HOMEBREW Digest #2529 Mon 13 October 1997

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  Thanks again! (Matthew Arnold)
  Bells Amber Ale Zealot ("Michael Kowalczyk")
  Re: Steinbier - the USGS speaks! (Matt Gadow)
  homebrew books (michael rose)
  Orange Peel Essence (nathan_l_kanous_ii)
  Dropping Homebrew (Lorne P. Franklin)
  Lagering Procedure (Jeff Renner)
  Survey (Spencer W Thomas)
  Re: gout & syrup (Craig Amundsen)
  Holy Hop Mistake, Batman! (Rich Hampo)
  Fast Fermentation ("Aaron Spurlock")
  Pasteurising a keg of beer (INFECTION!) ("Alan McKay")
  Boring color calculations (Samuel Mize)
  Stainless quick-disconnect connectors (Gary Bud Melton)
  'fridge foam/beer in Ann Arbor, MI (LBarrowman)
  RE: Got a burnin' question! (Andrew Quinzani)
  Where are the brewers? ("gordo")
  New Glarus Belgian Red (Steve Armbrust)
  Rests and modified malts (JFarrar101)
  Help w/Johnson controls!!! ("Michael T. Bell")
  Homebrew and apple pie? (Bill Macher)
  Starting a homebrew club (Doug Moyer)
  Scientific Pumpkin Brewing (TheTHP)
  Guiness (OCaball299)
  New Glarus Belgian Red (David Johnson)
  Do big beers always win? (Katy or Delano DuGarm)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 09 Oct 1997 03:01:20 GMT From: mra at skyfry.com (Matthew Arnold) Subject: Thanks again! Thanks to everyone who gave me their preferences for phalse bottoms / easymashers with a seven gallon Gott. Personally, I'm going to go with a phalse bottom, and some of the accessories for same from HopTech (no affiliation, blah, blah, blah). While that may be the more expensive way to go, I am not in the LEAST mechanically inclined so this will make things as easy as possible (also makes it easy for Santa to get the stuff for me ;) ) Until I can scrape enough money together for a ten gallon SS pot, I'm going to be trying no-sparge brewing for the time being. At which point, I will probably try batch sparging and see how I like it. Basically, I'm so keyed about the possibility of doing all-grain brewing I can hardly contain myself! Thanks again, oh mighty collective! Matt Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 1997 22:05:55 -0700 From: "Michael Kowalczyk" <mikekowal at megsinet.net> Subject: Bells Amber Ale Zealot Ok, I've searched the HBD archives and surfed the net for an hour on this one, so I'm certain it's "Postworthy" (aka Spongeworthy from Seinfeld...). Bells Amber Ale from Kalamazoo Michigan. I'm thinking' its the ultimate American/homebrewlike/micro ale. I drink SNPA, Sprecher, Goose Island, etc.. But nothing like a fresh Bells from neighboring Michigan ( I swear whenever I'm in MI I'm not a F.I.P...) Anyone know what yeast they use? I thought it was Wyeast 1056, or Wyeast 1272 until I drank a bunch tonight and then had a homebrew that I made with Wyeast 1335 British Ale II and it tastes the same. I'm sure I could steal the yeast from one of their bottles, but I prefer fresh cultures to the stuff that's in the secondary... Besides it's fun to know for sure (Who hasn't made a SNPA clone from fresh Wyeast and has enjoyed the hell out of it? Giggling about how close it tastes to the real thing...) Anyone know if they use Lager malt? I'm sure they use domestic malts. Larry Bell has made too much money to be buying the 'xpensive imported stuff. What maltsters I'm sure its something nearby. Anyone in Kzoo notice what trucks stop by the brewery? Hops don't really taste like Cascade, so I would believe domestic Goldings. Anyone know what hops? Anyway, I make what I think is a close second to the Bronze Michigan nectar... British Lager malt, Some wheat, some crystal, dash of Special B. Wyeast 1335 Yeast. Willamette and EKG hops. ANYONEKNOWFERSURE? - Mike from Chicago. (A short 2.5 hours from Kalamazoo...) Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 1997 20:07:07 -0700 From: Matt Gadow <mgadow at ix.netcom.com> Subject: Re: Steinbier - the USGS speaks! I read with interest the recent thread on Steinbier, and ran the posts by my uncle (a USGS geologist)Here are his responses a very comical guy, and semi-regular homebrewer, but not an HBD'r. - ----------------------------------------------- Hey Matt - (My original message to Jamie the geologist) >The Homebrew digest has a running thread on Steinbier - The process of >dropping superheated rocks into your beer to carmelize the wort. Check >out the threads marked Steinbier / Rocks in his head / George is >Stoned... in the following forwarded messages, and let me know what you >think... I guess there's pretty much nothing people won't think of to try. Why not? - go for it! And you can call it "Rock Bottom Ale"? This article seemed to make the most sense: >Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 21:32:53 -0500 >From: "John Heubel" <jlheubel at wf.net> >Subject: George is stoned <snip> >The Winter 92 Zymurgy cover story was about Steinbier and I too have been >stoned for some time trying to get my hands on the correct rocks. Here's >some of the info I've found out: > >The article (or a follow up) mentions that Graywacke is the rock du jour at >Rauchenfels. It is also known as "dirty sandstone" according to Britannica. I don't think you have any graywacke down there, (Southern CA) but sounds like what you want is just a good hard, dense rock. Sandstone like from Lake Powell