HOMEBREW Digest #1709 Wed 19 April 1995

Digest #1708 Digest #1710

		Rob Gardner, Digest Janitor

  This is a crazy idea! (Kevin McEnhill)
  It's the Water, Stupid.. (Jack Schmidling)
  Boil improvement (re bottle caps) (Gary Flock)
  Stanford ftp (gravels)
  Old Pec's question (Tim_Fields_at_Relay__Tech__Vienna)
  Big and Huge....more information (uswlsrap)
  Most Successful Yeast Starter (billj)
  Re: Gelatin (Jeff Renner)
  Party Pig Head Room (Robin Hanson)
  boiling (Pierre Jelenc)
  Amylase/Dark grain mashing/yeast shipping (Norman Pyle)
  More on tubing (spencer)
  That "homebrew" taste (jwolf)
  Propane burner recommendations - summary (sorta) (Rich Lenihan)
  Artificial Carbonation ("Troy Howard" )
  UK Oak casks (Algis R Korzonas +1 708 979 8583)
  Beer spots in St. Louis ("Jonathan K. ward" )
  Another New Policy - Please Read (Digest Janitor)
  Boiling Bottle Caps: No Iron Taste? ("Palmer.John")
  How have you found kits? (ppatino)
  covering your brewpot (Andy Walsh)
  BUZZ-OFF AHA Competition ("Houseman, David L [TR]")
  Sorry (Mark Roberson)
  legal age in England (Andy Price)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 17 Apr 1995 05:18:51 EDT From: kevinm at rocdec.roc.wayne.edu (Kevin McEnhill) Subject: This is a crazy idea! O.K. guys, this is just something that I couldn't pass up. The ingredients for Grape-Nuts at : Wheat Malted Barley Salt Yeast Now that almost sounds like a wheat beer. I don't intend on making any but like I said, I couldn't pass this up. ********************************************************************** * * /|~~~~~| I was told by my wife that * * kevinm at rocdec.roc.wayne.edu * | | | if I brew one more batch * * * | | | of beer she would leave me!* * Kevin McEnhill * \| | * * * |_____| I'm going to miss her :-) * ********************************************************************** Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 95 06:50 CDT From: arf at mcs.com (Jack Schmidling) Subject: It's the Water, Stupid.. I have just kegged my second batch made at the new brewery with the local well water and not only is the water just fine for beer but might even have some magic properties. My SOP here is to ferment for 2 weeks at 45F and then transfer to keg with 1 tsp gelatine for clearing and conditioning. The beer is usually quite turbid but within about a week, clears to crystal clarity after tossing the first few pints. The first batch in Marengo was 70% pils and 30% corn. It was crystal clear after ten days and I transferred it to the keg with the usual gelatine because I did not believe what I was seeing. The keg is half empty now and there was not even the first glass of cloudy beer. The second batch was my first attempt at wheat in beer (60% pils 40% raw wheat) and it was also crystal clear after about the first week. I let it ferment out for two weeks anyway and transferred to the keg without gelatine and it is crystal clear. I can only conclude that it has something to do with the water and just write it off to living a charmed life. >From: pbabcock at oeonline.com (Patrick G. (Pat) Babcock) >Subject: Piddling Schmidling Revisited I think I will confine my comments to thanking you for the great testimonial. I will add it to the ever-burgeoning file. Well, maybe just one little comment on the instruction sheet. The mill is relatively simple and does not require a Maroco bound volume. When I buy something, I do not object to having a complete description of what I bought as part of the instruction sheet, particularly when the product is covered by a lifetime waranty. You may call it sales hype, I call it reference material and furthermore, it is so simple to use, I was hard pressed to fill up a single sheet of paper. I have always taken SERIOUS suggestions for improving the product seriously and have incorporated dozens of changes since introducing it. My standard response to complaints about the cosmetic aspects is to point out that they do nothing but add on to the cost. As the MM is already expensive enough for most budgets, it doesn't seem reasonable to burden all users with the cost of non-functional fluff. I am always happy to quote on sterling silver handles, solid oak bases, illuminated caligraphic instruction sheets but few people are willing to pay the price. js Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 1995 07:59:08 -0400 From: garyf at idirect.com (Gary Flock) Subject: Boil improvement (re bottle caps) In HBD 1707 J.F. asked about bottle caps in the boil. I have never tried using them and 'am not sure about the contamination factor either. I use half a dozen four inch sections of half inch copper pipe tossed into the kettle for the entire boil. I makes for a wonderful rolling boil with very little gas. (I have actually had the flame go out a few times) and that's without a lid. (5 gallons on a cajun cooker). A commercial brewing friend (Labatts) seems to think that this may actually be beneficial to the wort however I have not found any difference in taste etc. The pieces of pipe clean up well in the dishwasher too! Hope this helps. Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 95 08:54:26 EST From: gravels at TRISMTP.npt.nuwc.navy.mil Subject: Stanford ftp Hi All, I'm another one of the newbie lurkers that have been hanging around soaking up the combined wisdom of the HBD. I posted a while back asking for help trying to solve a leaky valve problem and also looking for a source of fresh hops. I want to thank everyone for the input. I fixed the leaking valve with some aquarium grade silicon. It worked great! The leak wasn't at the threads or where the valve goes through the bucket, it was inside the barrel of the valve (the valve comes apart). I have another question, has the Stanford homebrew directory been closed down? Or am I doing something wrong? I was able to ftp to the Stanford site but couldn't get any further than the 'clubs' directory. If it is closed can someone let me know where there is another homebrew site that I can ftp to? I'm currently limited to ftp and E-mail. Thanks, Steve Gravel gravels at TRISMTP.npt.nuwc.navy.mil "Homebrew, it's not just a hobby it's an adventure!" Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 95 10:35:26 EST From: Tim_Fields_at_Relay__Tech__Vienna at relay.com Subject: Old Pec's question In HBD 1707, Randy asked about Dave Line's Old Peculier recipe. I have not made an Old Pec's clone, but it is high on my list of things to do. With that as disclaimer, you may find the following of use re your questions about malt/sugar amounts and (yuk) saccharine. These are the brew notes from a recipe I downloaded from a local BBS (Burpnet, Reston VA, 703-370-9528). The recipe was Line's; the notes address several of your questions. I left in the last part about the origin of the "Old Peculier" name :) Let me know if you get any recommendations on a yeast. NOTES: Standard extract technique_I've made it with a 2-3 gal boil then top up to 5 gal. In Line's book, he calls for the addition of 5 saccharin tablets, but I can't bring myself to do that. Instead, I use 2 oz of lactose added to the primary with the yeast to give a hint of residual sweetness. Line's technique is to boil the grains, but net.wisdom says not to, and as usual the net.wisdom is right. No finishing or dry hops, the hop nose should be low to nonexistent for this brew. After secondary, transfer to a pressure barrel and prime it with 3 to 4 oz of black treacle. I've made this twice, and it is actually pretty close to the real thing. I made it before discovering the net, though, which means I used all the sugar and boiled the grains, and it *still* turned out really good. If one should substitute one of the lbs of sugar with malt extract, I reckon it would be even better; and steeping the grains instead of boiling will be better still. As with every other recipe I've posted, I've used only Edme dried yeast_use what you think is appropriate. OG for the recipe as written is about 1047, final about 1012. Finally, a historical note: the beer takes its name from the archaic name of the local church official_the titles of these guys was "Peculier", as was the region, sorta like "diocese" or "parish". So the guy would be the Peculier of X, rather than Bishop of Y, for example. Legend has it that when this beer was first formulated, it was such a favorite of the local Peculier, who would find excuses to visit the brewery and then *reluctantly* accept a sample, that the brewers named it Old Peculier in his honor. *-------------------------------------------------* * Tim Fields _ * * \_ Relay Technology SQL/DS Team * * Vienna, VA, USA * * * * Internet: Timf at Relay.Com * * Voice: 703-902-8550 * * FAX: 703-506-0510 * *-------------------------------------------------* Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 1995 10:53:53 EDT From: uswlsrap at ibmmail.com Subject: Big and Huge....more information For everyone who has asked about Madison's 9th Annual Big and Huge (May 13) the entry packets and judge registration forms went out last week in our monthly bulk mailing. If you requested one individually, you should have it by midweek. If you're in a club, be sure to "badger" the person who picks up your club's mail (all AHA-registered clubs in the midwest, and a sampling of clubs elsewhere receive our mailings). If you're a newsletter editor and the timing works, please include a listing of the event for your readers. Prize sponsors: can't mention names in a non-commercial forum, of course, but prizes will range from the basics (malt, hops) to things that will measure temperature on the side of a fermenter and things that will help you measure the colour of your finished beer. A recent additional sponsor added too late to be mentioned in the entry packet means that one lucky and talented brewer or brewster will receive a 50-pound sack of two-row shipped directly from the maltster to his or her door| There will probably also be a variety of prizes of