HOMEBREW Digest #5836 Fri 06 May 2011

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  RE: Distinguishing between yeast strains microscopically (Matt)
  A way to memorialize Ant Hayes (Jeff Renner)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 5 May 2011 23:49:51 -0700 (PDT) From: Matt <baumssl27 at yahoo.com> Subject: RE: Distinguishing between yeast strains microscopically Fred asks about distinguishing yeast strains visually. I am not well-versed in this but do know a few things: 1. Certainly brettanomyces look different -- smaller, often boat-shaped, sometimes extending in long fingers of pseudomycelium (sp?). You should be able to find digital images on the web. 2. You can find images and descriptions (diameters, etc) of virtually any yeast species in the great "The Yeasts: A Taxonomic Study" (check your library exchange program) but practical brewing matters are definitely not the authors' focus. Hence the book just has perhaps one yeast we'd call "ale" and one we'd call "lager." 3. "Farmhouse Ales" reports the Dupont strain as being smaller than most ale yeasts. Its attenuation, and that of some other Belgian yeasts, is also unusual enough that I suspect these yeasts would defy the old "ale" and "lager" classification systems (fermentation of raffinose, etc) if anyone cared to check. So Belgian strains might be a wild card. I suspect it would be easier for a homebrewer to distinguish strains by comparative fermentation of jars of fermented wort, checking flocculation, attenutation, smell, flavor, etc. "Purer" scientific methods becomes limited because they tend not to tell you if an "ale" strain is Fullers, Westmalle, or Schneider. But I bet you could destinguish the three, given three jars of canned wort and a couple of weeks. Matt Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 6 May 2011 14:27:11 -0400 From: Jeff Renner <jsrenner at umich.edu> Subject: A way to memorialize Ant Hayes Brewers I have been touched by the outpouring of sympathy and grief from brewers literally around the world, on this here, on the AHA and BJCP forums, and private email. He was well loved. I have been asked for ideas on how to memorialize Ant. Here is an email from his wife, Leonora, with what I think is a wonderful idea: "It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I have to do this. As much as Nicola, Daniel and I have lost you have as well. Ant touched everyone that he met and made us all feel special. We will be holding a funeral service for him on Thursday, 12 May at 3 pm. The service will be held at St. John's Church, Foxbush, Hildenborough, TN11 9HT. Tea will follow in the hall. "Thanks for all you messages, condolences and love. I would appreciate it if you would not send flowers but rather donate to "Holding On, Letting Go". http://www.justgiving.com/Leonora-Hayes This is a charity that specialises in supporting grieving children of Nicola and Daniel's age. Please don't feel obligated to do donate. Your love and support is enough for us." I know from my own mother's experience how a parent's suicide can have lasting mental health harm if unaddressed, and I am so glad that this organization is available for Ant's children. I encourage you to contribute if you knew Ant, and perhaps your local homebrew club can do so as well. AABG is. - --- Jeff Renner in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA, jsrenner at umich.edu "One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943 Return to table of contents
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