HOMEBREW Digest #1043 Tue 29 December 1992

Digest #1042 Digest #1044

		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  Majority Ale (Old British Beers...) (Joseph Nathan Hall)
  flames, boycotts, and chemistry lessons (Rob Winters)
  Freezing beer (Bill Fuhrmann)
  re bubbles (Chip Hitchcock)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 28 Dec 92 03:22:57 EDT From: joseph at joebloe.maple-shade.nj.us (Joseph Nathan Hall) Subject: Majority Ale (Old British Beers...) There was a thread a while ago in the digest about 21-year-old beer. I missed the start of it. Is this a reference to "Majority Ale" as described in Old British Beers and How to Make Them? What an extravagance--20 lbs or so of grain for about 2 US gallons of brew (once the recipe is resized). I just found some more Thomas Hardy's Ale Vintage Sampler Packs. Even better, they are last year's! That 1989 Thomas Hardy is pretty good stuff .... ================O Fortuna, velut Luna, statu variabilis================ uunet!joebloe!joseph (609) 273-8200 day joseph%joebloe at uunet.uu.net 2102 Ryan's Run East Rt 38 & 41 Maple Shade NJ 08052 Copyright 1992 by Joseph N. Hall. Permission granted to copy and redistribute freely over USENET and by email. Commercial use prohibited. Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1992 09:36:53 -0500 From: rwinters at nhqvax.hq.nasa.gov (Rob Winters) Subject: flames, boycotts, and chemistry lessons Ed Hitchcock <ECH at ac.dal.ca> writes: >I disagree with Richard Childers. If I go somewhere, I do not want to >check out every pub in the town, and the locals frequently drink swill, so >they are not a good source of information. A two line request for good pubs or >microbreweries does not tie up the net, nor use up a lot of space in the HBD. >As long as replies are mailed, what's the problem? Amen, Ed! Yes, Richard, we all know how to use a phone book. When people ask about places to visit in a city not their own, they are looking for recommendations from locals, not listings of places out of the yellow pages. What good are they? And what is that crap about people "having to" respond? You certainly don't. In fact, I don't WANT a bunch of addresses of places you don't know about. I want *recommendations* and *warnings* of places you *do* know about. Just give a couple of names. When I get there I'll use THE PHONE BOOK to get the numbers and addresses. As for the queries and responses taking up too much of the digests... Well, there a lot of other things I'd like to read about less than discussions of brewpubs in Denver or Dallas or wherever: lawsuits lawyers boycotts trademarks product marketing the *business* of brewing fine details of organic chemistry autoclaves ... Why are we picking and arguing like a bunch of old ladies about pub recommendations when this kind of stuff goes on ad nauseum? Clearly, this is no longer my forum, and I'm outta here. Call me if you guys get to be fun to drink with again. I'm much more likely to visit a brewpub than countersue Boston Beer, brew hectolitre batches, culture yeast, or autoclave *anything*. Not that these aren't noble pursuits, but I *have* a life *and* a career, and I don't need another. Thanks for all the good info. It's been fun, mostly. Are we lawyers? Are we protecting trademarks? Are we busting monopolies? Are we professional chemists and microbiologists? Are we professional brewers? I thought this forum was for HOME brewers and BEER enthusiasts. How many recipes have been in the last 10 digests? 1? 2? Is anybody brewing out there? I'm tempted to start my own digest. What'll I call it? How about the HOME-BREWERS-WHO-DON'T-TAKE-THEMSELVES-TOO-SERIOUSLY digest? That should keep it under 32K! Happy New Year! I'll drink a beer for you guys! Rob P.S. Send those flames via e-mail. I'm dropping this puppy right NOW! (Richard: Please note that you don't HAVE TO flame me. It's just a suggestion. The phone book won't be needed, either.) Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 92 18:04:27 CST From: fiero at pnet51.orb.mn.org (Bill Fuhrmann) Subject: Freezing beer Are there any permanent effects to beer that has been frozen and thawed? Bill Fuhrmann, aka fiero at pnet51.orb.mn.org "You don't know what you've got till it's gone." - Joni Mitchell Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 92 08:48:53 EST From: cjh at diaspar.HQ.Ileaf.COM (Chip Hitchcock) Subject: re bubbles arf (arf, arf?) writes > I use the long, S-shaped > glass ones on the secondary and although I have no way of measuring the > pressure of a three inch colmun of water, there is enough CO2 in the beer to > make it plesantly drinkable. The impact of a 3" column of water on pressure is negligible. One atmosphere (14.7 psi) is a column of water ~33 feet high (Torricelli ]discovered[ atmospheric pressure when he tried to pump water higher than this in one stage), so you increased the pressure by .0076 atmosphere or .11 psi. Compare this with reports of (I recall) 15-30 psi for carbonation in kegs. I doubt it takes this much to \keep/ carbonation in a keg or bottle---does anyone around here know enough about CO2 solubility vs temperature to estimate what [partial] pressure is necessary to keep, e.g., 2 volumes of CO2 dissolved in beer at room temperature?. This doesn't mean your beer didn't carbonate; it's a lot harder to mistake carbonation than it is to mistake low levels of alcohol. But, as several msgs have pointed out, only the excess CO2 over what dissolves comes out the fermentation lock, so all but the greenest wort has some dissolved CO2 in it; the additional effect of your .11 psi vs a typical (guestimate) .03-.05 psi can't be much. Return to table of contents
End of HOMEBREW Digest #1043, 12/29/92