HOMEBREW Digest #339 Wed 17 January 1990

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		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  Homebrew Digest News (rdg)
  Lion, Inc. (Mark Stevens) <stevens at stsci.edu>
  The Lion Brewery (Ihor W. Slabicky)
  Brewpots for Mead (Clay Phipps)
  Homebrew Law ("2645 RUTH, GUY R.")
  Comments on plastic kegs (Wayne Allen)
  Wort Chillers in the Summer (Arun Welch)
  pumps (Art Hebert)
  london ale (Art Hebert)
  Brewpub update ("2645 RUTH, GUY R.")
  Bluebonnet Conference & Competition ("2645 RUTH, GUY R.")
  Add me to the mailing list ("CAE65::GCMCBREARTY")
  Some Kiwi Questions ("S. Travaglia, University of Waikato, New Zealand")
  wort chiller with 80F water (Wayne Hamilton)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 16 Jan 90 10:27:21 MST From: rdg at hpfcmi Subject: Homebrew Digest News Full-Name: Rob Gardner Woops, sorry about the issue number on yesterday's digest. It should have been #338, not #1. I knew there was something I forgot. Hopefully, today's digest should be #339. Rob Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 89 09:17:36 EST From: (Mark Stevens) <stevens at stsci.edu> Subject: Lion, Inc. In Homebrew Digest #333, Dave Suurballe writes: > ...I drank a lager called Bunker Hill, brewed by the Lion, Inc., of > Wilkes-Barre. Does anyone know about the beer or the brewery? There was a very interesting article about the Lion brewery in the October 1989 issue of "All About Beer" magazine. The article was written by James Robertson, author of "The Connoisseur's Guide to Beer." Some of the highlights of the article: * The brewery was opened as the Luzerne Brewery in 1906, it competed directly with Stegmaier and three other larger local breweries. Although Stegmaier was *MUCH* larger than the Lion, it encountered financial difficulties in the 1960's, was ravaged by a flood in 1972, and subsequently sold to the Lion. * Lion's strongpoint is that it produces good beers and sells them at lower prices than major industrial brewers. Some of the beers sell for as little as $5/case in Pennsylvania. * Lion has recently started diversifying products a bit, introducing a malt cooler (like wine cooler) called Calvin Cooler. * Lion has gone after contract-brewing business. Currently have contracts to brew Hope Lager, Manhattan Gold, Jersey Lager, Stoudt's, and Winterfest Ale--all excellent products. * The Lion is family owned. Robertson then provided flavor profiles of the Lion's major brands, among them: Gibbons, Stegmaier, Steg Light, Bartels, Liebotschaner Cream Ale, Lionshead Pilsner, Esslinger, Crystal, Stegmaier Porter, Trupert Pilsner, (and some of the contract beers). If you're interested in regional breweries, this is a very good article, it is on page 14 of the October 1989 issue of "All About Beer" magazine. Cheers, - --Mark Stevens stevens at ra.stsci.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 89 09:41:43 EST From: iws at rayssdb.ssd.ray.com (Ihor W. Slabicky) Subject: The Lion Brewery I just got back from Christmas in New Jersey, where I drank a lager called Bunker Hill, brewed by 'The Lion, Inc., Wilkes-Barre'. Does anyone know about this beer or the brewery? I'd never heard of it, and I thought the hoppiness was just right. I haven't had the opportunity to try Bunker Hill ;-(, but The Lion is a brewery in Wilkes Barre that does a lot of contract brewing. One brew that they make is all the Hope Lager, Red Rooster Ale, Christmas Ale, etc... for the Hope Brewery in Providence, RI. They do a good job of contract brewing, as Hope has done well in various judgings and is doing well locally. The Lion also brews its own brands - like Bartel's - which are not as good the contract brews. I tried a Bartel's recently and found it to be rather weak in flavor - but I remember Bartel's from about 15 years ago as having a stronger yeast/malt taste. Ihor Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 90 20:51:13 -0800 From: hplabs!garth!apd!phipps (Clay Phipps) Subject: Brewpots for Mead In an issue of the HomeBrew Digest during December 1989 or thereabouts, someone insisted that mead not be brewed in a bare metal pot, and recommended using an enamelware vessel instead. I thought that stainless steel was always acceptable for a brewpot. Would someone in-the-know please explain why mead would be an exception ? And at what honey content in a predominately malted-barley brew recipe would this make a difference ? I could not detect any reason to regret using stainless steel Revere-Ware for boiling a 30% honey, 70% malt extract recipe. [The foregoing may or may not represent the position, if any, of my employer, ] [ who is identified solely to allow the reader to account for personal biases.] [Besides, the text above was mailed or posted way after normal business hours] Clay Phipps {ingr,pyramid,sri-unix}!garth!phipps Intergraph APD, 2400#4 Geng Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303 415/852-2327 Return to table of contents
