HOMEBREW Digest #4758 Thu 14 April 2005

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  CALL FOR JUDGES - AHA National Homebrew Comp, Midwest 1st round ("Al Boyce")
  Gravity Feed brew problem, looking for help? ("Mike Eyre")
  Beer giant threatens boycott over 'medicinal' grain ("Peter A. Ensminger")
  Belgian trip report (McNally Geoffrey A NPRI)
  Fundamentals of solventy flavors (Matt)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 22:45:59 -0500 From: "Al Boyce" <aboyce at mn.rr.com> Subject: CALL FOR JUDGES - AHA National Homebrew Comp, Midwest 1st round The Midwest Region judging for the National Homebrew Competition 1st round will be in St. Paul this year, for the first time, and we need judges! The competition is scheduled for April 29th and 30th at St. Bernard's Church on 147 Geranium Avenue in St. Paul. There will be a 2 judging sessions on Friday, starting at 3pm, and 3 sessions on Saturday. Dinner on Friday, and Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday will be provided. We will have an awards banquet Saturday night for a modest cost. If you can help us out, please fill out the online judge registration at: http://www.mnbrewers.com/events/nhc/ . (Note: if you are interested in volunteering, rather than judging or stewarding, you can select EITHER, and indicate you'd rather do other work than Judging or Stewarding in one of the comment fields. More information on the schedule and location are posted on the registration page. If you know anyone else that would be interested in judging, please pass this along. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, Al Boyce Publicity Committee Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 07:35:12 -0700 From: "Mike Eyre" <meyre at sbcglobal.net> Subject: Gravity Feed brew problem, looking for help? Hello all! I've got your standard issue home build gravity fee three teir converted keg brewery. I've used it a about 5 times now, with mixed success. The first couple times it worked relatively well, but the last two times it's really jammed up on me... once while sparging, and a couple times while draining the cooled wort into the fermenter. I've got the Chore Boy scrubber on the boil kettle and I've got a copper tube with a lot of holes drilled into it in the mashtun. I think the mashtun was a freak accident on my part after trying to morotize the grainmill and I just pulverized the grain too much.. so I think I'll be OK with that, but the boiler is killing me. I use whole leaf hops, BTW. I'm using 3/8th's fitting and hose barbs on the outside and a 3/8ths dip tune in the interior of the keg.. do you think I should go up to a 1/2 on both sides, cause the hole is too small, leading to clogging? What's the solution here? Anyone havc ea setup similar to this having good luck that can point me in a good direction? Mike meyre at sbcglobal.net Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 10:48:43 -0400 From: "Peter A. Ensminger" <ensmingr at twcny.rr.com> Subject: Beer giant threatens boycott over 'medicinal' grain A recent CNN news item may interest HBD'rs: http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/04/12/beer.genetic.ap/index.html Is it possible that Budweiser will no longer use rice in their beers? Cheerio! Peter A. Ensminger Syracuse, NY Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 17:13:59 -0400 From: McNally Geoffrey A NPRI <McNallyGA at Npt.NUWC.Navy.Mil> Subject: Belgian trip report Hi All, From April 1st thru the 10th, I was able to go on a beer hunting trip to Belgium with 17 other homebrewers and/or beer lovers. The trip was organized by Paul Zocco, owner of Zoks Homebrewing in Willimantic, CT (http://www.homemadebrew.net/). What a fantastic trip! We were able to stop at, visit, or tour all of the Trappist breweries except Rochefort. Many other breweries and beer bars were also visited. A complete write-up of the trip (with pictures) will be printed in my homebrew club's newsletter and posted on the club website in the next few weeks. If you're interested, check out the website in a few weeks and click on the newsletter link (it should be in the April edition). http://www.southshorebrewclub.org/ To give you an idea of the places and breweries we visited (and to make you thirsty!), here is a list of beers I had on the trip: ( * = sampled at the brewery, or brewery affiliated cafe/pub ) Saturday April 2nd: Brussels Brewer's Guild kriek (Belle Vue) Mort Subite lambic blanche* Mort Subite cassis* Martin's lambic witbier Timmerman's lambic doux Rodenbach standard Duvel Pawel kwak Slaghmuylder passbier Sunday April 3rd: Brugge Straffe Hendrik blond* Straffe Hendrik brune* Pilsner Urquell Dupont de Tourpes moinette Van Ecke hommelbier Van Ecke witbier Leffe brune De Garre tripel* Wittekerke witbier Monday April 4th: Alveringem/Poperinge/Watou/Roeselare Snoek brune* Van Ecke hommelbier Saint Bernardus tripel (8)* Saint Bernardus pater (6)* Saint Bernardus abt (12)* Belle Vue kriek Palm speciale Rodenbach standard* Rodenbach gran cru* Rodenbach foederbier* Rochefort 8 Tuesday April 5th: Dworp/Brussels Hansen's gueuze* Hansen's kriek* Ginder ale Maes pils Cantillon gueuze* Cantillon kriek* blanche des Neiges Rulles tripel Schlosser altbier Brugs witbier Mort Subite lambic blanche* Flores strawberry Noiraude bier blanche Wednesday April 6th: Chimay/Bouillon Chimay tripel* Chimay doree* blanche de Villee* Amstel Bouillon godefroy brune Rochefort 8 Thurday April 7th: Orval/Achouffe/La Roche Orval (just bottled)* Orval table beer* LaChouffe* McChouffe* Grimbergen brune Rochefort 10 Leffe blond Hoegaarden witbier Gordan scotch ale Mort Subite peche Friday April 8th: Mechelen/Tilburg Gouden Carolus ambrio* Gouden Carolus classic* Gouden Carolus tripel* Westmalle dubbel* Gulpener korenwolf witbier Grolsch Christoffel pils Saison Dupont Gageleer Wiegeleir* De Dolle oerbier Wiegeleir christmas* Saturday April 9th: Achel/Tilburg Achel brune* Achel blond* Latrappe witbier* Latrappe dubbel* Latrappe tripel* Dommelsch Christoffel pils Maredsous 8 Kapittel prior If you ever have the chance to visit Belgium, GO! Be sure to bring along a spare liver, or two. :) Jeff McNally Tiverton, RI South Shore Brew Club Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 15:22:40 -0700 (PDT) From: Matt <baumssl27 at yahoo.com> Subject: Fundamentals of solventy flavors I have read that solventy flavor in beer is caused by higher alcohols, but I have also read that it is caused by an ester, ethyl acetate. I would like to better understand which substance is more responsible, and whether one is more palatable than the other. Are there commercially available beers that display a pronounced ethyl acetate or higher alcohol character? I would think that it would be imporant to understand this, especially for high-gravity or Belgian styles, since it seems that we are in control of so many variables that could tilt the balance of esters to higher alcohols in one direction or the other. For instance, if yeast growth is _generally_ ester negative and fusel positive, then temperature (early or late), aeration, pitching rate can all be tuned to influence this ratio. Matt reply to: baumgart at myway.com Return to table of contents
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