HOMEBREW Digest #779 Wed 11 December 1991

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		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  Klever Komeback for Familials (TSAMSEL)
  Family Odor Problems (J.R. "BoB" Dobbs)
  Re: New brews (to me...) (Dean Cookson)
  Food grade materials (Ross Haywood)
  Re: Stankbrew (Jason Goldman)
  What bad odor? (Ford Prefect)
  Foul odors (ingr!b11!mspe5!guy)
  STUFF if Jack! (S94TAYLO)
  Brewing smells -> Ale-imony (wbt)
  Re: Foul Odors (Brian Davis)
  Removing Labels (Mark J. Easter)
  Father Knows Best (Norm Pyle)
  Transporting Homebrew (BOEGE)
  STUFF (Jack Schmidling)
  Crushed Mail Order (C.R. Saikley)
  Re: Homebrew Digest #777 (December 09, 1991) (C2NT010)
  Decoct, not halfcoct (Jay Hersh)
  Sour mashes & such like (Jeff Frane)
  STUFF (Ha! just kidding) (Russ Gelinas)
  Re: soda kegs (Alan Edwards)
  RE: Mashing one day, boiling the next (Stan Foster  at MSO)
  Re: grain mill / STUFF (Eric Simmon)
  old yeast (Russ Gelinas)
  Re: Legal beer imports II (Paul Jasper)
  Grain Mill (DAMON_NOEL/HP0800_08)
  undercarbonation - causes and fixes ??? (rich)
  Subject: Beer "additives" (Richard Stueven)
  Well, excuuuuuuse me! :-) ("Dr. John")
  Corsendonk (James Hensley)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1991 7:03:16 -0500 (EST) From: TSAMSEL at ISDRES.ER.USGS.GOV Subject: Klever Komeback for Familials Now to MAKE your family appreciatew the exquisite aromatics of brewing, roast some chiles in the oven (for Mexican food , natch) and ask them the rhetorical question; "Would you rather your eyes burn or smell malt and hops?" This works....(;-) Ted Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 8:54:36 EST From: bob at gozer.MV.COM (J.R. "BoB" Dobbs) Subject: Family Odor Problems Thus spake the prophet Bhoddy Ohdorr: People who brew love the smell of their work. People who do not brew hate the smell. People who complain about the smell should have their beer mug taken away. Divorce your wife, sell the kids, Relax, Don't Worry, Have Another Homebrew. :-) - -- Rhais Ahroni, Holy Scribe of the Church of The SubGenius Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 08:51:43 EST From: Dean Cookson <cookson at mbunix.mitre.org> Subject: Re: New brews (to me...) John Pierce writes about Frank Jones IPA and Catamount Amber. An info point is that both beers are made by Catamount. Last time I was up at the brewery in White River Junction they told us that Frank Jones, Post Road, and Bier de Guarde (sp?) are all brewed by them under contract. I've also heard that the guy who owns the Portsmith Brewery (brewpub in Portsmith, NH.) started by having Catamount contract brew for him, raised a couple of million dollars, and then opened the brew pub. And that the pub is CLEARING several hundred thousand $$$ a year. WAAAAAA! I wan't my own brewery!!!! :-) Dean Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 09:35:03 EST From: roscoe at sunwise.UWaterloo.ca (Ross Haywood) Subject: Food grade materials There has been some discussion in the last few weeks over the suitability of various materials for the construction of brewing kettles, lauter tuns etc. I constructed a stainless steel brew kettle with standard copper immersion heaters and an associate assures me that I will most certainly expire in the near future due to the ingestion of ?copper sulfates??. It seems to me that commercial brew kettles were all copper in the past I reply. Not so says he- they were copper outside but stainless inside. Other materials that have been mentioned in this forum are silver solder, and galvanized sheet metal (I'm reasonably sure that galvanized is a no-no). So, who out there has the definitive answer on the selection of materials for beer making equipment? Ross. Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 08:52:05 -0700 From: Jason Goldman <jason at gibson.sde.hp.com> Subject: Re: Stankbrew Before I brewed my first batch, a friend warned me (and my non-beer-drinking wife) that the whole house reeks when you brew. So, when I got ready to start my first batch, I chased my wife off for the day. I thought that it made the house smell a lot like hoppy molasses. So, what's the problem? Well, about that time my wife came in and her first response was, "I thought the house was supposed to smell bad, what happened?" I do know plenty of people who hate the smell (they're wrong) but fortunately, my wife isn't one of them. I'm planning a basement brewery anyway for *my* convenience. Jason jason at gibson.sde.hp.com Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 08:00:18 -0800 From: sag5004 at yak.boeing.com (Ford Prefect) Subject: What bad odor? Jim White writes: >Now, I happen to like the smells of roasting barley, boiling hops, and >fermenting beer. I have solved the problem by not having a family, and inviting *true* friends to come over and help brew (somebody needs to clean out the mash tun). Now I am the first to admit that there are drawbacks to this approach. Nobody complains about the smells, although I had a neighbor ask what I was making in such a big pot :-) stuart galt boeing computer services sag5004 at yak.boeing.com bellvue washington (206) 865-3764 or home (206) 361-0190 #include <standard/disclaim.h> I don't know what they say, they don't know what I say... Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 9:52:59 CST From: ingr!ingr!b11!mspe5!guy at uunet.UU.NET Subject: Foul odors Scott Welker writes: > Anyone out there love the smell of something they hate the taste of or > vice versa? I won't say it, I won't say it, I WON'T say it! Whew, that was close. I got a couple of email responses to my keg question from Digest #777 (thanks!) and I found out something interesting as well. The local Pepsi Cola distribution warehouse has gone entirely to the "bag-in-box" method of housing their syrup. They no longer have ANY kegs at all. I waited too late! Also, none of the restaurant supply places in town have used soda kegs either. They all said "the soft drink company usually supplies those for you". Still, I *did* find a source for kegs... - -- Guy D. McConnell "All I need is a pint a day..." Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 11:28 EST From: <S94TAYLO%USUHSB.bitnet at VTVM2.CC.VT.EDU> Subject: STUFF if Jack! Building a grainmill is NOT rocket science, nor is it even close to brain surgery. You take two plates that grind when moved against each other, maybe hooking one up to a power take-off or a crank. THAT'S IT, Jack. Some of us are just interested in how you put YOUR two plates together and connected it to a drive. Your unwillingness to share your ideas and innovations because you might not get rich shows everyone that you are just an arrogant guy who brews beer, not THE GREATEST HOMEBREWER IN THE WORLD. Al Taylor Uniformed Services University School of Medicine Bethesda, Maryland And if I do become a brain surgeon some day, I'll gladly tell anyone how I fixed that tumor. Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 11:35:09 EST From: wbt at cbema.att.com Subject: Brewing smells -> Ale-imony > From: zentner at ecn.purdue.edu (Michael Zentner) > Subject: boilover & thermodynamics > > The most obvious reason for the boil over is that the liquid > > is too hot. > > > > If one simply turns the flame down when nearing the boil > > point, a most amazing thing happens..... > > stop a boil over. > > ... Boiling water is boiling water, and, except in the > case of either high pressure or serious, fast overheating boiling water > will be at whatever temperature atmospheric pressure by you will allow... "Too hot" implies "at too high of a temperature" in common use. Mike is correct; the wort boils at whatever temperature it boils at, and you can't exceed that temperature. A boilover doesn't happen because the wort is "too hot." What I believe was meant, though, is that the rate of heat input to the wort was too high. Since the temperature can't rise, the wort boils faster and therefore evolves steam at a higher rate; more bubbles per second. That's bound to aggravate an inpending boilover. A more correct way to state this is "the liquid is being heated too quickly." That's why leaving the lid on a kettle (reducing heat loss from the top) tends to cause boilovers; it eliminates a source of heat loss and thus increases the boiling rate. Adding cold water can stop a boilover by absorbing some of the extra heat in the wort, reducing the boiling rate. If you have a gas burner, turning down the flame is an option; those of us using electric burners will find it easier to move the pot partially off the burner to slow the boil until the foam has subsided. Stirring and skimming are another approach; they break up the surface film so that the escaping steam doesn't form bubbles, and burst the bubbles already formed. combines both the mechanical and thermal approaches. > From: "Justin A. Aborn" <jaborn at BBN.COM> > Subject: Family Odor Problems > > I have the same problem with my wife. She complains bitterly > about the smell of brewing. When I brew she shuts herself in the > bedroom with the TV and the cats. This is a problem? If you could bottle this scent millions of men would beat a path to your door! 8-) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Bill Thacker AT&T Network Systems - Columbus cbema!wbt Quality Engineer Network Wireless Systems wbt at cbnews.att.com Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 08:16:21 pst From: Brian Davis <brian%mbf.uucp at ics.uci.edu> Subject: Re: Foul Odors Scott Welker asks: Anyone out there love the smell of something they hate the taste of or vice versa? Yes! Coffee. The smell is heavenly, but I can't stand the stuff. Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 08:54:34 PDT From: Mark J. Easter <easterm at ccmail.orst.edu> Subject: Removing Labels I submitted a comment a week or so ago about environmental and health considerations in label removal. My memory has been known to fail me in the past, so I decided to actually test again (perish the thought!) the label removal procedure that I advocated, that of soaking or boiling the bottles. Here's the results: Overnight soak in cold water in the bathtub: I put in about four tablespoons of mild detergent in a solution of cold water. The technique removed or softened all bottle labels except Dos Equis. The sample bottles included Bud long necks, Henry Weinhardts, (Long Live) Guiness Extra Stout, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Michelob long necks, and a few miscellaneous others. The Michelob and Bud bottles had to be scrubbed a little bit. Washing in mild detergent removed all traces of the glue. Boiling the bottles: I was able to put almost a case of bottles in my canning boiler. After filling them all up with water and topping off the boiler, I put it on a high flame. The water reached boiling temperature in about 25 minutes. I boiled for 20 minutes, and then left the lid on and let them soak overnight. The sample included all of the above. The results were nearly identical, except that I did not have to wash all of the bottles in detergent- the glue had come off of about 1/2 of the bottles. I had to scrape labels off of a few bud and michelob bottles. Seems like the soak technique might be the most economical and least energy-intensive. Has anybody else had similar experience? Thanks to all for comments I got in direct EMAIL on the last submission. Mark Easter Easter at fsl.orst.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 09:21:23 MST From: pyle at intellistor.com (Norm Pyle) Subject: Father Knows Best TSAMSEL at ISDRES.ER.USGS.GOV writes: > Notes: How does one brew all-grain with out interruption and still have a >familial unit? > I hope this batch turns out OK... I've been wondering this myself, as this has thus-far prevented me from taking the plunge. Sometimes extract brewing is a big enough stretch for my familial unit... BTW, its nice to know so many of you out there have families :-). This last digest reminded me of the Cheers song for some reason. Cheers! Norm "Where's that Beer?" Pyle Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 12:09 EDT From: <BOEGE%UORHEP.bitnet at CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU> Subject: Transporting Homebrew Greetings, How long will bottled Barley Wine remain drinkable? In Papazian's book there is a mention of 25 year aging periods. If I were to seal a case of Barley Wine up in light-proof wrapping and store it in a closet, would it be vinegar, evaporated, or sentient when I opened it a year later? 2? 5? I hope that somebody provides an answer to Dave Ballard's question regarding Beer, UPS, and the US Government. I will be flying from NY to MN for part of my Winter Break. If I bring a case of homebrew in my carry-on, will I be allowed onto a commercial flight? I certainly don't feel like making a gift of my brew to airport security. Cheers, Steven J. Boege "Is a fool on the throne relieved of all responsibility merely because he is a fool?" Milan Kundera Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 11:36 CST From: arf at ddsw1.mcs.com (Jack Schmidling) Subject: STUFF To: Homebrew Digest Fm: Jack Schmidling From: zentner at ecn.purdue.edu (Michael Zentner) Subject: boilover & thermodynamics >Changing the flame on your stove will not change the temperature of boiling water. Poor choice of words but I suspect most people will understand that if you reduce the heat [under the water] you will reduce the chances of a boil over. > While changing your flame intensity, you may increase or decrease the rate of boiling, the temperature remains the same. It is true that a lower rate of boiling will make less foam less quickly, and you may avoid boilover this way, but it has almost