HOMEBREW Digest #5322 Fri 18 April 2008

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  Anybody watch Jeopardy? ("Pat Babcock")
  RE: False bottom material ("Mike Sharp")
  malt prices (-s)
  Using Lime to Raise Mash pH? ("Mike Gutenkauf")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 09:01:44 -0400 (EDT) From: "Pat Babcock" <pbabcock at hbd.org> Subject: Anybody watch Jeopardy? Greetings, Beerlings! Take me to your lager... So, did anyone notice erstwhile HBD poster, former Maltose Falcons president,and current AHA advisor Drew Beechum demonstrating his superior grasp of information, trivia, and history to Alex Trebek? - -- See ya! Pat Babcock in SE Michigan Chief of HBD Janitorial Services http://hbd.org pbabcock at hbd.org NOTE: I am migrating my email to a new address. Please use "Reply-to" information. Thanks. Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 08:03:32 -0700 From: "Mike Sharp" <rdcpro at hotmail.com> Subject: RE: False bottom material Joe Katchever is looking for false bottom material... You might consider having one fabricated out of stainless wedge wire. It's a drawn stainless wire that is wedge-shaped in cross section. You lay them out at the spacing you want, and tig weld them together. Their shape is nice because it's narrowest at the top where the grain is, and wider further down so they don't clog. It's stiffer and easier to fabricate than punching stainless sheet stock, though someone with a plasma torch could probably cut the slots for you. Anyone with a tig welder can fabricate one, and I suppose you could even silver braze it yourself with an acetylene turbo torch. Regards, Mike Sharp Kent, WA [1891.3, 294deg] AR Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 03:33:45 -0400 From: -s at adelphia.net Subject: malt prices Jim Cave wrote ... > Subject: Future worldwide malt shortage? > > Yesterday, I drove from Calgary to Vancouver and decided to phone > Gambrinus ... He's expecting huge increases in > malt prices in the coming years. Don't despair. The public in N.America is SLOWLY coming to the realization that starch->ethanol-fuel conversion is a crock. I've even heard this stated several times from mainstream news sources in the past 5 months. Of course if you look 5 years back in HBD #4232 and preceding you'll see thread where I and several others were decrying the lunacy of starch fuel ethanol. It takes a long time for common sense to make it's way to the political classes who seem intent on ruling rather than regulating. -S Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 08:45:35 -0500 From: "Mike Gutenkauf" <mikeg at clarkabn.com> Subject: Using Lime to Raise Mash pH? Hello. My water source has a residual alkalinity suited for brown ales. When it comes To brewing stouts and mild ales, the relatively high level of sulphates (about 180 ppm) Is not desirable to my palette. For my upcoming stouts, I plan to dilute my water with RO, either 50/50 or 75/25. I will need to raise the alkalinity, though, and I don't have any CaCO3 on hand (no LHBS, either). I have used lime (CaOH2, I believe) to precipitate out excess alkalinity In my brewing water before, with good success. I was considering using lime to precipitate CaCO3 out of some different water, and harvesting The precipitate for use in my stout. This got me to thinking - why not add a small quantity Of lime directly to the mash, instead? Would this raise the mash pH, as I desire? Thanks in advance, Mike Gutenkauf Aberdeen, SD Return to table of contents
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