HOMEBREW Digest #4839 Mon 05 September 2005

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  Queen of beer (David Edge)
  Queen of Beer (David Morgan)
  Re: Aeration (John Schnupp)
  re: Weldless Kettle Fittings (John Schnupp)
  Woodruff and berliner Weisse (Thomas Rohner)
  Bud vs Bud select ("truejohn@fastmail.fm")
  re: Bud vs. Bud Select (Bob Hall)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 05:31:44 +0100 From: David Edge <david.j.edge at ntlworld.com> Subject: Queen of beer > Do women feel uncomfortable entering regular competitions? Those who win second prize in a national competition and then have to endure barrages of suggestion that it was a fix certainly do. David Edge Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 02:05:16 -0400 From: David Morgan <voodooman68 at netscape.net> Subject: Queen of Beer True, we have several great women brewers in our club that do not really need a seperate competition, as they win medals in other comps as is. But, we do this every year and have fun with it, we get all the women in our group, all the wives, girlfriends, and such together for a brew session. Kinda a girls day out. We give them the run of the brewery. The active women brewers help teach, they all collaberate on recipe, and it gives them the oppurtunity to understand why we think its so much fun standing in the driveway with friends, drinking beer and watching a pot boil. We have several females now who do not brew per say, but they look forward to the yearly women brew day. Why the women are brewing, the guys cook dinner,(yes the grille is involved) and keep the womens beers from going empty. So a Queen of beers competition can be made into a fun and interesting day. David Morgan Pres Dunedin Brewers Guild Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2005 00:04:20 -0700 (PDT) From: John Schnupp <johnschnupp at yahoo.com> Subject: Re: Aeration "Peed, John" <jpeed at elotouch.com> gives some good input to aeration and starters. I'll add my .02, just keep in mind that I haven't actively brewed in almost 5 years so I'm going from memory here. >The best things ever to come down the pike for aerating yeast starters >are the 3 liter Pyrex flask, I found that I really didn't like the 3L flasks. One thing I found was that it was very easy to get the flask to foam over. The flask is basically an inverted cone and as the foam gets higher the volume gets smaller and it pushes the foam out even faster. What you want to use is something more carboy shaped, i.e. the cylinder does not change in volume with the displacement. I wound up using a 4L wine jug. Buy some cheap table wine and drink it or dump it (I drank mine). Just use the same sanitation and cleaning techniques you would for a carboy fermenter. >You boil the wort in the flask (the steam escaping through the foam sanitizes >the stopper), then chill it in cold water. And so what happens to the unsanitized air as it gets "sucked" back in when the flask is chilled? I know the foam is supposed to be sanitized but... I made my own starter and aeration set-up. Without going in to a lot of details about my stirrer and (former) starter procedure, here's a couple links to some stuff I put up on my earthlink home page. http://www.home.earthlink.net/~jsbrewing/stirrer/stirrer.htm http://www.home.earthlink.net/~jsbrewing/starter/starter.htm John Schnupp, N3CNL (once in a) Blue Moon Hombrewery [560.2, 68.6] Rennerian Georgia, VT 95 XLH 1200 Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2005 00:50:39 -0700 (PDT) From: John Schnupp <johnschnupp at yahoo.com> Subject: re: Weldless Kettle Fittings Mike Grau <mikegrau at yahoo.com> asks: >I recently acquired a 30qt stainless steel pot with a 3/4" hole already >drilled into it. I would like to install a weldless spigot, like the Weld-B->Gone, but I can only find ones that require a 7/8" hole. Can anyone recommend >a source for a spigot that will work with my kettle, or suggest a suitable >workaround for this problem? Many thanks. So what about the ultimate simple solution of drilling a bigger hole? John Schnupp, N3CNL (once in a) Blue Moon Hombrewery [560.2, 68.6] Rennerian Georgia, VT 95 XLH 1200 Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 10:46:55 +0200 From: Thomas Rohner <t.rohner at bluewin.ch> Subject: Woodruff and berliner Weisse Hi all woodruff is the main component in the green sirup besides sugar and water of course. It's added in very small amounts, since it contains coumarin. It is also used for the may-bowle, which is said to have some aphrodising effects. (But at that time of year it's spring anyway...) We added woodruff-sirup to prime a normal wheat a couple of years ago, the result was drinkable, but we didn't repeat it. Coumarin in larger doses can be dangerous, but the woodruff taste is very intensive anyway. So the chance to poison oneself is not there. Wormwood is used for absinth, but it's used in many bitter liqueurs. But you can make a tea as well. It's used after a big meal. It's extremly bitter, so the chance of poisoning isn't that big. As long as someone uses common sense, and reads the receipes from our ancestors carefully. Those herbs are a blessing. In big quantities they may be poisonous, as are the industrially produced drugs. Cheers Thomas Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 11:22:49 -0500 From: "truejohn at fastmail.fm" <truejohn@fastmail.fm> Subject: Bud vs Bud select I tried bud select and it seemed a "frothier" beer, it seemed to have (if possible) a little less taste and a little more head than bud. It sure made me wish I was still able to homebrew. (bad back, can't lift, can't bottle, can't afford a fancy brewtree or kegging) - -- No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Anti-Virus. Version: 7.0.344 / Virus Database: 267.10.18/89 - Release Date: 9/2/2005 Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2005 17:27:54 -0400 From: Bob Hall <rallenhall at henry-net.com> Subject: re: Bud vs. Bud Select I thought perhaps it was just me. I tried Bud Select during a ski weekend last winter expecting something on the line of a Stroh's Signature, the brew that wet my appetite for better beers decades ago. Nope, it was Bud with a new label. My wife's first response was "Nothing 'Select' about this!" The remainer of the six-pack remained in the back of the fridge for months until some Lite friends cleared the space. It was a great disappointment from a brewery that could, but won't, do so much better. Bob Hall Napoleon, OH Return to table of contents
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