glassware, t-shirts, and other cool stuff in addition to the ribbons. If you'd like to enter or to judge, drop me a note and we'll get a packet (the paper kind) right out to you. Out-of-town judges will have an opportunity to sample the fermented wonders of the Madison area's many craft brewers| Now go have a beer, Bob Paolino / Disoriented in Badgerspace / uswlsrap at ibmmail.com - ---THE INTERNET: Hardwiring the neurons of the global brain:--- One geek at a time.... - --------------------------------------------------------------- Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 95 10:37:00 cst From: billj at mails.imed.com Subject: Most Successful Yeast Starter Greetings HBDers I just wanted to pass on my experience with a yeast starter that I used this weekend, and get some feedback on what I did right (even a blind pig can find an acorn from time to time). I have brewed about 10 all grain batches and about 4 lagers. I made a Munich Dunkle Lager using Wyeast #2308 (second batch of the same recipe, definitely in the top 10 of my all grain brews). I received my UPS delivery of ingredients on Friday and quickly popped the yeast pack. I then took a small scoop of my mixed grains (aprox 0.1 LB) and did a single step infusion mash (150 deg F.) in a mason jar. After testing the mash with Iodine for complete conversion I sparged (well I poured off the wort then added water to rinse the grains, not quite a sparge). I ended up with about 1.5 quarts of wort in two quart sized mason jars. I then put both jars into the microwave for a short boil (10 min./1000 watts, careful to stop the microwave every time the foam headed for the top of the jar). After the boil I capped the jars and allowed them to cool in the refrigerator over night. Saturday morning I had an inflated package of yeast (package date was 4/3/95, I was impressed at the freshness) and two cool jars of wort (OG 1020). I added the yeast to one of the jars that had warmed to near room temp and covered with plastic wrap and rubber bands. By late evening I had noticeable activity (partical convection in the jar, and some inflation of the plastic wrap). Sunday morning I drained some of the liquid from my started and added the second jar of raw wort. After Easter services I set up for my brew session and completed the transfer to my primary by 6pm. I pitched the yeast at about 75 deg F. and put it into my brew frig (set to 60 deg F.). This morning I had vigorous fermentation (well vigorous for a lager - about 1 bubble per 5 sec.). I adjusted the frig to 55 deg F. and plan to step down to 45 deg F by Monday night. I was impressed at the kick time of the brew (less than 12 hours), all of my lagers have gone nearly 24 hours before I see activity. In the past I have made starter wort from extract (you know the type - premeasured for starters - $1.50). Does the yeast perform better when starter and final recipe are the same type wort (PH, color, non-fermentables, etc)? Have I been shocking the yeast by making a light wort starter pitched into a dark high OG recipe? Or does the age of the yeast pack effect things that much? I have always pitched at the same temp and droped to 60 deg F (for lagers) until it kicks, so I don't think temperature is a contributing factor. TIA for any input Bill Joy billj at mails.imed.com Angleton, Texas Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 95 11:55:45 -0400 From: Jeff Renner <nerenner at umich.edu> Subject: Re: Gelatin In HBD 1707, Pierre Jelenc <pcj1 at columbia.edu> said: > HBD 1705 was full of comments about gelatin, most of them emphasizing > that it should not be boiled "because it gets denatured". > > Reality check, please! Folks, that is utter poppycock! Gelatin _is_ > denatured protein: "Denaturation of collagen is the conversion of the > rigidly coiled helix to a random coil called gelatin." (Merck Index > 11th ed.) Sheesh! Mea culpa! Did you hear my hand slap my forehead all the way back in NY? I *know* how gelatin is made, I should have known that it is already denatured. As someone who prides himself on scientific accuracy, even to the point of being picky, do I have egg on my face! (Undenatured albumen). This is a prime example of something I hate - misinformation being repeated so often that it is accepted as gospel without critical thought. Thanks for the back-up. Jeff Renner in Ann Arbor, Michigan c/o nerenner at umich.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 1995 09:54:45 -0600 From: rhanson at nmsu.edu (Robin Hanson) Subject: Party Pig Head Room I have been using party pigs quite happily for the last few months. Over the weekend a few of my friends gathered and drank about 90% of one pig. In the past, I have never drawn more than one pitcher in an evening. This time I filled many. The balloon that inflates inside the pig, has always kept pace with the space made by removing one pitcher. Currently however, the pig has a lot of head room. Could this be oxygen? Has anyone else come across this? Thanks, Robin Hanson Rhanson at nmsu.