or probably around where you live is not the right stuff - much too friable and crumbly compared to graywacke, which can be almost like basalt. > One of the specimens( Ordovician lithic wacke) pictured comes from Austin >Glen, NY if that's nearby George. Anywho, the graywacke expands during >heating causing an even greater surface area for the wort to caramelize on >and into. THAT sounds like BS! I doubt that graywacke is going to expand any more or less than any other kind of rock, in any case, it's pretty negligible anyway. If you want more surface area, add another rock! >The most recent BT also has a short blurb on it and the Brimstone Brewery >(Baltimore MD) uses diabase which is a volcanic stone sometimes associated >with granite (which can also be used). The Zymurgy authors used quartzite. >and had good results. Bottom line: find some rocks that can take some >serious heat without fracturing when dipped into relatively cool (near >boiling) wort. Right. As one of the other posts mentioned, avoid things like shale or slate, or pretty much anything foliated (having a planar fabric). They'll actually start to spall when you HEAT them! I think a great place to look would be a good-sized stream or river that carries rocks of the right size - like about fist-size, and look for a nice, well-rounded piece of granite, basalt, quartzite, or whatever. The river will do the work of breaking up the rocks that might otherwise shatter on you because of small fractures or whatever, and it's the sharp corners that might start to break off when super hot, so if you use a well-rounded stone to start with you'll probably be in good shape. Don't know if you can find anything suitable around Costa Mesa, but there'd be plenty of good rocks coming out of the San Bernardino Mts., or to the south on the coast. Try Trestles! /matt comments on (My favorite surfing spot, a cobbelstone beach! Now I'm motivated, I have to go surfing, and carry rocks back in my pack for my next brew!) /matt comments off > >Some info on Rauchenfels Steinbiere: > O.G. 1.045 0.64# of stones per gallon of wort Seems about right - like 3 or 4 fist-size stones per 5 gallons? I think you want to maximize surface area by using several smaller stones rather than one large one. [snip] >They heated the rocks in a cinder-block fire chamber, fire being of oak >wood (I plan on using Apricot wood from some tree branches I need to get >rid of) and they had a fan blowing on it to keep it stoked. I think you definitely want to do it this way, not just heat them with propane like one guy did. Here's a temperature guide (in Celsius): about 500 - dullest red glow you can see in the dark. about 550-575 - dull red glow visible in the light. Doubt you can get it much hotter than that. Whatever you do, don't drop it on the linoleum! >They did give >them an acid batch after a good scrubbing, but didn't mention strength or >acid type. 5-10% HCl? or maybe just vinegar, but I wouldn't bother, I can't imagine that it would make any difference. Save some for me! - Jamie Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 1997 21:25:15 -0700 From: michael rose <mrose at ucr.campus.mci.net> Subject: homebrew books I posted a question a few days ago asking about the discussion of homebrew books authored by members of the HBD. I got a large resonse so I thought I would summarize the results. 1) All of the replys felt that discussion of the books is proper in this forum. 2) Most of the people replying are waiting for either Alk's book or Dr. Fix's new book to be published. Al's book is out, I know this after having contact with him. I was told via a 3rd party that Dr. Fix's new book is also avialable. I just recieved a another email saying that the Fix book will be out Nov 1.(?) Thought the forum might want to know. mike rose Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 09:20:30 -0400 From: nathan_l_kanous_ii at ferris.edu Subject: Orange Peel Essence Mike Morton asked about a way to improve the orange nose and flavor in his holiday ale. I haven't tried it, but I'll toss it out anyhow. What about using some Cardamom? Anybody with experience using this spice in beers? Nathan in Frankenmuth MI Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 10:07:22 -0400 From: lachina at mindspring.com (Lorne P. Franklin) Subject: Dropping Homebrew George De Piro wonders: I have a question about "dropping" beer into the secondary to increase diacetyl (this also rouses highly flocculent yeast . . . Could it be that breweries that aerate the ferment to rouse the yeast are also severely shortening the shelf life of their products? Anybody out there have any ideas about how this effects the shelf-life of homebrew? Must beer fermented in this way be drunk relatively young (lending itself to cask conditioning and serving, perhaps?). Around last St. Patty's Day I bottled my Imperial Stout, Dreadlocks and Shamrocks. The OG was 1.112 and the FG was around 1.022. I think that I used ESB Wyeast 1968 (notes are home). But I know that I dropped the beer to the secondary after the initial 2 days of vigorous fermentation. At that point the gravity had dropped to the mid 40s. The aeration definately kicked the yeast into another fermentation cycle, and I continued to rouse the yeast for a couple of weeks as the fermentation subsided. I've