HOMEBREW Digest #647 Wed 29 May 1991

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  D.C. area brewpubs (Mark Stevens) <stevens at stsci.edu>
  The Cat's Meow - Ascii (lutzen)
  Druidic Rites in Brewing (Martin A. Lodahl)
  To Step an Infusion (Martin A. Lodahl)
  Oatmeal stout (Russ Gelinas)
  Durango Brewpubs (an answer not a question) (Don McDaniel)
  Lager Eggs (Ken Johnson)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 28 May 91 12:55:11 EDT From: (Mark Stevens) <stevens at stsci.edu> Subject: D.C. area brewpubs In Homebrew Digest #645, David Arnold (davida at syrinx.umd.edu) asked why he hasn't heard anything about brewpubs in the D.C. area. The most likely reason is that there aren't any. About 2 years ago, plans were afoot to build a brewpub--tentatively called "Atlantic Brewing Co." in Alexandria. Brewpubs are legal in Virginia, and a use & occupancy permit was issued to the would-be brewers. I don't think they ever got further than that though, because there certainly isn't a brewpub in Alexandria today. Would-be brewers are now trying to open a brewpub in D.C. on New York Avenue at the site of the old Greyhound depot (next to the convention center). John Ray of the D.C. City Council sponsored a bill to legalize brewpubs in the District, but I don't know if this was made into law or not, nor do I know how far along this brewpub is. There are, however, two excellent brewpubs in Baltimore, if you're willing to make the 45 minute drive up the parkway. Sisson's, at 36 East Cross Street in the Federal Hill area, offers Cajun food and some very good ales (as well as a couple thin ones). Sissons seems to do best with its seasonal specialty beers. I was up there 2 weeks ago and had an excellent I.P.A.---very hoppy and sharp. A few blocks away is the Baltimore Brewing Company (Albemarle and Pratt Streets). This is a cavernous brick place with huge copper kettles adorning the back bar. They serve up lagers here, with the most distinctive being their pils, which is very hoppy and pleasant. I wasn't crazy about their light lager, but their dark lager was suitably dense and malty. If you're just looking for pubs with a good variety of microbrews, try the Last Chance Saloon in Columbia (e-mail me for directions), which serves up dozens of different kinds of beer (last time we were in, they had 17 taps going, including Anchor Foghorn, Wild Goose, and Schlosser Alt...all at about $2/pint. Monday is a good night because it's half price hamburger night. Another good place is Heroes in Manassas. It's been a couple months since I've been out there, but last time was worth the trip. We loved their house beer, which is brewed by the Old Dominion Brewing Co. in Chantilly. Happy Drinking. - ---Mark Stevens stevens at stsci.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 28 May 91 13:02:08 CDT From: lutzen at phys1.physics.umr.edu (lutzen) Subject: The Cat's Meow - Ascii Hi folks. The ascii version of the recipe book, "The Cat's Meow" is now available at the homebrew archives, mthvax.cs.miami.edu, under the directory /pub/homebrew/recipe-book. The file is cats_meow.txt.Z It has been compressed with the UNIX compress utility. Run uncompress to restore. Be sure to set type binary when FTP'ing the file. There were several requests to me that I could not reply back to. I mailed a test message to everyone who requested an ascii version, and those that got through, I sent a copy of the book to them. Most of the problems were the dreaded "Host unknown" error. I tried everything I could think of, but finally I have given up. If there are people out there still wanting an ascii version of the book mailed to them, please send another email note to me at the address below. Please be sure to include all gateways you are mailing through, or as many hints as possible, so I can get back to you. (I do like mysteries, but I need clues). Karl Lutzen lutzen at apollo.physics.umr.edu University of Missouri - Rolla c0537 at umrvmb.umr.edu Physics Dept. 314-341-6317 (in order of decreasing preference) Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 28 May 91 9:01:01 PDT From: Martin A. Lodahl <pbmoss!malodah at PacBell.COM> Subject: Druidic Rites in Brewing In HOMEBREW Digest #645, Dr. John commented: > As to the druidic chants, we