HOMEBREW Digest #5623 Wed 28 October 2009

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  re: Beano - alpha amylase? (steve alexander)
  Walk The Line On Barleywine homebrew competition - Now accepting entries! (HamFon\)" <nelson@buildabeer.org>
  Crystal in American Ambers? [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED] ("Williams, Rowan")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 06:14:39 -0400 From: steve alexander <steve-alexander at roadrunner.com> Subject: re: Beano - alpha amylase? Doug M asks .... > According to wikipedia, Beano contains the enzyme alpha galactosidase. Is > this the same as the alpha amylase that we use in brewing? > > If so, could you use it to make a gluten-free beer with corn & rice? (Or > sorghum...) > > What about beta amylase? Would you need that as well? > a-galactosidase and a-amylase are different, but several sources claim this enzyme will act like a-amylase. I have no idea if you can practically add enough to convert starch (it's rather salty). Crosby & Baker vend an amylase enzyme that can be used in brewing, but the beer may over-attenuate. The better HB shops can order this for you. The price is reasonable. It will reduce some 1-3 bonds and remove dextrins. Technically you can produce fermentable wort w/ only alpha-amylase activity, but you'll certainly end up with a different mix of sugars and dextrins. -S Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 17:12:13 -0400 From: "Nelson \(HamFon\)" <nelson at buildabeer.org> Subject: Walk The Line On Barleywine homebrew competition - Now accepting entries! Dunedin Brewers Guild is happy to announce the 8th annual Walk The Line On Barleywine homebrew competition! WTL is now accepting entries online at www.DunedinBrewersGuild.com (be sure to select the WTL link, but you can *also* enter the AHA Club-Only for Belgian Strong Ales, if you want - yes - that's right - two competitions the same weekend!). Entry deadline is 28 November 2009, and final judging will occur on 5 December 2009. Cost is $6 per entry and consists of TWO (2) 10-14 oz unmarked brown bottles. WTL has been a tradition with DBG for many years, and always brings out some amazing homebrewed strong beers. In addition to Barleywine, WTL accepts any "big beer" styles - Imperial anything, Double anything, doppelbocks, strong Belgians, old ales, wee heavies, etc. Note that it is a beer-only competition (no meads or ciders). When you enter, select the appropriate BJCP catagory of the "regular" version of your beer - for example, if you have an Imperial Genny Cream Ale, enter it as a Cream Ale, rather than a Specialty Beer. This helps us in sorting and flighting your entries. Also, for BJCP judges, pro brewers, experienced judges, and stewards - it would be great to have you come out and help in the judging! I will publish a separate Call For Judges as the competition gets closer. This is a BJCP/AHA sanctioned competition. Note that judges who RSVP will get priority scheduling. Nelson Crowle Competition Coordinator Nelson at DunedinBrewersGuild.com Nelson at BuildABeer.org Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 09:41:45 +1100 From: "Williams, Rowan" <Rowan.Williams at ag.gov.au> Subject: Crystal in American Ambers? [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED] G'day all, I'm planning the grist of an American Amber that I plan to make this coming weekend. So far, the grain bill is: 70% Pale Ale 10% Amber 10% Cararoma 7% Wheat 3% Roasted Barley Hops - Chinook / Nthn Brewer (Bittering), Amarillo (Flavour), Cascade (Aroma). I like a fresh roasty malt flavour to balance the hops. Is crystal malt inappropriate for American Ambers? Cheers, Rowan - ---------------------------------------------------- If you have received this transmission in error please notify us immediately by return e-mail and delete all copies. If this e-mail or any attachments have been sent to you in error, that error does not constitute waiver of any confidentiality, privilege or copyright in respect of information in the e-mail or attachments. Return to table of contents
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