been slowly nipping at this batch for a few months (but the bulk of if will be quaffed next March 17!), and have only noticed improvement in the flavor. There are no cardboardy elements to the beer's taste that could have been caused by oxidation. Granted, this is the biggest of big beers that I've ever made, so the flavor could be hiding some slight flaws. But, bottom line, it's storing well and improving. Lorne "The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time. . . ." - --Jack Kerouac Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 10:14:31 -0400 From: Jeff Renner <nerenner at umich.edu> Subject: Lagering Procedure In Homebrew Digest #2526 (October 09, 1997), "Jeff Johnson" <jdj at mindspring.com> asked some questions about his first lager, an Oktoberfest. In the interest of saving space, I've not quoted his original, You remember what he said, doncha? Oats are a little weird in a German style, but you knew that when you decided to use them, didn't you? Sounds good. A mashout at 170F is a good idea, too, if you can do it without too much trouble. It's Hallertauer, BTW. I hope you kept the bittering and hop character low. This is a style that should shout "MALT!"and whisper "(and a little hops to balance)". There is the argument that it is best to grow your yeast at as close to the actual fermentation conditions as possible, so doing the starter at 50F is probably better than warmer temps, but most people, including yeast producers, do it at warmer temps for speed of reproduction. The reasons for fermenting lagers at cold temps is flavor (and inhibition of spoilage critters), but you won't be drinking the starter, so that shouldn't matter. You were right not to pitch at the higher temps as many often do for a quicker start. It's a temptation. The off flavor (esters, etc) production comes during the reproductive stage, so the practice of warm start is poor practice. Good for you. With a really big pitch (yours is big, but an ounce of thick paste per gallon is best for lagers), I usually get low kraeusen at 24-30 hrs, and high kraeusen 12 hours later. With your technically underpitch, you should still see things going by 72 hours, especially since your 54F start is a little on the warm side. German technique, with a bigger pitch, is to start in the low 40sF and let the heat of fermentation take it to the upper 40sF.. With 5 gallons, of course, you'll lose heat so fast that there won't be much of a temp. rise. I generally ferment at 48-50F. Iodophor in the airlock is overkill, and can ruin beer in the unlikely case of suckback so vigorous that it pulls some of the solution into the beer. Water works fine, and vodka is good if you want to make sure nothing grows in it. A more typical pattern is to start lowering the temp when fermentation slows down pretty much, but there is still some kraeusen and gas production, so that the contraction of volume of beer and gas in headspace is exceeded by gas production, so you don't pull any air in. This is usually at about 10 days for me. You should be within a couple of points of FG at this point. A degree F drop per day is too slow, IMO. I go for 3F/day, and take it right down to 33 in 5 or 6 days. One exception is if the yeast you use throws diacetyl, in which case, you may need a diacetyl rest of a day at 60F+. I never have needed this. I'd skip the two weeks at 44F. It it isn't done at 50F, give it some more time at that temp. 44 is neither ideal ferm. or lagering temp. As soon as fermentation is over, you might as well start lagering, which will drop out protein and reduce those sulfurous and other green beer aromas and flavors. Sounds like you've made a good start. Let me know how it turns out. Hope everyone appreciates it at Thanksgiving. Jeff -=-=-=-=- Jeff Renner in Ann Arbor, Michigan c/o nerenner at umich.edu "One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943. Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 1997 10:46:06 -0400 From: Spencer W Thomas <spencer at engin.umich.edu> Subject: Survey Preliminary results in the HBD survey are in. The number of responses has tailed off in the last few days, so maybe it's time to report some results. I give no "confidence limits", no "plus-or-minus" on this. See below for disclaimer. As you may recall, in a message in HBD 2520, Jeff Sturman claimed that "95% of the digest's content is totally useless to 95% of home brewers." The question then is whether the digest's readership is typical of the home brewers that Jeff knows. I think the numbers here indicate that this is most likely not the case. The survey is still open at http://hubris.engin.umich.edu:8080/hbdsurvey.html. HBD Survey results Question # No Yes Jeff's Yeses I brew mostly with extract 520 67% 33% 98% I brew mostly with dry yeast 520 88% 12% 50% I don't know what amylase is, and I don't care about it 516 86% 14% 95% I mostly use a single-stage fermentation in plastic 520 92% 8% 33% I use untreated tap water to brew with 521 61% 39% 25% I have NO homebrewing books or magazines 520 98% 2% 25% I sanitize with bleach and tap water 519 51% 49% 95% I would quit brewing if I had to understand anything about the chemistry or biology of brewing 520 96% 4% 90% I am a male 521 4% 96% 98% Disclaimer: yes I know that some of the questions are poorly designed. I