HOMEBREW Digest #5243 Mon 22 October 2007

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  basic brew (leavitdg)
  Density ("A.J deLange")
  Re: Heading to San Francisco (Dean)
  Re: Basic Brew ("Michael O'Donnell")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2007 06:54:42 -0400 From: leavitdg at plattsburgh.edu Subject: basic brew Matt; I have not brewed an extract batch for perhaps 10 years, so I will refrain from suggesting a recipe, but I would certainly skip the dextrose. They say that you can use a little bit, with no problems, but in the "old days" they used to say that too much could lead to cidery/ or off flavors. I would substitute either light DME (dry malt extract) and/ or some corn sugar for the dextrose. Also, there ARE some very good dry yeasts available these days, but if you have access to fresh liquid yeast, I believe that this would be good. Make sure that you get a full, rolling, 1 hour solid boil, as this is , to me, one of the keys to a good and clear brew. I'm sure that others will help you with the recipe. Happy Brewing! Darrell Plattsburgh, NY 44 42 32 N Latitude 73 24 16 W Longitude [544.9 miles, 68.9] Apparent Rennerian Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2007 14:37:53 +0000 From: "A.J deLange" <ajdel at cox.net> Subject: Density The following coefficients: K0 = 1.0013636 K1 = 0.0038936 K2 = -0.00010774 K3 = 1.516e-05 K4 = -2.8996e-06 K5 = -3.2143e-06 used in the formula D = K0 + K1*P + K2*T + k3*P*P + k4*P*T + k5*T*T will give you answers good to about 1 point (.001). Temperature is in C and strength in Plato. The set of coefficients: K0 = 3.0942e-05 K1 = 0.0040422 K2 = 1.9326e-06 K3 = 4.7796e-06 K4 = -6.4762e-06 K5 = -5.4517e-06 K6 = 3.0215e-07 K7 = 1.7436e-08 K8 = 3.2428e-08 K9 = 1.2774e-08 used in a similar formula will get you accuracy of about .0002. These fits are good for 0 to 100 degrees C and 0 to 21 P. Goodness refers to goodness of fit to the data. This is probably good to 4 or 5 decimal places but this has not been verified. Note that these are densities (grams/cc) and not specific gravities. I can do fits for specific gravities as well if this is what you need. A.J. Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2007 09:47:06 -0700 From: Dean <dean at deanandadie.net> Subject: Re: Heading to San Francisco Jay White is heading to SF. Magnolia Pub has hands-down the best bitter I have ever tasted, and is a great place for brunch. Their wall-mural is another fine reason to check it out. http://magnoliapub.com/ The Toronado has a great selection of Belgians. http://toronado.com/ - --Dean - -- Unscrambler of eggs [3265.6k, 273.2deg] Apparent Rennerian - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- i am become def, the mixer of words I must obey the inscrutable exhortations of my soul Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2007 10:31:51 -0700 From: "Michael O'Donnell" <odonnell at msi.ucsb.edu> Subject: Re: Basic Brew Matt is looking to expand his brewing to make beer that tastes good. Matt, if you are really looking to minimize cost, I'd suggest that you switch to all-grain. Lots of people will say that going to fancy liquid yeast is critical, but I'd definitely stick with dry yeast over skipping hops (Your recipe will make Zima, I think. Ok if you are just looking for some fermented ethanol, but not really beer.) Here's a dirt-simple and cheap recipe. Buying 9 lbs of base malt and a pound of crystal malt will set you back about $15 4 oz of cascade hops will go for ~$6. Add a package of dry yeast for $2 and you've got 5 gallons of drinkable beer for <$25. In fact, if you go to www.morebeer.com or northernbrewer.com, you'll find plenty of all-grain kits for <$20... about 10-20% cheaper than a comparable extract kit. Going into your homebrew store and choosing the the hops and grains by what is cheap is another way to make it cheaper (but, given that the whole thing is only $20, about the most you might save is a $1 here or there)... If Magnum hops are cheaper than Cascade or Glacier hops are on special sale, buy whichever. Your beer will taste different, but it will still be OK. Read any number of brewing books (Palmer's "How to brew" is great and you can read it online for free). Rig up a mash / lauter tun out of a cooler you already have around so you don't spend any money on it and just brew a batch. It won't taste worse than what you've got planned. Once you've made your second all grain batch, you'll realize it is pretty easy, and then you can start worrying about stuff like choosing the appropriate yeast to get the flavor you want. cheers, mike Santa Barbara, CA > > Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 10:17:09 -0400 > From: "Matt Falenski" <mfalenski at verizon.net> > Subject: Basic brew > > I have made a few brews so far using kits and following others recipes. For > 5 gallons, I have been using either liquid malt extract and/or dry malt > extract, 2-3 lbs specialty grains, 2 hop additions, and pretty much the same > ale yeast (only one at local homebrew store.) I want to make a basic brew > that will taste good. I was thinking 4-5 lbs of amber DME, 6 cups of > dextrose, and ?? yeast. (will go elsewhere if it's suggested.) Can anyone > note amounts or post a recipe for a very basic beer? What I was originally > doing for S&G was trying to make a batch at the lowest possible cost so I > was skipping hops & grains and keeping other amounts lower. > Thanks! > > > > Return to table of contents
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