HOMEBREW Digest #3808 Sat 08 December 2001

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  Melbourne brewers ("ben yep ben")
  Conical Geometry (Was RE: Fermentap) ("Dave Howell")
  Peppermint Mead ("David Craft")
  thanks for the advice on scales ("Patrick Finerty Jr.")
  Re: Ice to cool wort (Jeff Renner)
  Nylon washer in brew kettle? ("TED MAJOR")
  Beer Bellies ("Pete Calinski")
  Teeshirt vendor solution wanted... (Pat Babcock)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 15:42:10 +1100 From: "ben yep ben" <dundalinger at hotmail.com> Subject: Melbourne brewers Hi any Brewers from Melbourne Australia? Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2001 22:14:35 -0700 From: "Dave Howell" <djhowell at qwest.net> Subject: Conical Geometry (Was RE: Fermentap) IN HBD #3807, Todd Bissel writes: "I've read that 60-degrees is the "magic number", in terms of how steep this bottom cone needs to be......" Actually, if one cuts a semi-circle of sheet metal and rolls it to form a cone, the conical angle is 60 degrees. It's the easiest cone angle to manufacture, and the least wasteful of rectangular sheet stock. I think it just happens to be a steep enough one to let yeast tumble down to collect at the bottom. Try it with a sheet of paper... just start with a semicircle. Dave Howell Mesa, Az [1630.2, 247.7] Rennerian Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 07:27:35 -0600 From: "David Craft" <David-Craft at craftinsurance.com> Subject: Peppermint Mead Has anyone ever tried using peppermint sticks or peppermint extract in Mead? Sounds festive, doesn't it? My wife said sounded sick! David B. Craft Battleground Brewers Greensboro, NC Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 09:41:45 -0500 From: "Patrick Finerty Jr." <pjf at finerty.net> Subject: thanks for the advice on scales Howdy folks, Thanks to everyone who provided suggestions about scales. It seems that many people like to have dual use scales that can measure both the small amounts required for water adjustments or hop additions as well as the larger quantities required for grain. I already have a Mettler 300 balance that can weigh (can you guess?) up to 300 g with 0.001 g accuracy (definitely required for proper hop weighing). I'm probably going to buy a decent analog scale that can go to at least 20 lb since I'm impatient and don't like having to weigh my grain incrementally. Cheers to all and have safe holidays! -patrick - -- Patrick J. Finerty, Jr., Ph.D. Forman-Kay Laboratory Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, ON, Canada http://finerty.net/pjf Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 10:24:31 -0500 From: Jeff Renner <JeffRenner at mediaone.net> Subject: Re: Ice to cool wort "Adam Warren" <warrenal at mcmaster.ca> writes from the great frozen north of Hamilton, Ontario Canada: >I don't understand why the use of ice for cooling is not discussed more >often. >I've never seen it even mentioned in a book. and goes on to describe his clever method of using zip lock bags. I'm surprised it isn't mentioned more often too, as it is a great method, provided you take similar precautions to what Adam does. It's not that your tap water may be contaminated, as someone recently posted. Its that there may be nasty stuff in your freezer. Of course, nothing should be actually growing at freezer temperatures, but I'll bet it's not a very clean place microbiologically speaking. On a historic note, old German-American (and presumably German) brewers used "schwimmers" (pronounced schvimmers), which were metal boxes which they filled with ice and floated on the cooling wort and pulled around by ropes in warm weather. This way they cooled the wort without diluting it. Presumably they sanitized these first, or relied on the sanitizing effect of hot wort. Jeff - -- Jeff Renner in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA, JeffRenner at mediaone.net "One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943 Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 12:47:15 -0500 From: "TED MAJOR" <tidmarsh at charter.net> Subject: Nylon washer in brew kettle? Hi all-- I'm working on a new kettle drain for my boiler (9-gal aluminum for 5-gal batches) and am putting together a bulkhead fitting using a 1/4" NPT ball valve, 1/4" NPT close nipple, and 1/4" NPT/3/8" compression adapter (all brass). I have seen Teddy Winstead's keg conversion document at brewery.org, which suggests using a teflon washer to seal a no-weld bulkhead fitting. Those aren't readily available at the local mega home improvement warehouse, but nylon washers are. Is a nylon washer suitable for use in a boiler to seal between a brass washer and the kettle wall? I've found a few MSDS on the web for various grades of nylon, and it looks like natural nylon is typically food grade and safe at boiling temps. Any experience with nylon in the boiler? Boiling is below nylon's melting point, but will the washer soften too much? thanks, Tidmarsh Major Birmingham, Ala. Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 14:14:41 -0500 From: "Pete Calinski" <pcalinski at iname.com> Subject: Beer Bellies NEW DATA MAY HELP SLIM BEER BELLIES from The Boston Globe Although the cure won't come in time for this holiday season's weight creep, Boston scientists think they have come up with information that could lead to a new way to reduce the mostly-male problem known as beer belly. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have identified a specific enzyme in fat cells that causes them to cluster around the abdomen. In the study, mice with excessive amounts of this enzyme ended up looking like a rodent version of Homer Simpson. If drug companies can create medications to turn off this enzyme, the researchers say, it might help men lose abdominal fat. Paring down that paunch has implications far beyond male vanity. The kind of fat that sticks around the abdomen is the kind most associated with a higher risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer, researchers say. <http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/341/nation/New_data_may_help_slim_beer_be llies+.shtml> Pete Calinski East Amherst NY Near Buffalo NY *********************************************************** *My goal: * Go through life and never drink the same beer twice. * (As long as it doesn't mean I have to skip a beer.) *********************************************************** Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 23:50:03 -0500 (EST) From: Pat Babcock <pbabcock at hbd.org> Subject: Teeshirt vendor solution wanted... Greetings, Beerlings! Take me to your lager... Aaaaarrrrrgggggggghhhh! OK. Our teeshirt vendor has gone out of the business. Quite suddenly. Out of the business. We need a replacement. What we would like to have is a vendor who will produce "to order" goods with the teeshirt competition design on them (ability to do other things like hats, jackets, etc a plus), but what we DON'T want to have to do is buy a bazillion of any item at once to sell as we don't have the wherewithall to store and ship orders. It is also not desirable to lock up any of the HBD's existing budget in inventory. Our ideal clothing vendor will take care of order processing, clothing "manufacture" and shipping, either using our ordering system, or from their own. If from ours, we will agree upon a selling/processing cost from which a portion will go to the HBD Server Fund, and the HBD will reimburse the vendor per order. If from theirs: same deal, but they would provide the donation portion to the HBD Server Fund on an agreed upon interval. The HBD Server Fund Portion could be a flat percent of sale, or a use/royalty fee for the HBD logo, designs, or whatever HBD association the vendor wished to employ in clothing or other merchandise. A marketing portal or link will be provided on the HBD website We are not interested in second-party leads to pursue, I'm afraid, as we have little available time to pursue them. If you have such a vendor in mind, or you are such a vendor yourself, please have them contact me directly. The ultimate decision will be made from whatever pool of interested vendors respond. Thanks! - -- - God bless America! Pat Babcock in SE Michigan pbabcock at hbd.org Home Brew Digest Janitor janitor@hbd.org HBD Web Site http://hbd.org The Home Brew Page http://hbd.org/pbabcock [18, 92.1] Rennerian "The monster's back, isn't it?" - Kim Babcock after I emerged from my yeast lab Saturday Return to table of contents
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