tried to echo the wording in the original posting as closely as possible. I am also quite aware that the sample reflected in the results is self-selected, and is limited to those who (1) care to answer, and (2) have WWW access. =Spencer Thomas in Ann Arbor, MI (spencer at umich.edu) Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 10:01:43 -0500 (CDT) From: Craig Amundsen <amundsen at biosci.cbs.umn.edu> Subject: Re: gout & syrup Hi - Finally a couple of posts I can comment on B^) > Andy Walsh <awalsh at crl.com.au> wrote about gout: > > What's this got to do with homebrew? > Beer is the only alcoholic beverage with a measurable purine content > (despite what many diet books may tell you!). The primary purines in beer > are the nucleosides guanosine and adenosine, and derive from the breakdown > of malt proteins. Beer may contain up to 150mg/l of these two Just a nit: guanosine and adenosine are _not_ products of protein degradation. They are 2 of the constituents of RNA and DNA. But malt has a lot of DNA and RNA because during the malting process the plant embryo is encouraged to grow. This process involves a lot of cell divisions and associated DNA replications. So a barley seed has much less RNA and DNA than a kernel of malted barley because the seed hasn't undergone the huge number of cell divisions that took place during the malting process. i.brew2 at juno.com wrote about Maple Porter: > > I have a neighbor who is a Maple Syrup producer. I wanted to make him > some Maple Porter with his syrup. I have an extract based kit. Would > someone make a suggestion as to how much syrup to add for a 5 gallon > batch? I don't want this to be exceptionaly high in alcohol. Also, does > maple syrup produce the kind of off flavors that refined sugars do? I > have had suggestions to add from one pint to one gallon to just using it > to prime at botteling, but no one seems to have really done it, just > guessing. This is not a guess: I made a Maple Brown Ale (called Waffale) where I used 1 (one) quart of maple syrup in a lightly hopped standard brown ale batch. When the beer had warmed up a bit after being poured into the glass, I could convince myself that the maple taste was perceptible. I would recommend, based on this datum, that you use at least a half gallon of syrup. I detected no off flavors from the sugar (fructose most likely) contributed by the syrup. - Craig in St. Paul - -- +-----------------------------+------------------------------------------------+ | Craig Amundsen | DILBERT - Sometimes I wonder if it's ethical | | amundsen at biosci.cbs.umn.edu | to do these genetic experiments. But | | | I rationalize it because it will | | 250 Biological Sciences | improve the quality of life. | | 1445 Gortner Avenue | DOGBERT - What are you making? | | Saint Paul, MN 55108 | DILBERT - Skunkopotamus. O- | +-----------------------------+------------------------------------------------+ Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 11:16:29 -0400 From: rhampo at ford.com (Rich Hampo) Subject: Holy Hop Mistake, Batman! Howdy all, I had a heck of a brew night last night. On top of several minor errors, I really screwed up my hopping. I forgot to add them. OOPS! Anyway, I remembered (that I forgot to add) the hops just as I was turning on the water to my chiller. So back on the stove it goes, I add 1/2 gal of water, and add the hops. I then boiled for about another 30 minutes. To make up for the lower utilization, I used about 30% extra hops. Anyone know of problems I may have because my only hop addition was late? How about a 130 minute boil instead of a 90 minute boil? This was a SNPA clone. The bitter wort tasted fine by the time I was done, but at 1:30 AM, I think my tastebuds might have already gone to bed. I know my brain was absent the whole night..... Thanks! Richard Hampo H&H Brewing Ltd. Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 08:17:59 -0800 From: "Aaron Spurlock" <spurlock at nemesis.azlink.com> Subject: Fast Fermentation I've brewed a couple of batches so far, and they seem to be getting better with time. My last couple of batches, though, seem to have fermented awful fast. I used 7lbs extract and one packet of Edme dry yeast (started according to How to Brew your First Batch). Vigorour activity occured after 12 hours, and throughout the first day. On the second day, it had slowed down to about 3-5 bubbles per minute and the krausen fell. By the third day, it was less than 1 bubble per minute! I plan on waiting until a week has passed, but is this okay? I know...don't worry! QUESTION 2: All of my batches thus far have had a peculiar "tangy" taste. It is the type of taste that makes your saliva glands "swell" after it hits them. Not really bitter, or puckery, but just "mediciney" I guess. Is there something I may be doing that causes this taste? All of my brews are malt extract, which some people say causes this taste. Would shifting to DME help? The other thing people have pointed out is the dry yeast. Would shifting to liquid yeast help? Thanks to everyone for your time and help! Aaron Spurlock aaronspurlock at iname.com All opinions expressed are expressly my opinions... Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 11:51:53 -0400 From: "Alan McKay" <Alan.McKay.amckay at nt.com> Subject: Pasteurising a keg of beer (INFECTION!) Well, let me start this post off with a little bit of a lesson to people who become lazy, complacent, or whatever with their brewing. Over the summer I did just this. It was a standing joke between me and my brewing friends. I'd be doing something with my beer (brewing, kegging, bottling, whatever), and I'd say "Well, I used to do XXX, but I've been lazy lately". As the summer progressed I became lazier and lazier. My 15 minute soak in bleach went down to 10 minutes, then 5, then 2. All sorts of things I normally never thought I'd do, I was now doing. Then I decided enough was enough. I knew that I'd end up with an infection, so I changed my ways and started doing things the right way again. A week later I noticed an infection in my cherry ale. No big deal -- it is normal when you don't pasteurize the fruit, as I didn't. Now I've got an infection in my beer brewed with corn meal. In any case, I don't anticipate any more infections because I'm not lazy anymore. But I do want to rescue the beer that was infected from the times when I was lazy. What I was thinking of first was racking it into my pot, bring it up to 150F or 160F, hold for 5 minutes, then chill it and bottle. But then I thought maybe I'd rack it into a keg, put the keg in my pot, fill the pot with water, fire up the burner and pasteurize the thing right in the keg. Anyone see a problem with this 2nd option? The only potential problem I see is if my keg were pressurized. But the beer will be right out of the 2ndary, so that shouldn't be a problem. Comments? -Alan - -- Alan McKay Nortel Enterprise Networks Norstar / Companion / Monterey Operations PC Support Prime Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 13:12:08, -0500 From: sdginc at prodigy.com ( STEVE GARRETT) Subject: Gout Andy Walsh awalsh at crl.com.au writes: >Medication works (most often allopurinol, which decreases >urate production), but once you start, you must take it >every day for the rest of your life. I will keep this short as I know it applies only to a rather small percentage of HBDers. The worst decision I ever made in my life was to not start taking allopurinol soon enough. I suffer permanent damage to the joints in my ankles for that bit of idiotic stubbornness. Allopurinol is about as cheap as aspirin, and while I know there can be side effects, I have none that are consequential. (My urine smells funny.) I've been taking it for over 5 years now-after putting it off for 7 years. Before, I had to ration myself one beer per day (and still suffered gout attacks). Now I am not limited (by gout - just moderation). I have not had the slightest gout since the first month or so after starting to take allopurinol. If like me, your physician suggests it and you decide to turn it down because you just don't like medicine-doctors-hospitals, think again. Cheers! Steve Garrett Denver, Colorado Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 12:15:01 -0500 (CDT) From: Samuel Mize <smize at prime.imagin.net> Subject: Boring color calculations Greetings to all, and especially to: > HOMEBREW Digest #2526 Thu 09 October 1997 > From: Fredrik.Stahl at math.umu.se (Fredrik Staahl) > Subject: Re: EBC to SRM (errata) ... > P.S. Sorry if this discussion bores everyone, maybe we should take it to > private e-mail. D.S. PLEASE DON'T. Or post a summary once you come to general agreement. I say this as someone who currently doesn't give a rat's ash about beer color calculations. This is going to sound really pompous, but I believe it's true: HBD isn't just a place for us to get together and work out our own little brewing problems. It's a record of how those problems got solved, and a repository of shared and discovered knowledge. I recently used the HBD search engine to verify some data from my local store, and got a big dose of useful info besides. In the current case we have knowledgeable people discussing how the color scales are related and how pigments affect beer color, referring both to standard references and recent research. This discussion and these references will reside in the HBD archives for years to come, easing the research of dozens (if not hundreds) of other brewers who care about predicting the color of their beer from the grain. On a future day, I might mature my brewing to where I care about all that. I want to see the information exchanged, the references used and the answers found. Please don't hide it from that future me. I'd have to track you down and interrogate you. Best, Sam Mize - -- Samuel Mize -- smize at imagin.net -- Team Ada Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 1997 12:35:07 -0500 From: Gary Bud Melton <gary at national.lmtas.lmco.com> Subject: Stainless quick-disconnect connectors Does anyone know of a place where I can mail-order stainless quick-disconnect connectors for ball-lock kegs? I would prefer flare fittings, not hose-barb connectors. Thanks in advance, Bud Melton meltongl at lmtas.lmco.com Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 13:38:51 -0400 (EDT) From: LBarrowman at aol.com Subject: 'fridge foam/beer in Ann Arbor, MI Tim.Watkins at analog.com asked about using expandable foam to boost the insulation value of his fridge. I just used some called 'Great Stuff' to patch the holes in my old serving fridge. It's very messy but