HOMEBREW Digest #1174 Mon 05 July 1993

Digest #1173 Digest #1175

		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  WANTED: Fuller's, Full Sail recipes (Domenick Venezia)
  Papazian Lambic (ROSS)
   (Edward Dotson)
  Re: new beer options in SF (Richard Stueven)
  Pressure/temperature relationship (Keith A. MacNeal HLO1-1/T09 DTN 225-6171  30-Jun-1993 1349)
  Riverside Garage & Brewery (Bruce=Kiley)
  HBD soul-searching (Jonathan G Knight)
  Stainless spigots ("Lee-Paul")
  freezers, maple syrup (Jonathan G Knight)
  Re: Freezer conversion for keg storage (Alan Edwards)
  CO2 Regulator (CCAC-LAD) <dskeldon at PICA.ARMY.MIL>
  One more HBD ad comment... (Gene Zimmerman)
  Homemade Bruheat/HB store in PGH/Advertising in HBD (Jurrasic Engineer)
  Re: Technical/Keg pressures/Flash Ferment/Hoppy IPA (korz)
  Talk Techie! (Gene Zimmerman)
  Legalizing Homebrew (Eric Wade)
  advertising revisited (Garrett Hildebrand)
  Re: Westmalle yeast/Styrian Goldings/DMS/Nitrogen levels? (korz)
  pop bottles (Eric C. Garrison)
  Consultant (Bruce=Kiley)
  Re : Belgian triples (Conn Copas)
  Light (Lovibond) Extract (kstiles)
  kegging and temperature ("Anton Verhulst")
  Defending your cherries (U-E68316-Scott Wisler)
  high-gravity brewing ("JSDAWS1 at PROFSSR")
  Weissbier yeast (/O=vmspfhou/S=dblewis/DD.SITE=JSCPROFS/)
  high gravity brewing (Russ Gelinas)
  Humor-Impaired (Jack Schmidling)
  high-gravity brewing/cherries/CRUSH-OFF (korz)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1993 10:23:57 -0700 (PDT) From: Domenick Venezia <venezia at zgi.com> Subject: WANTED: Fuller's, Full Sail recipes I'm new to this list and generally new to home brewing, though I have much experience imbibing. I'm looking for recipes for two of my favorite beers, Fuller's Ale, and Full Sail Golden. There's a Full Sail Amber in Cat's Meow 2, and although it is an excellent beer (after at least a month in the bottle) it is pretty far from Full Sail Amber (except the color is right on). I would prefer all grain recipes, but I'll certainly take what I can get. I'm not sure whether posting your responses (I hope there are responses) to the list is appropriate or not, but you can always contact me directly. So far I'm enjoying the list, though there is considerably more of it than I had anticipated. I have noted that a lot of requests for brewpubs in various locations are posted, and just for the record, I live in Seattle where there are many excellent brewpubs, microbreweries, and ale houses. I would be happy to recommend some if anyone is traveling through. Domenick Venezia ZymoGenetics, Inc. venezia at zgi.com Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1993 13:04 EST From: ROSS at mscf.med.upenn.edu Subject: Papazian Lambic Date sent: 30-JUN-1993 13:03:56 I read the appendix concerning Lambic homebrewing in Papizian's new edition of the Joy of Homebrewing, and it sounded very interesting. Basically he suggests warming your dissolved malt extract, pouring into a fermenter, adding some crushed malted barley (to contribute bacteria), and allowing to stand overnight causing souring. The next day you put this back into your brewpot, and brew as normal. He suggests fermenting with regular ale yeast and then adding Brettanomyces lambicus and bruxilles. Has anybody actually tried his method. I've been quite successful with many of his other methods. As I only have the time to do extract brewing, his method sounds interesting. Does anybody know of any sources to purchase the lambic cultures? I know that Alternative Garden Supply (800-444-2837) has Pediococcus cervisiae and Brettanomyces lambicus. They sell for $7.45 each plus shipping (I don't know how much the shipping costs). Is this a reasonable price or can I find a better price elsewhere. Also, if I wanted to experiment and try some small batches, how long can I keep the unused portion of the cultures if kept in a refrigerator. --- Andy Ross --- University of Pennsylvania ross at mscf.med.upenn.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 93 16:53 GMT From: Edward Dotson <0003963467 at mcimail.com> Subject: UNSUBCRIBE Edward Dotson Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1993 10:43:09 -0700 From: Richard Stueven <gak at wrs.com> Subject: Re: new beer options in SF Jack Dawson sez: >On another front, the new owners of the San Francisco Giants obviously >appreciate good beer, because now in section 15 you can find a stand which >specializes in micro-brewed beers. Anchor Steam and Anchor wheat are >available on draught. SNPA, Anchor Porter, and Devil's Mountain Railroad >and Devil's brew are available in the bottle. I have it on good authority that Gordon Biersch beers will be available at the new San Jose Arena when it opens in September. GO Sharks! have fun gak Cow Palace Section 107/H/3&4 Epicenter Section 209 Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 93 13:56:40 EDT From: Keith A. MacNeal HLO1-1/T09 DTN 225-6171 30-Jun-1993 1349 <macneal at pate.enet.dec.com> Subject: Pressure/temperature relationship Someone a couple of issues ago asked what would be the proper pressure to get the same volume of CO2 at a temperature of 70F. At the risk of getting technical, there is an easy solution