HOMEBREW Digest #5168 Thu 05 April 2007

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  Campden Tablets ("A.J deLange")
  Spelt Hefe (leavitdg)
  2007 Amber Waves of Grain ("Terry Felton")
  Pomegranate Wheat beer ("peter ensminger")
  Hops and frost damage ("Kevin Gray")
  Grains of Paradise (leavitdg)
  Pepper Extravaganza!!!! (Dave)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 12:06:27 +0000 From: "A.J deLange" <ajdel at cox.net> Subject: Campden Tablets If I did the numbers correctly in 1982 they should still pertain today (the chemistry hasn't changed). I just weighed a Campden tablet and it came out at 631 mg (9% less than the 695 mg. ones I weighed in 1982). This one was repackaged by my local HB supplier and may not have been from the same source, thus I don't know whether it is sodium or potassium metabite. The values for these tablets should be scaled by 0.91 relative to the numbers given for 695 mg tablets. The values for sulfate produced are the same per mg/L chlorine whether the salt is the sodium or potassium salt but the amount of sodium salt required is only 85% (1.337 mg/mg vs. 1.564 mg/mg) of the amount of potassium salt. The one tablet per 20 gallons recommendation is designed to cover the worst case likely to be met: 3 mg/L chloramine. Half this amount will reduce 3 mg/L chlorine and represents a good starting point if you want to be conservative. If you can't smell chlorine after treatment, you've taken care of it. An ion exchange resin may or may not capture OCl- ions depending on its properties but it will definitely not capture HOCl which is not an ion. At pH 7.6 the concentrations of HOCl and OCl- are about equal (depending on temperature) with HOCl favored at lower pH values. Thus the best an ion exchange resin could be expected to do would be remove about half the chlorine. Given the nature of modern exchange resins I'd be concerned about poisoning the resin and so would expect that a GAC filter in front of the ion exchange filter would be a good idea. A.J. Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 08:51:15 -0400 From: leavitdg at plattsburgh.edu Subject: Spelt Hefe I am in the process of trying to make a "Spelt Hefe", and am finding that the Spelt flour is great for making a stuck sparge. Have others used spelt in brews? My recipe is 7 lb Pils, 3 lb wheat, 1.5 lb Spelt flower. I used a huge amount of rice hulls (perhaps 8 cups) and still the sparge is real sluggish. Darrell Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 23:10:05 -0500 From: "Terry Felton" <tdfelton at gmail.com> Subject: 2007 Amber Waves of Grain Greetings, Yeah, you're the big fish in your hometown homebrew pond. You're THE judge everyone listens to but how do you rate when the pond becomes an ocean? The 11th annual Amber Waves of Grain Homebrew Competition is looking for judges to help judge in excess of 400 entries on May 18th and 19th 2007. A casual but exquisite "Brewer's Night Out" banquet is held the evening of the 19th. The competition is held in the Buffalo/ Niagara Falls area. Some private accommodations are available. So, mark your calendar, promise your significant other a romantic trip to the falls the day after the competition and swim on over even if you're a small fish looking to grow. We guarantee you'll have a good time. And if you can't join us but want to put your homebrew against some stiff competition, get it here and we'll put a big fish on it. For additional information go to www.awoghomebrew.com or contact Bill Koch at judge at awoghomebrew.com. We look forward to seeing you and thanks for the help. Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2007 01:25:35 -0400 From: "peter ensminger" <ensmingr at gmail.com> Subject: Pomegranate Wheat beer Anyone tried the "Pomegranate Wheat Beer" from Saranac? I like Saranac beers, but this one sounds a bit gimmicky. Cheers! Peter A. Ensminger Syracuse, NY Apparent Rennerian: [394, 79.9] Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2007 12:36:07 -0400 From: "Kevin Gray" <kevin.gray at gmail.com> Subject: Hops and frost damage Here in Ohio, we are experiencing a freak April snowstorm. Freakish because 3 days ago, it was 80 degrees. Spring appeared to come early, and as a result, the hops I planted last year about are 3 feet high already (one fuggles plant came back and two centennials). I covered the plants with blankets and newspaper as much as possible--wrapping it around the vines. Is there anything else I should do? Do I even need to do this? How resilient are hops to freezing temps? Any help is welcome--several Google searches have yielded not much in the way of info. Thanks, Kevin J. Gray Dayton, OH http://kevbrews.blogspot.com Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2007 17:54:04 -0400 From: leavitdg at plattsburgh.edu Subject: Grains of Paradise I have been experimenting with grains of paradise, and wonder: should one add them later so as to not loose the aromatics? In the past I have added them throughout, like hops , in the hope that the aromatic flavors would be there, as well as some of the peppery flavor. Does anyone have an idea as to the best way to add this to a brew? Darrell Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2007 08:29:03 -0400 From: Dave <dgmn at sprintmail.com> Subject: Pepper Extravaganza!!!! The Dunedin Brewers Guild of Florida is holding and AHA/BJCP sponsored Homebrew Competition. The First Annual Pepper Extravaganza!!!! June 2nd Thats right a Pepper Beer Homebrew compition and is open to all takers. If you have ever made or would like to make a Pepper Beer, check out this competition For more info www.dunedinbrewersguild.com Or contact me: dave at dunedinbrewersguild.com Dave Morgan Dunedin Brewers Guild Return to table of contents
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