HOMEBREW Digest #665 Mon 24 June 1991

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  Thursday night at the Nationals... (Gary Mason - I/V/S PCU - 603-884[DTN264]1503  21-Jun-1991 0730)
  Half-Full Bottles (S94TAYLO)
  Stainless Equipment Questions (Dave Speed)
  all-grain oktoberfest bier recipe wanted (DAVID)
  Re:  Half filled bottles (Richard Stueven)
  King Kooker, Rye malt (Mark.Nevar)
  consistency (Algis R Korzonas +1 708 979 8583)
  Re: Trip to Luxemboug, Germany (Chris Shenton)
  All Grain vs Extracts - Long. (Jim White)
  re Half filled bottles (Chip Hitchcock)
  L.A. Brewpubs (Ron Rader)
  Brewpubs in the Catskills (Michael Kropp)
  la brewpubs (Tom Hamilton)
  Miller Brewing co. (dbreiden)
  Re: good beer in Las Vegas (Ken Ellinwood)
  Re: Homebrew Digest #664 (June 21, 1991) (Chris Lewis)
  beer periodicals??? (TPH) (crober21 at hpprdea) <crober21 at hpprdea>
  hunter unit? ("N. Zentena")
  Quite the conference (Stephen Russell)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 21 Jun 91 07:38:05 -0400 >From: mason at habs11.ENET.DEC.COM (Gary Mason - I/V/S PCU - 603-884[DTN264]1503 21-Jun-1991 0730) Subject: Thursday night at the Nationals... Hi - Even though I live twenty minutes from the venue, schedules permitted me only Thursday night (Club Night) at the National Conference. What a blast! A buffet dinner (with beer available of course) gave me a chance to meet with several nice folks from Michigan and my home club. The remainder of the evening was spent roaming a large room full of people and tables - both somewhat full of homebrew 8') The brews were generally excellent, as was the camaraderie. I met many of the "legends of homebrewing", who were all very friendly and approachable - just folks. Just plain fun. I would heartily recommend the experience. In fact, I probably will go to one sometime - all of it - even though it will be much further away. Cheers...Gary Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 91 08:26 EST >From: <S94TAYLO%USUHSB.BITNET at CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU> Subject: Half-Full Bottles Over the few years that I have been brewing, I have heard many stories about how a large headspace turns into an exploding bottle. The most outlandish one is that yeast is inhibited by pressure generated during conditioning, and if the headspace is short, the yeast dies out faster, hence less carbonation. More headspace, yeast carbonates longer. I don't buy it! This version assumes (I believe, incorrectly) that there is "too much" priming sugar at bottling time, and you are just counting on the yeast to die off just in time. The way I think it happens is based on simple stoichiometry of biochemical pathways. When a molecule of glucose (or any other monosaccharide) is metabolized in the absence of oxygen, two (2) molecules of CO2 are produced. When the same molecule is metabolized in the PRESENCE of O2, as in early fermentation (bad use of that word, sorry), SIX, count 'em, six molecules of CO2. When you bottle with almost no headspace, there is almost no O2, and so every sugar molecule makes only 2 molecules of CO2. However, when you have a large headspace, there is lots of oxygen in the bottle, which is used to make way too much CO2. The other danger is that air compresses, and compressed air propels glass around the room or wherever the bottle is when the glass fails. Beer doesn't compress, so when glass fails with no head- space, it just goes "crik", and kind of runs onto the floor. These messages are just too damned long, and I need a beer. Al Taylor Uniformed Services University School of Medicine (tomorrow I'll be a 2nd year student!!) Bethesda, MD s94taylor at usuhsb.bitnet Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 91 17:47:01 PDT >From: Dave Speed <dspeed at sactoh0.SAC.CA.US> Subject: Stainless Equipment Questions Greetings ! I have two questions concerning stainless steel equipment which is used by home brewers. First, I saw an ad in Zymurgy from an outfit in Seattle that makes 15.5 gallon brewing kettles from SS kegs. They advertise a price of $65 for these. I've also heard mention from several here about their own keg kettles. As I've never torn up a keg to see the internals, I wonder at what is involved. I have more that the normal complement of tools (incl oxy-act torch and high speed grinders), but know from personal experience that stainless steel is difficult to work. I'd like to hear comments from folks who have trod this path before me. Second, I moved from bottles to kegs rather quickly and now have a small collection of used pin-type connector 5 gal kegs. I am experiencing a problem with rust in these kegs, something that I did not think could happen. After cleaning a keg and before use (sometimes up to 2 weeks), I stored