given by the ideal gas law. Holding volume and mass constant, the pressure is equal to the original pressure times the new temperature all divided by the original temperature. That is: P2 = P1*T2/T1 This does not take into account the solubility of the CO2 in the beer, but it should be close enough for your needs. Keith MacNeal Digital Equipment Corp. Hudson, MA Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 93 14:23:04 EDT From: Bruce=Kiley%SIG%SNI%sig at sni-usa.com Subject: Riverside Garage & Brewery Over the last few weeks I've seen a number of postings from Chuck Cox <chuck at synchro.com> SynchroSystems / Riverside Garage & Brewery - Cambridge, Mass. Does anyone know who or what this is? Please reply to brucek at sig.sni-usa.com Cheers, Bruce Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 93 14:01:28 cdt From: Jonathan G Knight <KNIGHTJ at GRIN.EDU> Subject: HBD soul-searching In response to Martin Lodahl's post on advertising (and the recent discussion on same), I find the HBD to be one of the best sources on homebrewing techniques, gadgetry, etc, largely because of the sheer amount of information as well as the varying backgrounds of the contributors and the give-and-take nature of the forum. I am not myself a terribly advanced brewer, and as such I wish to point out that Martin's concern for the new brewers taking HBD as gospel (with regard to infomercials etc.) is well worth noting but perhaps overemphasized. From the moment I started reading this forum it was perfectly obvious to me that not everyone knew what they were talking about (with all due respect, y'all). I would think it would be absolutely foolish to read one post on the HBD about any product and run right out and buy the thing. Personally, I prefer to wait for the same topic to recycle itself two or three times (an inevitability here) to consider the subject adequately before making any decisions involving the purchasing of equipment. In the meantime, I still make pretty good beer! Also, I personally don't mind having merchants and manufacturers as contributors, as I find their perspectives valuable; and I'd rather have a straight-out commercial than an insidious thinly-veiled info-mercial, as long as it is done BRIEFLY and IN GOOD TASTE. The taste issue seems to me to be the central one, and many of us obviously have differing ideas as to where the boundaries of good taste may be; but here I would say that if the digest is to continue to be successful, we should continue to be self-policing in this area. The bottom line? I have to throw my hat in the ring with those who do not favor a "ban" on any advertising in the HBD. At the same time, the "industrialists" among us have to understand that they need to make their comments here within the boundaries of brevity and good taste, or folks like me may be turned off and become quite uncharitable with respect to the leeway given to commercial considerations. Regarding Edward Croft's complaints about overly-technical posts, I have to disagree, for reasons similar to those which cause me to be lenient toward the commercially-inclined. It has also been perfectly obvious to me since I started reading the digest that there is FAR more information in here than I will ever use. So if some chemists want to get into an arcane discussion I don't understand very well, it's O.K. with me. I can either flip past the articles in question, or just scan for the conclusions without wading through all the data. No, I haven't seen anything to make me change my mind about 1/ 4 cup chlorine bleach per 5 gallons either, but I am happy that the recent discussion has made me re-think that aspect of my technique a bit. The bottom line? I am damn glad that there are a lot of people reading and posting to the HBD who know a lot more than I do! That's why asking questions to the combined wizardry of the HBD can be so fruitful. If the people who know more than I do (PWKMTID?) were to be constrained to talk down to my level all the time, what would be the point of their contributing to the digest? They are in it for their own edification as well as mine. To summarize: for me, the more information in the HBD, the better. I don't care whether the info comes from those with commercial motives or those with Ph.D.'s in organic chemistry. In it's present format and tone, I find I can sort out the info I can use pretty well. Jonathan Knight Grinnell, Iowa Return to table of contents
