HOMEBREW Digest #636 Tue 14 May 1991

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		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  Pitching and Traveling (IOCONNOR)
  Legal 'Shine? and Alchemical Symbols (TSAMSEL)
  fresh/aged beer (Russ Gelinas)
  hop growing conditions (Chip Hitchcock)
  Whoa, major hop information mistake! (flowers)
  re alternate grains (sources for malted rye) (Chip Hitchcock)
  rye (mcnally)
  Not really related to brewing... (flowers)
  Those Brits (BAUGHMANKR)
  Wheat beer (Mark Stevens) <stevens at stsci.edu>
  More on Rye (paul)
  Mystery Ingredient (rob derrick)
  Sanitation (Algis R Korzonas +1 708 979 8583)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 13 May 1991 6:25:18 EDT From: IOCONNOR at SUNRISE.ACS.SYR.EDU Subject: Pitching and Traveling Many thanks to those who responded to my request for info about starters. I got two replies but I lost one. My node had a problem Friday so I got the one by Brian Smithey6--could the other fellow re-mail to me? I also lost info on going to London. Someone indicated that there was the Beer Festival and sent quite a long list about bre pubs, etc. Could you send it again. I apologize for using the list this way, however I don't have any of the addresses. Thanks a lot. Kieran O'Connor Bitnet: IOCONNOR at SUNRISE Internet: IOCONNOR at SUNRISE.ACS.SYR.EDU Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 13 MAY 91 13:23:34 BST From: GAINS at vax.lse.ac.uk First, a question: Has anyone tried (preferably successfully) to make the Czechoslovakian Budwieser Budvar? At risk of stirring up national pride, dare I say I prefer it to the American Budweiser. Second, an answer: A reader mentioned a book "Making beers like those you buy". I have a 1983 version of this, and it includes (amongst many others) Bishops Tipple and Old Peculier. Rather than clutter up HBD I will email the recipes to any one interested. Yours expecting bud-related hate mail Ade Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 13 May 1991 8:45:41 -0400 (EDT) From: TSAMSEL at ISDRES.ER.USGS.GOV Subject: Legal 'Shine? and Alchemical Symbols Please confirm this:(or not). A friend claims that it has recently become legal to produce 2 gallons of distilled spirits per adult per year. I doubt this. Has anyone else heard this? The use of the the Star of David in Alchemy may have a strong Cabalistic connection, with Islamic/Jewish overtones. Like in FOUCAULT'S PENDULUM!! Ted Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 13 May 1991 9:28:50 EDT From: R_GELINAS at UNHH.UNH.EDU (Russ Gelinas) Subject: fresh/aged beer I think there's something to be said for both. It depends on the brew. I've had a keg of amber ale from the Commonwealth Brewery in Cambridge, MA that was explosive in its "fresh-baked" (like bread) aroma and flavor. That beer needs no aging, and it shouldn't be aged. But it was professionally made. My own ales tend to improve with a few weeks of 60 degree aging, and what they lose in freshness is more than offset by the gain in smoothness. I think this has been said before on the list...If you make the brew "correctly", it should be drunk fresh. Aging will help to cover up the mistakes. Now as for old beer, I had some Red Star Ale, from *East* Germany, so it was made before the unification. It still tasted very good. No off flavors. Did East Germany prescribe to the Rheingesbot, or did they allowed preservatives? It might have been Red Star lager.... I notice clove flavor/aroma in all German beer, not just wheat beer. Even in Becks. Is this just a case of taste-sensitivity, like the aluminum (oh no he said it) debate, or does the "standard" German yeast produce clove esters? Russ (from Manchester....BFD!) Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 13 May 91 10:03:40 EDT From: cjh at vallance.HQ.Ileaf.COM (Chip Hitchcock) Subject: hop growing conditions "above the 50th parallel"? There aren't many hop fields in Canada; perhaps you mean below? (NB, the northern border of the US is the 49th parallel.) The remarks I've seen (e.g., in the hop issue of ZYMURGY) say that hops grow best between ~40 and ~50, but that's an approximation subject to climates; it also said there haven't been hops grown commercially in NY (latitudes 40-47N) for many years (maybe hops like the wet weather and mild winters of WA/OR more?) and all of Kent (UK) is above 50N. Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 13 May 1991 10:02:09 -0600 From: flowers at csrd.uiuc.edu Subject: Whoa, major hop information mistake! >Hops grow best above the 50th parallel which is why Washington and Oregon >are hop country. That's not to say they WON'T grow anywhere else. It's >always worth a try. No, no, no. That should be the 40th parallel! I'd like to say it was a typo, but really I just got my numbers confused. It was pointed out to me that the 50th parallel is in Canada. We all know hops grow well in Washington! Sorry for the mistake and thanks to those who pointed it out. -Craig Flowers Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 13 May 91 10:25:42 EDT From: cjh at vallance.HQ.Ileaf.COM (Chip Hitchcock) Subject: re alternate grains (sources for malted rye) I think Canadian whisky has a fair amount of rye in it; maybe CC could tell you where to get malted rye (I wouldn't bet they'd be willing...). Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 13 May 91 08:15:40 -0700 From: mcnally at wsl.dec.com Subject: rye In HBD 635, C. R. Saikley mentions that rye is malted in Scotland for whiskey, but no-one imports it here. That seems mighty strange to me, since I was under the impression that American whiskies are made with rye while Scotch whiskey is made from barley. It may be that the Scots use rye as an adjunct, but I'd think that the quantities use would be dwarfed by American whiskey production. - -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mike McNally mcnally at wsl.dec.com Digital Equipment Corporation Western Software Lab Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 13 May 1991 10:26:46 -0600 From: flowers at csrd.uiuc.edu Subject: Not really related to brewing... I'm expanding my brewing operation...I just became engaged over the weekend. She's not a brewer, but she does like to drink it! -Craig Flowers PS - Sorry, just HAD to say it. Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 13 May 1991 11:46 EST From: BAUGHMANKR at CONRAD.APPSTATE.EDU Subject: Those Brits >I never even >heard of anyone using a fermentation lock for beer until I >came here! A loose lid always did the trick for me in >England. Are there different bacterias here or is it just >paranoia? Yeah and those are the guys that drive on the wrong side of the road, too. :-) "Loose lids sink sips" Ouch! I'm outta here..... I'm not even gonna sign this thing.... Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 13 May 91 12:30:08 EDT From: (Mark Stevens) <stevens at stsci.edu> Subject: Wheat beer In Homebrew Digest #635, Randy Tidd (rtidd at mwunix.mitre.org) asked about brewing wheat beers with extracts. On the issue of adding extra hops: Probably not a good idea. Wheat beers are generally not real hoppy, and most recipes either omit or go very light on finishing hops. On the issue of yeast: Yes, there are special wheat beer yeasts. The Brewers Choice line from Wyeast Labs has a liquid culture (I believe it's either #3026 or #3056) called "Bavarian Wheat". This is a very good choice for a wheat beer, although I've also had reasonably good results from their European Ale yeast. [Your mail address looks like it's in the D.C. area, in which case, you can get the Wyeast liquid cultures from BrewMasters in Rockville.] Okay, now a recipe: This turned out so good that I brewed two batches, the first was called "Jihad Better Have a Beer" [named by Karl Lutzen---thanks Karl], and the second was dubbed "Casual Dunkelweizen". 3.3# Northwestern weizen extract 3.3# Northwestern amber extract 1/2# crystal malt (crushed) 1/2 cup black patent malt (lightly crushed) 1 tsp. gypsum 1/2 tsp. Irish moss 8.6 AAU hops (I used 2 ounces of Mt. Hood at 4.3%) Wyeast Bavarian Wheat liquid yeast The black patent was *VERY* lightly crushed (I just ran a heavy rolling pin over it a few times) because I just wanted a light brown beer---not a black beer. The grains were steeped to just before boil and strained out. Add extract and all of the hops. Boil 60 minutes. Add to cold water in fermenter and pitch yeast. Cheers! - ---Mark Stevens stevens at stsci.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 13 May 91 11:00:58 -0700 From: paul at Rational.COM Subject: More on Rye From: kswanson at casbah.acns.nwu.edu (Kurt Swanson) >Has anyone out there ever tried using rye in brewing? Besides >barley, I've heard of wheat, oats, corn and rice being used in >brewing, what about rye?? What other grains am I missing? A couple of pubs near where I was living in England were selling a beer called Rogen around the end of last year and beginning of this year. It is made by the Bavarian brewer Thurn & Taxis, and the pubs also sold their Hefeweizen (wheat beer - also widely available at Tesco supermarkets). The label claimed it was the first beer to revive a style not brewed for decades (I forget the exact number, but could easily have been over 100 years). Written in German, it said something about it not surviving a particularly bad succession of rye harvests. Like the weizen, the Rogen came in half litre bottles and they supplied the tall weizen "vases" to drink it from. It was much darker that the weizen, a deep, reddy brown, and was also much smoother. Poured correctly (up-ending the bottle and shaking to get the last dregs out) it had the same massive head, but held it better than the wheat beer (the glasses probably hadn't been rinsed too well, which didn't help). Taste-wise, it was delicious: reminiscent of the better English mild ales, sweetish and smooth. It rapidly became a favourite for when I was feeling rich; at 1.75 pounds it was considerably more than a pint of bitter (around 1.25 to 1.35). The pubs are both owned by Brent Walker. They are the Tap and Spile, Crouch Hill/Stroud Green Road, near Finsbury Park, London (part of a themed chain specializing in constantly varying selections of independent brewers real ales) and Fat Harry's near the Sobell Centre, also near Finsbury Park. I won't guarantee either still has the Rogen, but both carry a rewarding selection of ales. Let me know if anyone finds this in California! Paul - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Paul Jasper 3320 Scott Boulevard Phone: +1 (408) 496-3762 RATIONAL Santa Clara Fax: +1 (408) 496-3636 Object-Oriented Products CA 95054-3197 USA Email: paul at rational.com - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 13 May 91 11:45:24 MDT From: rxxd at doc.lanl.gov (rob derrick) Subject: Mystery Ingredient Dear Brewbie, Can you tell me what the mystery ingredient in Olde brewing is, namely, something called "God is Good"? I have a quote from ~1700's which goes something like - "Anyone that doth put anything else to their ale than is rehearsed, than yeast, barley malt, or God is Good, doth sophistical their ale...". Sign me, Curious in Kenoma. rob derrick Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 13 May 91 15:50:07 mdt From: hplabs!hp-lsd.cos.hp.com!ihlpl!korz (Algis R Korzonas +1 708 979 8583) Subject: Sanitation All this talk of starting siphons with one's mouth and not sanitizing bottles before bottling makes me feel that I should comment. I feel that these two procedures should not be recommended as being okay. I'd like to point out that if you drink the entire batch within two weeks of it being carbonated, then you could probably not boil anything and ferment in your toilet bowl. However, I have four homebrews on tap at all times plus a couple aging, so that sometimes a beer will take two or three months to be consumed. In my experience, if I cut one corner in my usual sanitation procedure, I get (probably) a lactobacillus infection after 8 - 10 weeks. I suggest following the usual procedures recommended in the texts and sticking with them. Once you make a habit of them, they don't get in the way and don't increase brewing time that much. Al. korz at ihlpl.att.com Return to table of contents
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