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 95 12:15:39 EDT From: Pierre Jelenc <pcj1 at columbia.edu> Subject: boiling In HBD #1707 Jim Fitzgerald <jimfitz at netcom.com> asks > If bottle caps are not a good idea, is anybody using anything else that > accomplishes this heat distribution problem in a different way? It would > be nice to hear from any of you that have input on this subject. Any solid object at the bottom of your pot will help regularize the boil. Chemists use such things as glass beads, marbles, ceramic "boiling stones", pieces of broken pipets, etc. Cooks use glass "Boil Guard" thingies, available for a couple of dollars in any cooking supplies store. Pierre Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 95 10:22:40 MDT From: Norman Pyle <npyle at hp7013.ecae.StorTek.COM> Subject: Amylase/Dark grain mashing/yeast shipping Collin Ames wrote: >I've used amylase enzyme once. I had a brew down in which I had used >laaglander dry malt. The fermentation process froze at 1.024 or so. >I talked to one of my local homebrew stores and the guy recommended >using the enzyme, which would break down the complex sugars in the >laaglander into simple sugars the yeast could eat. I guess laaglander >has a higher complex sugar level. I used about a teaspoon to 5 gallons. >Fermentation restarted not long after. Final reading was 1.008 or so. Collin, amylase enzyme is most active around 150F (I'll bet you a buck someone will post the *exact* figure...), which is why all-grain brewers mash around that temperature. Adding it to a sweet wort at room temperature, well I'd think it would do almost nothing, even over several days. I suspect your stuck fermentation started for some other reason (temperature swing? wild yeast?), although I admit I've never heard of a laaglander wort that fermented down to 1.008. Also, the enzyme denatures almost immediately at boiling temperatures so it would be a waste of time and money to add it to the boil. ** David Sapsis writes on the "dark grains at mashout" thread: >Paul Baker queries the Digest's wisdom in regard to handleing the >extraction of dark grains. He mentions that this thread had previously >been sorted out to the conclusion that said grains should only be added >at the end of the mash. As a previous contributor (gadfly?) to this >thread, I wondered how he got that impression. Last fall I posted that >I was unaware of any commercial brewery that used such a proceedure, >while being quite certain of many that add all dark grains to the main >mash and proceed as usual through whatever mashing program they use. I >asked if anyoner knew of any brewery that avoided mashing dark grain, >and recieved no answers. Now, the rumour that mashing dark grains >causes harshness and astringency has been around a while, but i have >never experienced it where it could not be attributed to some other >factor, and have a multitude of experience to reject that hypothesis I agree with David here, with a couple of caveats. I used to add dark grains at mashout because I had poor results doing otherwise. I eventually found that my mash pH got so low with dark grains that it was a problem (my water is so soft it has virtually no buffering effects). I've since been able to make proper water adjustments and mash dark grains with everything else. The only thing I've seen to contradict this practice came from John Palmer's award winning Graf-style vienna. He said it is a Fix recipe, and the dark grains are added at mash-out for a color contribution only. It obviously worked well in his case (nice beer, John), but I believe normally (whatever that is) they are mashed with the pale grains. I can also see adding them at various times in the mash to control the mash pH, assuming you don't want to do water salt adjustments - maybe for a dunkelweizen or something. It might be an expedient way to keep the water soft without getting your pH too low during the mash. ** Jeff Renner writes about Yeast Labs yeast: >The problem occurs after the yeast leaves the lab. Yeast is perishable. >Check with your shop and encourage them to pay for 2nd day air shipment. >Otherwise they arrive somewhat compromised. And make sure they keep >them refrigerated until sold. Fresh yeast is best, but older yeast is a IMHO, Yeast Labs (and other commercial yeast ranchers) ought to be the one paying for 2nd day air. If they are selling a product with their name on it, they ought to ensure that the product arrives at the consumer in the best possible condition. Asking the retailer to assume the costs for making their product better is asking too much. I know that what the retailer does next is also crucial, but I suspect the shipment is a bigger problem for the little yeasty boys. Norm Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 95 12:58:44 EDT From: spencer at med.umich.edu Subject: More on tubing Thanks to all who responded. Especially to Jim Liddil, who pointed out that all Tygon(tm) is not created