Date: 30 Jun 1993 14:58:14 GMT From: "Lee-Paul" <MSMAIL.LEEP at TSOD.lmig.com> Subject: Stainless spigots I want to convert a Stainless steel keg to a boiling vessel. Does anyone know where I can pick up a stainless steel tap to weld into the bottom? Private emails would be fine, I will consolidate a re post. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 93 14:05:47 cdt From: Jonathan G Knight <KNIGHTJ at GRIN.EDU> Subject: freezers, maple syrup For those of you who have chest-freezers with top-opening designs, how do get the full carboys in and out w/o breaking your backs? * * * * * There seems to be an abiding interest in maple syrup in the HBD. I haven't done it, but have often thought of priming a light ale with it. I'm not crazy about using large amounts in the boil because of the cost and because it seems that such a delicate flavor would be destroyed that way. Can anybody report on how much maple character is imparted by priming, and how much syrup to use for this procedure? Jonathan Knight Grinnell, Iowa Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 93 12:21:02 PDT From: rush at xanadu.llnl.gov (Alan Edwards) Subject: Re: Freezer conversion for keg storage Al Richer, in HBD #1171, wrote: | In my wanderings I've managed to pick up a large upright chest freezer | for cooling my kegs, as well as eventually becoming a beer cooler. | Unfortunately for me, the shelves are fixed,as they are actually the | cooling elements.. I have a friend who was given an upright freezer with fixed shelves (cooling elements). What he did was remove the door and build an extension out of wood and insulation. It is now about 2.5 times as deep. The original shelves in the back of the freezer now hold beer and wine bottles and kegs and carboys are in the front extension part. I think he put one shelf in the middle of the extension so he could have two levels of kegs and carboys (I only looked in it once). The original freezer has no trouble keeping the larger volume cool enough for fermenting (ales and lagers). Total cost: $100 -Alan .------------------------------------. | Alan Edwards: rush at xanadu.llnl.gov | Member: The Hoppy Cappers | or: Alan-Edwards at llnl.gov | homebrew club, Modesto, CA `------------------------------------' Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 93 15:20:27 EDT From: "David C. Skeldon" (CCAC-LAD) <dskeldon at PICA.ARMY.MIL> Subject: CO2 Regulator I'm currently setting up a kegging system for my beer and I was wondering if there was any reason why I can't use my O2 regulator from my oxy/acetylene setup. If threads are the only problem then I could come up with an adapter but I don't know if there is any difference in the regulator itself. I was also wondering how long a 5 lb CO2 bottle lasts. I picked up a catalog from superior and there was quite an array of different size bottles. Thanks for all of the tips/suggestions/help that comes from this forum. Dave Skeldon: Owner, Operator, and Brewmeister of Wooddale Brewing Co. (I'm really just a homebrewer with a fantasy) (and a label for my bottles) Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 93 14:26:30 CDT From: Gene Zimmerman <ezimmerm at hp.uwsuper.edu> Subject: One more HBD ad comment... Salutations! I agree with Martin's Wed. posting about ads on the HBD. I further suggest anyone caught advertising here have their heads put through Phil's Malt Mill. Perhaps we could enter the evil doer in that "Crush Off" Or, better yet, we could get that guy from HopTech to give him a good talking to. Tounge in cheek commentary by, Gene in Duluth (soon to be Laramie) Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 93 12:36:53 PDT From: Jurrasic Engineer <fecich at csoa1.enet.dec.com> Subject: Homemade Bruheat/HB store in PGH/Advertising in HBD I'm looking for suggestions from anyone who has tried to make a home-made 'Bru-heat' type mash-tun. I've located the parts (cooler, 1KW element, thermostat), but I still have a few questions.... >Should the heating element be separated from the grain with screen? >I will place the thermostat near the element, but will there be a possibility of wide temperature variations in the grain? >Should I include some method of mixing/stirring the grain as I mash? Thanks in advance for any suggestions or recommendations. Also, there was a recent HBD post about someone opening a new HB store in the Pittsburgh area. I lost your address, please contact me at fecich at csoa1.enet.dec.com or fecich at pfsvax.enet.dec.com Re: advertising in the HBD.... I'm always looking for new sources of Homebrew type stuff. Maybe the owners of the HBD mailing list could allow a once-a-month 'advertising only' issue of the digest. This way people like me could see info on new products/sales/etc, and others could simply delete the whole issue. Oh well, its only a suggestion..... Larry Fecich DEC Customer Service Pittsburgh,PA Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 93 14:24 CDT From: korz at iepubj.att.com Subject: Re: Technical/Keg pressures/Flash Ferment/Hoppy IPA Edward writes: >Why so technical? I get HBD to get ideas on new brews, hear about taste tests, >and get other peoples ideas on how to improve the process. What I have seen >lately is more of a chemistry class on the properties of idophors(?) and >chlorine. I can see relating the impact some of the chemicals have on our I personally enjoy all types of posts from the most basic beginner questions to the yeast metabolic pathway posts. Restricting posts to only practical information (i.e. excluding theoretical discussions or the science of brewing) would be a great loss to most of us. Some beginners will always be overwhelmed by highly technical discussions and some veterans will always be bored by questions like "why should I aerate my wort?" However, unless we continue to cater to both beginners and experts: 1. we'll lose the experts who answer the beginner and intermediate questions, & 2. we'll lose the beginners who will be tomorrow's experts. >how