HOMEBREW Digest #5191 Wed 06 June 2007

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  Peach preparation (Thomas Rohner)
  Re: Peach Preparation (stencil)
  Peach Preparation (MICHAEL MECKEL)
  Jungbuket: Wyeast 2124 ("Peter A. Ensminger")
  Olive Oil (Matt)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2007 08:04:06 +0200 From: Thomas Rohner <t.rohner at bluewin.ch> Subject: Peach preparation Hi Lance i would de-pit them, cut them up in 8th's and freeze them. I would definitely do it with the skins, lots of color and aroma is in, or just under the skin. Before adding it to the almost fermented brew, i do this after one week primary, i'd heat it up to 65 deg. celsius for 20 minutes. If you add it just at the beginning of fermentation, lots of the delicate flavours and aromas will be blown out with the escaping CO2. Freezing is done to rupture the cell walls, so the yeast can get at the sugars more easily. By heating it to pasteurization temp, you will get more of a mash than single fruit pieces. Heating it too high can denature the pectinase enzyme, leaving you with a cloudy beer. We do this all the time with our raspberry wheats. Here a little cloudyness wouldn't hurt in a wheat. Even our fruitless wheats show some cloudyness while young. That's how we drink most of our wheats, we ferment them with Wyeast 3068 at 21-22 celsius for strong banana and clove aroma. If you keep them for more than 3 months, the cloudyness and those special aromas will get less.(This may be what you want in a fruit beer.) We experinented with hops as well, this time we used a little cascade for aroma and tettnanger as bittering. We bitter it on the low side of the style, since the acidity of the fruit will also lessen the preceived sweetness. I think a little citrusy character from cascade will complement the raspberry aroma nicely. This beer is bottle conditioning now, we will try it next saturday. Cheers Thomas Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2007 17:13:56 -0400 From: stencil <etcs.ret at verizon.net> Subject: Re: Peach Preparation ------------------------------ > In HOMEBREW Digest #5190, Sun, 03 Jun 2007 21:29:22 -0500 Lance Harbison wrote > many of the peaches are hard as rocks; any tricks for > softening them up? > Put them in kraft paper grocery bags (if you can find 'em) in groups of 4 - 6. This hopefully will get them a little riper after 96 hours or so. > am wondering if they should be peeled. I will certainly > de-pit and crush them, skin or no skin. Parboil them and skin them. If they are as green as you indicate, crushing may not be as productive as dicing them and then running them through a couple of freeze & thaw cycles to make their sugars accessible to the yeast. You may want to give them a campden tablet the night before you add them to the young beer. In any event be prepared for a very long secondary before you bottle, and keep the priming on the skimpy side; yeast seem to take their own sweet time metabolizing fruit sugars. Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2007 06:49:56 -0700 (PDT) From: MICHAEL MECKEL <michael_m21234 at yahoo.com> Subject: Peach Preparation I do not know the proper procedure for preparation of peaches prior to use in secondary fermentation, but as far as softening them up, when I need to get peaches soft quickly for my bakery, I leave them in my van. The sun and greenhouse effect ripen them up quite quickly, and makes a very pleasant air freshener as well <G>. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2007 01:12:38 -0400 From: "Peter A. Ensminger" <ensmingr at twcny.rr.com> Subject: Jungbuket: Wyeast 2124 Way back in early March (2007), I asked the HBD about brewing a doppelbock. See: http://www.hbd.org/hbd/archive/5154.html#5154-1 http://www.hbd.org/hbd/archive/5165.html#5165-8 Well, I used Wyeast 2124 to brew a bock and then a doppelbock. Everyone seems to like my bock more than the doppelbock, so here's my (no-decoction) Bock recipe: Mash date: 3/24/2007 Rack date: 4/3/2007 Keg date: 4/18/2007 Grains: M&F Pale Ale: 5.0# Caravienne: 1.0# Light Munich: 6.0# Melanoiden: 1.00# Mash: 90 min at 148 F 15 min at 170 F Hops: German Tettnang, 2oz aa:3.7 (FWH) x 60 min boil German Hallertauer, 2oz aa:4.0 (FWH) x 60 min boil Whirlfloc: 1 tab, 20 min boil Yeast: Wyeast 2124 (fermentation at 45-50 F) OG = 1.072 FG = 1.016 Cheers! Peter A. Ensminger (drinking a bock) Syracuse, NY Apparent Rennerian: [394, 79.9] Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2007 14:39:16 -0700 (PDT) From: Matt <baumssl27 at yahoo.com> Subject: Olive Oil So, olive oil has been getting some attention lately on some homebrewing forums. The attention centers around the following email that someone apparently got from New Belgium Brewery in response to a question: "The olive oil thing was the result of some research done first at the University of Leuven in Belgium, and then some full scale testing we did here at New Belgium. "The basic concept is that since yeast uses an oxygen atom to pull a hydrogen away from an 18 carbon chain unsaturated fatty acid to make a monounsaturated fatty acid chain to help it grow, you could simply provide an 18 carbon monounsaturated fatty acid and it would be able to use that. This works well in practice, we made a little over 1 million bottles with beer where the yeast had had olive oil added. "The main thing to remember is that since you're working on a molecular level, and the olive oil has a high concentration of that molecule, the amount you actually need is pretty small. Additionally, you want to use a very small amount to avoid any detrimental effects that the oil would have on the beer's head retention. "For the volume of wort we normally ferment, we would pitch about 4500L of yeast, and to that we would add around 300mL of olive oil. To translate that into a 5 gallon size, you would need to measure about 0.0000833mL of olive oil. For any practical purpose, that is much too small an amount to accurately measure out. You could fudge and just add the tiniest imaginable drop to the yeast you have, but you'd be over-dosing the oil by thousands of times the required amount, and run the risk of having zero foam retention. Not a good compromise in my opinion. "The bigger picture is this: for us, we did this as a way to avoid potential for oxygen free radicals to contribute to staling off flavors, and hopefully could count on getting an extra 2-3 weeks of shelf life time in the finished product." Some thoughts: First, it's just kind of stunning to hear that this has been done on such a large scale. Second "pull a hydrogen away from an 18 carbon chain unsaturated fatty acid to make a monounsaturated fatty acid chain" doesn't quite make sense to me and is maybe a typo? Third, this is not entirely new. Olive oil is mostly unsaturated C18 fatty acids, and it has been known for quite a while that yeast can reproduce without oxygen if they are provided linoleic acid (one of the olive oil components) and ergosterol. Question 1: Okay so what about that ergosterol? Does the linoleic, oleic, or anything else in olive oil allow yeast to produce sterols? If not, it would seem that the use of cooking oil is limited to single batch ferments where the pitching yeast is somehow already "stocked up" with sterols. Repitching and propagating yeast would then require oxygen or some source of sterols. But if the oil DOES allow yeast to produce sterols, then it seems that (with sufficient sanitation) smaller-than-normal amounts of yeast could be successfully pitched as long as sufficient oil is added to the fermenter. Our fear of repeated aeration, and limits on the amount of oxygen we can put into the wort at once, prevent us from pitching less than a certain amount of yeast. The oil would circumvent this. Aside from the obvious worry about head retention, one might worry about oxidation products of leftover oil. (As with trub.) On the other hand, New Belgium is something like the 11th largest US brewery and has trained tasters and all that kind of thing. Anyway this is kind of interesting. Matt Return to table of contents
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