HOMEBREW Digest #5121 Fri 05 January 2007

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  Alas: No longer have means of online contributions ("Pat Babcock")
  MCAB IX Announcement ("Stock, Curtis")
  RE: fermenter ("Donald Coleman")
  Under hopped beers ("Keith Christian")
  Micromatic jug ("A.J deLange")
  Stockholm ? (-s)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2007 09:38:55 -0500 (EST) From: "Pat Babcock" <pbabcock at hbd.org> Subject: Alas: No longer have means of online contributions Greetings, Beerlings! Take me to your lager... Bev asks what happened to the Paypal link for donating to the HBD. Short story. I do a lot of work for charitable organizations, and had been using Paypal pretty much exclusively to provide an online conduit for donations. This past year, a gentleman from South America donated a whopping $5 to one of these charities, then later disputed the charge. I indicated to Paypal, in this organization's defense, that the button this individual clicked was clearly marked "Donate", and taht all of the screens following that click made it clear that it was only a means of making a donation; therefor, short of fraud on either the gentleman's part or on some nefarious individual's part, there is little chance that there could have been an error. No dice. Paypal refunded the $5 and whacked the charity with a $10 "reveresal fee". $15 lost to a $5 donation. This experience has shaken my confidence in Paypal, and I will no longer use them for any of the organizations I do work for, including the HBD. Donations can only be accepted by check or money order at the PO box. Yes, this will likely limit the amount of donated dollars the HBD receives. So be it. Paypal is not worth the risk. See ya! Pat Babcock HBD CHief of Janitorial Services Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2007 15:59:44 -0600 From: "Stock, Curtis" <Curtis.Stock at state.mn.us> Subject: MCAB IX Announcement To all interested parties, MCAB IX is set for February 23 and 24, 2007, at The Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. (Entry window is February 5-16) MCAB (Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing) is an competition which must be qualified for by placing 1st in Categories 1-19 and 22 in one of 14 Qualifying Events held in 2006. Go to the website below for more information: http://www.masterhomebrewer.org/index.html The website has the list of qualifying brewers, entry requirements and forms. All email and snail mail notifications have been sent to all qualifying brewers for MCAB IX. If you think you have qualified for MCAB IX but have not been notified please go to the website and check the list. If your name is there and you have not received notification please email me at: mailto:curt at sphbc.org Events and judging sessions are being finalized and details will be forwarded and posted on the website soon. Curt Stock MCAB Organizer Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2007 21:28:00 -0600 From: "Donald Coleman" <dcole89 at hotmail.com> Subject: RE: fermenter Don't know if it's my ancestry or what but I have liked beer even as a child. Can remember my grandfather making homebrew during the probation out of blue ribbon malt and baker's yeast, and I would cry because they wouldn't give me more. Have been making my own homebrew more than 25years, all grain and extract. One of these days I'am going to try my hand at mead wine. Have made grape wine, but prefer the homebrew. Most of my homebrew equipment is a mixture of buckets and pans and junk from around the house. Like to make things that will work. Been looking at conical fermenters , but don't want to put out the money for one. Don't think the saving in work would be worth the money. Looked on the net and saw how to make a conical fermentor cheap and that was what I was looking for. He make his out of copper, but I don't have the copper and think it is very expensive. Do have a bunch of plastic bucket, and don't see why a plastic fermenter wouldn't be OK. The only catch was could I weld the plastic to make it hold the pressure? Again looked on the net for a welder, and could buy one for about the price of the fermenter, so that was out. Plastic melts around 250 degrees or so. I cut he bottom out of one bucket, cut the bottom in half and used a soldering iron to weld the pieced back together. It worked OK. Used that bucket for the top of the fermenter and cut a cone out of another and welded the two together. Put spigots on and I had a conical fermenter and I'm sure it is cheaper than the copper. Have a web page with pictures.http://www.fermenter.0catch.com That is a zero not ah OH. Don in Missouri Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2007 19:32:04 -0800 From: "Keith Christian" <kchristian at surfside.net> Subject: Under hopped beers Hi, I have some under hopped beers. Some is in a keg. It is a hopped with Saaz. The other beer is in the fermentor and is hopped with Crystal and Saaz. 1. Are there oils I can buy to add to the keg or glass? 2. Is it a good idea to take a pint out of the keg or fermentor and boil it with a .25 oz of hops and add it to the keg or fermentor? 3. Would pressure cooking the above pint be a better idea yet? Thanks, Keith Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 12:38:34 +0000 From: "A.J deLange" <ajdel at cox.net> Subject: Micromatic jug The Micromatic jug does not inject gas bubbles if used properly. It may if you have the wrong coupler adapter. This happened to me and I thought the resulting bubbles were part of the design but Micromatic caught the fact that they had sent me the wrong adapter, sent me the proper one and told me to keep the other. I'll happily use this opportunity to give those people a plug for thier customer service. When they make a mistake they quckly and cheerfully make good. I don't know about the really fancy pro units which are motorized. They may inject bubbles. In any event I've found opening and closing the faucet a few times seems to scrub the lines effectively. A.J. Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 09:06:25 -0500 From: -s <-s at adelphia.net> Subject: Stockholm ? Can anyone give me any pointers on the beere scene in Stockholm ? Return to table of contents
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