equal. It looks like I want to get one of the B-44 series (food grade), although neither of the ones I found in (e.g.) the Fisher scientific catalog are rated for 100C. In the "to drool over" category is the FEP "teflon" tubing, rated to 200C, but $50/25ft (or more, depending on the catalog). Meanwhile, I brewed again this weekend. The new, less smelly, tubing that I had bought still smelled pretty badly when boiled. So I boiled and drained it several times until the smell was mostly gone. It seems to have worked, as the wort tasted fine this time. =Spencer Thomas in Ann Arbor, MI Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 95 14:16:10 EST From: jwolf at penril.com Subject: That "homebrew" taste Guys, I have had to throw out my last three batches of beer after about 4-5 weeks. I brew partial mash recipes, with a single fermentation stage in a plastic bucket. After it ages 3 or 4 weeks, its fantastic! In two or more weeks, however, it gets a sour taste and very fizzy. I suspect a bacterial infection but there is no ring in the bottle. Maybe not enough time for it to develop. I try to remain as clean and sterile as possible, but to no avail. I can always take heroic cleanliness measures, short of using an autoclave, but I don't understand why it's this bad. Could it be an airborne yeast instead of bacteria? Anyway, I'm getting bummed at tossing out all this good beer. Any ideas would be appreciated. TIA, Jeff Wolf jwolf at penril.com Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 1995 15:38:25 -0400 From: rich at lenihan.iii.net (Rich Lenihan) Subject: Propane burner recommendations - summary (sorta) A while back (about 10 days ago) I posted to r.c.b and HBD looking for recommendations for a propane burner. I wanted something that was sturdy, adjustable, fuel efficient and could boil 7-12 gallons of wort in a SABCO keg/brewpot. I received quite a few responses and I won't attempt to summarize them. If you want, you can email me and I'll send you all the responses I've received so far (minus people's names and email addresses) or you can ftp it from: ftp://ftp.iii.net/pub/pub-site/rich/burners.txt The whole file is about 18K. I will tell you now what I ended up buying, however. Based on some VERY enthusiastic reviews, I purchased a Camp Chef burner, model SB-30. This is a 30K BTU low-pressure unit, very solidly built with extension legs that raise it to about 24" off the ground. Holds a SABCO brewkettle securely. The downside is that this unit is rather expensive. I paid $99 at Suburban Propane in Marlboro, MA. If you can do much better you've got a good deal! You can get a catalog from Camp Chef with all the models and accesories. I was particularly attracted to the DB-155 combo high/low pressure double burner but it was both out of stock (at the dealer) and out of my budget. Thanks to all the people who took the time to respond. -Rich Camp Chef P.O. Box 4057 Logan, UT 84321 (801) 752-3922 Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 95 13:12:05 PDT From: "Troy Howard" <troy at oculus.jsei.ucla.edu> Subject: Artificial Carbonation Hi all, In the past, the folks of this forum have recommended two distinctly different methods for artificially carbonating beer in Cornellius kegs. To summarize the two methods, After chilling the beer to around 40-45F: Method #1 says to set the pressure to ~15psi (or whatever pressure the charts advise to get you the number of volumes of CO2 required by your beer style). Shake the keg (or wait 3-4 days). Then, to dispense, you keep this live pressure on the beer, and use a length and diameter of tubing calculated to drop the pressure from 15 psi to near zero at the faucet. Method #2 says to set the pressure to ~15psi. Shake or wait. Then to dispense, let the pressure down to ~5 psi. One then keeps 5psi of live pressure on the beer permanently for dispensing. Now, Method #1 makes more sense to me technically. You establish an equilibrium condition, and compensate for high pressure by dispensing line construction. However, it also seems kinda lame, since it requires a different dispensing line for each carbonation level (which one would like to vary according to the style of beer one is brewing). Method #2, OTOH, works! I have personally tasted a friend's beer who uses method 2, and I cannot fault the carbonation level. However, it seems to me that this results in a non-equilibrium condition, and that the beer would get progressively less carbonated with time. (My friend, however, reports no such problems.) Can anyone shed any light on this? I have downloaded the "kegging_info" file from the archives, but I thought at one time someone was putting together a separate kegging FAQ. What is the status of this? Has it been abandoned, or is it a work in progress? TIA, -Troy - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Troy Howard | Live fast, die young, and leave a good troy at oculus.jsei.ucla.edu | looking corpse. Jules Stein Eye Institue, UCLA | - ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Return to table of contents