works well. I believe it is a type of expanding urethane foam. The fridge I used it on was already insulated with urethane so material compatability was not an issue. I don't know if squirting this stuff in the wall cavities of a fridge insulated with fiberglass is a good idea. It would probably compact the fiberglass in to the corners reducing the insulation value where the foam does not penetrate. How you thought about putting styrofoam sheets on the outside? Me thinks it might be less of a buttache. Husband just left this morning for his class reunion in Michigan. I am left with the task of pet sitting and writing the beer shopping list. He will be stopping at the Merchants of Vino in Ann Arbor. We are looking for high gravity local brews, scottish strongs, imp. stouts and belgian triples. Stuff we can't get here. I have been there before but it was over a year ago. Is anyone out there familiar with their current selection? Are there any unusual goodies to found? Laura Charlotte NC Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 1997 16:40:27 -0400 From: Andrew Quinzani <quinzani at mdc.net> Subject: RE: Got a burnin' question! >Date: Mon, 06 Oct 1997 22:51:30 -0400 >From: James Wolff <jwolff at eci.com> >Subject: Got a burnin' question! >And now to my question. As a relative newbie a have many, but I'll start >off simple. I've only made about a half-dozen batches, but already my wife >is not a big fan of the brewing process. She loves the end result, mind >you, but she can do without the "brew stank" (her words) that lingers in >the house for a day or so after I brew. She has so helpfully suggested >that I move my beermaking activities to the basement or garage. However, >neither location has a stove! I understand. I went in the gararge but for other reasons... One, I wanted to make 15 gal. batches rather than 5 or 10. Two, the wife liked the clean floor I gave her when I was done but I tied up the kitchen most of the day. >In catalogs and magazines, I've seen propane burners advertised. As I have >limited funds for my new hobby, I'm hoping to pick one up secondhand, >although from where I'm not sure. What BTU rating should I be looking for? >I hope to find a burner I can hook up to the spare tank from the gas >grill. If anyone has ideas as to where one can be picked up on the cheap, >I'd be much appreciative. I bought just the burner from "King Cooker" and built the stand to hold a half barrel keg that I had the top plasma cut off. It is around 175k BTU. I got the hose and regulator/shutoff valve that attaches to your propane tank. If you are handy you can weld or bolt some angle iron together to hold your burner and pot. I do not have the address or phone number as it was a few years ago but there are two companies if I remember right, King Cooker and Cajen cooker, or somethign like that, if you go to Wallmart or K-Mart, they sell the whole thing. I think I got the phone number off the box and just ordered parts, cost me less than 50 bucks with the angle iron. >(And I will make sure my brewing area is properly ventilated, so you don't >even need to start warning me about the hazards of carbon monoxide.) I open the gararge door, when done I hose the floor off and have a few brews! Hope this helps. -=Q=- - -- "Q" Brew Brewery...Home of Hairy Chest Ale - ------------------------------------------------------------ quinzani at mdc.net Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 1996 22:17:07 -0400 From: "gordo" <mckeever at worldlynx.net> Subject: Where are the brewers? Hi All: I've been away from the 'Digest for awhile, and I've only recently moved into central PA. I'm looking for a brew club, or even brewers (normal people - not NASCAR fans) in the York PA area. If anyone can provide any help, I'd appreciate it. Gordo mckeever at worldlynx.net Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 15:44:29 -0700 From: Steve Armbrust <SteveA at thepalace.com> Subject: New Glarus Belgian Red Pardon the regional bandwidth, but... In HBD #2526, Rob mentions New Glarus in his Jethro Gump report: >Jethro's Best of Show Award!.....Without a doubt, New Glarus Brewing Co.'s >Belgian Red! Simply stunning! Over a pound of cherries per bottle, and aged >in oak, it reminded me of a big red balloon, crisp, tart, aroma to die for! >This was the Gold Medal winner for fruit beers that Steve Bradt, Free State >Head Brewer, dismissed himself from judging when he recognized it. >Apparently, it has been 7 years in the tweaking stages to get it to this >point! Those in the Portland, OR area may be able to find a bottle of this wonderful beer. I found it for sale at Nature's in Beaverton. You might also try Pastaworks in SE Portland. Rob's right. The Belgian Red is fabulous. Steve Armbrust The Palace Inc. stevea at thepalace.com Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 19:56:39 -0400 (EDT) From: JFarrar101 at aol.com Subject: Rests and modified malts First of all, let me say that I've been hooked on HBD for about 2 weeks now. I think the interaction between "experienced" and "beginner", "science" and "art", etc. is just the most amazing thing going, and can only advance the state of homebrewing. I've been brewing for about 2 years, and have advanced to all-grain exclusively. The recent thread on rests and well modified malts has got