or why. Why don't the chemistry majors come up with the proper amounts >between them and then post the summary. I want to hear more about using wheat This is what should be done in all cases of high-tech disagreement. As soon as we see an issue getting to be debated on the digest, let's take the issue off-line, debate via email, come up with a resolution and then post that. >bases for fruit beers, or the proper way to prepare jalepenos for chili beer. >I want to hear about the new mini-keg systems, and yes even malt mills. Though, >we could lighten up a little with the advertising and sniping. All one needs to do is ask. If anyone wants to hear more about a particular subject, just post a question -- someone's bound to have some info. ************************ BrewerBob writes: >I think you may have two problems. The reason for the foam may be too high a >dispensing pressure into too small a tube. A 1/4 inch ID tube will cause a >loss of Yes, but I think you have it backwards. If the beer is foaming, then either the beer is overcarbonated, or there is too much pressure when the beer comes out of the tap -- you therefore need to INCREASE the pressure loss through the tube. Either increase the length of the hose or decrease the inside diameter. A very good writeup on this whole subject is in the 1992 AHA National Competition Transcripts by Dave Miller. Just to summarize his article, the proper way to design a kegging system is: 1. choose your beer temperature and the amount of carbonation you want, 2. read the proper CO2 pressure from the table in the article or from HBD backisssues, 3. account for pressure drops across valves and set your CO2 regulator accordingly, 4. subtract the losses for faucets and towers from the keg pressure, 5. subtract the losses for keg-to-faucet head (the height difference), 6. subtract the losses for altitude (see HBD backissues), and finally 7. determine the proper size and length of hose so the total loss through the liquid line is equal to the keg pressure. Another alternative is to do steps 1, 2 and 3 above and then use any hose length and diameter you want, but add an adjustable restriction in the liquid line (e.g. an plastic pinch clamp), near the keg, and use that to create the proper amount of loss in the liquid line. Regarding force carbonation, you can begin at a higher pressure, but in eventually, you will need to use the tables to determine what pressure you need to use for the temperature you've chosen. Be careful when you lower the pressure at the gauge (release the pressure in the keg first) or you will get a lot of foam and some may travel back up your CO2 line towards the regulator. ********************* Raj writes: >I am working on a Cherries in the Snow Ale from "The New complete >joy of homebrewing" I used a Brewer's Choice german ale liquid >yeast, and after three days of initial fermentation I have moved >it to a secondary fermenter. After that time, the brewing >activity has decreased significantly. Could the yeast be dead? >Should I add more yeast? Should I wait more? It was pretty hot >(around 90 degrees) all three days, could that have killed the >yeast? At 90F, Wyeast #1007, German Ale, would probably have completed fermenting an average-gravity wort batch, which CITSnow is. 3 days is not an uncommon fermentation time for such a warm temperature. If you can, try to use a lower temperature since the likelyhood of off-flavors is increased as the temperature increases. 90F will not kill your yeast unless it is a sudden increase from, say, 50F. By the way, a quick, violent fermentation has been called a "Flash Ferment." ********************************* Ed writes: >At the recent Del Mar Fair, I overheard one of the judges talking about the >I.P.A. class; He was saying that an IPA should be dryhopped to kingdom come, >so that the first thing that registers in the taster's palate and brain is >the dryhopping. > >My question: Is this a generally accepted fact? Or is it just individual >preference. I realize that IPA's should be strong and quite aggressively >hopped, but I didn't know one way or the other about dryhopping. Anyone? Every judge has their preferences, but the bottom line should be the style descriptions for the particular competition. Most competitions simply use the AHA guidelines. To the best of my memory, the AHA guidelines say that a hop nose is acceptable in an IPA, but not required. Personally, I like IPAs with a hop nose (within reason) and if I was judging two beers that were identical in every other way, I would score the one with hop nose a bit higher. In general, I feel that if a style says that hop nose is acceptable, the beer will score higher if it has a reasonable amount of hop bouquet. Al. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 93 14:51:17 CDT From: Gene Zimmerman <ezimmerm at hp.uwsuper.edu> Subject: Talk Techie! Salutations! I, for one, enjoy the input these scientists {create and share with the HBD. As an English and Comp Sci major, I don't have near the expertise to calculate flavor profiles or create/cretique mathamatical formulas for color. I remember once seeing a study someone did about UV rays being transmitted through different color glass. The author included a graph! Great stuff! It is said: Farmers make wine; Engineers make BEER! This is not simple sloppy work we are doing here. We are modern day alchemists! Yes, I don't understand much of the Brew Techie stuff, but as I make an attempt to do so I learn more about what I am doing and therefor become better at my craft. Indeed, most everyone with access to this fourm is in some way connected to some kind of technology--often people working in Universities. In short, I like the Brew Techie stuff. Thank you and keep up the good work! Gene Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1993 12:56:13 -0700 (PDT) From: Eric Wade <ericwade at CLASS.ORG> Subject: Legalizing Homebrew In HBD 1171 Dick Dunn asked when (exactly) was homebrewing legalized. Although he asked for e-mail replies, I did the research so thought I'd take the credit;-). 26 United States Code sec.5053(e) reads, in part, "Beer for personal or family use.-- ... any adult may, without payment of tax, produce beer for personal or family use and not for sale." The section goes on to mention limits (essentially 100gal/person, 200/household). This was enacted as part of an excise tax amendment, Public Law 95-458, 92 Stat. 1255, sec.2(b)(1). The legislation was signed by President Carter on October 14, 1978 (124 congressional Record 38781). Although I don't have the exact time the President signed it, it essentially became effective retroactively to the first moment of the day he signed the legislation (see Sutherland, _Statutory Construction_,sec.33.10 and 1 USCA sec.106b, note 3). Also in HBD 1171 Edward Croft calls for less technical postings. While much of the idophor/chlorine concentration thread was above my head, I have no objections. I like to see a variety of information at all levels. If I don't want to read about blueberry wheatbeer maybe someone else does. Finally, I'd like to second Martin Lodahl's comments regarding the commercial aspects of HBD postings. There are several contributors who have a finacial stake in the homebrew market who manage to keep their postings limited to bettering the process of homebrewing without pushing their products. I, who have no financial interest, would feel comfortable recommending a product if I felt it improved my beer, but I might get a little squeemish about it if I was a close personal friend of the producer. My $.02 for the day. Eric Wade, Law Librarian (US Court of Appeals) and Homebrewer San Francisco Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 93 12:47:37 PDT From: mdcsc!gdh at uunet.UU.NET (Garrett Hildebrand) Subject: advertising revisited In HBD 1171, Martin Lodahl says, >Time to offer my own opinions concerning advertising in HBD. > >The opinion has been advanced that advertising on HBD is a service, >that it provides information brewers find useful... Whoa, pardner! Unless I missed something, the sentiment discussed was that it was OK to mention products by name, and to share information about them, perhaps even to announce the availability of a new product. I don't recall anyone saying that use of the HBD as a free advertising medium is an OK practice. > ...argument fails with me is in the fundamental difference between >information presented in the interest of profit, and information >presented solely to share something useful or interesting. Having >something to gain beyond good beer creates a conflict. Too true. >... A poster >with a commercial interest in the question will find it quite >difficult not to favor their own solution: when all you have is a >hammer, everything looks like a nail. I agree. >... Some posters (Kinney >Baughman, Glenn Tinseth, Russ Wigglesworth, Darryl Richman and >others) have handled this extraordinarily well, from my point of >view, and I read their postings with confidence. Others leave me >with the uncomfortable feeling that at least some of their postings >(and I can't always tell which ones) contain not real information, >but its counterfeit. Ok, how about this: allow the ones you like and roast the rest! :) Garrett <uunet!mdcsc!gdh> Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 93 14:26 CDT From: korz at iepubj.att.com Subject: Re: Westmalle yeast/Styrian Goldings/DMS/Nitrogen levels? Jim Busch asked about the possibility of using Westmalle yeast. Westmalle is bottled with a very unattenuative bottling strain and not the primary fermentation strain. It would not be usable for much else besides bottling. *********************** Someone else (sorry again) wrote: >Hops are still under experimentation, but noble hops only. Saaz, > Styr-Goldings, Hallertau. Styrian Goldings are neither noble nor are they Goldings, actually. The only three noble hops (this was confirmed from various sources in the Brewer's Forum) are Hallertauer, Tettnanger and Saaz. Styrian Goldings are actually a Slovanian variety of Fuggles. They are a distinct hop in every sense from both Fuggles and Goldings, but are not related to Goldings other than by name. ************************ Another Jim writes: > According to George Fix in his article on Belgian malts that appeared >in Brewing Techniques, the Belgian pilsner malt is low in the precursor >of DMS (can't remember offhand, SMM?), so