HOMEBREW Digest #483 Tue 28 August 1990

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		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  Re:  Homebrew Digest #482 (August 27, 1990) (Rick Noah Zucker)
  hefe weizen (Michael J McCaughey)
  Homebrew Digest #482 (mailman)
  Mead carbonation (CRF)
  Pepper Beer (Marc Light)
  Gaucamole Cheese Beer? (JEEPSRUS)
  Breaking Carboys (bob)
  raspberry imperial stout, fruit beer OG/alcohol content (Dan Miles)
  Grenades, secondaries (JEEPSRUS)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 27 Aug 90 11:43:39 -0700 From: noah at cs.washington.edu (Rick Noah Zucker) Subject: Re: Homebrew Digest #482 (August 27, 1990) >Date: Thu, 23 Aug 90 23:26:11 PDT >From: hplabs!ames!gatech!mailrus!uunet!tc.fluke.COM!inc (Gary Benson) >Subject: Replies to various recent stuff... > > >NEWSFLASH! Washington State Legislature has recently passed the first state >law in the country requiring beer to be labeled with percentage of alcohol. >I have mixed emotions. On the one hand, it will be interesting to find out >how the old swill compares, but I also wonder if this is a ploy to help >beer drinkers stomach the anticipated NEW FEDERAL (read my lips) beer tax. >Or a way to later justify tacking on a STATE beer tax..."after all, we got >the % printed on the label, why should you object to paying a few extra >pennies per six pack?" > Actually, as I understand it, this proposal has the support of the local brewers like Rainier. Federal law prohibits brewers from saying how much alcohol is in their beer unless there is a state law to the contrary. So, this would require the big national brewers to have two labels, one for Washington State and one for the rest of the country. This would be expensive for them. Brewers like Rainier and Olympia who do most of their business here in Washington would have an advantage. It is sort of ridiculous that wine and liquor have alcohol percentages on their labels, but not beer. Why should we be treated differently? Rick Zucker Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 90 13:45:48 -0500 From: Michael J McCaughey <mjmg6717 at uxa.cso.uiuc.edu> Subject: hefe weizen I was drinking a bottled weiss beer by Tucher called "Dunkles Hefe Weizen" which I think translates as "Dark Yeast Wheat" beer. I really liked this stuff, does anyone have a suggested recipe for something like this? Also, Charlie P. mentions in TCJoB a weiss brewed using lactobacillus (sp?) bacteria? How is this made? Does the brewmiester spit in the wort a few times or what? :) Tnks&Rgds, MrMike *************************************************************************** Mike McCaughey "MrMike" * Internet: mjmg6717 at uxa.cso.uiuc.edu Univ. of Illinois /Dept. of ECE * DECnet: UIGELA::MRMIKE Optical and Discharge Physics * AT&T: (217) 244-7095 1406 W. Green Street *-------------------------------------- Rm. 132B Everitt Lab * My opinions are worthless. Urbana, IL 61801 * -me * They certainly are! * -my employer - --------------------------------------------------------------------------- "I don't have time for flatulence and orgasms!" - Robin Williams *************************************************************************** Return to table of contents
Date: 27 Aug 90 11:19 -0800 From: mailman at hprnd Subject: Homebrew Digest #482 Your message could not be delivered to: Jonh COTTERILL / HPD500 as they could not be found at the destination location. It has been delivered to General DELIVERY on that location for the HPDESK Administrator to attempt to forward it to the correct location. This message was created on computer: TRAPPER Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 90 16:28 EST From: CRF at PINE.CIRCA.UFL.EDU Subject: Mead carbonation Hi there! Someone (they didn't append their name to their posting) asked in dig 482 how you carbonate your mead if you're going to add EtOH to kill off the yeast. If you look again, you'll see that if you follow the "basic directions" you allow the sealed jug of mead to carbonate *before* you add the EtOH to kill the yeast. There are all kinds of variations on the basic theme I provided. By all means, feel free to play! Yours in Carbonation, Cher "With one tuckus, you can't dance at two weddings." -- Yiddish proverb ============================================================================= Cheryl Feinstein INTERNET: CRF at PINE.CIRCA.UFL.EDU Univ. of Fla. BITNET: CRF at UFPINE Gainesville, FL Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 90 17:07:05 -0400 From: Marc Light <light at cs.rochester.edu> Subject: Pepper Beer After reading many useful comments (I have a compiled listing of them if anyone is interested), I set out to make pepper beer. I chopped up 10 green jalapena peppers boiled them with the wort for 30 minutes or so. I strained them out when I poured the wort into the primary. In addition, I racked into a second carboy 4 hours after I pitched the yeast. That was 8 days ago and I plan on bottling tomorrow since the last gravity reading was 1002. The unfinished beer is amber, clear, has enough hops for me, and has a great spicy (bordering on HOT) aftertaste. I'll post again when the beer is ready to drink. Thanks for all the comment. Sparky's After-burner Brew SG: 1020 FG: 1002 Munton & Fischen (sp?) ale yeast (dry) 2 oz Cascades 4 gallons water 10 fresh jalapenas 3 lb Can John Bull amber malt extract 1/2 lb Crystal malt around 1/2 lb dark dry malt around 1/2 lb corn sugar Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 90 14:14 PDT From: JEEPSRUS <ROBERTN%FM1 at sc.intel.com> Subject: Gaucamole Cheese Beer? Well, y'all probably wont believe this on. But, I'll try anyways... I have a friend here at work, and he's trying to talk me into making "Gaucamole Cheese Beer". I tell him he's nuts, and he just grins. So, I tell him, if there's any possible link to a recipe for the stuff, I know the only place in the world it would be found. The Home Brew Digest! Well, I come before you all to pose the question. Is Mark truely nutso, or is there some slim possibility that there is a remote chance that a recipe exists for this "Gaucamole Cheese Beer"? Or maybe just "Cheese Beer" or "Gaucamole Beer"? Could that remote possibility exist? I personnally think he's nuts, but I told him I'd ask, even though it sounds incredibly silly. I always remember, "Never say Never, 'cause then it'll happen"! RobertN robertn at fm1.intel.com Return to table of contents
