HOMEBREW Digest #5282 Thu 24 January 2008

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  beginning brewer ("Alex Rigoni")
  CO2 in Brazil (Fred M. Scheer)
  Wyeast Online Availability ("Rogers, Mike")
  Searchable HBD archive progress update (Scott Alfter)
  Sanitizers & Acid Rinse (Dana Edgell)
  RE: Counter pressure bottle filler ("Ronald La Borde")
  Fridge/Freezer conversion to beer tap (Tom Puskar)
  What is an Apparent Rennerian? ("LANCE HARBISON")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 04:05:29 -0600 From: "Alex Rigoni" <alex.rigoni at gmail.com> Subject: beginning brewer Hi Gang, I just have a few fundamental questions as I prepare to brew my 2nd batch (the first one turned out pretty good). I want to make a picnic cooler mash tun w/ a manifold. Should I bother drilling a hole in the side to use gravity flow or just run the outlet over the side of the cooler and siphon it out? Also, can put the manifold in the cooler before I begin the mash or should I wait until I'm ready to lauter? I have 6 month old milled grain at home. Is this considered to old to use? Thanks for the help. Alex Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 12:03:40 +0000 From: fredscheer07 at comcast.net (Fred M. Scheer) Subject: CO2 in Brazil HI Alex: You keep the beer at to low temperature. I recommend to keep at ~34*F and 10 PSI pressure, which will give you ~ 2.58 Vol. % CO2. I hope it helps. - -- Fred M. Scheer Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 07:43:12 -0500 From: "Rogers, Mike" <mike.rogers at eds.com> Subject: Wyeast Online Availability I'm suffering a bit here in Mid-Michigan with the lack of available Wyeast - make that availability of any fresh yeast. Our one local shop has converted to White Labs due to White Labs retailer yeast recycle policy, and the ease of storage in the angled racks, but still seems to have trouble stocking fresh yeast. I'm o.k. with White Labs products, but I much prefer several strains of Wyeast, especially the 1028 London Ale. I've checked online, but couldn't find any retailers. MoreBeer also switched to White Labs. Does anyone know of a good online source for Wyeast? Mike Rogers Cass River Homebrewers Frankenmuth, Mi. Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 10:27:42 -0800 From: Scott Alfter <scott at alfter.us> Subject: Searchable HBD archive progress update Things are moving along better than I expected. Except for the most recent additions to the archive at hbd.org, I have split out all the messages through #5280 and dumped them into a MySQL database. I thought I was going to have to implement my own full-text search, but MySQL 5.x has one built in that seems to work pretty well. With it, I can do something like this: select id from posts where match(body) against ('classic american pilsner') limit 0,20; to get the 20 most relevant posts on CAPs. I have the homebrewing wisdom of the ages (or at least of the past 2*10^-1 centuries :-) ) on tap. With that milestone passed, now I just need to cobble together a web interface and a system to keep the database updated with new articles. The latter task should be easy to set up as a procmail job on new arrivals; the scripts I wrote to split digests only failed on some really old digests, and the script to insert posts into the database worked flawlessly. The web interface is just so much scut work that needs to be done to make the database useful to the public. _/_ Scott Alfter / v \ Visit the SNAFU website today! (IIGS( http://www.nevadabrew.com/ Top-posting! \_^_/ rm -rf /bin/laden >What's the most annoying thing on Usenet? Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 16:26:13 -0500 From: Dana Edgell <dedg at lle.rochester.edu> Subject: Sanitizers & Acid Rinse HBD, A couple of questions ... 1) I am looking for a good/cheap source of chlorine dioxide and/or peroxyacetic acid sanitizers in about a 1 gal package size. Any suggestions? 2) I have a product "Sterosol Milkstone Remover and Acid Rinse". The directions never mention rinsing this off after soaking dairy equipment/parts in this (perhaps because it is a "rinse" itself) but do say to sanitize objects before use. After soaking brewing equipment to remove beerstone can I just air dry or should I rinse with water? 3) This "Sterosol Milkstone Remover and Acid Rinse" is primarily phosphoric acid. Can it be used to acid wash yeast? It doesn't say food-grade so I assume it cannot be used but I though it wouldn't hurt to ask. Thanks, Dana Edgell Fairport, NY Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 15:37:50 -0600 From: "Ronald La Borde" <pivoron at cox.net> Subject: RE: Counter pressure bottle filler >From: "Alexandre Carminati" <afcarminati at gmail.com> > >I am having a bit problem with my CP bottle filler. Bottles get filled >easily and when poured beer is OK (good head and well carbonated). The >problem I see is there is no "pop" or "fizz" when I open the bottle. >I had carbonated beer at 1 kg/cm2 (44 PSI) for 2 days and used same >pressure at CP filler; beer temperature is around -2 C (28 F) Not exactly sure what your problem is with the "fizz". If your beer is at 28F, probably little to no "fizz" would be heard. That's pretty cold serving temperature for a beer. Of course it's east to warm up a bottle and see what happens then. You had carbonated beer at 44 PSI for 2 days, but did you agitate to enhanse absorption of the CO2? I suspect it may take more than 2 days to reach your desired carbonation, depending on the temperature of the beer. So, if the beer has good head and is well carbonated, shucks, I would not let a little missing "fizz" bother me! Ronald J. La Borde -- Metairie, LA New Orleans is the suburb of Metairie, LA New Orleans is the New Atlantis Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 19:42:44 -0500 From: Tom Puskar <tpuskar at optonline.net> Subject: Fridge/Freezer conversion to beer tap I'm getting a bit tired of bottling and would like to go back to kegging my beer. I used to but never had time, money or space to install a converted fridge or freezer to a multihandle tap system. Serving several different chilled beers was a challenge! Now that I have a bit more of all those things, I wish I had saved all those articles about how to create such a device! Can someone point me in the right direction on how to make a system which could contain 4-6 (maximum) corny kegs at once? Is it better to start with a chest freezer or fridge? Any recommendations on where to buy one and brand recommendations? How difficult is it to install one of those conversion kits I remember reading about? Where's the best place to by hardware (taps, towers, handles etc)? If I decide to do it, I'll buy the CO2 tanks, regulators etc at my local homebrew shop. What price range can I expect to pay starting from scratch. As always, I look forward to the wisdom and help of this fine group. Tom in Howell, NJ Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 21:10:15 -0500 From: "LANCE HARBISON" <harbison65 at verizon.net> Subject: What is an Apparent Rennerian? Forgive me for my ignorance. I am fairly new to the HBD and have often seen sign-offs reflecting "Apparent Rennerian". I am guessing that this is some type of homage to Jeff Renner and would like clarification. Other than that, I am thinking of acidifying my sparge water for the first time with lactic acid. What is the desired pH and how much of 88% lactic acid would I add to 13 gallons to get it? Lance Harbison Return to table of contents
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