HOMEBREW Digest #5593 Fri 14 August 2009

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  Beer in Space - the thread that will not die ! (stevea)
  Capping on Foam (Fred L Johnson)
  more valves (Matt)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2009 22:38:57 -0400 From: stevea <steve-alexander at roadrunner.com> Subject: Beer in Space - the thread that will not die ! I was pleased to see our old HBD beer in space thread has been picked up by ABC News of Australia. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/13/2654932.htm The long lost Andy Walsh, a onetime HBD prolific poster, is the central character here .... > The hunt for beer in space > > By News Online's Sarah Collerton > Posted Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:24pm AEST > Updated Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:29pm AEST > > Australians pride themselves on drinking beer just about anywhere and > for any occasion - but what about in space? > A Queensland astrochemist believes beer and the cosmos are more > closely linked than we would have first thought. > James Cook University's Centre for Astronomy director, Dr Andrew Walsh > [...] thus answering the question, "What has become of Arnold Chickenshortz ?". -S Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 08:03:35 -0400 From: Fred L Johnson <FLJohnson52 at nc.rr.com> Subject: Capping on Foam I know this sounds a little silly, but how does one easily generate the foam when capping of foam at bottling from a fermenter or from a bottling vessel (not a pressurized keg). Does anyone out there have a technique that is tried and true? Fred L Johnson Apex, North Carolina, USA Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 14:13:46 -0700 (PDT) From: Matt <baumssl27 at yahoo.com> Subject: more valves Mike suggested machining a three piece ball valve and silver soldering in a ferrule. As a matter of fact McMaster-Carr has 3-piece ball valves that take a socket weld for about the same price as NPT threaded, so that's an option if I can really do a decent sanitary silver solder job. What also caught my eye was a three piece valve with female BSPP (straight) threads. I believe these are designed for repeated (dis)connection and with the right fittings/washers should provide a tight, sanitary, reusable seal--however "the right fittings" are real hard to find... Thanks Mike, and to everyone who privately suggested that stainless NPT fittings should be just fine for continuous use if I'm careful and use a lot of tape. That might at least be an easy short term solution, maybe even using a softer material for the fittings. Matt Return to table of contents
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