HOMEBREW Digest #680 Tue 16 July 1991

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		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  making malt (Aaron Birenboim)
  Re:  Question from a virgin home brewer (John DeCarlo)
  Brewing in Maine (MC2331S)
  carboys for single-stage fermentation (krweiss)
  CT/first batch ("KATMAN.WNETS385")
  Re: Homebrew Digest #679 (July 15, 1991)  (Andy Levitt)
  Anchor Steam (chris)
  Peristaltic pumps. ("DRCV06::GRAHAM")
  MeV Research (H.W.) Troup <HWT at BNR.CA>
  Transfering hot wort to chiller (Mark Zaleski)
  How many Homebrewers (hersh)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 15 Jul 91 08:26:17 MDT From: abirenbo at isis.cs.du.edu (Aaron Birenboim) Subject: making malt I have a friend who wants to make his own malt. Does anybody have any suggestions for how to go about this? References? aaron abirenbo at isis.cs.du.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Monday, 15 Jul 1991 11:17:18 EDT From: m14051 at mwvm.mitre.org (John DeCarlo) Subject: Re: Question from a virgin home brewer >Date: Sun, 14 Jul 91 2:55:50 MDT >From: Rory K. McManus <rory at triton.unm.edu> >The question: If I'm going to be doing a one step fermentation, >do I need to have a carboy that is a gallon or three bigger than >the amount of beer I'm brewing to account for the foam, or is >this where I would be able to get away with a five gallon carboy >for a five gallon batch using a blowoff tube? Thanks! Yow! This is practically a religious question. Trying to be more-or-less dispassionate you have two choices: 1) Use a 5-gallon carboy and use the blow-off method. This means wedging a very large (1", 1.5"?) diameter tube in the top of the carboy with the other end in a large bucket of water. All the kraeusen and such will be sent out the tube into the bucket during the primary fermentation. 2) Use a 7-gallon carboy and just attach an air-lock. Which is better I will leave to those who wish to argue about relative merits. Suffice to say that I use 2 because I can. John "One brewer's opinion" DeCarlo Internet: jdecarlo at mitre.org (or John.DeCarlo at f131.n109.z1.fidonet.org) Fidonet: 1:109/131 Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 91 10:24 CDT From: MC2331S at ACAD.DRAKE.EDU Subject: Brewing in Maine My partner (who's VAX account has been deleted) is getting ready to move to Orono, Maine. So naturally he wants to know about the state of things there (terrible pun, I know). Info on brewpubs, clubs and supply shops can be e-mailed to me. Thanks Mark W Castleman MC2331S at ACAD.DRAKE.EDU Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 91 08:27:56 -0700 From: krweiss at ucdavis.edu Subject: carboys for single-stage fermentation Rory McManus asks: >The question: If I'm going to be doing a one >step fermentation, do I need to have a carboy that is a gallon or three >bigger than the amount of beer I'm brewing to account for the foam, or >is this where I would be able to get away with a five gallon carboy for >a five gallon batch using a blowoff tube? Thanks! > > Rory For single stage fermentation you'll need a 7 gallon carboy with a fermentation lock or a 5 gallon carboy with a blow-off tube. You'll lose about a quart of potential beer using the blow-off tube, along with some hop resins and other stuff that some folks feel doesn't belong in your beer. Because I often leave beer sitting in the carboy for ridiculous periods of time, waiting for an opportunity to go to the basement and bottle it, I do two-stage fermentations. I have a 7 gallon carboy for a primary, and 5 gallon carboys for secondarys. Ken Weiss krweiss at ucdavis.edu Manager of Instruction Computing Services 916/752-5554 U.C. Davis Davis, CA 95616 Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 91 17:12 GMT From: "KATMAN.WNETS385" <6790753%356_WEST_58TH_5TH_FL%NEW_YORK_NY%WNET_6790753 at mcimail.com> Subject: CT/first batch Date: 15-Jul-91 Time: 12:53 PM Msg: EXT01514 Hi fellow brewers, I made my first batch yesterday, so I can say that now :) Since I didn't have any homebrew on hand, I think I worried too much, but everything's bubbling away now. I live in New Haven Ct, someone on this digest does too, and someone is now moving to Storrs, CT. If there isn't a brew club let's organize one. Send me e-mail at the address below. My boyfriend just came back from Monteray Calif. and went to the Monteray Brewing Company pub. He says it is a lovely atmosphere, the people were very pleasant and the food was good. However, he says that the beer (ale, stout and something else) was all too yeasty and not very good. Oh well. Lee Katman == Thirteen/WNET == New York, NY =Do not= use REPLY or ANSWERBACK, I can not receive mail in that fashion. Please send all mail to INTERNET katman.wnets385%wnet_6790753 at mcimail.com OR MCIMAIL EMS: wnet 6790753 MBX: katman.wnets385 Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 