HOMEBREW Digest #5497 Fri 06 February 2009

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  Thermometer calibration (Jason Gazeley)
  Vittles Vault Size ("A. J. deLange")
  Leftovers beer ("Jerry \"Beaver\" Pelt")
  Diatomaceous Earth (Greg Brewer)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2009 21:28:52 -0700 From: Jason Gazeley <jason.gazeley at gmail.com> Subject: Thermometer calibration How should I calibrate my mash thermometers. I use two. One in the tun and one on the return of my HERMS. I was using a 12" glass thermometer that I got from MoreBeer! to calibrate all of my thermometers until I checked it last week and discovered it was right on in ice water but 8 deg f low at boiling. I scaled this error to my 150f mash temp and realized I was mashing at 156f. No wonder my beers always finish high. So what methods and devices does the rest of the HBD community use? Cheers, Jason Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 05:05:06 +0000 From: "A. J. deLange" <ajdel at mac.com> Subject: Vittles Vault Size Vittles Vaults come in several sizes. I'm across the pond right now so I can't go look at the things but according to the website of a retailer I looked at it's the second largest which they call "50 pounds" (the largest is 80) which holds 55 pounds of malt with appreciable (perhaps 1/3) head room. From this we conclude that malt is denser than dog food and that the 80 pounder would probably hold 2 sacks of malt. A.J. Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 07:13:05 -0800 (PST) From: "Jerry \"Beaver\" Pelt" <beaverplt at yahoo.com> Subject: Leftovers beer I'm sure we've all been there. Over the course of few batches, we've collected a few surplus ingredients. Maybe a couple pounds of 3 or four different grains. A couple different types of hops in the fridge. Has anyone ever cleaned out their beer cupboard by just using all your leftovers to make a brew? If so, what was the result? I'm in that situation where I have a little of a lot of ingredients. This seems like a fun thing to try. Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 17:26:15 -0600 From: Greg Brewer <gbrewer1 at gmail.com> Subject: Diatomaceous Earth Any thoughts about using diatomaceous earth for controlling spider mites on hops? Since they don't fly, I was thinking I could apply DE to the ground surrounding my hops, and maybe it would be an effective control. Mites have absolutely destroyed my harvests for the past few years, and I have yet to find anything that will control them effectively. Once established, it is too late, they hide in their webbing on the underside of the leaves, and only a few need to survive to re-establish themselves. I will probably try DE in any case, but wondered if anyone else has had success. Cheers, Greg in Chicago Return to table of contents
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