the keg full of sanitizing solution (bleach and water). Now I am experiencing something that sure looks like rust on the inside of the rounded top part of the keg. One other keg appears to have a small "spot" of rust down on the rounded bottom paer (again, inside the keg). The sides appear to be stainless, the top and bottom are not so obvious. I'm not a metallurgist, but have delt with more than my fair share of stainless. Neither of these kegs was manufactured by Corneilus; one is Firestone, and one is Tote Systems. Is this a fatal problem in a keg ? Would it do the same with beer in the keg (given the acidic nature of beer) ? Can it be *fixed* ? Should it be fixed, or should the units be retired ? I'd like to hear of others experiences along these lines. BTW, I am relatively new to the digest, and would like to say that this has been a useful group for me. Please keep the signal to noise ratio high. Dave - - Dave Speed - d.b.a warp speed; data purveyors since 1989 dspeed at sactoh0.SAC.CA.US or dspeed at well.SF.CA.US 8908 Van Gogh Circle, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 BELL: (916) 863-7226 # include standard disclaimer # include cute quote Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 1991 9:32:41 EDT >From: POORE at SCRI1.SCRI.FSU.EDU (DAVID) Subject: all-grain oktoberfest bier recipe wanted Greetings everone, I'd like to get an all-grain recipe for an oktoberfest beer so I can go ahead and get started with it and hopefully have some for this fall. I'd prefer a simple infusion mash recipe, but it isn't necessary. BTW, WRT the cost issue of all-grain brewing, that is exactly why I want an all-grain recipe. I can get 10 lbs. of grain for about 10 dollars. A can of Irek's extract from my local supplier (admittedly very poor) is 25$! Thanks in advance... David Poore poore at gw.scri.fsu.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 91 07:15:04 PDT >From: Richard.Stueven at Corp.Sun.COM (Richard Stueven) Subject: Re: Half filled bottles >My housemates and I were not able to come up with a good >explanation for why a capped half bottle of beer is a dangerous >thing. So I ask, why is a half full bottle of beer more likely to >explode than an almost full one? What about almost empty bottles? >What about completely full ones? Here's my understanding of the Mechanics of Carbonation: If a bottle has too much headspace (the space between the beer and the cap), the CO2 will all end up in the headspace. This means that the partial pressure of the CO2 will not be great enough to force the CO2 to remain dissolved in the beer. Result: flat beer. If a bottle has too little headspace, too much of the CO2 will remain in the beer (here's where I get a little hazy) somehow shutting down the yeast's production of CO2. Result: flat beer. (I know that last bit sounds counterintuitive, but I'm sure I read it in TCHoHB.) Miller et.al. claim that the best fill level is 0.5-1.0 inches of headspace. If anyone has better information, please pass it along...I was trying to explain this to a friend just yesterday. have fun gak I guess there's some things | Seems like the more I think I know I'm not meant to understand | The more I find I don't Ain't life a riot? Ain't love grand? | Every answer opens up so many questions Richard Stueven gak at Corp.Sun.COM ...!attmail!gak Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 91 08:46:40 mdt >From: Mark.Nevar at hp-lsd.cos.hp.com Subject: King Kooker, Rye malt In the Summer '91 issue of Zymurgy there is a review of the King Kooker. Basically, it is a 125,000 BTU jet cooker and is very sturdy. Several mail order houses stock the item for sale to us brewers. I have wanted to get one for when I upgrade my brewery from partial mashes to full mashes. Anyway, I called the company, Metal Fusion Inc. in Louisianna (504) 469-6431 to find a local distributor (NJ), but they said they didn't know of one. They didn't check or anything, but they didn't know one off the top of their head. They did offer to ship me one direct, however. So, for $49.99 ($40.00 for unit, $6.24 shipping, and $3.75 COD (no charges, I could have sent a check, but that was another delay)), they are shipping a unit to me. This is the same unit that Alternative Beverage charges $56.95 for, before shipping and handling (Winter 1990 catalog). It comes with a baffle to divert the flame (no hot spots). AB sells the non-baffle model for 48.95. Metal Fusion has dealt with brewers before. They knew what one to suggest when I mentioned the intended use. Also in the Summer Zymurgy was an ad for a place that offered malted rye for a dollar something a pound. With the recent discussion on rye, I'm suprised no one has mentioned it. My issue is home, so if anyone needs the number email me and I'll post it. Mark Nevar .!att!kato!man Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 91 10:40:24 mdt >From: hplabs!hp-lsd.cos.hp.com!ihlpl!korz (Algis R Korzonas +1 708 979 8583) Subject: consistency JaH writes: >While they may choose to brew >swill for marketing reasons, the skills of the brewers at places like Miller >and Anheuser Busch are actually quite good. It takes a lot of skill to create a >product that while brewed at several different plants across the country, >tastes the same everywhere, state to state, month to month, year to year. >It's just so sad they choose to exercise this enviable skill in th epursuit of >thoroughly lackluster beer. I second your sadness. Hopefully, the increasing popularity of beers with flavor, brewed abroad as well as at our fine U.S. micro-breweries, will increase their availability. It has already made a mark on the north side of Chicago, where you can find much better beers on tap and beers like Sierra Nevada, Sam Smith's, Fuller's, and Pilsner Urquell in bottles at many bars. Last Saturday, I went on a midnight cruise on one of the big commercial yachts: Old Style and Miller (I think) on tap and Bud and Bud Light in bottles. That's it. I had club soda. It's cheaper and to me, tastes the same. Now on to my point. On the topic of U.S. beers tasting the same everywhere, I'd like to add another data point. I had Miller and another U.S. beer in Canada two years ago. Definately *not* the same flavor! I thought they weren't bad at all. They actually had flavor. Has anyone had a similar experience? By the way, try Labatt's from Canada and Labatt's purchased here side-by-side. Another big difference! <FLAME OFF> -- sorry. Al. korz at ihlpl.att.com Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 91 11:09:36 EDT >From: Chris Shenton <chris at asylum.gsfc.nasa.gov> Subject: Re: Trip to Luxemboug, Germany On Thu, 20 Jun 1991 8:45:39 EDT, IOCONNOR at SUNRISE.ACS.SYR.EDU said: Kieran> In Germany I will be in ... Munich July 22-26 or so. Any onfo on Kieran> places to go etc, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! I recommend the Schneiderweisskeller on Marienplatz. Try their weissbier and especially the Aventinus weizenbock. Ummm... I also very much enjoyed their brotsuppe (bread soup). Fairly recently opened is the Paulaner Brauhaus, a brewpub serving an *unfiltered* Helles, which had a bit more zing to it than the usual Munchener Helles, and a real fine Weissbier. It's at Kapuzinerplatz, a little outside of the altstadt, near the Goetheplatz U-bahn station. I also braved the Hofbrauhaus to try their Maibock: excellent bock -- worth the trouble if they have it. Stay away from the tourists; sit at a table with the Bavarians. I'm sure others will urge you to go to Andechs, so I won't bother here... :-) Hit any and all of the biergartens -- they should be lovely this time of year. Why aren't there any of these bits-of-paradise in the US??? :-( Bis spaeter! Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 91 14:04:51 EDT >From: JWHITE at maine.maine.edu (Jim White) Subject: All Grain vs Extracts - Long. The following is a summary of the many responses that I received to my posting regarding, All Grain Brewing (HBD #658). I'd like to thank all the respondees, both those who sent me mail, and those that follwed up to the HBD. I am resolved to attempt an all grain brew this fall/winter. During the course of this summarization I will be using quotes and paraphrasing w/o necessarily crediting the source. If this offends, then I can send (upon request) my complete file of responses, and those interested can find the sources. I apologize in advance for this lack of credit, but in this informal forum, it seems unnecessary. Questions and responses: > Is the final brew, in general, superior to an extract brew? Is so, why? Responses ranged from , 'yeah, I think so' to being a 'matter of deep religious conviction'. Generally speaking, respondees enthusiastically supported grain brewing over extracts. The brew resultant for and all grain mash can be described as: - More complex - More body, aroma - Better head retention - Full of malt tastes and character. - No off flavors associated with extracts. - Less harshness. Flavor, however, may not be the reason why all grain brewers do all grain brewing. Many brewers simply like the control, and feeling of 'really' brewing your own. These's also the risk! Some (paraphrased) responses.... 