HOMEBREW Digest #5132 Sun 21 January 2007

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  re: html and the HBD redux ("steve.alexander")
  Brewing software program possible Linux version (Joe Brandt)
  Keg on plane ("Stevens, Jonathan C")
  bending pipes (David Scheidt)
  Possible Problems Malting Corn ("Marc Dubeau")
  Brewing with alkaline water ("STEPHEN PIERSON")
  The problem with tinyurl (Dean)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 00:24:01 -0500 From: "steve.alexander" <-s at adelphia.net> Subject: re: html and the HBD redux Pat Babcock says ... [[ data does not suggest that it would be advantageous to the Digest to first modify the server to decode HTML and then .... ]] Great - more time to get a wiki up ..... uhh once you've turned around the auto manufacturer's business and taken a well deserved beer break. kidding, -S Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 10:40:04 -0500 From: Joe Brandt <vzd1s11k at verizon.net> Subject: Brewing software program possible Linux version Hello everyone, I have 2 hobbies beer making and computers. I have weaned myself from Microsoft products {I use Linux}. Beer tools has decided to port their program to linux if there is enough interest. They have a website looking for 100 (now at 63). Anyone interested? http://www.beertools.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2078 - -- Joe Brandt 100% Microsoft Free and Loving it!! Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 15:05:00 -0500 From: "Stevens, Jonathan C" <Jonathan.Stevens at dhs.gov> Subject: Keg on plane This is not an official position, I don't work for TSA, and I'm not going to quote any regs or give you my official title...but I am a pilot, and if you look at the email address you can figure out pretty quick who I fly for.... Pressure vessels on board an aircraft are a no-no. You're asking for more headache than it's worth...and that's means a whole lot a headache assuming you love beer as much as I do! Take care, Chad Stevens QUAFF San Diego Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 20:24:36 -0500 From: David Scheidt <dscheidt at panix.com> Subject: bending pipes > > I can't help with polycarbonate tubing, I've never done it. Heat. Polycarbonate bends nicely at 350F or so. Heat it gently, so that the area being heated doesn't bubble (or melt!). For 90 or 120 degree bends, you should be be able to bend it freehand without distorting it, as long you keep the radius of bend large enough. 10 times the diameter of the tube is probably a good lower limit. Industrially, it's done with with a strip heater -- basially a single tube heating element, that allows the heat to be focus on the axis of the bend. A small torch or heat gun will work for the kind of tubing used for racking canes. Keep the flame off the tube, if you can. > > For copper, there are several approaches. You can get a springy tube > bender for a few bucks. The copper tubing just fits inside it, and it > does a pretty good job of preventing the tubing from kinking. That's > what I've done. Examples are shown here: > http://www.idealtruevalue.com/servlet/the-169534/Detail > > Others will suggest filling the tubing with sand or salt, both of which > help to keep it from collapsing/kinking at the bend. I haven't tried > that. I have heard of difficulties removing the sand after bending the > tube, because it's compressed together. If you use salt, at least you > can dissolve it out. > > There are also expensive machines that will do the job for you. Search > "tube bender" on Google. Depending on the size of tubing you're talking about, you don't need to spend much. Someone like harbor freight will send you a bender -- one with a scale that shows you how far you've bent, not a spring -- that will do tube up to 3/8" for less than 10 bucks. For 1/2 or 5/8 pipe, you can get a similar device for around $50. Beyond that, you start to need hydraulicly operated equipment (or really big muscles), and the prices go up a lot. David Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2007 05:47:30 +0000 From: "Marc Dubeau" <shmeese at hotmail.com> Subject: Possible Problems Malting Corn Hello, I am trying to malt some corn to make Chicha. The problem is that the malt smells like farts and corn. There seemed to be a little bit of mold on the corn as it was sprouting. It smelled bad for most of the time it was drying. Do any of you who have experience malting stuff know if it is still useable?---Marc Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2007 13:19:20 -0700 From: "STEPHEN PIERSON" <HOUSEMASTERIDAHO at msn.com> Subject: Brewing with alkaline water I brew with water from my private well in southwest Idaho. Ion levels tested by Ward Labs. Obviously no softener. pH................................... 7.8 Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Est... 324.0 Electrical Conductivity, mmho/cm..... 0.54 Cations/Anions, me/L..............6.3/5.5 ppm lbs/Ac9" Sodium, Na.......................... 25 Potassium, K......................... 3 Calcium, Ca......................... 63 Magnesium, Mg....................... 24 Total Hardness, CaCO3.............. 258 Nitrate, NO3-N....................... 2.4 Sulfate, SO4-S....................... 7 Chloride, Cl......................... 5 Carbonate, CO3..................... < 1 Bicarbonate, HCO3.................. 289 Total Alkalinity, CaCO3............ 237 Flouride, F.......................... 0.97 Total Iron, Fe....................... 0.02 I brewed about 25 5-gallon batches of extract beer with this water. All had steeped grains or a partial mash. The stouts and porters were good due to the dark grains. The other beers were ok. I moved to all grain and immediately got some lessons in water chemistry. The pale beers were harsh and not particularly drinkable. The dark beers were better but in need of improvement. I began diluting this water with distilled water and adding salts - usually gypsum and/or calcium chloride. I would like to eliminate the distilled water if possible. But a home brewer friend told me that he had read somewhere that water with bicarbonate levels over 200 ppm should not be used for brewing. Bicarbonate supposedly causes dull flavors. What are your thoughts on this? I am considering using acid malt to reduce the pH in the mash - or using a slaked lime treatment. What would you suggest for this water? Should I just resign myself to buying distilled water for dilution? Thanks for your input. Steve Pierson Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2007 17:01:42 -0800 From: Dean <dean at deanandadie.net> Subject: The problem with tinyurl tinyurl is great, but the references it generates have a short lifespan. They are often invalid when browsing through archives. Please lift the 78 character line-length limit. Modern email clients, even text-based ones like I often use, can wrap text in a readable way. - --Dean - -- Take your time, take your chances [3278.7 km, 273.4] Apparent Rennerian - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Andre Ampere, Alessandro Volta, Georg Ohm and James Watt were sitting in the parlor discussing current events.... Return to table of contents
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