nothing to do with temperature. It has to do with the RATE of temperature INCREASE. I one approaches the foam over point with a reduced flame, it will not foam over. After a gentle boil is achieved, full heat can be applied without a boil over. >Solution: I don't worry about boilover anymore, becaue I boil 5 gallon batches in a 10 gallon pot. Plenty of time to catch the mess before it oozes over the edge. Yeh, except that I am so greedy that as soon as I got my 10 gal kettle, I started increasing the batch size. I now put 8 gals of wort in my ten gal pot. I never actually had a boilover until this weekend. It was 60 out and I mis-calculated the time and was was in the wrong place at that critical moment. From: "Justin A. Aborn" <jaborn at BBN.COM> Subject: Family Odor Problems >I have the same problem with my wife. She complains bitterly about the smell of brewing. The solution to the problem here seems pretty obvious . Need a good lawyer? Sounds like grounds to me. :) From: Brew Free or Die! 09-Dec-1991 1423 <hall at buffa.enet.dec.com> Subject: Re: STUFF >First off: Jack, could you please use more descriptive subject lines for your posts? Rob Gardner asked that this be done way back in the beginning of HBD. It makes searching for previous posts, and archiving by subject, much easier. You've used "STUFF" for a subject line about 15 times now, and when I'm looking for something you wrote in the past, I don't know which "STUFF" it was. I also responded by saying it is a problem without a good solution. My mailer only allows a one word subject. In the interests of saving bandwith, I typically respond to several topics in each posting. No matter which one I chose for the subject, the others would be lost in a search. The only alternative is Misc and this seems equally problematical. When I post an original article, it ALWAYS has an identifying Subject. Sorry, suggestions would be more helpful than just repeating the criticism. >You advocate boiling the liquid under the false bottom as a means of achieving decoction mash. I only skimmed through Noonan's book, but I recall him writing that one must boil what he referred to as the thickest part of the mash each time. Do you know why he claims that the thickest mash portion be boiled, and what would be the difference in boiling just the thin mash under the false bottom? Well, far be it from me :) to criticize the work of an expert but one of the things I dislike the most about Noonan's writing is his lack of clarity on many issues. After reading parts over many times, I go away totally confused. In this case, he gives equally reasons for boiling both the thick and the thin mash but the circumstances for doing which are cloudy enough to make it meaningless. Furthermore, as I actually do a thick mash decoction, the fact that some of the thin mash is boiling seems to cover both bases. >Anyway, I left the runnings covered overnight in my kitchen, and boiled, cooled, and pitched the next day. I've called this batch Procrastination Porter, and I taste no obvious defects. There's a letter to Professor Surfeit in the latest Zymurgy asking the very same thing, and Surfeit recommends against doing it, claiming nasties will take up residence in the wort. I believe that's true, but how many of those nasty will survive a 90 minute boil? Premusming further that, the mash was over 150 degs, when covered for the night. How would they get in, in the first place? I could believe a chemical reaction could affect the taste, but infection? Bah! js ZZ Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 11:39:57 PST From: grumpy!cr at uunet.UU.NET (C.R. Saikley) Subject: Crushed Mail Order From: joshua.grosse at amail.amdahl.com >And, C.R. Saikley writes: >>Another option is to have your supplier crack your grain. A decent >>homebrew shop will have a two roller mill, which should give you a >>much better crush than a Corona can. It usually costs no more than >>4-5 cents/pound extra to get your grain cracked, and some suppliers >>will do it free. Cracked grain doesn't keep well, so you'll want to >>brew ASAP after milling. If you live in an area where you must mail >>order your grain, having it pre cracked is not a good idea. >Interesting. I've no easy access to a homebrew shop that has a mill. >As I live in an area with homebrew stores that don't offer milling >service. Andy (ak35+ at andrew.cmu.edu) recommends mail-order precrush. Imagine that, homebrewers actually _disagreeing_ on methods!! :-) Let me clarify what I meant in the original posting. I'm sure that with proper treatment by conscientious