Date: 17 Apr 95 16:11:00 -0500 From: korz at iepubj.att.com (Algis R Korzonas +1 708 979 8583) Subject: UK Oak casks Edmund writes: >Also in HBD 1701, Kirk Fleming posted interesting info on wooden casks >that may soon be available in the US for beer use. I have one question: >it was noted by the seller of the casks that they add an oak flavor to >the beer, implying that the casks are not lined. I seem to remember from >either the Brewing Techniques series on IPA or the AHA's Pale Ale book >that the casks used in the UK are coated with a special type of pitch. >Anyone know if that is true? Prior to my trip to Britain last summer, I had heard from several sources that the oak casks used by British brewers were pitch-lined and thus did not impart any flavour to the beer. The first question I asked when we got to the coopers' room at the Tadcaster Brewery (Samuel Smiths) was "Are the casks lined?" Our host said absolutely not -- no lining of any kind. I belive the host said they use only Russian Oak because it imparts no flavour to the beer. Well, I can tell you that neither of the beers served "from the wood," Old Brewery Bitter and Museum Ale (sold as Old Brewery Pale Ale in the US) that we tasted at the Angel and White Horse (the pub literally attached to the brewery) or the Samuel Smith's Tasting Room (adjacent to the casking room of the brewery) had any oak or wood character at all. On the other hand, at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub in London, I again tasted both the OBB and Museum. Here, a couple of hundred miles from Tadcaster, the Museum Ale had a woody character (I want to say Walnut or Mahogany -- definately not oak!) but the OBB still had none. Distance? New cask? Age? Fluke? I don't know. If you are really, really interested in this, I suggest you contact the "Beer From the Wood Society" in England (I believe that's the name -- perhaps someone from the UK could post their address) and they could probably provide you with more than you ever imagined about oak casks. Al. Return to table of contents
Date: 17 Apr 95 15:21:33 EDT From: "Jonathan K. ward" <Jonathan_K._ward at mckinsey.com> Subject: Beer spots in St. Louis Hi all. I've just been assigned to St. Louis, MO for the next 4-6 months. Anything down there for the brew afficianado? I'll only be down there during the week, but I'd love any advice on local breweries or brewpubs. Email responses preferred (in the interest of preserving bandwidth). TIA Jonathan Ward Chicago, IL Return to table of contents
From: Rob Gardner (Digest Janitor) Subject: Another New Policy - Please Read Date: Effective Immediately Please take note of this: If you are UNSUBSCRIBING from the digest, please make sure you send your request to the same service provider that you sent your subscription request!!! I am now receiving many unsubscribe requests that do not match any address on the mailing list, and effective immediately I will be silently deleting such requests. It is your repsonsibility to do the right thing. Thank you. The Management. Return to table of contents
Date: 17 Apr 1995 15:01:10 U From: "Palmer.John" <palmer at ssdgwy.mdc.com> Subject: Boiling Bottle Caps: No Iron Taste? Hi Group, I saw a similar post a while back but was busy. Seeing it again today makes me wonder: "Don't you end up tasting the iron from the Bottle Caps? What about the Plastic?" Perhaps some of you are looking to me to answer this question, but my first thought is that these non-stainless bottle caps would taint the wort, so I have never tried it. Therefore, I ask you people that use them in the boil, Can you taste any difference? John J. Palmer - Metallurgist for MDA-SSD M&P johnj at primenet.com Huntington Beach, California Palmer House Brewery and Smithy - www.primenet.com/~johnj/ Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 95 19:19:12 EDT From: ppatino <PPATINO at UGA.CC.UGA.EDU> Subject: How have you found kits? Most of my own brewing follows the following pattern: steep specialty grains, add plain unhopped extracts, add boiling hops, add flavor hops, add aroma hops, etc... Sometimes though, I just feel like throwing a kit into the boil, and pi tching yeast. Herein lies the difficulty; I'm not much for gambling on kit qua lity, and I was wondering if anyone has had any notable experiences, either positive or negative with any kits. E-mail to my personal address is fine; I w ill respond in kind for the kits that I have tried if anyone is interested. Thanks in advance, Paul Patino Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 95 10:47:53 EDT From: awalsh at pop03.ca.us.ibm.net (Andy Walsh) Subject: covering your brewpot Aidan asked last week about covering your wort during the boil. Some said it is OK to partially cover, as no DMS is produced in your finished beer. Another said you should taste the condensate. Well, I brewed on the weekend and tested this theory. I partially covered the kettle during the