HOMEBREW Digest #5278 Sun 20 January 2008

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  Moldy fridge (rhampo)
  Re: Galena ("Jeremy Bergsman")
  rice (leavitdg)
  brewing book (fredscheer07)
  Diacetyl   part 1 A (fredscheer07)
  Diacetyl (fredscheer07)
  re: Ancient History Revealed! (Mark Tumarkin)
  wlp568 saison blend (Aaron Martin Linder)
  Samichlaus ("Lyle C. Brown")
  bread baking (David Scheidt)
  no knead (Thomas Rohner)
  Incredible head foam stability (Fred L Johnson)
  Foundation Space ("LANCE HARBISON")
  Re-Using Iodophor Solutions (Nathan Hirneisen)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 20:25:47 -0600 From: rhampo at wowway.com Subject: Moldy fridge Hello HBD universe! I have resubscribed again after several years of less than enough time for brewing (Shame on me). Anyway, glad to see that Pat and company are still taking care of business. Speaking of business, I have a wierd issue. I have had a keggerator for at least 10 years. A few weeks ago when removing a dead soldier, I found what looks like mold spots all over the inside - including on the beer and CO2 tubing and the top of the keg. Where did it come from? I had no liquid, no leaks, no nothing! Even more important, does anyone have a suggestion for cleaning/sanitizing the fridge so this doesn't recurr and spoil my beer? Is there any way to somehow "fumigate" to get into all the nooks and crannies (like inside the evaporator coil, tap tower, etc)? I will surely remove the tubing and disassemble and clean and santize the beer and gas fittings. Thanks for your suggestions! Happy Brewing Richard Hampo Plymouth, Michigan. Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 22:09:55 -0800 From: "Jeremy Bergsman" <jeremy at bergsman.org> Subject: Re: Galena Fred, I don't know what HSI is, but I have experienced this on multiple occasions with different batches of hops. It's not just me but obviously it's not everyone or nobody would ever brew with Galena. It's just a factoid that was rattling around in my head that the two Galena suggestions prompted me to post about. Or, as they say around here, YMMV. Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 07:46:47 -0500 From: leavitdg at plattsburgh.edu Subject: rice Paul, et al; I have used rice for several years, but usually the flaked rice that has already been galatinized. I wonder: what are your views on the final product with rice versus corn? I have also used flaked corn, and, for some reason I prefer the final flavor of corn in a CAP than rice. I am not quite sure what words to put on the flavor difference, perhaps slightly "sweeter" at the end, ie not as dry with rice. I wonder, Jeff, and others who do this regularly: what are the final taste differences that you perceive with rice as opposed to corn? Darrell Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 13:02:27 +0000 From: fredscheer07 at comcast.net Subject: brewing book HI Matt: I believe that the Brewing book "Brewing" by Lewis and Young is for the buck the best you can get. The whole book is practical and scientific at the same time. Fred Scheer Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 13:57:28 +0000 From: fredscheer07 at comcast.net Subject: Diacetyl part 1 A So,what can be done to have the proper level of diacetyl: *Very vigourus boil, never less than 75 minutes. I don't care if you hear the "60 minutes" boil, don't believe it !!!!!!!! *If necessary, get some yeast nutrients, they help altimes giving your yeast enough nutrients, or let's say, the more proper nutrients, such as Zink. *If needed, start your fermentation with a warmer temperature (especially Lagers), to increase the yeast metabolism, which in return will have a Diacetyl reduction. PART II follows Fred S Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 13:58:24 +0000 From: fredscheer07 at comcast.net Subject: Diacetyl Here I am again: Diacetyl is also caused by infections, bacterial infections, mostly by SARCINA. In most cases I found that Diacety caused by infections could be traced back to the end of the fermentation and most times associated by the yeast used. Eliminate a delay in start of fermentation. Allow yeast to properly start to work by increasing your pitching temperature, avoid over-oxygenation your wort, and most of all: KEEP IT CLEAN AND SANITARY. Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 09:17:01 -0500 From: Mark Tumarkin <tumarkin at hogtownbrewers.org> Subject: re: Ancient History Revealed! Pat & all, I am also a long time reader of the HBD. In recent years I've hardly posted at all, but I look for the HBD in my email every morning. The things many of you have said in regards to Pat's post resonate with me, they are in accord with my own thoughts. Like Jeff, I am a member of the AHA Governing Committee. When I first ran for election I was fairly unknown outside Florida & I credit the HBD community with my election. The HBD hosted my club website (Hogtown Brewers) for many years. I've also made & later met many friends through the HBD. It would be a shame if the HBD were to go away. It's been an important part of our lives for a long time. We owe Pat & the other janitors a huge debt for their endeavors. I have emailed Gary Glass and the AHA GC in regards to the HBD situation & suggested that the HBD could be mirrored on the AHA server. I believe that Gary and/or Tim Sloan (the AHA IT guy) should already be in contact with Pat on this. The AHA brewing list, TechTalk, has grown tremendously over the last several years. This growth has been at the same time as traffic