'Mashing puts you in intimate contact with the part of brewing the extract brewer has hired someone else to do... Fascinating and intensely satisfying.. ..Seeing the mash convert is almost magical.' '... it's the way to make better beer....it gives you complete control over the ingredients...' '..you can control... the variety of malts....strike temperatures....mashing methodology..... amounts and kinds of sugars present. Skillful manipulation of these variables can result in an exquisite product..... Sloppy manipulation can result in junk...' However, some theorized that the higher quality is attributable to factors other than grain. '... notice that nearly 1/2 of the recipes in the Winners Circle are extract based...' '... the reason people get better results from.. grain..than extract... is because they take more care...' '..whether it's the grain.... or the increase in experience and concentration.. .. I cannot say...' > What kind of time commitment are we talking about to wort creation? Most everybody said, 'All day'. Here are some samples. '.... I enjoy the process, so it's not surprising that I make it last all day'. ' I basically commit and entire weekend to brewing a batch of all-grain beer.' 'A mashed wort takes about 1 day to prepare......(but) you don't take a solid day..... there are several long periods where the brew takes care of itself.' ' ... I started at 7 am and put it in the carboy at 4 pm.' One helpful response broke down each step and they added up to 8h 45m. > How much water is used? Does it need conditioning. Not exactly sure why I asked this question, as (in Maine) there's almost as much water as there is winter. In any event noone seemed particularly concerned about it. Most condition the water, but state one should do this even with extract brews. Here goes; ' ...only increase is cleaning.... the lauter tun. Required conditioning may be less..... some PH and mineral adjustment is usually reqired, but not cumbersome.' 'You do have to be a little careful about the pH of the mash.' 'About 1/4-1/3 more (water is used).... Always condition, even for extract brews' 'I do full wort boils with my extracts and always condition the water. 'Big additional water use is for chilling..... I fill my bathtub w/ water ... and put my kettle in it...... I then bucket water to the yard.... water plants.....' '.... get the pH down to a mashable level......otherwise you lose efficiency.' > How about the $$ investment in equipment? This started a bit of tongue-in-cheek dialogue re: whether or not we should be worrying about the cost of a hobby. Enamel steel canning kettle - $ 30 Lauter-tun (Zapap) - 10 Wort chiller - 25 Homemade from Cu tubing and fittings. Buy the grain pre-crushed, was one pretty good idea. I also liked the idea of the bathtub wort chiller. > Is the final cost per bottle less, or more? 'Less if you consider only materials..... factor in equipment and it'll be more. Isn't the purpose of a hobby to spend w/o guilt.' 'Worrying about the dollar value of time spent on a hobby causes ulcers' 'It works out about the same.' 'So what?' '50 % savings (over extracts).' 'Grain CAN be cheaper than extracts, providing you can get a price break on the ingredients.' There you go ! Some late (today) responses may not be included. Is there anything else left to say? Thanx again. Jim White Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 91 14:03:19 EDT >From: cjh at vallance.HQ.Ileaf.COM (Chip Hitchcock) Subject: re Half filled bottles Where did you hear that half-filled bottles are dangerous? Homebrewing is still built up out of lore as much as certain knowledge, so there's a lot of misinformation wandering around---you have to pay attention to sources and ignore random rumors. I can't draw a precise curve of pressure vs time, but I would be very surprised if the peak pressure in a partly-filled bottle were higher than in a full bottle. wrt filling, I've started following Miller's advice to leave only ~.5" headspace to minimize oxidation (by leaving less O2 in the bottle). He also suggests laying the caps on the bottles (for cleanliness) but not crimping for a while so the first bit of CO2 will flush out the air in the headspace. This sounds like another lore-based idea; a quick calculation: .75 cup corn sugar x .4#/cup x 454 gm/# / 180gm/mole = .7567 moles x 2 (molecules CO2 released for every molecule of sugar ) x 22.4 (liters/mole at 273K) x 293/273 (crxn to room temp---293K=20C) / 50 bottles (guesstimate of 5 gallon batch) = .728 l C02/bottle / ~3 days to ]carbonate[ = 10 ml/hour average, so a headspace of a few ml could be flushed out quickly---IFF the yeast starts chewing up the corn sugar at full speed immediately instead of needing time to multiply. Any guesses on this one? These numbers also say that a half-bottle should generate 364ml of CO2; that's just about 12 volume ounces, so if none of the CO2 dissolved before it was all generated (not likely), you'd get about 2 atmospheres, ~29 psi, in the 6-ounce headspace of a half bottle. That's not a lot of pressure in a reusable bottle; you're more likely to get flat beer because there's not enough pressure to persuade all of the C02 to dissolve. It's nice to know enough biochemistry to follow just what the yeasts are doing, but you can get a lot of useful estimates about the rest of brewing just from knowing a little chemistry and/or physics. (Note that the above figures wouldn't be approved by a strict instructor; the figure of .4#/cup is imprecise enough that the answer shouldn't have more than one significant figure, but we'd still find something on the close order of the above results.) Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 91 10:37:10 EDT >From: rlr at bbt.com (Ron Rader) Subject: L.A. Brewpubs It's surprising how often this L.A. brewpubs request gets passed around the HBD. Check the recent archives, I've posted a couple of replies myself. Don't have the time right now, so I'll just add a couple of notes to Mark Schweitzer's posting. He already mentioned Gorky's and Eureka. > There's also a place in Pasadena called something like The Rose and > Thissle(?) which I haven't been to. This is the Crown City Brewery, near the corner of Del Mar and Fair Oaks in Pasadena. Worth checking out, although the beers are good but variable. I don't know of any Rose and Thistle, but I'll be back there for 4th of July, so I'll see if there's a new pub. Also check out the Loch Ness Monster Pub (N. Fair Oaks, check the Yellow Pages) and the John Bull (S. Fair Oaks, across the street from Gerlach's Liquors), both decent pubs with tasty beers on tap. - -- ron rader, jr rlr at bbt.com OR ...!mcnc!bbt!rlr = Opinions are my own and do | | i gotta six-pack & nothing to do... = not necessarily reflect those | | i gotta six-pack & i don't need you = of BroadBand Tech. (SO THERE!) *** Punk ain't no religious cult, punk means thinking for yourself - DKs *** Return to table of contents
Date: 21 Jun 91 11:19:40 EST >From: Michael Kropp <MIKE.KROPP at OFFICE.WANG.COM> Subject: Brewpubs in the Catskills Does anyone know of any brewpubs in the Catskill region of New York? I'll be spending a week there next month and thought a brewpub or two (or three...) would be appropriate. Thanks Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 91 12:11:49 PDT >From: Tom Hamilton <tlh at ISI.EDU> Subject: la brewpubs I e-mailed this off yesterday to the unnamed inquirer of la area brewpubs but since there seems to be others interested....... The closest brewpubs to Anaheim are in Fullerton near the CSUFullerton campus (forget the name, never been there) and Belmont Brewing in Long Beach. Mediocre beer, bland atmosphere. Other LA area brewpubs include, Alpine Village Hofbrau in Torrance, good German style lagers and good German food in the Alpine Village restaurant. Gorky's in downtown LA, various ales of various qualities, fun atmosphere, lousy neighborhood (the Hollywood location doesn't actually brew on the premisis and the people are alot snottier). Eureka in West LA (Wolfgang Pucks place), ultra chee chee but fun to see the place. Supposedly Wolfman spent over ten mil just to build the place. Only one style of lager on tap but filtered and unfiltered. Good stuff. Supposedly brewing a dark soon. Crown City in Pasadena, never been there but I've heard good things. Angeles Brewing in I think Chatsworth? Again I've never been there but they do brew the Rhino Chasers amber which is available localy in six packs. Pretty decent stuff. If you are heading south out of LA, try heritage brewing in Dana Point, good beer in a nice beach town. Manhattan Beach brewing is supposed to be opening up soon too. Try to pick up a California Celebrator free "brewspaper" as it has a complete list of all California breweries and their ph #s and addresses. If you need more help, info or opinions,,,,,,, tlh at venera.isi.edu Tom Hamilton University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute ps. try picking up a celebrator at the beverage warehouse in Culver City at Culver Blvd. and McConnell. They have a very good selection of domestic micros and interesting imports albeit stored in the warm LA air under the fluorescents. pps. almost forgot. I heard a Gorky's add last night on the radio mentioning $1 16 oz. ales from around 6pm till midnite. mon-thu. ""Give me a woman who truly loves beer and I shall conquer the world"" some German dude, probably Kaiser Wilhelm Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 91 14:43:56 -0500 >From: dbreiden at mentor.cc.purdue.edu Subject: Miller Brewing co. I seem to have started something with my question about additive to Miller GD. Let me point something out: 1. The label proudly claims: No additives or preservatives. 