HOMEBREW Digest #5545 Sun 03 May 2009

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  Text for water calculations (Jason Gazeley)
  Flag poles for hops?? ("Doug Moyer")
  Mineral (calcium?) loss during the mash (Fred L Johnson)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 3 May 2009 10:47:23 -0600 From: Jason Gazeley <jason.gazeley at gmail.com> Subject: Text for water calculations Does anybody have a suggestion for a book with good water calculations? I specifically want to know how much loss I have from my mash to my boil kettle so I can properly readjust the mineral content pre boil. Cheers, Jason Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 3 May 2009 13:25:46 -0400 From: "Doug Moyer" <shyzaboy at yahoo.com> Subject: Flag poles for hops?? I have planted six hop mounds - in a single line, spaced about five feet apart (center to center). I was thinking about putting in two flag poles (one at each end) and running a line between the two, with the hop twine dropping vertically to each mound. (Advantage: I can use the flag pole pulleys to lower the bines and twine for harvest time.) I don't want to spend much money, but I don't want to go too cheap that they don't hold up to the wind. I won't be flying a flag so that's not a risk. I wouldn't imagine that the weight of the hops would be problematic, even in strong winds. The cheaper 20' models are sectional, with a 2" diameter. Would that be up to the task? (Note: while four of the hop mounds have small rhizomes and won't produce much for a couple of years, the other two have two HUGE root masses from one of my friends, so I expect them to be productive even this year...) Any thoughts from hop growers? Brew on! Doug Moyer Troutville, VA Star City Brewers Guild: http://www.starcitybrewers.org Beers wot I drunk: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shyzaboy/sets/72157603460612903/ Kids, travel & cooking: http://shyzaboy.blogsome.com Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 3 May 2009 22:15:58 -0400 From: Fred L Johnson <FLJohnson52 at nc.rr.com> Subject: Mineral (calcium?) loss during the mash There have been a few stray comments lately implying that a significant amount of the minerals in the water or added to the mash are lost during the mash. I've never read anything definitive about this. Can someone enlighten me? If certain ions (calcium?) are lost during the mash, can someone give me the mechanism and the extent to which this occurs? Fred L Johnson Apex, North Carolina, USA Return to table of contents
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