can only hope that Martin (if it's good > enough for Druids . . .) Lodahl can provide some help. Sacrifice is the answer. Animal sacrifice can cause trouble with the SPCA, and human sacrifice has been overdone lately, so I recommend the practice of sacrificing a bottle of a previous batch of homebrew early in the boil, and another after the cleanup is done, by straining the beer through the kidneys ... ;-) = Martin A. Lodahl Pacific*Bell Staff Analyst = = malodah at pbmoss.Pacbell.COM Sacramento, CA 916.972.4821 = = If it's good for ancient Druids, runnin' nekkid through the wuids, = = Drinkin' strange fermented fluids, it's good enough for me! 8-) = Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 28 May 91 10:12:43 PDT From: Martin A. Lodahl <pbmoss!malodah at PacBell.COM> Subject: To Step an Infusion In HOMEBREW Digest #645, David Poore asks: > I am currently not set up to do step mashes (and won't be for a while) > and it seems that the ratio of step to infusion recipes I see is about > 10:1. Is there a pretty reasonable way to convert recipes using step > mash to infusion or am I simply limited by the types of grains I can > use? I've got a Gott picnic cooler mash/lautertun ... No, I don't think I'd try a stovetop step-mash in a plastic cooler, either 8-). Using a single temperature does limit you to grains that have been pretty completely modified, such as English pale ale malt, as the basis of the beer. If the recipe calls for lots of adjuncts, the pale malt may not be rich enough in enzymes to convert the mash fully, so some recipes will simply be beyond the scope of your equipment. For those within the realm of the possible, however, conversion is a matter of comparing the mash extract in the recipe with what you usually obtain with your own methods and materials, and adjusting accordingly. > ... I'm also wondering if it is feasable to do a > step mash using this by simply adding different temp water or if > it is necessary to have a heat source. Possible, but complex. You could start out with a very stiff mash, and add enough boiling water at each step to reach the temperature you want. Obviously, this will change the thickness of the mash, which has all sorts of effects on the conversion. Equally obviously, if you overshoot the temperature you'll have to add yet more (cold) water, and if you overshoot again ... Some brewers use this method as a matter of course, with good results. Another option is to go to a decoction mash, where a portion of the mash is abstracted and boiled, then returned to the main mash to raise the temperature. This also has its partisans; I haven't tried it yet. A very good description of it can be found in Greg Noonan's "Brewing Lager Beer", which deserves a spot on every brewer's bookshelf, IMHO. = Martin A. Lodahl Pacific*Bell Staff Analyst = = malodah at pbmoss.Pacbell.COM Sacramento, CA 916.972.4821 = = If it's good for ancient Druids, runnin' nekkid through the wuids, = = Drinkin' strange fermented fluids, it's good enough for me! 8-) = Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 28 May 1991 15:44:48 EDT From: R_GELINAS at UNHH.UNH.EDU (Russ Gelinas) Subject: Oatmeal stout Well I made an oatmeal stout this weekend, complete with a partial mash (my first mash). , an infusion. I used 3 lbs of English 2-row pale malt, 1 lb. of steel cut oats, mashed in 5 qts. of water, sparged with 2.25 gallons of water through Zapap lauter tun. The sparge took 20 minutes, which seems fast. I expected ~10 minutes/gallon. Would the deeper grain bed of a full mash slow things down? The runnings were never clear. I did recirculate the first runnings. The OG of the sparge was 1.026 in 3.5 gallons. Somebody want to figure out my efficiency? The grain bed was not at all sweet after the sparge, which I took to be "a good thing". I added 3.3lb of dark extract and 3 lbs. of dark DME to the wort and boiled with 2 oz. of Centennial leaf hops (AU=11.1, total=22.2 WHOOPS!) Good thing I like hops. Finished with 1 oz. of Cascade leaf hops. (AU=5) Pitched Wyeast Irish Ale yeast starter (#1084?), took 24 hrs. for active ferment. The Wyeast packet was dated Feb 1991, (I got it cheap). The pouch was started on Thursday, by Saturday it was nearly fully puffed. I made a started on Saturday night with it, by