Witbier, Belgian Specialty Ale and Saison also brew Biere de Garde? Yes, I think they do. And I would think it would make an obvious addition to the SOB. Its your comp, do what you want with it. You like Belgian Scotch Ales, Great! Do a workshop on it this year. Invite writer's and judges to the workshop, provide them with the historical background and a half dozen examples and use that audience to "create" a style guideline Belgian Scotch Ale's. Publish it on the web page along with the winners and tell the world that this will be a competitive bonus category at the next SOB! Just do it! As as Bier de Garde goes, "they didn't do it last time" is only an excuse, not a reason. In the spirit of Belgian brewing, Bier de Garde is a Belgian-styled beer. Just do it. Cheers, Phil Wilcox Graphic Designer Corporate Communications - Consumers Energy Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 14:46:22 -0800 From: Matt Wallace <dubious.chewy at gmail.com> Subject: I've noticed a couple of websites advertising immersion chillers with what they call "water turbulation technology." I'm imagining this means something is inserted through the coils to agitate the cooling water as it flows through, yielding some increase in efficiency. I am planning on building an immersion chiller soon, and I'm wondering if anyone knows how to achieve this effect. thanks Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 20:47:37 -0600 From: "Rob Moline" <jethrogump at mchsi.com> Subject: AHA Secretarial Resignation, v2.0 AHA Secretarial Resignation, v2.0 Effective 11.1.2004, my resignation as Secretary of the AHABOA has been offered and accepted by the Board. Susan Ruud has been appointed by the Chair, Mark Tumarkin, to serve the remainder of my term, and will hopefully be voted in by the Board to serve as Secretary for a further full term of two years at the next NHC. I know I intend to vote for her, should I be re-elected as a Board member. She will serve our community honourably. All nominations submitted to me have been forwarded to the Board for their consideration, and Susan shall handle the rest of the election process. Cheers! Rob Moline "Thanks For The Fish!" - --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.784 / Virus Database: 530 - Release Date: 10/27/2004 Return to table of contents
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