HOMEBREW Digest #4748 Mon 28 March 2005

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  Sacred Beer (Alexandre Enkerli)
  link of the week - calculators (Bob Devine)
  Judges & Entries Needed, 12th Annual BUZZ Off May 21st ("Christopher Clair")
  Smithsonian:  Prohibition and Medical Beers (hazan)
  error in 2004 BJCP style guidelines (McNally Geoffrey A NPRI)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2005 01:20:23 -0500 From: Alexandre Enkerli <aenkerli at indiana.edu> Subject: Sacred Beer My fellow believers in good beer! Peter Ensminger (in the Iroquois capital of Syracuse, NY) sent us a link to a recent NPR item on a Tarahumara/Raramuri (native group in Sierra Madre, MX) Easter ritual involving corn beer: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4532569 As a cultural anthropologist, I tend to be weary of statements about cultural isolation, especially in a clear case of syncretism. But this might be a good opportunity to think about beer and beliefs. While some members of contemporary US society may equate alcohol with unholy behaviour, many contemporary and historical societies have developed very positive beliefs about alcohol and other substances. In fact, many religious communities base their practice on the effects of specific substances. The Peyote Cult is a classic example as those who belong to the group take the peyote hallucinogenic alkaloid (from which mescaline comes) to undertake spiritual activities. Even Muslim Sufis consume wine to achieve the proper state of consciousness in their religious practice. Rastafarians use cannabis (ganja) for religious purposes and frown upon recreational use of the substance. Now, beer seems rather weak as compared to many of the other substances used in ritual contexts. But the connection between beer and belief systems is longstanding and quite powerful. Yes, we all know about different divinities, patron saints, and religious figures (especially monks) associated with beer. Of course, we know how gruit was controlled by religious authorities as a form of taxation. And, as we can attest, consuming beer together represents an important shared experience. This experience may help a group of people develop a strong bond, a sense of belonging to a community. Beer brewing is also a "mystery," in the strongest sense. We may now know several dimensions of beer chemistry but brewing still remains quite mysterious to most of us. No surprise that there has been a number of brewing guilds in European history. In the contemporary equivalents of these guilds, brewers may openly exchange knowledge instead of transmitting secrets. Yet some of us still see brewing as a wonder. So why should it be surprising that beer is sacred in some communities? Happy Easter! AleX near Notre Dame, IN [129.7mi, 251.5] Apparent Rennerian Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2005 13:15:37 -0700 From: Bob Devine <bob.devine at worldnet.att.net> Subject: link of the week - calculators Some handy web-based calculators. http://www.netbeer.org/english/tips.htm Bob Devine Riverton, UT Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2005 21:55:22 -0500 From: "Christopher Clair" <buzzclub at verizon.net> Subject: Judges & Entries Needed, 12th Annual BUZZ Off May 21st Brewers Unlimited Zany Zymurgists (BUZZ) is proud to announce that the 2005 BUZZ Off home brew competition will be held on Saturday, May 21st at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in West Chester, PA. For another year we will be a qualifying event for the prestigious Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing (MCAB) as well as the Delaware Valley Homebrewer of the Year. All BJCP recognized styles (2004 guidelines) including meads and ciders are eligible for entry. For complete details and forms, please visit the BUZZ web site at http://hbd.org/buzz. Entries will be accepted between May 1st and May 15th. For drop off and mail in locations please refer to the BUZZ web site. Please, do not send entries to Iron Hill. BJCP Judges and stewards will be needed. If you are interested please contact me or another committee member (contact information can be found on the web site). All judges must be BJCP certified (any ranking). Good luck and cheers! Christopher Clair buzzclub <at> verizon.net http://hbd.org/buzz "The mouth of a perfectly happy man is filled with beer." - Ancient Egyptian Wisdom, 2200 B.C. Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2005 14:07:43 -0000 From: <hazan at ptd.net> Subject: Smithsonian: Prohibition and Medical Beers Interesting read about Prohibition and medical beers in this months Smithsonian Mag. http://www.smithsonianmag.si.edu/smithsonian/issues05/apr05/presence.html Enjoy Al Hazan NE PA. Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2005 09:17:15 -0500 From: McNally Geoffrey A NPRI <McNallyGA at Npt.NUWC.Navy.Mil> Subject: error in 2004 BJCP style guidelines All, As part of organizing this year's South Shore Brewoff (held on March 26th), I found an error in the full version of the 2004 style guidelines. See: http://www.bjcp.org/finalstyles/2004BJCPGuidelines.pdf The "style chart" on page 41 lists blonde ale as 6A and cream ale as 6B. However, the full guidelines on page 6 lists blonde ale as 6B and cream ale as 6A. All of the other versions of the guidelines (rtf, html, and xls) all show blonde ale as 6B and cream ale as 6A, so the error only seems to be in the style chart of the pdf version. Unfortunately I used the pdf style chart while logging entries and after discussing this with the entrant, reclassified a blonde ale as 6A. It subsequently got judged as a cream ale since the full guidelines were used during the competition. However, it still scored well and ended up placing first in it's category. Geoffrey McNally Competition Organizer South Shore Brew Club PS: Results from the competition should be posted on the club website (http://www.southshorebrewclub.org/) in the next couple of days. Return to table of contents
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