Sunday night it was at high krausen, and by Monday night it was happily eating oatmeal. So, other than overhopping, it all went well, and the mash was alot easier and enjoyable than I expected. But now I need a bigger brewpot; I was right up to the edge on this one. Russ Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 26 May 91 17:12:06 -0600 From: dinsdale at sauron.unm.edu (Don McDaniel) Subject: Durango Brewpubs (an answer not a question) I made a quick trip to Duango Colorado this weekend to race in the Ironhorse Classic bike race from Durango to Silverton. I wasn't thinking of microbew when planning the trip, but being ever vigilent I was able to sieze upon the opportunity to sample some of the local beverages. I drove up from Albuquerque with a friend Friday afternoon and headed straight for Pronto's Pizza and Pasta for the usual biker's carbo- load dinner. They have a fine buffet there. Naturally the place was packed with cyclists and there was a 20 min wait. I asked if we could be seated at the bar and we were ushered right in. I looked at the taps and saw Durango Lager nestled between Bud and Miller. Naturally I ordered a Durango. I expected some light innocuous lager and was pleasantly surprised with a rich dark brew. I can't do the beer justice in words. I'll just say that it was a satisfying, hearty dark lager with plenty of body and flavor. It was clear and had a good lingering head. I had a second mug even though I was racing in the morning. Cost was $2.50 per mug (10 or 12 oz.). I asked the bartender if the beer was brewed in town or if it was a contract brew. She told me it was local and that there was also a brewpub in town. I immediately knew where I'd be having lunch the next day after the race. The next afternoon we found the Carver Brewing Company. It's a very small, plain resturaunt with accompanying bakery and brewpub. The pub didn't open until four so we ate in the resturaunt. Of course they featured their fresh breads with soups and sandwiches. I had a turkey Reuben that was very good except for the out-of-season tomato. The beers offered were a honey lager, a pale ale and a stout. I was very interested in trying the stout, but after racing needed something somewhat more refreshing. I ordered the pale. It was served in a nice pint pub glass (I just last week bought some for myself) for $2.50. Although the waitress had described the ale as bitter, I found it underhopped for my tastes. It was also quite cloudy. In short, it was an adequate beer, but nothing any of my brewing friends couldn't easily match or exceed. I was unable to try any of their other brews as I had a 225 mile drive ahead of me. Before leaving, I wandered back into the pub to have a look. It was surprisingly small, having only six tables and four barstools. Behind the bar was the obligatory glass window into the brewery. I saw a copper brewkettle, a stainless primary and two stainless secondaries (they were clearly labeled, making identification easy :-)). It was encouraging to see the small scale of this particular operation. Maybe there is hope for me. On the other hand, I expect this underwhelming operation may well have been unviable without the substantial bakery operation associated with it. As for my race; I dropped my chain in the first mile, got it tangled in the rear derialleur and had to stop to fix it. By the time I got back underway, the pack was way down the road and I faced a headwind in trying to catch up. I slogged through the race alone and finished WAY down in the field. Bike racing can be frustrating, but it keeps me a skinny homebrewer :-). Don McDaniel Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 28 May 91 15:02:24 PDT From: kjohnson at argon.berkeley.edu (Ken Johnson) Subject: Lager Eggs I pitched a half gallon starter of cultured Sudwerk (Davis, CA) yeast into a fine batch of wort last week. After three hours there were six glubs/min. After four hours there was a three inch head on the beer. However, the smell of rotten eggs came out of the airlock. It wasn't overpowering, but very noticable. I remember comments in the past about this activity. Is it normal? Will it go away? The fridge temp is set at 48 F. kj Return to table of contents
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