this should'nt be a problem, >especially if you adhere to standard procedures for minimizing DMS. > The precursor of DMS is a gas that can be driven off during the boil. >Use a vigorous boil, and leave the pot at least partly uncovered. When >the boil is finished, chill the wort below 140F as quickly as possible. >A wort chiller is very helpful here. You are right in every sense except what is driven off (even your memory has not failed you -- it is SMM). It's the DMS that's created that is driven off in the boil and during the vigorous part of the ferment, although I don't think that either SMM or DMSO (the two compounds that DMS can come from) are gasses. ************************ Geoff writes: >Alternatively, someone is inadvertently quoting the Nitrogen content as >protein - a plausible error given the correlation. The data I have on Baird's >wheat malt is that it contains a maximum of 2.2% total Nitrogen. Remarkably >close to your figures of "1.8 to 2.1". Just speculation though, but maybe >worth checking. Yes, indeed. Is there someone here who can contact Jean-Xavier? Could you ask him about this? Al. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 93 21:19:38 EST From: garrik%pun at sabbagh.com (Eric C. Garrison) Subject: pop bottles I have seen postings here and in rec.crafts.brewing that mention using plastic 2-liter pop bottles for bottling beer instead of regular old glass bottles. I bottled one 2 liter bottle worth of my latest, just for an experiment. If it works out, I may do it again. My question is, how successful is this? When you pour out of the bottle, doesn't all the sediment get kicked up into the beer when you put it back? What can you do to avoid this? Also, doesn't the beer go flat after resealing like pop would? I have a pump gizmo that is supposed to keep pop from going flat (you screw it on instead of the cap and pump air in to pressurize the bottle). Is this gizmo necessary? Eric Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 93 08:10:55 EDT From: Bruce=Kiley%SIG%SNI%sig at sni-usa.com Subject: Consultant I am in the process of going through the legal issues of opening up a microbrewery in the greater Boston area. Does anyone know of a professional consultant I can hire to work with me over the next few months? Please reply to brucek at sig.sni-usa.com Cheers, Bruce Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 93 14:59:01 BST From: Conn Copas <C.V.Copas at lut.ac.uk> Subject: Re : Belgian triples Belgian triples are not a style I brew myself, but there is an interesting issue of when to add the sugar, if any. With my wines, I've got into the habit of adding a concentrated syrup on about day 5 of the ferment. I may be deluding myself, but I fancy that I get a smoother result that way (ie, fewer byproducts of fermentation). Of course, these byproducts could be just want you want with some styles of brew. - -- Conn V Copas Loughborough University of Technology tel : +44 509 263171 ext 4164 Computer-Human Interaction Research Centre fax : +44 509 610815 Leicestershire LE11 3TU e-mail - (Janet):C.V.Copas at uk.ac.lut G Britain (Internet):C.V.Copas at lut.ac.uk Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 93 10:17:10 EDT From: kstiles at woomera.att.com Subject: Light (Lovibond) Extract >>> I wish to make a beer with the lightest possible color as is >>> possible with extract. >>> What suggetions can you give me for both liquid extract >>> (preferrably unhopped) and DME? >>> TIA >>> Andy A >> >>Andy, from my experience and comments from my local supplier, American Eagle >>seems to be the lightest extract (both dry and syrup) on the market. Their >>amber DME seems to be the color of M&F et.al.'s light. >> >I seem to recall some HBDers complaining that the American Eagle >dry extract product had significant amounts of corn sugar mixed in >with the malt. This would certainly make a light beer, but it may >be better to stay with a quality extract, such as M&F or Laaglander, >which claims to be all malt. Yes, I was the one who complained about American Eagle. But there were no follow-ups, so maybe it's just me. On the other hand, the yeast starter I used last had SG=1.040 and FG=1.000, or an amazing cidery 100% apparent attenuation (didn't even need my calculator for that one). -Kevin Stiles Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 01 Jul 93 11:09:25 EDT From: "Anton Verhulst" <verhulst at zk3.dec.com> Subject: kegging and temperature Bart Thielges writes: "....I don't have enough `fridge space to keep the keg upright and cooled down for extended periods. Will repeated cycling between 45F and 80F spoil the flavor ?" I can't answer the flavor question but I do have a solution for the fridge space. I bought a small 1.7 cu. ft. (it's long past time for the U.S. to go metric) "dorm sized" fridge and a cold plate. A cold plate is a bunch of stainless steel tubing buried in about 15 pounds of casted aluminum. I keep the keg outside the fridge an have a 1/4" line going into the fridge which is hooked up to the cold plate. The out line from the cold plate is 8 feet of 3/16 tubing attached to a cobra tap mounted on the fridge door. The beer is cooled on demand. Why 8 feet of 3/16 tubing? For a keg to