HOMEBREW Digest #4664 Thu 02 December 2004

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  FW: haploid/diploid/tetrapoid-Can You Comment? ("Rob Moline")
  Re: Vanilla bean vs. vanilla extract; which is better? (Bob Devine)
  CFC, pump, and cavitation (pacman)
  RE: Vanilla bean - source? ("Ronald La Borde")
  re: Heritage (Michael Owings)
  Fermenting in Cornies ("Todd Swearingen")
  Heritage (Jim Bermingham)
  Re: Vanilla bean vs. vanilla extract; which is better? (Denny Conn)
  Pumps and geneology ("zuvaruvi")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 23:04:37 -0600 From: "Rob Moline" <jethrogump at mchsi.com> Subject: FW: haploid/diploid/tetrapoid-Can You Comment? Folks, All the info... Rob - -----Original Message----- From: Cone, Clayton Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2004 4:57 PM To: Rob Moline Subject: RE: haploid/diploid/tetrapoid-Can You Comment? Rob, I was in Kansas. There are over 90 huge distilleries for Biofuel; up to 100 million gallons per year each. One bushel of corn will produce about 2.8 gallons of 100 % alcohol. Wheat, rye and milo produce about the same. This is Tobias' reply to Chad Stevens inquiry: "It is very difficult to determine ploidy in brewing strains. Only lab strains are haploid or diploid. Brewing strains are at least diploid most of them are polyploid or anoiploid (an abnormality involving a chromosome number that is not an exact multiple of the haploid number) Tobias" All of the Lallemand strains for wine, brewing and distilling (over 200) are selected with stability as a criteria. We monitor the DNA to assure strain stability. There should be no problems with several repitching. It is when the yeast is subjected to many repitchings, acid washes, poor storage temperatures, lack of nutrients, lack of oxygen, and other stressful conditions that mutants begin to form. Infection is the main problem with many repitchings. Clayton - --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.802 / Virus Database: 545 - Release Date: 11/26/2004 Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2004 22:41:18 -0700 From: Bob Devine <bob.devine at worldnet.att.net> Subject: Re: Vanilla bean vs. vanilla extract; which is better? Bill Velek asks about vanilla. > Bottom line: does anyone know if there is a difference in the quality of > beer made with vanilla extract vs. beans? And if there is no > difference, what is the equivalency of one to the other, for purposes of > making conversions when a recipe calls for one and you have the other. In general, you do pay more for quality vanilla. But it is worth it. Avoid "artificial vanilla", or vanillin, because it is too one-dimensional. Of the 3 major vanilla regions of Madagascar, Tahiti, and Mexico (the likely origin of vanilla), nearly 75% come from the island of Madagascar. Beware of cheap vanilla from Mexico because it may be adulterated with coumarin, which smells like very strong vanilla but studies show it causes liver problems. You can buy vanilla in several forms: beans, paste, powder, or extract. Look for Bourbon vanilla (from Madagascar, Mexico, or other tropical areas) for the typical flavor you expect in vanilla ice cream. Tahitian vanilla is a bit more expensive and has a sort of dried fruit flavor. Because the potency of a spice hard to foretell, I can't give a good answer on how much to use. I'd recommend adding vanilla only to cooled wort or in the secondary to avoid losing the great aroma. You could add a whole bean to your carboy but that will give a substantial, maybe even dominant, vanilla tone. Hmmm, a lightly hopped porter with vanilla would be tasty because of the dark malt. Maybe a less attenuative yeast so it is doesn't finish too dry. I judged a vanilla porter this year that reminded me strongly of a toasted marshmallow! A great source for spices is Penzey's http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeysvanilla.html Bob Devine Riverton, UT Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 23:23:42 -0700 From: pacman at edwardwadsworth.com Subject: CFC, pump, and cavitation So I am theorizing and a concern comes up. If I hook my pump to the outlet on my kettle, turn it on and pump my wort through the CFC, when I get toward the end, if I let the pump run the kettle dry, I risk running the pump dry, and cavitating it. How do I prevent this? slow the flow rate down toward the end, shut it off and gravity drain the rest of the wort into the fermenter? - ---------------------------------------------------------------- This message was sent using IMP, the Internet Messaging Program. Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 09:05:27 -0600 From: "Ronald La Borde" <pivoron at cox.net> Subject: RE: Vanilla bean - source? >From: "Doug Moyer" <shyzaboy at yahoo.com> > >Anyone know of a good source for purchasing vanilla beans? Sure, it's easy, just go to your grocery store spice rack. Look at the McCormick display, and you should find a bottle with about 4 or so vanilla beans in it. Not cheap though. Ron ===== Ronald J. La Borde -- Metairie, LA New Orleans is the suburb of Metairie, LA www.hbd.org/rlaborde Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2004 09:18:48 -0600 From: Michael Owings <mikey at swampgas.com> Subject: re: Heritage I am of the K'th'thlik'k people. We are renowned for our colorful painted gourds and our language, which sports 26 genders and includes no nouns. - -- Teleoperate a roving mobile robot from the web: http://www.swampgas.com/robotics/rover.html Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 09:25:12 -0600 From: "Todd Swearingen" <tswearingen at paragoninc.net> Subject: Fermenting in Cornies Hello, I have been a longtime lurker. I finally decided to de-cloak after seeing the post on fermenting in cornie kegs. This is a favorite topic for me. I have been using a 10 gallon corny keg as my primary for several years and it has been one of the best improvements to my process. I always hated transferring out of a carboy because it is so difficult to start and maintain a siphon. Transferring out of the keg is simple. Hook a transfer hose from the primary keg to the serving keg via each "out" post and pressurize the primary. This will push the beer into the previously purged serving keg. I periodically vent the receiving keg as it fills. Others have mentioned various ways to attach an airlock, but I use a much simpler method. Attach a qd/hose to the gas post and run the free end of the hose (no fitting) into a flask of water. If I want to collect the yeast for a later batch, I boil up a mason jar of water to sterilize both the water and jar. Once it has cooled I pour into the primary, re-seal, and push the yeast slurry into the mason jar via a picnic faucet. This is much cleaner and easier than trying to pour out of the keg opening. Todd Huntsville, AL Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2004 10:08:32 -0600 From: Jim Bermingham <JBHAM6843 at netscape.net> Subject: Heritage I think my heritage is similar to that of a Kurr Dog. Probably mixed with just about every nationality. Maybe that's why I don't have a preference to any one beer. I seem to like them all. Jim Bermingham Millsap, TX Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2004 08:29:58 -0800 From: Denny Conn <denny at projectoneaudio.com> Subject: Re: Vanilla bean vs. vanilla extract; which is better? Bill, I can tell you that several years ago when I made my first batch of bourbon vanilla impy porter, I compared real vanilla extract to using vanilla beans in the secondary. It was no contest to my taste buds...the beans were so much richer and rounder tasting (yeah, I know that's pretty subjective) that the extract came in a distant second. ------------->Denny Conn At 11:04 PM 12/1/04 -0500, Bill Velek wrote: >Bottom line: does anyone know if there is a difference in the quality of >beer made with vanilla extract vs. beans? And if there is no >difference, what is the equivalency of one to the other, for purposes of >making conversions when a recipe calls for one and you have the other. Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 11:15:12 -0800 From: "zuvaruvi" <zuvaruvi at cox.net> Subject: Pumps and geneology Y'all: With all the posts on pumps lately (pre-chill, post-chill, post-primary-chill, pre-post-chill...but never at dusk, never at dusk...) I'm a wonderin' what is the preferred type of pump out there in HBD land: Impeller or Peristaltic? A bunch of one or two line data points from all you wort pumpers out there would be nice. I'll whittle hash marks in my monitor at work to keep track. 1/4 Norwegian (you know, those people who taught the rest of the world how to brew), 1/4 Scott (the folks who took brewing from the Norse in the 11th century and ran with it), and 1/2 English (the dandies who perfected the art of brewing, and taxing, a pint). I wasn't allowed to use Great-Grampa's big bathroom when I was a kid because he always had something bubbling away in there. Guess it's in the genes. Chad Stevens QUAFF San Diego Return to table of contents
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