boil and gathered the runoff from the lid in a glass. Result? Very high DMS levels were present in the condensate. High hop character was also evident, presumably due to volatile oils being driven off as well. With a partially covered boil, I have no doubt this would add to the DMS level in the beer. This may or may not be desirable, depending on the style. For example, European lagers may benefit from this. It might also be an idea to cover your kettle after adding finishing hops, to maintain higher hop aromatics. Some background theory: Two major precursors to DMS are s-methyl methionine (SMM) and dimethyl sulphide (DMSO) which are produced mainly in the barley germination process. Heat converts these to DMS. Lager malts have relatively short, low temperature kilnings, so tend to have high residual SMM and DMSO levels. These in turn will form DMS during your wort boil. OTH pale ale malt is kilned over a longer period, resulting in lower DMS precursor levels. This means that you will have less DMS produced in your boil than if you used lager malt. Even at the end of the boil, during wort cooling, DMS will be produced. If you keep your lid on during this period while the wort is still hot, you will increase your DMS levels. I would suggest for those paranoid about bacterial contamination, that it is OK to leave the top off your kettle during wort cooling, as long as the temperature is greater than about 70C. Above this temp, your hot wort will kill off the bugs. When your wort reaches this temp, pop the lid back on . By this stage, DMS production has slowed sufficiently. Of course, you will also lose hop aromatics with this technique which could be partially recouped by dry hopping. The meaning of this? If you are making an ale and use ale malt, you probably do not need to be concerned about DMS production in your beer if you partially cover your boil. If you are making a lager using lager malt, you should consider the final DMS levels, based upon your experience with the malt you use, your system and technique. Some DMS is desirable in lagers. Hence, a partially covered boil may be beneficial. If you are making ale with lager malt, I would recommend an uncovered boil for at least 90 mins, possibly followed by open cooling (descibed above), to minimise DMS levels. I believe Aidan uses malt from the same source as my own. This is 2 row lager malt. This explains why I perceived high DMS levels in my condensate. So Aidan, if you're making an ale, go for the uncovered boil, and thanks for asking that question, which prompted me to do a little research and learn a few things, ***************************** //// Andy Walsh from Sydney //// awalsh at ibm.net //// phone 61 2 369 5711 ***************************** Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 95 22:36:00 EDT From: "Houseman, David L [TR]" <DLH1 at trpo3.Tredydev.Unisys.com> Subject: BUZZ-OFF AHA Competition American Homebrewers Association Sanctioned Competition Beer Unlimited Zany Zymurgists Present The Second Annual BUZZ-OFF Sunday, June 25, 1995, 10:00 AM Valley Forge Brewing Co. Resturant and Pub Gateway Shopping Center, Rt 202, Devon, PA Location/Sponsors This year s competition will be sponsored by Beer Unlimited, BUZZ and the Valley Forge Brewing Co. Resturant and Pub. The event will be open to the public. The awards ceremony will follow the competition. Eligibility The 1995 Buzz-Off Homebrew Competition is open to all non-commercial home produced beers. Enter as often as you wish. Enter as many categories as you wish. Categories The 1995 BUZZ-Off will judge beer, mead, and cider styles recognized by the American Homebrewers Association. AHA categories and subcategories will be used (see enclosed category list). All entries must indicate category, subcategory, and style description. Sake will be enjoyed, but not judged. All entries will be judged according to the style entered. Categories receiving fewer than five (5) entries may be combined with a related category for the presentation of awards. Awards and Prizes Certificates of achievement, first, second and third place ribbons will be awarded in each category or combined category as well as for the BEST of SHOW. BUZZ will secure commercial sponsorship for category winners. A total of up to $1000 in gift certificates will we awarded. All questions and disputes will be settled by the competition organizer. All decisions will be final. Entries An entry consists of two (2) bottles, accompanied by a completed entry/recipe form -- one for each entry. A bottle ID form must be attached to each bottle with rubber bands -- No glue or tape. Beers must be in clean 10-16 ounce glass bottles, free of labels, raised glass, silk screen, or other identifying markings. Any markings on the cap must be completely blacked out. No swing-top bottles. All entries become the property of BUZZ. No bottles will be returned. Entry Fees & Deadlines Entry fees are $5.00 per entry. Make check payable to Beer Unlimited. Entries must