HOMEBREW Digest #643 Thu 23 May 1991

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		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  iraq (mbharrington)
  Breweries in Iraq (Mark.Nevar)
  I don't mind, I don't have one (Russ Gelinas)
  Friezland Ale (Pete Soper)
  Re:  brewpubs in iraq (william horne)
  comments on "styrene" flavor (Michael Tighe)
  Blueberry Mead Recipe, Styrene Flavors (hersh)
  Re: styrene flavor in HB (Brian Bliss)
  Re:  Homebrew Digest #641 (May 21, 1991) (R. Bradley)
  Brewpubs in Baghdad (S94TAYLO)
  christmas ale (extract recipe's) (card)
  Alcohol toxicity in common yeast strains (Kurt Swanson)
  Judging:  I Concur (Martin A. Lodahl)
  Shipping reg's; anecdote ("FEINSTEIN")
  ancient or just old wines/beers (was brewpubs in Iraq) (Rick Zucker)
  general questions on various & sundry yeast (Stephen Russell)
  AAUs v. HBUs, revisited (Darryl Richman)
  Cider, the easy way (abirenbo)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 22 May 91 02:01:20 PDT From: mbharrington at UCSD.EDU Subject: iraq I was under the impression that Iraq wasn't an Islamic state, as Iran is. Of course, Moslems make up the majority, but there are approximately 800,000 Christians and even a few Jews. I remember reading in the paper during the Persian Gulf conflict about Iraqi beer. Something about it being stronger than American beer and our troops didn't like it all that much. Too bad we couldn't start IPA again, except substitute Iraq for India. - --Mat Matthew B. Harrington Internet: matt at ucsd.edu University of California at San Diego Recycle or Die. Biophysics Think! It's not illegal yet. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 91 06:23:47 mdt From: Mark.Nevar at hp-lsd.cos.hp.com Subject: Breweries in Iraq In the April-May issue of World Beer Review, in the What's Brewing section, there was a blurb that Iraq's only brewery, (name forgotten), a subsidiary of Amstel, had to cease operations due to lack of grains and other fresh ingredients. Mark Nevar Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 1991 9:20:26 EDT From: R_GELINAS at UNHH.UNH.EDU (Russ Gelinas) Subject: I don't mind, I don't have one Uh, yeah, well it's probably a good thing I don't get over to Vermont very often. The town *was* Brattleboro (not Burlington). The cloudy (but not bad) beer *was* Otter Creek. And we've already covered the pale ale thing. But I did have a good time, I think..... Some bad news: What used to be a good bar near where the AHA conference will be held is no longer as good. They had a reasonable good on-tap selection (Bass, Sam Adams ale, and other stuff), but they changed the bar around, made it smaller, and now only have American swill on tap. A real shame. It's called The Boston Trading Co. Still a lively place, but..... Russ Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 91 10:51:55 EDT From: Pete Soper <soper at encore.com> Subject: Friezland Ale >From: Eric Rose <rose at aecom.yu.edu> >Subject: Re: Drinking game (fwd) >Dear homebrewians: > This ditty appeared on a folklore discussion list. It's a wee bit > lengthy, like all good drinking songs. Hope you enjoy it. I've no idea > what the tune would be... [ poem omitted ] How about the tune of Dylan's "Idiot Wind"? Well this was a surprise. I sent that poem to a few friends Saturday night for their amusement and now on Wednesday morning it is in the digest as a drinking song, complete with my name and a reference to my dear mother. I can't decide what to think about this. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 1991 09:09:41 MDT From: bill at geronimo.unm.edu (william horne) Subject: Re: brewpubs in iraq } >I am headed to Baghdad in a few months, and was wondering if } >anyone knew of any brewpubs in the area? } Across town, try Saddam's Place. } They have a very aggressive Western Imperial Stout, but the } George Bush Bitter was a too astringent for my tastes. Their ``Mother of all Beers'' is very good also. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 91 11:19:46 EDT From: tighe at inmet.inmet.com (Michael Tighe) Subject: comments on "styrene" flavor I am responding to the "styrene" mead flavor question that has been raised here by a number of people. I'm a mead brewer, and I've had my share of good and bad batches. Here's my $0.02. I usually make mead with honey, fresh ginger and orange peel (or lemon peel). My brew is highly praised and valued by my friends (they've actually contemplated torture to get me to make it more often :-) Some of my friends make honey-based beers as well, using similar spices. The "styrene flavor" is definitely NOT from the ingredients listed above, and I don't think its possible that the flavor comes from the cooking vessels. Here's my classification of the "bad things" that have happened to me (and a few roommates who also brewed) and why I think they happened. a) brew turned the color green during primary fermentation - I never even sniffed (much less tasted) this one, but two different brewers in the same house using different techniques had the same problem several times in a two-year period. We assumed the house or water was cursed. In truth, our yeast was probably contaminated, or the fermentation was run way too warm. b) bitter final product with soapy aftertaste - After consulting various people, I figure this is the result of adding too much of the white part of the orange peel. That is, the "white meat" of the orange peel is very thick in some oranges and appears to be the source of this flavor. Some people find this taste very horrible (chalk on a steel chalkboard), whereas other people don't notice it. My guess is that this is the cause of the "styrene" flavor being refered to in other postings. My opinion is that the orange peel ingredient adds the oils which are in the orange skin, and that is where a lot of the aroma comes from. You can reduce the amount of white meat by using a knife to cut the skin off the orange in thin slices rather than peeling it off the orange. c) formaldehyde flavor (or medicinal flavor) - This I usually associate with some off-yeast getting into the brew. Then I made a batch that had this really tart almost (but not quite) formaldehyde taste. I wasn't sure it was worth saving, but I let some trusted friends taste it. Their opinion was that it was GREAT - they like "dry" and I like "sweet", and this particular brew had high alcohol content and was very dry. This is the most subtle of the problems I've encountered. Apparently I am not the best judge of my own brew - I've taken to trusting the taste-buds of various different brewers when I have a questionable batch. One person's brew is another's waste-water. d) bitter-sour flavor - This is cause by bacteria getting into the brew. I was clearly able to prove this to myself when I tasted another brewer's product (he was a professional brewer) which he used as part of a demo (brewery tour). His batch was definitely spoiled, although you could still taste the separate elements of his experimental brew. He called it "bacteria" spoilage, and it was the same taste of some batches of mine that went bad. I have never found any problems cooking my brew in either aluminum or stainless steel - I've only used enamel once, so I can't really comment on it, although I assume its just a cooking vessel so it has to work fine. Most of my friends and I do fermentation in one of three kinds of containers: stainless steel, glass or alcohol-grade plastic. We did do an experiment once with a bottle of my brew - we held a taste-test where the only varient was the drinking vessel. We tried glass, pewter, aluminum, glazed clay, wood and horn. The best, universally, was glass. All the others added off-aromas or dulled the taste of the mead. Second best was glazed clay, so I now only drink from one of those two, and prefer to brew and drink in glass. The pewter added the most flavor, and it was a relatively bitter and astringent additive. Good Luck, and may your yeast always have Zest! Michael Tighe Intermetrics Microsystems Software Inc. Cambridge, MA 02138 (USA) email: tighe at inmet.inmet.com Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 91 11:18:56 EDT From: hersh at expo.lcs.mit.edu Subject: Blueberry Mead Recipe, Styrene Flavors Straightforward, simple, In my memory one of the best Meads I've made, and the first. For 5 gallons 12 lbs Wildflower Honey (got mine at an apiary in Troy, NY) 2 tsp gypsum or water crystals 3 tsp yeast nutrient 1oz Hallertauer Leaf hops 1 tblsp Irish Moss 2 lbs blueberries 2 pckg Red Star Pastuer Champagne yeast Boil hops, yest nutrient, water crystals for 30 - 45 minutes. Add Irish Moss in the last 15-30 minutes of