on the HBD has slacked off. While I'm gratified that TechTalk has grown into an active & useful resource, it is only available to AHA members (though I haven't been a regular poster there either). I truly hope that the growth of TechTalk hasn't been the cause of the HBD's slowdown. I suspect that it is one of a number of factors. At anyrate, like all of us, I hope that HBD can continue for many years. Pat, Without having a sponsor for HBD, how much do you need each year to keep the HBD afloat? I will send a check. I used to do that regularly, and have my club do that as well. I will make a donation to the Server Fund again. Others have said they will as well. Maybe we can turn this around ..... both financially & with increased traffic. Mark Tumarkin Hogtown Brewers Gainesville, FL Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 09:27:33 -0500 (EST) From: Aaron Martin Linder <lindera at umich.edu> Subject: wlp568 saison blend Darrell wrote: I have just sampled the wlp 568 Beigian Saison (Blend) as I took a sample for <the hydrometer, on its way into secondary. Boy what nice flavor! Have any of <you used this and did you find the gravity not going as low as you <wished? I am not sure if it is just "yeasty" or if I taste an almost'lambic'/sour flavor in this yeast. - ------ I tried this yeast a few months ago and was very disappointed with it. I started it at 68F and let it ramp up to 82F as I have done for the wlp 565 in the past. the resulting beer had a strange flavor. it wasn't nearly as good as 565. it was sort of sour and somewhat off-putting. it tasted like it had a slight infection, but i doubt that it did. as for attentuation, mine was a bit disappointing. maybe it didn't like the hot temps? it seemed like it slowed down as i pushed it past about 78F. it was about 79% AA for a 1.061 beer with about 7 points worth of corn sugar. i would expect 80-85% AA! Darrell, what were your fermentation temps. Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 10:50:31 -0500 From: "Lyle C. Brown" <beerking1 at verizon.net> Subject: Samichlaus There have been questions about this great beer, and several correct answers. In reference to the earlier mention of the beer not being brewed since 1986, I think someone is getting the information off the "new" HELLES that was released last month. That label claims it is the first time since 1986 that the helles has been brewed. The dark Samichlaus was dropped for a few years in the late 90s, but I think it was only gone <4 years. I doubt the reference on the label to the first brewing of the helles since 1986. I don't have any left, but I am certain I remember having had some of the helles from the early 90s when Hurlimann was brewing. Lyle Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 13:13:15 -0500 From: David Scheidt <dscheidt at panix.com> Subject: bread baking > Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 06:54:37 -0800 > From: "Mike Sharp" <rdcpro at hotmail.com> > Subject: Know Knead? > > I'm not sure I understand what this means: > > > You may be surprised at the impact > > of merely wrapping the dough 4x on the texture. > > I'd love to make bread here at home, and have a new oven that does > conventional and convection (which one is best for baking?), but I'm not > sure how I can inject steam into it so as to get that wonderful crust. > Would a pan of water on the oven floor do it (gas oven), or does it take > more steam than that? It doesn't take much steam, but it takes it at the right time. What I do is put a large cast iron skillet in on the bottom rack (with a sealed burner, you could put it on the floor, maybe?) when I preheat the oven. You want something that has a lot of thermal mass, and won't warp. When I put the bread in, I toss a couple ice cubes in the skillet. That gives steam as the ice melts and the water flashes off the skillet. That's much easier and safer than trying to pour boiling water into the oven, which is what I see in cookbooks. My oven is a pretty crappy one, and doesn't have much thermal mass. When I open the oven, the temperature drops, and takes a long time to recover. So, I keep a baking stone in it when baking bread, even if i'm baking in loaf pans. For stuff that gets baked at fairly high temperature, I'll preheat the oven at 550F (higest temperature setting) and turn it to what I'm baking at (400 or 450, usually) when I'm about to put things in it. Convection modes can be use to make great bread, but cooking times and often temperature have to be adjusted, both down. I have little experience with it, though. Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 19:53:18 +0100 From: Thomas Rohner <t.rohner at bluewin.ch> Subject: no knead Hi Mike it seems we have brewers here, who know how to bake as well ;-) I will give you my observations from my 15 years of homebaking. If you think of the gluten-protein like a spiral spring, that you stretch during kneading, folding it just gives it some more tension. If you knead it sufficiently, folding is not necessary. A single fold doesn't hurt 30 to 60 minutes after kneading. The less you knead, the more folds are appropriate. Although i didn't try no knead breads, my boss started to do it after he was in Ireland for some golfing and didn't get decent bread in closeby stores. He only mixed the ingredients in the evening, and baked the bread in the morning. The bread we both like to make, is made from a very moist dough. (80% water) This dough is so moist, you can't fold it. I let it "flow" out of the proofing bowl, and shape it with my hands