91 11:19:55 PDT From: Andy Levitt <andy at hprascal.rose.hp.com> Subject: Re: Homebrew Digest #679 (July 15, 1991) Full-Name: Andy Levitt Rob, Please change my mailing address from andy at hprvlc0.hp.com to: andy at hprascal.rose.hp.com Thanks +------------------+-----------------------------------------------------+ |Andy Levitt | Systems Technology Division / General Systems Lab | |Hewlett Packard | andyl at hprpcd.rose.hp.com | |Roseville, CA | (916) 785 - 5603 | +------------------+-----------------------------------------------------+ Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 91 13:47:05 CDT From: medch!chris at uunet.UU.NET Subject: Anchor Steam I have to say, I'm a firm believer in Anchor Steam (unfortunately, it's rather difficult to get here in northern Alabama). I first had it on tap at the Sun Club in Tempe, AZ and was hooked from the first glass. I have since had both Anchor Porter and Liberty Ale and enjoy them very much. Those are, however, the only Anchor products I've had the pleasure to enjoy. Hmmm, I think I'll take a trip to Nashville and see if I can get any up there.... Curiously enough, I first learned of Anchor Steam in Robert Parker's Spenser novels, back before I knew that there were any American beers worth drinking. Anchor Steam turned me around. - -- # Chris Hudson # There are many ways of getting down a pit--- # the easiest, of course, being to simply jump. X1375 # This practice is to be discouraged, however, # because the jumper might injure someone below... b17a!medch!chris # # -Roy Davis IW17A5 # Intergraph # # Return to table of contents
Date: 15 Jul 91 15:07:00 EDT From: "DRCV06::GRAHAM" <graham%drcv06.decnet at drcvax.af.mil> Subject: Peristaltic pumps. After doing a bit of digging, I found out what a peristaltic pump is. It does not touch the fluid, it acts on the very flexible tubing and gently moves the fluid along. Perfect for sort of sterile wort. I rushed home and dug out the Carolina Bio catalog and found the peristaltic pump. Oh, it's $330. Ah well, maybe Cole Parmer will have more and cheaper ones, so I broke my arm lifting that tome of a catalog. Sure enough, they had pages and pages of peristaltic pumps, ranging in price from about $225 to over $2,500. Still, $225 is a bit much to move wort. Does anyone know of a inexpensive peristaltic pump, or those terms mutually exclusive? oh well, back to the siphon. I have a miligram scale and a ph meter ahead of the pump, so it'll be awhile. Dan Return to table of contents
Date: 15 Jul 91 14:30:00 EDT From: Henry (H.W.) Troup <HWT at BNR.CA> Subject: MeV Research Both phone numbers given in Digest 679 for MeV are bogus - one gives an answering machine that doesn't seem to be a company, the other is not in service. Bell Canada directory assistance doesn't have a listing for the company. Henry Troup - HWT at BNR.CA (Canada) - BNR owns but does not share my opinions Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 91 16:09:38 EDT From: elmer at snoopy.msc.cornell.edu (Mark Zaleski) Subject: Transfering hot wort to chiller Greetings! Three of us (from the Cornell contingent) have put together a couple of counter-flow wort chillers, using 3/8" copper tubing and 3/4" garden hose. Thanks to this Digest, we know how to clean the inside of the tubing... extended discussion on this point way back in March/April were most helpful. What we *don't* know is how to get the near-boiling wort into the tubing...... One wants to avoid oxidizing the boiling wort, so we believe that dumping it into a large, spigoted container would probably not be the best plan. We are a bit hesitant to drill holes in our stainless steel brewpots (but may end up doing so yet). And siphoning a boiling liquid is probably unreasonable. So, how do YOU effect this transfer? And how do you achieve hop removal? Thanks for your assistance, MARK ZALESKI........elmer at snoopy.msc.cornell.edu TOM STRASSER........strasser at raj2.tn.cornell.edu STEVE RUSSELL.......srussell at snoopy.msc.cornell.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 91 17:25:48 EDT From: hersh at expo.lcs.mit.edu Subject: How many Homebrewers Well the AHA estimates I've seen say there are over 1 millions homebrewers (still only 1/250 = .4% of US population). I don't know that I believe it, and if I do then that means that at ~10,000 members the AHA has only 1% of all homebrewers joining, a pretty poor rate, though homebrewers are a notoriously independent lot. Take all this with a grain of salt. My recollection of these numbers is hazy at best, and who knows if they were right to being with?? - JaH - ------------------------------------------------------------------------ assume that you are moderate in everything. you now have an excess of moderation, a contradiction. excessiveness is clearly the way to go... Return to table of contents
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