HOMEBREW Digest #5253 Fri 09 November 2007

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  RE: sour bottled beer (Dylan Wilder-Tack)
  RE: sour bottled beer (Derric)
  sour bottled beer with priming tabs (Aaron Martin Linder)
  Brewing Equipment advice and opinions needed (njfoley)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2007 09:29:28 -0600 From: Dylan Wilder-Tack <dylan at io.com> Subject: RE: sour bottled beer > Date: Thu, 08 Nov 2007 12:26:13 -0500 > From: Bob Hall <rallenhall at henry-net.com> > > Along the same line, do any of you have tricks you use to prime a > small > number of bottles now that I'm a bit gun-shy about priming tablets? I do a similar thing - I tap-fill a few bottles right after kegging (before carbonating the beer), and prime with cooper's carbonation drops. I usually give the drops a quick dip in weak iodophor solution, then let them sit in the bottle for a minute before filling. The iodophor is probably unnecessary, but it it seems harmless and gives me some peace of mind. I've never had a bottle go bad using this method. -Dylan Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2007 08:33:01 -0800 (PST) From: Derric <derric1961 at yahoo.com> Subject: RE: sour bottled beer Bob: > Along the same line, do any of you have tricks you use > to prime a small number of bottles now that I'm a bit > gun-shy about priming tablets? Once I had to re-prime most of a batch so I made a syrup, and used an eye-dropper to do each bottle. My calculations were (oz is ounces by WEIGHT): 4 oz for 48 bottles means 1 oz for 12 bottles. 1 oz sugar in 1 oz water was about 36 ml, so 1/12 of 36 is 3 ml. Since mine were already partially carbonated, I only used 2 ml and it worked perfectly. So, for 12 bottles, I'd say make a syrup of 1 oz sugar in 1 oz water and use 3 ml in each bottle. DISCLAIMER: the above worked for me once, so be sure you agree with the math, etc., before using it. I don't want to be responsible for bottle bombs! :) I think a syrup is easier to measure exactly than granular sugar. You can also boil it for a bit if you have concerns about contamination (but watch out that too much water doesn't evap and change the "total of 36 ml" bit which would affect the dose - just figure 1/12 of whatever amount results from 1 oz sugar in X water after boiling). Derric Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2007 12:35:14 -0500 (EST) From: Aaron Martin Linder <lindera at umich.edu> Subject: sour bottled beer with priming tabs Bob Hall asked about prime tabs as a source of his sour bottled beers. i've been a bit suspicious of my coopers priming drops as well. i've used one bag for several months, just to bottle condition leftovers that i can't fit into my keg. sometimes they taste fantastic and sometimes they taste a bit off. i don't know. the beer would have been wasted anyway, so i guess it's not a big deal. the only solution i can see is to boil up a tiny amt. of water and weigh out a precise amount of dextrose for priming and pipette into each bottle! the other option is just to hope for the best with the tabs! keep them cold once carbonated and drink them fast! Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2007 13:09:29 -0600 From: njfoley at rockwellcollins.com Subject: Brewing Equipment advice and opinions needed After a pause of several year I am looking to get back into brewing again. I used to do all grain brewing, mashing in a cooler with a copper manifold and doing steam injections. However, I threw out that equipment set up a few years ago after it got contaminated in a flood. I still have my ceramic boil kettle that I used to use however, having started down the path of considering new equipment, I am also considering a new kettle as well. I have been shopping around a little to see what is available for boil kettles with SS valves. Also, I have been considering my options for lauter tuns. I am curious to hear your opinions about what boiling kettles and lauter tuns you are using. Do you like them or not and why? Would you do it different if you were setting up anew? Do any of you folks that have a kettle equipped with a valve use it for both a lauter tun and then also the boil kettle? Does that process flow work OK for you or is it too inconvenient? I am curious to hear your opinions. Cheers, Neil Marion, Iowa (5899, 94 Apparent Rennerian) Return to table of contents
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