HOMEBREW Digest #5470 Wed 17 December 2008

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  Astringency: Your tongue is better than a refractometer (Absolute Homebrew)" <pat@bmbrews.com.au>
  priming (Fred Scheer)
  Your tongue ("Spencer W. Thomas")
  RE: More astringency (Nat Hirneisen)
  Annual Going Begging Note... ("Pat Babcock")
  One-Step vs. Straight A Cleaners ("Bill Wright")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 23:21:06 +1100 From: "Pat Casey (Absolute Homebrew)" <pat at bmbrews.com.au> Subject: Astringency: Your tongue is better than a refractometer Your tongue is also better than a pH meter. Stop sparging when the run-off has lost its sweetness. Whether you are brewing or cooking, taste everything and don't get greedy with your ingredients. Pat www.AbsoluteHomebrew.com.au Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 13:25:36 +0000 (UTC) From: Fred Scheer <fredscheer07 at comcast.net> Subject: priming HI All: I'm preparing a paper for the MBAA on priming for Bottle conditioned beers. Now, I would like to know how much priming sugar, what type is used by Homebrewers, Pub Brewers. I would appreciate any input. Cheers, Fred M. Scheer Fredscheer07 at comcast.net Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 09:05:59 -0500 From: "Spencer W. Thomas" <hbd at spencerwthomas.com> Subject: Your tongue Pat's got the right of it. I stop sparging just before the runoff tastes like weak tea. Of course, this is hard to do the first time, but after a while you get to know what it tastes like just before that. Or you can run your last gallon or two (depending on your batch size) into a separate container a quart at a time, discarding the last quart. =Spencer in Ann Arbor Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 09:12:34 -0500 From: Nat Hirneisen <cave_nate at hotmail.com> Subject: RE: More astringency What seems to work good for me is setting the PH of the sparge water to around 5.2 to 5.5. the tap water that is used, has a Carbonates of 60ppm so for about 30 Qt sparge water to adjust, this ends out being ~15mL of 10% Phosphoric acid. Use a PH meter to measure. But the PH is had to set, as once the Carbonates are neutralized, the PH moves fast. ~Nat Hatfield, PA . Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 13:25:12 -0500 (EST) From: "Pat Babcock" <pbabcock at hbd.org> Subject: Annual Going Begging Note... Greetings, Beerlings! Take me to your wallet... It's time for my annual "gone begging" note. Ahem... Folks - in all, this has been a pretty good year for the ol' HBD, operations wise: we found a new ISP providing us with 300% improvement in communications speed while experiencing a 59% savings over the cost of our old ISP. Not too shabby. Still some work to complete there to rectify some email issues, but those are soon to be completed. In any case, we've adjusted our sponsorship fees based on the new cost structure - they are much more attractive to anyone who would like to purchase the header of the HBD, or many of the other options available. If you're a business, be sure to take a look at the Sponsor THe HBD link on the hbd.org web page. Financially, with only just over $1500 in the bank, we're not doing as well as that 59% operational savings would suggest. Energy costs this year have been higher than ever in the past, and even duplicating last year's energy payment puts the HBD about $300 in the red at year's end. This year, against a starting balance of $933.99 and income of $3719.50 ($4653.49 working capital), we had $3115.75 in expenses, including one-time charges related to terminating our old ISP. There were no equipment replacements or failures (knock on wood...), so no other unusual expenses. Note that our particular 501(c)3 status depends on our not raising more than $5000 on average annually, leaving us about $1900 in breathing room to that, for sure. However, this is breathing room the HBD could do without. Knowing how tough times are across the US and the world right now, I ask that, if you can see clear to do so, please consider popping a PayPal of $10 or $20 to the HBD coffers at serverfund at hbd.org, or a check or money order to the HBD PO Box at HBD Serverfund, PO Box 871309 Canton, MI 48187-6309 Also, I would appreciate it if someone familiar with 501(c)3 filing requirements could volunteer to file on the HBD's behalf to obtain an IRS recognition of 501(c)3 status letter. This will get the HBD access to corporate and government grant money, alleviate the ceiling on how much we can raise annually (though I see little need for that), and get the HBD access to discounted and donated equipment and services (and there's the particular objective of having the letter). To be very frank, though I'm sure I could figure it all out if I had the available time, I just don't know what needs to be done to obtain this letter. If someoen wants to step up to take on this task, it would be very much appreciated. Thanks! On another note, due to changes in Michigan's code regarding not-for-profit corporations and their structure, please join me in welcoming Spencer Thomas and Jason Henning who join me as Directors of Home Brew Digest, Inc. Spencer and Jason have been acting as Janitors for a very long time now - about forever, it seems! It's actually kind of neat that the Michigan law "elevates" their Janitorship to a form of recognition as necessary cogs in the mechanisms of our beloved HBD. In any case, I've always been grateful for their assistance in the day-today. - -- See ya! Pat Babcock in SE Michigan Chief of HBD Janitorial Services http://hbd.org pbabcock at hbd.org Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 09:27:44 -0900 From: "Bill Wright" <gourmetak at gmail.com> Subject: One-Step vs. Straight A Cleaners what is the difference between One-Step and Straight A cleaners? Straight A seems to work better for removing labels, but does it sanitize? bill Return to table of contents
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