Date: Mon Aug 27 18:17:06 1990 From: semantic!bob at uunet.UU.NET Subject: Breaking Carboys John DeCarlo asks: > I have wondered about carrying a full carboy by the neck > with one of those - any chance of snapping it off? Gary Benson Replies: > Yes, a very good chance! Mine broke just lifing it straight up by the neck. > It was full of bleach solution ... I have yet to break a carboy but I expact to drop one sooner or later. I've always figure someday I'll be putting down a full carboy on my tile bathroom floor, start to remove my hand from the underside, slip and drop it the last inch or two, and smash in the bottom. To ease my mind and aid my back in moving carboys I use an old Milk Crate! The carboys fit well inside. You've got two handles to use so it's easier to pick up. The crate gives you a nice stable surface. And when putting down a cardoy on your cement or tile floor you've got a plastic cushion in between. They're also cheaper than those handles. And can be used for many other purposes, such as for storing beer bottles. PS: ??? Anybody out there who made the Boston Pub Crawl on Saturday ??? - -- Robert A. Gorman (Bob) bob at rsi.com Watertown MA US -- - -- Relational Semantics, Inc. uunet!semantic!bob +1 617 926 0979 -- Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 90 15:25:17 -0700 From: miles at cs.washington.edu (Dan Miles) Subject: raspberry imperial stout, fruit beer OG/alcohol content Mike Mattox writes: > Has anyone tried the raspberry imperial stout recipe that appeared in > the summer issue of Zymurgy? The description of the brew sounds simply > wonderful but I'm curious about the balance of the raspberry, chocolate, > and malt flavors. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I've got a batch of Papazian's raspberry imperial stout, with a few deviations, that has been in the bottle for a month. I tried a bottle last week and it had a very strong raspberry taste with a slightly coffee/dark malt and hoppy/bitter aftertaste. The raspberry taste is accompanied by a sort of astringency or acidity that Papazian says will soften with age. I didn't notice any chocolate flavors, but the strong raspberry taste overwhelmed any subtleness. It's still very young for an imperial stout and I'm hoping it tastes something close to Papazian's description by Christmas. Here is the recipe I used. I was intending for the batch to be 6 1/2 gallons, but it turns out I have a 7 gallon carboy. HBS stands for the Homebrewers' Store, a mail-order store here in Seattle (great prices; 6 lbs Alexander's malt - $7.95, 24 oz hop sampler - $10.95, 1-800-TAP-BREW). Recipe for 6 1/2 gallons (7 gallons) 15 1/4 lbs HBS bulk Alexander's light extract 3/4 lb roasted barley 3/4 lb black patent malt 3/4 lb chocolate malt 2 lbs English crystal malt 3 3/4 oz Bullion pellets - 9.6% alpha (bittering) 1 1/4 oz Northern Brewer pellets - 6.7% alpha (bittering) 2 oz B.C. Kent Golding pellets - 5.9% alpha (dry hopped) 13 lbs Fresh raspberries 4 tsp Gypsum Sierra Nevada Yeast 1 cup corn sugar Procedures were basically the same as Papazian's (if anyone wants more detail or doesn't have the Summer 1990 Zymurgy issue, I can e-mail a copy of my brewing log). The most notable deviation from Papazian's recipe was the use of 13 lbs of raspberries rather than 11. This was because my wife and I got a little carried away at the u-pick farm and ended up with 17 lbs. Since I used all light extract instead of the 2 dark lager kits, I upped the crystal malt and bittering hops a tad (I figured there was plenty of dark malt in there already). O.G. was 1.087, F.G. was 1.022. Since I added 1 gallon of water to the secondary to top up to 7 gallons, the O.G. was effectively diluted to 1.075. I've got some questions about fruit beers in general. How much does the fruit contribute to O.G. and alcohol content? When I was figuring out extract substitutes for this batch, I noticed that Papazian's O.G. of 1.076 to 1.080 should have been accounted for by the extracts and grains alone. Doesn't 11 lbs of crushed fruit affect the O.G.? Much of the fruit would be insoluble and wouldn't change the O.G., but what about the juice? I always assumed that the fruit in beers would contribute alcohol in addition to taste. How much of the sugar in fruit is converted to alcohol in the 2-4 weeks of fermentation (and how much sugar is there in fruit)? Dan (who is in no way affiliated with the Homebrewers' Store other than being a happy customer) Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 90 15:24 PDT From: JEEPSRUS <ROBERTN%FM1 at sc.intel.com> Subject: Grenades, secondaries Even though I was not in the discussion on the subject, I'd like to thank all for the advices on what to do with grenades. I had to throw away a batch of German Pilsner which tasted FANTASTIC, but was a real foamer, and had popped a few bottles in the cases. With the knowledge from this net, I was able to safely save a few bottles. I also discovered the wonders of secondary fermentation. I used a secondary for a number of weeks in the making of my latest batch of Maple Syrup Stout. It tasted great right out of the secondary, and also had much more clarity than a single stage fermentation. As a matter as a fact, I'm going to enter my stout in the homebrew competition at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Navato(Ca) in about four weeks. Also, I was for real about the "Gaucamole Cheese Beer". I know it sounds silly, but Mark keeps bugging me.... RobertN Return to table of contents
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