2. There is no ingredient list -- there is a statement that the beer contains barley malt, yeast, hops, and water -- but doens't say whether or not those are the ONLY ingredients. So -- anything we might call an additive, MIller Brewing can call an ingredient. Brilliant eh? "Oh, that 30% corn syrup in the recipe? Well, in these parts we call that an INGREDIENT -- it ain't no additive!" - --Danny Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 91 09:03:06 PDT >From: aimla!ruby!ken at uunet.UU.NET (Ken Ellinwood) Subject: Re: good beer in Las Vegas If worse comes to worse, you could always try the California Pizza Kitchen at the Mirage. They serve bottles of Anchor Steam, Dos Equis, Guiness and others. - Ken - Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 1991 20:06:35 -0400 >From: clewis at ferret.ocunix.on.ca (Chris Lewis) Subject: Re: Homebrew Digest #664 (June 21, 1991) Please unsubscribe me - I've tried the request address, but nothing's happened. Thanks - -- Chris Lewis, Phone: (613) 832-0541, Domain: clewis at ferret.ocunix.on.ca UUCP: ...!cunews!latour!ecicrl!clewis; Ferret Mailing List: ferret-request@ eci386; Psroff (not Adobe Transcript) enquiries: psroff-request@ eci386 or Canada 416-832-0541. Psroff 3.0 in c.s.u soon! Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 91 22:51:29 AST >From: Carlos R. Robert (crober21 at hpprdea) <crober21 at hpprdea> Subject: beer periodicals??? (TPH) Full-Name: Carlos R. Robert (crober21 at hpprdea) RE: HB #664 | Date: Thu, 20 Jun 91 15:49 EDT | From: TPH at PSUVM.PSU.EDU | Subject: beer periodicals??? | | ... and would really enjoy reading articles on a monthly basis. | Periodicals? What can be more periodical than our daily HB Digest? But if you want it on a monthly basis, just don't read them until the end of the month. Seriously now: You can try Zymurgy (the last word of the dictionary). American Homebrewer's Association P.O. Box 287 Boulder, CO 80306-0287 (303)447-0816 Salud, Carlos. - -- ______________________________________________________________________________ | Carlos R. Robert | Hewlett-Packard | ux: crober21 at hpprdea.hp.com | Puerto Rico Manufacturing Operation | ...!hplabs!hpprdea!crober21 | Carr. 110, Km. 5.1, Apartado 4048 | vox: 809.882.6577 | Aguadilla 00604-4048, Puerto Rico Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 1991 09:16:23 -0400 >From: "N. Zentena" <zen at utcs.utoronto.ca> Subject: hunter unit? Hi, One of the local retailers[Canadian Tire for those of you local to Toronto] has a hunter programmable thermostat for room air conditioners. Is this the unit that has been much talked about here? Or is there one for fridges in particular? BTW the sale price is C$ 44.99. Thanks Nick Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 91 23:06:22 EDT >From: srussell at snoopy.msc.cornell.edu (Stephen Russell) Subject: Quite the conference Greetings and salutations, all.... Just returned from NH and the AHA conference, first one I ever attended, and let me tell you, good times were had by all. The seminars and speakers and banquets were fine, but best of all were meeting all the homebrewers from around the U.S. and Canada. I sure hope you can make it to one someday, as it really is an awesome experience. Among the highlights of note to readers of this digest.....Mike Sharp really outdid himself with the lambic tasting. I am slow to develop a taste for this style, but I did enjoy sampling commercial and homemade varieties. Even Charlie P. brews the stuff (and should keep working at it). Martin Lodahl supplied Mike with a photo album of the Cantillon (sp?) brewery in Belgium. Russ Gelinas, who was in my "quartet" with Pete Soper and Dwight Beebe, said it all last week, but it's worth repeating anyhow. Thanks, Mike! Kinney Baughman is quite the party animal, and was easily the tallest person at the conference. This has to change; rumor has it that Manute Bol has a great recipe for Sudanese beer, if only we can get him to brew it. Kinney went up to the Vermont Pub and Brewery to brew with Greg "Extracellular Slime" Noonan on Saturday; perhaps he could post what he brewed and how it went?? Of course, the funniest moment was when we (Tom Strasser and myself) saw the HBD's own Darryl Richman eating breakfast with Charlie Papazian on Wednes- day morning. To give you an idea of the sacred importance of this Digest as compared to the American Homebrewers Association, we marched straight up to their table and said "Aren't you Darryl Richman?" and proceeded to introduce ourselves to Darryl, talk about random brewing stuff and the Digest, and other- wise completely blow off old C.P. Well, sure, we finally got around to intro- ducing ourselves to the "Big Cheese" himself, who is indeed a nice guy in his own right (and deserving of far better company than us, as is Darryl), but ya know, sometimes you just have to seize the moment. Carpe diem, dudes! STEVE RUSSELL srussell at snoopy.msc.cornell.edu Return to table of contents
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