maintain 2.5 volumes of CO2 (medium carbonation) at room temp requires about 29 psi of pressure. The long tubing is needed to drop the pressure to the proper dispensing pressure so that you don't get too much foam. 8 feet drops the pressure by 24 pounds and the cold plate and the tap drops the rest. I want to thank John Francisco for his article of a few weeks ago recommending the use of 3/16 tubing to "gracefully" reduce pressure. I was skeptical but admit that it worked better than I could have imagined. It turned my glass of mostly foam into a proper glass of beer with a nice head. Also, thanks to the 10 or so people who supplied me with CO2 saturation tables when I requested them on HBD. This is a GREAT forum. - --Tony Verhulst Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 93 9:02:06 EDT From: U-E68316-Scott Wisler <swisler at c0431.ae.ge.com> Subject: Defending your cherries My parent's cherry tree bore fruit this year for the first time that I can remember. I also eagerly awaited the ripening, thinking of a nice cherry brew. I ran into my mom a couple weeks ago and she told me the tree was picked clean overnight - not a single cherry left. She was understandably angry and thought someone came and took them. She considered calling the police ( Please help me officer, someone picked my cherries in the backyard last night and I'm pretty darn upset about it), but couldn't decide how to phrase it so she would be taken seriously. A relative from Michigan said it was birds and draping the tree with cheescloth would do the trick. I'm glad the previous poster decided that 2x4's wasn't such a good idea. Sounds like an engineer with tunnel vision - it happens to the best of us. On another note, regarding forced aeration. Any of you SCUBA divers out there might consider that dry, clean, and filtered air in your tank. Your low pressure bouyance control inflator attachment might be adapted. I wouldn't go buy a SCUBA tank to aerate your wort, but if you've got one... Scott Wisler Return to table of contents
Date: 01 Jul 1993 08:18:08 PST From: "JSDAWS1 at PROFSSR" <JSDAWS1 at PB1.PacBell.COM> Subject: high-gravity brewing high-gravity brewing is, I think, very common to beginning brewers. For four years, I brewed 5 gal. batches in a 4 gal SS pot from Costco. I could boil up 3.5 gal of wort, but pre-boiled 2 gal. of water and added it to the fermentor prior to boiling the wort. My Barleywine is fine recipe in the current issue of Zymurgy is testiment to the fact that you can brew prerfectly good beer with this method. I have freinds who still brew this way (some with even smaller brewpots) and they are making very drinkable brew. When I went all-grain, I bought an 8 gal. enameled pot and wouldn't go back. The old pot now boils mash & sparge water. The two biggest effects I've seen from high-gravity boils are increased carmelization and decreased hop utilization. But IMHO, high-gravity brewing is a perfectly acceptable way of getting by with a small brewpot or increasing the batch size without investing further in equipment. | If it's good for ancient druids runnin naked thru the woods | | drinkin strange fermented fluids then it's good enough for me. | | JACK DAWSON - JSDAWS1 - 415 545-0299 - CUSTOMER BILLING (BG) | Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 93 08:32 PDT From: /O=vmspfhou/S=dblewis/DD.SITE=JSCPROFS/ at NASAmail.nasa.gov Subject: Weissbier yeast ***************************** PROFS Note ***************************** From: DBLEWIS --VMSPFHOU Date and time 07/01/93 10:35:14 To: POSTMAN --NASAMAIL FROM: Dennis B. Lewis <dblewis at jscprofs.nasa.gov> SUBJECT: Weissbier yeast I'm looking for a good weissbier yeast and I've seen Weihenstephan #66 mentioned several times on the digest. Where can I get a slant or packet of this yeast? And any other sources of true weissbier yeasts would be greatly appreciated. Please e-mail me directly and I'll post a compendium of weissbier yeast sources. Send me a description of the yeast profile if you can. Dennis B. Lewis * (713) 244-7809 * NASA/JSC/DH6 Payload Ops Homebrew, The Final Frontier. Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 1993 11:37:48 -0400 (EDT) From: R_GELINAS at UNHH.UNH.EDU (Russ Gelinas) Subject: high gravity brewing The question I have re. high gravity brewing is whether it is better to dilute before fermentation or after. The main difference as I see it is the effect of high gravity wort on the yeast, moreover on the yeast by-products. Maybe I have this wrong, but doesn't high gravity affect yeast in the same way as high temperature, ie. increased production of esters, phenols, etc., all those "fruity and spicy" things? Another factor is that alcohol level in the high gravity fermentation may kill the yeast, leaving a high final gravity. This may actually be a good thing, as the subsequent dilution will not result in a beer that is too dry. As a data point, my last batch was a high gravity ferment, split between Belgian ale yeast and Wyeast steam beer yeast. Both fermented from 1.060+ down to 1.014. The Belgian was diluted with .5 gallons of water at kegging, the steam had 2 gallons added. Both were very favorably received. I think I posted the recipe in the HBD