me thinking (and questioning). Since I went to all-grain almost a year ago, I have, as standard procedure, been employing 3 rests in my mashing: 30 min. at 122 F., 15 min. at 149 F., and 20 min. at 158 F., with a 5 min. mash out at 168 F. My question is this: In using well modified malts, what will be the difference in the wort (and hence my beer) between the schedule above, and a single step mash at, say, 149 F or 156 F ? Appreciate any and all help, Jeff Farrar, Farfeyl Homebrewing Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 20:23:11 -0500 From: "Michael T. Bell" <mikeb at flash.net> Subject: Help w/Johnson controls!!! Ok, so I buy a Johnson Controls external thermostat. Plug the fridge into the JC unit, plug the JC unit into the wall, and,,,,,,,POP. The GFI plug trips. What's up? It is a regular 120v outlet with nothing else on that particular breaker. My yeast is screaming "Ya gotta brew Sunday" and I don't like to upset my yeast. Any quick answers are extremely welcome! Private E-mail is more than OK! Michael T. Bell Boomerdog Brewing Arlington, TX Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 22:12:19 -0400 (EDT) From: Bill Macher <macher at telerama.lm.com> Subject: Homebrew and apple pie? Speaking Of Science And Home Brewing.... Decloaking and raising shields! Greetings Beerlings! [ I love that salutation and just HAD to say it just once!] I am new to home brewing, having only about 25 (maybe 30? Just started keeping detailed records...) extract batches under my belt since last November...and soon plan to move on to full grain. I don't claim to know much about science, and do claim to know less about art...But I do know I really like Grandma's home made apple pie....But what's that got to do with BEER? I have noticed that I enjoy the clear transparency of the beer coming out of my kegs at the end of their life. Usually the last glasses are noticeably clearer than the first, so much so that I can tell when a keg is about to run out. The "Art vs. Science" observation recently posted in the HBD is something that has struck me as well, over my almost-first-year of brewing. But I think in a totally positive way. I had been thinking thoughts along these lines, and actually wrote the body of this message about a month ago, for possible posting to the HBD, as my way of trying to express something that I could not really put into meaningful words (not to imply that anything stated here is meaningful...). If I have a choice, I ALWAYS choose home-made apple pie, with its irregular texture but superior taste, over what they sell in the stores. And no one EVER lets out the slightest mummer of complaint, even though Grandma's pies are quite different from the mass produced ones... When I visit the farm I look forward to nothing better than a glass of that cloudy, brown cider. So apple-like! No way can that processed crystal-clear apple juice they sell at the supermarket compare the farm-made stuff. The farmer does not try to emulate the processed stuff, and I am grateful that he does not. As homebrewers, many of us strive for clear beer. We use clarifying agents or filters. Or various other techniques. Why? I think this goal ranks second only to perfect sanitation. As a newbie I could be wrong though... On one hand we scorn the beer of the Big Boys make: Keg wash, that is what it is! Yet we worry about clarity. I do too. I like the look of the beer as it drops clear as my kegs are running out. I make excuses for cloudy beer as I serve it to guests: "It's a little cloudy (chill haze) but it tastes good..." I can't imagine Grandma saying "It not as smooth as super market pie, but it tastes good..." Why do I make excuses and apologize for a good tasting brew? Must be my scientific side speaking, rather than whatever amount of artist I have in me... So, I wonder, have I been brainwashed over the years by the processed beers of the big producers? Does my technical background and employment tend to push me to want technical perfection? An appreciation of the hand-crafted qualities of homebrew is evolving as I continue to brew... I am beginning to consider chill haze a positive quality! It is a trait you will never find in most mega-mass-produced brews, for sure. I am beginning to serve my hazy beer with pride. I probably will now apologize as it clears towards the end of the keg! I will emphasize to my guests that they can't get a REAL beer like this just anywhere. It is not filtered at all. 100% natural goodness. No preservatives or additives. And it tastes GOOD, GOOD, GOOD! Remember how much you like home-made apple pie and farm-made cider? Get ready to enjoy a REAL BEER. But be careful, you may get hooked! There is so much goodness in that glass that you can hardly see through it! AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A ROCKET SCIENTIST TO MAKE IT! Boy am I glad I got that off my chest....and yes, we do own a pressure cooker :-) And no, I wrote this one afternoon at work, nothing was in the pipeline, and all my kegs were dry...boy I wish I could be more technical...but that is why I read the HBD, hoping some of that stuff will rub off...unsolicited samples of hazy homebrew welcomed if sent prepaid...naturally:-) Repeat after me: THE HBD IS GOOD! THE HBD is GREAT! The HBD is G.... I have learned a lot from lurking