the boil. Turn off the heat and add the honey and the blueberries, steep at 180-190F for 15 minutes minimum (30 is ok too). Pour the whole mixture to a bucket or Carbouy (if you have a wort chiller then chill otherwise let it cool) add the yeast at the temperature recommended on the packet (85-90F I think). Let it ferment. Rack the mead off the fruit after 6-7 days (you can actually let it go longer if you like) I fermented for 4 more weeks in the secondary then bottled. Other people like to rack their meads at 3-4 week intervals and let it keep going in the carbouy. I don't think too much fermentation went on after the first 4 weeks (I made this in July so it fermented fast), so if you keepracking you'll basically be doing some of the aging in the carbouy, otherwise it will age in the bottles. This mead had a terrific rose color. It took over 8 months to really age, and was fantastic after 2 years. It had a nice blueberry nose to it, and quite a kick. Enjoy. Was the ginger peeled?? I have made orange-cinnamon mead, no off flavors. I have made ginger beers, again no styrene. I haven't mixed orange and ginger but have tasted fruit specialty beers that have. They tasted fine. If I had to make a guess I might guess that perhaps if you didn't peel the ginger that these flavors came from the peel. I have never heard of this particular off flavor arising before. I'll try polling Steve Stroud, my local Organic chemistry consultant and coc-conspirator in Dr. Beer sessions. Perhaps these poor souls can give us a better description of how the ingredients were prepared, and the brewing process. This might help us some, otherwise maybe you'll want to consider sending a bottle for diagnosis. JaH Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 91 10:31:16 CDT From: bliss at csrd.uiuc.edu (Brian Bliss) Subject: Re: styrene flavor in HB In digest #641 Cheryl Feinstein commented on a posting from digest #629, in which Douglas Luce described making a small batch of mead with ginger, tea, orange peel and honey. The resulting brew tasted strongly of styrene. I, too, have a batch of orange ginger mead going. Its almost two months old, and ready for bottling. I took a SG reading two days ago (1.000), and tasted it. It was kind of nauseating. I used 6 oz. ginger and 5 lbs of oranges (half of which was probably peel). My guess is that prepubescent orange ginger mead always tastes like styrene. Let's both keep our fingers crossed and hope it improves with age. bb Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 91 10:53:59 CDT From: bradley at dehn.math.nwu.edu (R. Bradley) Subject: Re: Homebrew Digest #641 (May 21, 1991) Merci beaucoup, Docteur Jean. Docteur Robert Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 91 12:20 EST From: <S94TAYLO%USUHSB.BITNET at CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU> Subject: Brewpubs in Baghdad There are brewpubs in Baghdad, but you'd never see Saddam in one. Why, do you ask? 'Cause he can just stay at home and get bombed. Al Taylor Uniformed Services University School of Medicine Bethesda, Maryland Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 91 13:02:37 EDT From: card at apollo.hp.com Subject: christmas ale (extract recipe's) Any have any tried and true extract recipe's for CHRISTMAS ALE? /Mal Card - card at apollo.hp.com Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 91 12:36:48 CDT From: kswanson at casbah.acns.nwu.edu (Kurt Swanson) Subject: Alcohol toxicity in common yeast strains Yesterday I tasted the first bottle of my weizen batch, (extract, 2/3 wheat, 1/3 barley, OG 62, TG 20), and found it quite sweet. I was wondering if there was a problem in that since OG was relatively high, the high alcohol content killed off the yeast (WYeast 3056). I have to believe that certain strains are better than others at surviving certain levels of alcohol toxicity. Does anyone know of ball-park figures (in terms of OG or %alcohol), for various yeasts? - -- Kurt Swanson, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University. kswanson at casbah.acns.nwu.