a week or 2 ago. Russ Gelinas Experimental Space Physics/Ocean Process Analysis Lab University of New Hampshire, Durham, USA Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 93 13:16 CDT From: arf at genesis.mcs.com (Jack Schmidling) Subject: Humor-Impaired >From: Kinney Baughman <BAUGHMANKR at conrad.appstate.edu> >> Hmm... Wasn't planning on going to Portland. Hate to make the trip just to keep him honest. Any volunteers to take a brand new MM for the GREAT CRUSH-OFF? >I'll try not to fall into the camp of the humor-impaired here but the casual reader and, I'm sure Mr. Listerman, would take offense at the insinuation that Dan is a dishonest person. I humbly suggest that you didn't try very hard. Quite the contrary, you turned a humerous comment into an offensive one. You got into Listerman's head and you are telling others how they should interpret my words. >This makes two such swipes at Dan in as many weeks. And since he isn't here to defend himself, don't you think we can refrain from comments like this? Listerman is well represented by his friend who did indeed start the discussion. Furthermore, he is publishing data that misrepresents my product and I will "swipe" at it everytime I see it. >This endless harping, hyping, and mentioning of one's own products to keep threads running ad nauseum is in poor taste, to say the least. I suggest a little introspection on your above comments would be appropriate here. Up to this point, it has been a technical discussion and you have turned it into an ad hominem attack. Sort of like moving out after voting the county dry. You certainly display will power by not jumping in with your Brew Heat when you could with justification but that does not give you the right to be unreasonable. Furthermore, if you were really concerned about "threads running ad nauseum", you should have tried email instead of forcing me to respond in public. js Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 93 13:46 CDT From: korz at iepubj.att.com Subject: high-gravity brewing/cherries/CRUSH-OFF Glenn writes: >Jim Busch brings up an interesting topic: High Gravity brewing. > >One concern that the big boys have is deareating(sp?) the water before >adding it to the beer but this is because they are adding the water at the >end of the process instead of adding it to the fermenter. Yes, Glenn, but you didn't mention how to do this... the easiest way is to boil and cool the water and then siphon it around as if it was beer (so you don't re-introduce the O2 you boiled out). ****************************** Elaine writes: >I wanted to try making some cherry stout, but because I am unsure if I >will really like the flavor (I have never tried any, it just sounds good) >and because fresh cherries down here in Georgia are so expensive, I want >to just make half a batch (3 GALS). My secondary fermenter is 6 gals and my >question is, will having that large air space be a problem? >Does anybody have an opinion about using fresh cherries versus canned ones? I used canned cherries once and there was no aroma left in them. I think that fresh is the way to go. By the way, to make 15 gallons of raspberry/ cherry beer, I made up 10 gallons of light ale and then added 5 lbs of blanched frozen cherries and 5 lbs of blanched frozen raspberries into each of three 5 gallon fermenters. I then siphoned 3.3 gallons of the light ale into the three fermenters. USE A 1.25" BLOWOFF TUBE OR YOU WILL HAVE AN EXPLOSION THAT IS NOT VERY PRETTY (RED GUNK ON THE CEILING)! Incedentally, raspberries are much more flavorful than cherries and the cherry flavor was not really noticable. 13# of cherries in a 5 gallon fermenter is what I used for my pKriek. So for cherries, I recommend about 3# per gallon of base beer and for raspberries, about 2# per gallon of base beer. >> Hmm... Wasn't planning on going to Portland. Hate to make the trip just to >> keep him honest. Any volunteers to take a brand new MM for the GREAT >> CRUSH-OFF? > >I'll try not to fall into the camp of the humor-impaired here but the >casual reader and, I'm sure Mr. Listerman, would take offense at the >insinuation that Dan is a dishonest person. This makes two such >swipes at Dan in as many weeks. And since he isn't here to defend >himself, don't you think we can refrain from comments like this? I never thought I'd be disagreeing with Kinney and defending Jack, but I think that Dan took the first swipe at Jack when he started distributing a test that compares the Corona with the MaltMill and the Philmill. In the test, Dan uses a non-adjustable MaltMill and the results appear to show the MaltMill as being about par with the Corona and the Philmill about par with a textbook crush. I don't think that Jack literally meant to say Dan was dishonest. I've spoken with both Dan and Jack about each other's mills and there is definately a rivalry going. The good part is that the consumer will be the ultimate victor in this battle -- more competition means either lower prices or better quality products or both. [By the way, screen tests don't tell the whole story -- they don't measure how much pulverized husk material is in the flour.] Al. Return to table of contents
End of HOMEBREW Digest #1174, 07/05/93