Date: 15 Jan 90 06:55:00 MST From: "2645 RUTH, GUY R." <grruth at sandia.gov> Subject: Homebrew Law Shoeless Joe writes: For the legal-eagles amongst the homebrewing throngs--and because I've never seen it published in the Digest--I've enclosed for general perusal the govern- ing Federal law concerning homebrewing. A note to the paranoid: Each state--and in some cases, local government--may have slightly different requirements or (GASP!) may ban homebrewing all together. If you really want to be compulsive about these things, I'd suggest you check your home state's annotated code... ... From the US Code Annotated (which, for those of you who are interested, are the laws of these United States organized by topic_), Title 26 (which, interesting- ly enough is the INCOME TAX section!), section 5053 (EXEMPTIONS from income tax), subsection (e): ... Beer for Personal and Family Use.--Subject to regulation prescribed by the Secretary, any adult may, without payment of tax, produce beer for personal or family use and not for sale. The aggregate amount of beer exempt from tax under this subsection with respect to any household shall not exceed-- (1) 200 gallons per calender year if there are 2 or more adults in such household, or (2) 100 gallons per calender year if there is only 1 adult in such household. For purposes of this subsection, the term "adult" means an individual who has attained 18 years of age, or the minimum age (if any) established by law applicable in the locality in which the household is situated at which beer may be sold to individuals, whichever is greater. ... The law came into effect on 14 October 1978--a day which should go down in infamy! Let's take things into our own hands and proclaim October 14--from now until forever--National Homebrewing Day! Whataya think? Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 90 10:48:30 CST From: wa%cadillac.cad.mcc.com at mcc.com (Wayne Allen) Subject: Comments on plastic kegs I, too, have had friends bad-mouth the plastic kegs because they always seemed to have some problem staying sealed. However, the Rotokeg I bought some years ago has been a trustworthy friend. My first experience with it did not turn out too well, but a friend (my brewing mentor) pointed out a technique which has eliminated all subsequent problems. COAT THE SEALS AND O-RINGS WITH VEGETABLE OIL BEFORE ASSEMBLING PRIOR TO EACH BATCH. That's all it takes for the seals to seat correctly. I have had (undisturbed) keg batches retain pressure for months without adding CO2. wa Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 90 12:12:11 -0500 From: Arun Welch <welch at cis.ohio-state.edu> Subject: Wort Chillers in the Summer >How about using a pump attachment for an electric drill? Since it's only >water you'd be pumping, the pump can be as sleazy as you want. I think >Black & Decker versions can be had for relatively few bucks... Or, you could go to an aquarium store and get a water pump. It should be plenty powerful for an wort chiller, and couplers for that size should be easy to find. ...arun - ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Arun Welch Lisp Systems Programmer, Lab for AI Research, Ohio State University welch at cis.ohio-state.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 90 09:31:36 PST From: arth at EBay.Sun.COM (Art Hebert) Subject: pumps Instead of using an electric drill you can buy a pump for about $10 at most hardware stores. I have one on a hydroponic unit and it works fine, its base rests in the ice water and just plugs into the wall. suds Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 90 09:39:33 PST From: arth at EBay.Sun.COM (Art Hebert) Subject: london ale I've just bought a beer making kit and was wondering if anyone has made ale similar to the Palo Alto Brewing Co.'s london ale? I used to drink this about 4 years ago at the Togos on Lawrence Exp. and miss it immensely. suds Return to table of contents