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 91 8:04:29 PDT From: Martin A. Lodahl <pbmoss!malodah at PacBell.COM> Subject: Judging: I Concur In HOMEBREW Digest #641, Pete Soper said: > I got my judging sheets back ... the judging forms went a >long way toward showing me all that was wrong with them. I take > issue with a few comments (of course) but overall think the > judging was *VASTLY* improved over last year and for these two > beers was a great help to me for understanding some brewing > mistakes. It was a real treat to open bottles of the beers in > question and sip them, reading the forms and saying to myself > "Yes, yes!, yes, maybe, yes, yes!", instead of "Say what? Which > planet did these guys fly in from?" :-) Well said (as usual), Pete! I did the same last night, reading and sipping. I'd entered one that I knew damn well was out-of-category, and EVERY judge picked up on it. Reading the forms, I even had some "AHA! So THAT'S what that is!" experiences. For me, entering was well worth the money! = Martin A. Lodahl Pacific*Bell Staff Analyst = = malodah at pbmoss.Pacbell.COM Sacramento, CA 916.972.4821 = = If it's good for ancient Druids, runnin' nekkid through the wuids, = = Drinkin' strange fermented fluids, it's good enough for me! 8-) = Return to table of contents
Date: 22 May 91 15:36:00 EDT From: "FEINSTEIN" <crf at pine.circa.ufl.edu> Subject: Shipping reg's; anecdote Hi there! Regarding the recent thread about shipping homebrew UPS, and the legalities of such (and especially to the gentleman with legislative connections, who wants to gather data): a couple of things occurred to me while thinking about the postings I'd read. First, my own experiences in having to do legal research came to mind. I discovered long ago-- and *much* to my surprise-- that while much legislation is written in Legalese, much is also written in Plain English. Thus, it's worth one's while to go to a library and simply look up the requisite statutes. The worst that can happen is that the stuff's in Legalese after all. The other thing is to politely write such government agencies as the BATF and request any literature they may have explaining their policies. Many government bodies are image-conscious, and have all sorts of pamphlets and things that they will cheerfully deluge you with. Often, these are helpful sources of information. Totally aside from the above: recently, a Czechoslovakian blacksmith (an *extremely* talented and astute gentleman) visited my blacksmithing mentor, who is his pen-pal. Iaroslav brought with him a number of bottles of *GEN-YEW -WINE*, *homemade*, Moravian Slivovitz! Talk about quality hooch! After my second shot, the only thing I could say was "Cowabunga!" It seems that, since Iaroslav was not a state-approved artist (under the now- defunct Communist regime), he needed to hold down a job to support his family. Thus, he and his brother-in-law work at the local power plant, which is water powered. The plant stands on an island in the middle of a river, and a good chunk of it is covered with plum trees. Iaroslav and his brother-in-law harvest approx. 1 metric *ton* of Moravian plums every year, with the slivovitz the end result. They keep a still on the island, and double-distill it, btw. Another amusing side-effect for Iaroslav of not being a state-approved artist: after the Communist Party fell, a New York gallery solicited some of his work. Since Iaroslav wasn't listed as an artist, then it followed that what he was shipping out wasn't necessarily art. So, he shipped his sculptures as "scrap iron" to avoid certain bureaucratic entanglements! Think about it... Yours in Carbonation, Cher "I wish to the Lord someone would figure out a way of makin' baskets out of that ol' Kudzu vine; hit's 'bout to cover up Asheville!" -- Anon. NC woman ============================================================================= Cheryl Feinstein INTERNET: CRF at PINE.CIRCA.UFL.EDU Univ. of Fla. BITNET: CRF at UFPINE Gainesville, FL Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 91 13:22:25 PDT From: zucker at tazdevil.llnl.gov (Rick Zucker) Subject: ancient or just old wines/beers (was brewpubs in Iraq) >Date: Tue, 21 May 91 13:30:44 -0400 >From: jpb at tesuji.dco.dec.com (James P. Buchman) > > stuff about five thousand year old wine > >This wine was definitely "mature" after aging for fifty centuries, but >unfortunately it had dried out and was not drinkable. Does anyone know >the record for the oldest wine that's still sloshing around in the bottle >and theoretically drinkable? Last I heard, it was >2000 year old wine >found in intact