arrive between June 7 and June 21, 1995. Entries will not be accepted before June 7 or after June 21, 1995. Send entries to: BUZZ- Off c/o Beer Unlimited Rts 30 & 401 Malvern, PA 19355 Local entries may be dropped off between June 7 and June 17, 1995 at any of the Philadelphia Area homebrewing stores. Packing and Shipping Pack in a sturdy box. Pad each bottle and the inside of the box. Line box with heavy trash bag and twist-tie securely. Pack entry forms, recipe forms, and fees outside the bag. Mark the box Fragile. UPS is recommended for shipping. Beer Label Contest Beer labels will be judged for artistic merit and appropriateness to the style for the label entry. Entry fee is $2.00. Each label must be accompanied by an entry form. In order to show off your labels in their natural environment, submit entries attached to an empty, capped beer bottle. First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded. Delaware Valley Homebrewer of The Year The BUZZ-Off is the final jewel in the local homebrewing crown: The 1995 Delaware Valley Homebrewer of the Year will be chosen based on points awarded from the Hops-Bops, Dock Street, Moon Madness and BUZZ-Off Competitions. Judges We will secure the most experienced, qualified judges possible. We are soliciting qualified judges and stewards from all participating homebrew clubs. Judges and stewards will be awarded experience points toward the Beer Judge Certification Program, which is jointly sponsored by the AHA and HWBTA. Prospective judges and stewards are requested to fill out the attached form. You will be contacted individually to confirm participation and given directions to the contest. Since this year we are holding this event at a new Brew Pub in our area, there is even more reason to come and spend the day out of the hot sun. The competition will begin at 10:00am. Stewards should be present by 9:00am; judges by 9:30am for their assignments. Bed and Brew Judges and stewards from out of the area are welcome to participate in the Bed and Brew program. BUZZ club members are opening their homes for those traveling from some distance who would like to have a place to stay for Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th. Please indicate your desire to have a place to stay on the Judge/Steward Registration Form and you will be contacted several weeks prior to the contest. For further information contact: Beer Unlimited (610) 889-0905 or Dave Houseman H: (610) 458-0743 (Jim McHale) (610) 397-0666 Competition Organizer W:(610) 648-4071 dlh1 at trpo3.tredydev.unisys.com Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 1995 23:12:28 -0600 From: roberson at hydroxide.chem.utah.edu (Mark Roberson) Subject: Sorry Mr. Bussy, I am sorry that I posted to HBD in the heat of peevishness, for it allowed you to sidestep the point of my little post script. You post a great deal. Some of it is interesting, much of it gets scrolled over. I can deal with that; everyone has his own interests. What irritates people, and I have hashed this out in private e-mail so I know it is not just me, is your habit of making royal pronouncements in which you belittle the interests of others. If you keep it up you will become very unpopular, and people will ignore you in droves. I have learned my lesson. Have you? Mark PS Too bad about the culture. I hope you enjoy your stay in SLC, it is especially lovely in the spring while the snow is still on the mountains. Squatters is a decent brewpub, as is the Wasatch Brewpub up in Park City. Resist the urge to visit the lake, as it smells REALLY bad, but do visit the gardens in Temple Square. Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 1995 08:28:01 GMT From: pri at MAS.esco.Eurocontrol.be (Andy Price) Subject: legal age in England The legal drinking age in the U.K. is 18 years. This is both to buy beers in a pub and also to buy at an off-licence. The legal age for entrance to a pub is not set - often pubs have rooms set aside for families. So, you may be able to get in, but you can't buy a beer. Having said this I had my first pint at the tender age of 15 in a local pub (where the landlord knew my parents) with some friends. We didn't look particularly older than our ages, and the landlord certainaly knew how old I was. He did tell my parents, who said it was O.K. so long as we didn't get a) drunk and b) into the habit. Depending on how old your children look you'll probably find they can get away with it, alot of places turn a blind eye and cater for the younger crowd. These places don't serve excellent cask ales though, they are more of a lager and black type of place. One sure give away of age is to order a snakebite (lager and cider mixed) - that will get you thrown out of most places pretty quickly... Finally, if you tell me where your going I may be able to recommend some good pubs, I lived in Southport for 17 years, Plymouth for 4 and London for 4. Cheers, Andy Price Return to table of contents
End of HOMEBREW Digest #1709, 04/19/95