dipped in cold water. Then i have to put it into the oven quickly, otherwise it would flow too wide. What is really important, is a hot oven. I have two electric ovens and a wood fired clay oven i built myself last summer. I heat it up to 535F with a "pizza stone", then let it fall to 425F during the bake. With such a moist dough, you don't really have to care much for steam. They get a wonderfull oven spring, without even ripping. (remarkable given the fact, that i can't give it a final proof after shaping) The oven i use is rather small, but i can heat it up to 572F. My main oven has a built in steam generator, but i can only heat it up to 450F. I use it for croissants and braided breads, that have butter and eggs in the dough. Or generally for less moist doughs. I'm just firing up my clay oven to bake some "Flammkuchen" with my brew buddies this afternoon. I bake pizza and flammkuchen in the range of 670F in 5 or so minutes. If you like to see it, go to instructables.com and search for "pizza oven"... (it's a really cool site for us tinkerers anyway, although this was rather hard work, than tinkering) If you like to inject steam, put a heavy skillet on the oven floor, let it heat up, then throw some ice cubes or not too much water in, just before you put the dough in(you want it to boil instantly). But this won't help much in terms of crust building. The high humidity helps in delaying the building of a crust, since it will condense on the "cold" dough and prevent the building of a crust during the oven spring. So after about 4-5 minutes into the bake, you need to vent the steam off, if you like a crunchy crust. I vent it 3-4 times more during the bake and get a really crunchy crust. The most important thing for a good crust is a relatively high moisture content in the dough and a high oven temp in the beginning of the bake. With a high moisture content, i mean in the range from 60 to 80% water by weight to the weight of the four. As a next important thing, the amount of yeast given in most receipes or on yeast packages is about 4 times too high. Especially if you give it a long proofing, 1-2% of the weight of the flour is more than adequate. The proofing button in your oven will bring it into the range from 77F to 95F. I seldom use it, or would you ferment a lager at 70F? I like to have a long ferment, or i use a 40% preferment. Otherwise, i have one hint left: Do bake, it's very rewarding. It's so contagious, my brew buddies started to bake as well. (it's fun having your selfmade pretzels with a nice brew and a weisswurst) I still have lots to learn, but it's worth it and it's fun. I recently bought a bread baking machine, i don't use it for baking(no crust and ugly shape...), but it's cool for having a dough ready kneaded and proofed in the morning. I don't have to get up at 4 in the morning to bake a bread at 8 o'clock. If you intend to buy one, take a "Unold" brand. As far as i know, it's the only one that has a "free program" feature. That means besides the fixed programs, you really can program the kneading, proofing, degassing and if you really like, bake it in this machine. I have bought a panasonic, it's of good quality but lacks the "free" programmability. If i want to make a "timed" dough, i have to use the bake program and zap the power before it starts to bake. Cheers and crunch Thomas Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 16:38:42 -0500 From: Fred L Johnson <FLJohnson52 at nc.rr.com> Subject: Incredible head foam stability I was on was on a plane the other day with the usual poor selection of beers. I had a Michelob (or maybe it was a Miller Genuine Draft) and I was impressed with the incredibly persistent head on this beer. The foam on this was so thick at the crown of the head that I could have spread it on toast. Considering the low malt and hopping level of this beer, I assume the brewer has added something to produce this meringue-like foam. I know of some agents, Profoam for one, that are used for improving head retention. Does anyone know what Anheuser-Busch (or Miller) is using in this beer? Fred L Johnson Apex, North Carolina, USA Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 10:22:54 -0500 From: "LANCE HARBISON" <harbison65 at verizon.net> Subject: Foundation Space While reading in the Northern Brewer catalogue about false bottoms it is mentioned that minimizing the distance below the false bottom will increase efficiency. I am trying to understand why. I use a converted Sanke and my false bottom rests on a shoulder of the keg where it transitions from cylinder to bottom dome. This makes it about 3 inches above the bottom of the keg. I have installed a bottom drain in the keg. When I mash I account for the water below the false bottom and add that volume to the total mash volume (typically 1 qt. per lb). When I sparge I keep sparging until I collect what I need in the boiler. I have not run into any issues with low gravity runnings. I typically get 75 - 80% efficiency. Is the foundation space BS with my system? Lance Harbison Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 19:17:19 -0500 From: Nathan Hirneisen <cave_nate at hotmail.com> Subject: Re-Using Iodophor Solutions for how long can one reuse a Iodophor sanitizing solution. 1oz to 5 gallons wasser. It was said to me that as long as the solution is brown and smells like iodine, is is good to use. really? 2 recent batched with notable DMS (celery like) flavors make me wander. thanks, -Nate . Return to table of contents
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