amphorae by Jaques Cousteau at the bottom of the Agean. >He actually took a swig from one of the bottles and said it was pretty good. > >I didn't catch the archaeologist's name, but she says her next project >is to discover the oldest beer. Well, this is nothing close to these ages, but when I went on a tour of the Guiness Brewery in Dublin, they had a letter or told a story from some arctic/antarctic explorers. It seems these guys had discovered a cache of supplies from an earlier expedition. Among the supplies they found were three bottles of Guiness (I believe the supplies had belong to a British expedition). They brought one bottle back and I think they gave that bottle to the brewery. As for the other two, they "were put to good use". :-) Rick Noah Zucker noah at cs.washington.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 91 16:30:36 EDT From: srussell at snoopy.msc.cornell.edu (Stephen Russell) Subject: general questions on various & sundry yeast All right, I realize fully that this question a) will add to the general ongoing flame, and b) has been asked and maybe even answered before (in parts), BUT this hasn't seemed to stop anyone else on this digest, so here goes! What, in general, are your impressions of the various yeast strains and vari- eties you have been using? The type of qualities I'm after are: 1) fruitiness in aroma and flavor 2) maltiness in aroma and flavor 3) other flavors/aromas, which may or may not be off flavors, like clove 4) temperature of usage, and how this affects flavor, attenuation, etc. 5) attenuation (how low is typical FG, and how does this vary w/ recipe?) 6) time until krausen, time of krausen 7) speed of fermentation (how long does it take to reach this FG?) 8) consistency 9) interactions among the above 8 items 10) anything else you feel to be of importance I have the yeast issue of Zymurgy and I like it very much. However, I would like more information from you most educated digest types (stand back as I wipe my brown nose!!) as well as a larger sampling pool. Feel free to be as simplistic or as detailed as you'd like, but specifics are helpful. Please, please, *PLEASE* send me responses directly and I will try to make a compendium of sorts and post it on the net (or distribute it individually, if this method seems to be more appropriate) in a couple of weeks, if there is sufficient response and sufficient interest. Of course, this could be biting off more than I can chew.... As Dr. John would say, "here's mud in your eye", STEVE RUSSELL srussell at snoopy.msc.cornell.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 91 11:16:49 -0700 From: darryl at ism.isc.com (Darryl Richman) Subject: AAUs v. HBUs, revisited I recently jumped into the discussion of the difference between AAUs (as presented by Dave Line in his "Big Book of Brewing") and HBUs (as given by Charlie Papazian). In that message, I indicated that CP's HBUs were different and less useful than AAUs and, as a part of the discussion, indicated that there was no real ripoff by CP of DL. I wish to retract my previous statement. I had opportunity to look back in the BBoB and discovered that AAUs are not volume neutral; they require an accompanying volume to be of any use. They are exactly the same as CP's HBUs. In explanation of this goof (and as an attempt to extract my feet from my mouth), I will tell you that I don't use either, and that DL's explanation of AAUs involve working on a per gallon basis, before expanding them to the 5 gallon batch size. I'm sorry if I led anyone astray, --Darryl Richman Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 22 May 91 14:47:09 MDT From: abirenbo at rigel.CEL.SCG.hac.com Subject: Cider, the easy way I have soem recipes for how to make cider from apples, but being a beginner I was looking for an easier path. does anybody have a recipe on how to make Hard-cider from regulat old un-pasturized apple cider? I have heard that all you need to do is add yeast, but I would like to know how much. also, if i wish to make a sparkling cider, when shoudl i bottle it? and should I add sugar at any time? thanks in advance for your replies New Mailing List member (hopefully... I haven't heard anything) aaron birenboim abirenbo%rigel.cel.scg.hac.com at hac2arpa.hac.com Return to table of contents
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