Date: 16 Jan 90 12:25:00 MST From: "2645 RUTH, GUY R." <grruth at sandia.gov> Subject: Brewpub update Richard Tatz (former brewmaster at Santa Fe Brewing Co.) says that a real estate developer will be opening up a brewpub close to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque this year. Construction is slated for April with a tentative completion of June or July. The brewpub will feature four ales: light, amber, dry hopped medium, heavy. Throughout the year they may also feature a porter or stout. The cuisine will be barbeque. Richard will serve as brewmaster. Return to table of contents
Date: 16 Jan 90 12:52:00 MST From: "2645 RUTH, GUY R." <grruth at sandia.gov> Subject: Bluebonnet Conference & Competition I just received a flyer from NTHBA in Dallas about the Bluebonnet Conference and Competition to be held March 28-31 in Plano, TX. Does anyone in netland know what kind of competition this will be (i.e. whether it is an AHA sanctioned competition and what kind of beer styles they are accepting)? << Guy >> Return to table of contents
Date: 16 Jan 90 16:31:00 EDT From: "CAE65::GCMCBREARTY" <sdrc!gcmcbrearty%cae65.decnet%cae19 at uunet.UU.NET> Subject: Add me to the mailing list Plz add me to your mailing list for homebrew news. andy mcbrearty Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 90 11:02 +1300 From: "S. Travaglia, University of Waikato, New Zealand" Subject: Some Kiwi Questions 1. Tell me, what is root beer? We don't get that over here; is it something like gingerbeer? 2. Can you get beer "kits" over there. (This essentially gets rid of all the hops work etc; you just add sugar, water and yeast {and whatever else you want, caramel, lactose etc} and let it ferment, then bottle it. That is extremely big over here. {I don't know anyone who works with hops}) 3. What's the viability of re-using yeast. Someone suggested I should save the crap out of the bottom of a brew and re-use it in the next brew. (I have nightmares about that sort of thing) 4. What else could I use to sweeten a brew up? And to finish, a excerpt from Ben Elton (co/writer of Black Adder, Young Ones and various other british comedies) on Real Ale: "I was up the Priests Hole the other day (That's a pub, not an archaic criminal offence) and I got a lager and the guy behind the bar said "Don't drink that mate, it's not real", I said "Try telling that to the Taxi driver when you're throwing it up all over the front seat - It's not real mate, it's not real" ..So I had a real ale. I kid you not, the stuff was so strong, the bar prices were in Braille. Amazing feeling, take a sip, >WALLOP<, what the f*ck was that?!" - ----------------------+------------------------------------------------------- -Simon P Travaglia- | spt at truth.waikato.ac.nz, (NZ-PSI) 71000004::CCC_SPT + University of Waikato | internet# {truth}, {grace}+ Hamilton, New Zealand | Request: Send me your games, I need them to survive + - ----------------------+------------------------------------------------------- Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 90 22:13:59 -0600 From: Wayne Hamilton <hamilton at osiris.cso.uiuc.edu> Subject: wort chiller with 80F water Chris Shenton asks: >OK, so I think I'm convinced to build a Wort Chiller -- immersion cuz I'm >paranoid about cleanliness. But how well can it work during the summer when >my tap water is a good 80 degrees F? my immersion chiller seems to bring the wort down to within 5-10F of the water temp itself, so i'd expect 80F water to get you at least down to 90F, which seems to be a reasonable pitching temp. other replies to chris's question suggest ice baths and pumps. i'm skeptical of dual heat exchangers (ie, run warm tap water thru a coil immersed in ice water). seems to me that approach expends a lot of work to HEAT the ice water. better to cool several gallons of water to just above freezing and then run that water thru a simple immersion chiller. can someone familiar with the heat capacities of wort vs water calculate the volume of (say) 40F water necessary to bring wort from (say) 190F to 90F? i could picture cooling water in a freezer chest using these 5gal cubitainers i got for free, if i only needed 10-20 gallons. if the required volume is unreasonable, i'd suggest using your tap water for all it's worth (say, get the wort down to 110F) before switching to the icewater. as for a pump, i'm not sure you'd want to recirculate the water anyway. with my chiller, the "first run" thru is scalding hot. better to replace that water with 80F tap water instead. wayne hamilton U of Il and US Army Corps of Engineers CERL UUCP: {att,iuvax,uunet}!uiucuxc!osiris!hamilton I'net: hamilton at osiris.cso.uiuc.edu Lowtek: Box 476, Urbana, IL 61801; (217)384-4310(voice), -4311(BBS) Return to table of contents
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