here. You are a great bunch of guys...I truly feel this forum has greatly accelerated my brewing experience. Keep that technical stuff coming! Turning lurker mode back on now... Cloaking again, and keeping shields raised.... Hey Homer! Grab me another homebrew and get your butt over here! Jethro, you wanna come? Beam us up, Scottie! Bill PS - In case my sig file comes across...no better way to make room for homebrew than by commuting 32 miles per day by bicycle:-) When climbing slowly, with 90 LB of bike and gear Or flying down the other side, sailing through the air There is no question; in MY mind it's clear I am both the turtle, AND the hare! ( macher at telerama.lm.com Pittsburgh, Pa. USA ) Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 1997 22:35:21 -0400 From: Doug Moyer <moyer-de at salem.ge.com> Subject: Starting a homebrew club Gentle collective, Last night, a dozen of us gathered together to tentatively approach the formation of a new homebrew club. Our closest AHA-sanctioned clubs are over 150 miles away, so we are pretty much on our own. HELP! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Doug Moyer Roanoke, Virginia p.s. how about Big Lick United Enthusists of Zymurgy (BLUEZ)? Are we stepping on anyone's toes? (Big Lick was the original name of Roanoke) Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 1997 23:36:17 -0400 (EDT) From: TheTHP at aol.com Subject: Scientific Pumpkin Brewing The secret to getting the pumpkin flavor into your pumpkin beer is in the preparation of the pumpkins themselves. Use small bowling ball sized "Neck" or "Pie" pumpkins. With a medium sized knife carefully remove the stem. With a larger knife split the pumpkin in half top to bottom. With your large metal brewing spoon remove all the seeds and attached spindules. Now the scientific part. Measure the diameter of the cross section. Measuring around the fattest part of the pumpkin (equator) determine the distance around the hemisphere. Double this to obtain the circumference. The secret of the pumpkin flavor is to divide the circumference by its diameter.... ;<) Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 03:31:13 -0400 (EDT) From: OCaball299 at aol.com Subject: Guiness Doesn't this tell it all? << Brenda O'Malley is home as usual, making dinner, when Tim Finnegan arrives at her door. "Brenda, may I come in?" he asks. "I've somethin' to tell ya." "Of course you can come in, you're always welcome, Tim. But where's my husband?" "That's what I'm here to be tellin' ya, Brenda. There was an accident down at the Guiness brewery..." "Oh, God no!" cries Brenda. "Please don't tell me..." "I must, Brenda. Your husband Seamus is dead and gone. I'm sorry." Brenda reached a hand out to her side, found the arm of the rocking chair by the fireplace, pulled the chair to her and collapsed into it. She wept for many minutes. Finally she looked up at Tim. "How did it happen, Tim?" "It was terrible, Brenda. He fell into a vat of Guiness Stout and drowned." "Oh my dear Jesus! But you must tell me true, Tim. Did he at least go quickly?" "Well, no Brenda......no." "No?" "Fact is, he got out three times to pee." >> Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 1997 07:40:00 -0700 From: David Johnson <dmjalj at inwave.com> Subject: New Glarus Belgian Red I just couldn't resist commenting after reading Jethro's post regarding the Belgian Red. Living right down the highway from New Glarus has its advantages. One of these being that our brew club was able to have a tour of the brewery with Dan Carey. He was most graciuos and interesting to talk to. He also appeared to enjoy talking to a group that at least had a basic understanding of his work. At one point he went out and got a pitcher of the Belgian Red before it was to be transferred to the secondary and onto the cherries. I tell you that beneath all that fruit that blew Jethro away was an amazing beer that just blew ME away. It is apparently based on a Belgian Brown. It was sweet and sour and had a slight taste of black tea. Really hard to describe. He talked about bringing it out as a seasonal without the cherries. But I haven't seen it yet. I plan on buying a case when it comes out. If any of you run into Dan or Deb you may mention you heard about this amazing beer that they're not selling. It goes to show you that if you want to make a great fruit beer, first make a great beer, (choose a style that is not heavily bitter) and then use great fruit. All this enthusiasm makes me thirsty! Dave Johnson (in southern Wisconsin) Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 09:18:34 -0400 From: Katy or Delano DuGarm <dugarm at mnsinc.com> Subject: Do big beers always win? Don H Van Valkenburg writes: >However, when was the last time you saw a mild win best of show?? Umm, I guess that would be the last competition I judged at, the Spirit of Free Beer in June. A dark mild won out of 401 entries. Second BOS went to a weizen, and 3rd to a barleywine. I used to think that the big guy always wins, and entered overstrength porters and IPAs, until I started to get comments on judging sheets like "Great beer, but too big for style." Or "Try this at a lower gravity." I've tried to mend my ways. Delano DuGarm Arlington, VA Return to table of contents
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