HOMEBREW Digest #4997 Thu 20 April 2006

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  Re: Gluten Free Beer ("Matthew Beck")
  Re: Gluten Free Beer (Andrew Lavery)
  Re:  Water in refrigerator (Dion Hollenbeck)
  Re: Cereal Mash (stencil)
  Race Track Kegs Live ! ("Berggren, Stefan")
  Big Brew Site Registration ("Janis Gross")
  water in refrigerator ("eric")
  12th Annual 8 Seconds of Froth Homebrew Competition ("pddey")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2006 23:23:27 -0700 From: "Matthew Beck" <mcbeck at gmail.com> Subject: Re: Gluten Free Beer During my visit to BevMo! today, I noticed that they had six-packs of gluten-free beer in their cooler. Just an FYI for anyone interested. Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 20:33:06 +1000 From: Andrew Lavery <alavery at iprimus.com.au> Subject: Re: Gluten Free Beer Fred Scheer wrote: >Now, there are several brewing methods for Gluten free beer. >1. Brewing with Sorghum and 2. Malting with Cereals. >In both methods we are running into problems with less amino acids as >required (we need enzymes >and extra nitrogen in the process) and the buffer capacity is very low, >we have to add calcium. >Also, it is important to note that Gluten free beer is brewed without >Aroma hops, as the pseudo-cereal have enough aroma (example: Sorghum). > > Fred, Firstly, sorghum is a cereal grain (not a pseudo-cereal) and along with millet, corn and rice are the main gluten free grains. The main pseudo-cereals are buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth. Tropical cereal grains have no amylase in their raw state so that's why you're having problems, if that's what you are doing. Properly malted gluten free grain can convert up to 40% non-enzymic malt (eg: crystal, chocolate, etc...) and provides plenty of yeast nutrition for a healthy ferment. Why leave out aroma hops? Barley malt has an aroma but "normal" brewers still use aroma hops. I think it is more a matter of finding an aroma hop that complements the aroma of sorghum, millet or corn, noble varieties go particularly well. Having a couple of pints of (malted) corn pils at the moment and it goes very well with the saaz flavour/aroma. Cheers, Andrew. Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 07:47:36 -0600 From: Dion Hollenbeck <hollen at woodsprite.com> Subject: Re: Water in refrigerator >There is water in the bottom of the beer >refrigerator!!! What are the most likely causes and >remedies? Just had this happen to the house fridge and we called a pro out. The most common cause of water in the fridge (according to him) is that the drain for the self-defrost in the freezer gets plugged with frozen water. Then, the water overflows the freezer at the next defrost cycle and goes down through the air vents into the fridge. Your fridge is cooled by circulating cold air from the freezer into the fridge section. He took the inside back of the freezer apart and thawed out the drain tube. Then he put in his special "unthawer". He just attached a piece of 12-GA bare copper wire to the defroster coil and routed it to the drain tube. Whenever the self-defrost goes on, the heat is transferred to the drain tube via the copper wire, defrosting the tube as well. We have not had a recurrence of the problem since. dion - -- Dion Hollenbeck Email: hollen at woodsprite.com Home Page: http://www.woodsprite.com Brewing Page: http://hbd.org/hollen Toys: 98 4Runner, 86 4x4 PU Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 09:54:16 -0400 From: stencil <etcs.ret at verizon.net> Subject: Re: Cereal Mash On Thu, 20 Apr 2006 00:07:42 -0400, in Homebrew Digest #4996 (April 19, 2006) Steve Alexander wrote: > >I don't see any strong reason to avoid boiling(decocting) the cereal >mash, but it is not necessary and not used in commercial systems >where the energy cost is accounted for. > The intent was not to avoid boiling but to avoid the use of a separate pot for the cereal mash/boil/decoction. This admittedly is wasteful of energy, as it is necessary to cool the boiled entire mash back down to saccharification temps before restoring the reserved wort. "Energy" of course includes that expended in scooping and stirring, and in scrubbing out yet another tub. stencil sends [535.2mi, 86.4deg] AR Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 08:59:22 -0500 From: "Berggren, Stefan" <Stefan_Berggren at trekbikes.com> Subject: Race Track Kegs Live ! I just revived my race track kegs ! I was having trouble (as with all race track style kegs) getting a good seal. Then I took a sip of beer and realized that the profile height of the o-ring was not high enough. So I doubled up (one on top of the other o-ring) and bam ! perfect seal. Everytime it seals right ! It looks a little awkward with the lid set a few mm lower, but who cares it hold pressure ! Just thought I would pass on my redneck fix fer y'all ! Cheers, Stefan in Madison, WI (Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild) Home of Beer, Cheese and Tour de France winning bicycles ! Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 11:37:26 -0600 From: "Janis Gross" <janis at brewersassociation.org> Subject: Big Brew Site Registration Hi everyone, There is now only a little over 2 weeks remaining before National Homebrew Day and Big Brew on May 6th. I urge you all to consider hosting a Big Brew site, or signing up with one in your area. The sooner you register your site, the sooner you'll be getting special site director offers from the AHA for you and your fellow Big Brew-ers. This includes a membership offer with a bonus for the simultaneous toast and Zymurgy for Beginners for the new brewers in the group. To register your site go to: http://www.beertown.org/events/bigbrew/bbreg.aspx To view other sites in your area, go to: http://www.beertown.org/events/bigbrew/Bigbrewselect.aspx To learn more about Big Brew, go to: http://www.beertown.org/events/bigbrew/index.html For this year's recipes, go to: http://www.beertown.org/events/bigbrew/recipes.html I look forward to joining all of you in the simultaneous toast, and sharing a wonderful day of brewing to celebrate National Homebrew Day! Cheers! Janis -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Janis Gross, Project Coordinator American Homebrewers Association 736 Pearl St. Boulder, CO 80302 (303) 447-0816 x134 janis at brewersassociation.org www.beertown.org Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 19:30:17 -0600 From: "eric" <zeee1 at nebonet.com> Subject: water in refrigerator Hello I think the most likely reason for water getting in a fridge is air leaking in. Warm air that has moisture gets in and cools, and as the air cools the relative humidity goes up, water condenses on the colder surfaces. Same reason as frost in a freezer, or water on the outside of your iced tea glass. Standard disclaimer: I have been wrong before, and will be again. Eric Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 20:15:59 -0600 From: "pddey" <pddey at netzero.net> Subject: 12th Annual 8 Seconds of Froth Homebrew Competition Howdy Beer Afficionados: The High Plains Drafters of Cheyenne, Wyoming invite you to enter our 12th Annual 8 Seconds of Froth homebrew competition. All the standard info can be found on our web page....http://www.bbriggs.vcn.com/8seconds.html. What makes this competition different than all the others? Well, not much I guess except we strive to provide quality feedback from experienced BJCP judges on your homebrew. We've been doing this for 12 years and run a pretty smooth operation. And we collect some pretty fine prizes and ribbons to recognize your efforts. The price, at 5$ per entry, is less than some competitions. So, consider boxing up some entries between now and May 5th and get them to: Depot Street Merchants, 316 W. 15th Street, Cheyenne, WY 82001. The event is slated for May 13th. And if there's a chance you might be in the neighborhood and are willing and able to steward or judge, contact our judge coordinator at windywy at aol.com -paul Return to table of contents
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