suppliers and shippers, mail ordering cracked grains is possible. If you've found a source that can reliably get precrushed grains to you in good condition, and you're satisfied with the results, more power to you. If you haven't yet identified that source, beware that shipping cracked grains is a risky proposition. Given that crushed malt doesn't keep well, and that shipping exposes it to unknown conditions, you may not be happy with the results. Time, temperature, and moisture all take their toll. Perhaps someone out there has identified a good source for mail order precrushed malt. Anyone??? CR Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1991 14:39 EST From: C2NT010 at FRE.TOWSON.EDU Subject: Re: Homebrew Digest #777 (December 09, 1991) Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 14:46:06 EST From: Jay Hersh <hersh at expo.lcs.mit.edu> Subject: Decoct, not halfcoct >Not to ramble on and on, but I know from two experiences (one >intentional and the other, er, otherwise) that boiling grains does lead >to obvious and disastrous off-flavors. On the other hand, Noonan is a >fairly on-the-ball kind of guy and he recommends decoction mashing - not >to mention several hundred years of German tradition. What's the deal? Unless I missed the boat, you don't boil the grains, you bring them to a boil, i.e. you heat them to just before boiling, then add them back into the mash. While still a higher heat less astringency will be created while enzymatic activity in at least that portion of the mash will be de-activated. Also from what I understand you end having brought 1/3 - 1/2 of the mash to a a boil, but not all at once, but rather in steps, so that only a small portion of the grain is actually de-activated at any one time. This still leaves plenty of grain with active enzymes throughout the entire mash. - JaH Return to table of contents
Date: 10 Dec 91 14:57:21 EST From: Jeff Frane <70670.2067 at compuserve.com> Subject: Sour mashes & such like There has been a thread here about mashing one day, and then boiling the wort on the following day. Several people have commented that either a decoction mash or the wort boil would sterilize the wort and protect from off-flavors. As Jay Hersh notes, this is essentially the procedure for achieving sour mashes, and even one day is enough to start the process given the correct temperatures. What's important to note is: boiling will kill microorganisms but will not kill off-flavors (or toxins for that matter) already introduced into the brew by those microorganisms. And, no, this doesn't mean that every single batch of beer with a one-day lagtime between mashing and boiling will produce sour beer, just that it considerably increases the odds of spoilage. On Corona mills: You would be amazed at how frequently these show up a garage sales and flea markets for about $10, putting them well within the reach of most brewers. With care, they will produce a very nicely cracked grist. It's true that they can be motorized--although I've never felt the need, since it takes me about 20 minutes to crack enough grain for a 10-gallon batch by hand--but a friend who used a drill to power his says that the plates no longer run smoothly against each other but instead wobble. A roller mill is a great thing but $200?! You'd be better of spending the money on a SS kettle or on more malts! On pasteurization, etc.: I think this idea has been pretty well dismissed by everyone here. The State of Oregon used to have a law requiring pasteurization of beer (which was pretty much ignored by people like Sierra Nevada, not to mention Cooper's, Chimay, etc.). The battle over dismissal of this OLCC rule was led by (ta da!) Coors, who had obvious interests in repeal. I think you will find that most laws about alcohol content, etc. in beers are state laws and that the federal BATF gets involved in other silly rules. Such as not being able to use the word "Christmas" on an alcoholic beverage or not being able to use someone's name on the label unless a picture accompanies it. ??!! I'm intrigued to follow the discussion of boilovers. Most of the solutions seem pretty sensible; I've used most of them at one time or another. Turning down the heat just as the first, violent surge occurs helps a lot, as does stirring with a long spoon at the same time. What interests me most, though, is that no one has mentioned an increase in activity when hops are added. I've never seen a concise explanation of this phenomenon but have observed it in countless brews. I've always warned new brewers not to walk away from a boiling kettle, *particularly* if they've just tossed in some hops. Anyhow, virtually every boilover I've ever witnessed or heard of had to do with inattention. Best not to wander off too long no matter what's going on with the boil. Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1991 15:16:26 -0500 (EST) From: R_GELINAS at UNHH.UNH.EDU (Russ Gelinas) Subject: STUFF (Ha! just kidding) First, bad news. My favorite brew glass, purchased from the Boston Wort Processors at the AHA conference this past summer, was broken today by my mother-in-law. Bummer. To be truthful, it's amazing it survived as long as it did, but still.......Geez, I wonder what the ol' bat will get me for xmas ;-) I just obtained a used Coke keg. Everything I know about kegs I've learned from this digest, and of course I haven't paid all that much attention, since I didn't have a keg. What would be nice is if there was a "howto keg" write-up, with, for example, what to replace, how to clean, how to fill, how to carbonate, how to serve, how to store, and what not to do. I know all of that info has been in the HD at some point. Has anyone put it in any sort of order? There's nothing about it in the archives; would be a nice thing to have there, though. Russ Gelinas ESP UNH Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 12:20:53 PST From: rush at xanadu.llnl.gov (Alan Edwards) Subject: Re: soda kegs Ken Weiss (krweiss at ucdavis.edu) wrote in HBD #776: | On a more serious topic, I've noticed that Pepsi and Coke are both phasing | out the 5 gallon stainless kegs for syrup dispensing in favor of cardboard | boxes with plastic bladders. They started switching over several years ago. I worked at a Carl's Jr in Central California in 1984 and 1985 when they started using the boxed syrup system. | This would seem to indicate a coming glut of | used soda kegs. Anyone noticed supplies increasing and prices dropping? If | not, we need to re-evaluate the whole concept of supply/demand economics. | Me, I'm gonna go hang around the back door to the local Pepsi bottler and | see what's in their dumpster... Since the switchover to boxed syrup is most likely a very slow trend, I wouldn't expect any surge of surplus kegs, unless you happen to know of a specific supplier who is switching to the new system. -Alan .------------------------------------. | Alan Edwards: rush at xanadu.llnl.gov | Member: The Hoppy Cappers | or: alan-edwards at llnl.gov | homebrew club, Modesto, CA `------------------------------------' Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 12:25:28 PST From: Stan Foster at MSO <foster at rumor.enet.dec.com> Subject: RE: Mashing one day, boiling the next I have saved mashed wort in the fridge overnight and boiled the next day, or even after two days, a couple of times with no (apparent) ill effects. The saved wort smells like vegetables (cooked cabbage) but the boiling and/or fermentation process has always driven off any strange smells leaving me with clean beer. I've only ever done this with ales and only when there was no other option. Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 15:31:32 EST From: simmon at eeel.nist.gov (Eric Simmon) Subject: Re: grain mill / STUFF >From Jack Schmidling: (regarding posting info on building grain mill) >Past experience says that a long posting would have been >received with little enthusiasm, by enough readers, that the >whole objective would have been lost in endless flames. >If you took the trouble to send for the information offered >through email, you would now know how it was made. >However, as I happen to have a foundry and machine shop in >my basement, it is a little like asking a brain surgeon how >he fixed that tumor. >js I believe that the readers of this mailing list would not mind a long posting as long as the posting is useful information with a high signal to noise ratio. Several other people have shown interest in this topic and have requested instructions. Since I happen to have access to a machine shop and furnace (I am sure other readers have access to the required equipement also), I think it would be useful for you to post info. Your analogy is incorrect, it is like one brain surgeon asking another brain surgeon how he fixed that tumor. relax, don't worry, have a homebrew Eric Simmon simmon at eeel.nist.gov - -------------------- REGAL LAGER - It's not just a beer it's a palindrome! Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1991 15:55:20 -0500 (EST) From: R_GELINAS at UNHH.UNH.EDU (Russ Gelinas) Subject: old yeast There's an article in the New York Times (Monday?), about Keith Thomas, an Englishman who cultured the dregs of a bottle of ale that was recovered from a ship which had sunk in the English Channel in 1825!!!!! He's using it in a commercial porter (Flag Porter). He also uses only organically grown malt, no pesticides, etc. Sounds like quite a character. Any of you HB'ers across the pond ever hear of the guy? Russ G. ESP UNH Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1991 10:48:53 PST From: paul at melody.Rational.COM (Paul Jasper) Subject: Re: Legal beer imports II On 9 Dec, 23:28, <S94WELKE%USUHSB.bitnet at VTVM2.CC.VT.EDU> wrote: > Subject: Legal beer imports II > > In HBD 771, I asked for examples of beer imorted from Germany that > did not conform to the Reiheitsgebott. Thanks to John DeCarlo and > Chip Hitchcock, who pointed out MOST beers are modified before being > sent from Germany (by adding noxious chemicals). Their sources were ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ > Miller and a Sam Adams ad, respectively. Well, there you have it, then... This sounds just like the rest of the utter nonsense that Jim Koch talks in his radio adverts. Like where he claims Sam Adams brews in weeks what "the leading import" brews in "three hours". As homebrewers we must all know that no one can possibly brew anything in as little as three hours. Not even the Dutch or the Japanese have perfected explosive fermentation, to my knowledge. He also talks about how they won first prize at the GABF three years in succession as if these were the most recent three, neglecting to mention that the last time was in 1986 (or maybe 1987, depending on whether my memory serves me correctly). Since hearing Jim's advertising campaign, I've actually been avoiding drinking Samuel Adams beers. Having my intelligence insulted in this way certainly does not endear me to his company or their products... And as for Miller... that's like believing General Motors if they told you that the wheels drop off Toyotas at speeds above 30 mph. > You learn something every > day. I think the filtration of Japanese beer leaves the issue open, > because the beer could be unnecessarily pasteurized to comply with US > law. Now I'm even more curious. > >-- End of excerpt from <S94WELKE%USUHSB.bitnet at VTVM2.CC.VT.EDU> Shame on you for spreading such malicious gossip! - -- - -- Paul Jasper - -- RATIONAL - -- Object-Oriented Products - -- Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 15:17:29 mst From: DAMON_NOEL/HP0800_08%hpcsee.col.hp.com at col.hp.com Subject: Grain Mill This is a first submission on this quaint system and I don't like the odds of success...but I can offer some ideas on a grain mill. I built one for home use using pretty simple techniques. All aluminum, and using a junk gear drive motor (slow but it can turn the house) double roller crusher, does 1# per min. At first I used a 1/2 drill motor which worked if you started the drill before loading the grain and kept it going. If was a lot faster than the gear unit. The advantage of th e crusher over the grinder is that the grain husks are not shreaded and do not contribute to off flavors. You also get guaranteed 100% grain cracking and in addition, relatively few "fines" are generated. As a result yields are high and the grain bed is quite uniform. I have never had a stuck bed as I did with a Corona on occasion. There is a minimum of machine work involved, cutting plate aluminum, drilling and tapping, a bit of lathe work on the rollers. I don't know what a machine shop would charge to do the work, but alternatives are the local high schools and community colleges offering shop courses. A bit of barter for a case or two with either a student or the instructor might turn the trick...it worked for me. I'll be happy to furnish sketches to interestd folk, just send a SASE. Noel Damon P.O. Box 7050 Colorado Springs, CO 80933 No charge, no commercial cheers Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 18:21:11 EST From: rich at trevor.att.com Subject: undercarbonation - causes and fixes ??? I recently brewed an extract-based pale ale type beer. Three weeks after bottling, there is still very little carbonation in the beer. I am trying to figure out what went wrong as well as how I might repair the current batch. Some of the details of this batch include: - used Wyeast American yeast (first time I used Wyeast) - in primary for 5 days - in secondary for 2 1/2 weeks - used 3/4 cup priming sugar (no, I did not forget it) - added 1 T. of dissolved knox gelatin before bottling - added 1/2 gal of boiled water before bottling to increase volume to 5 gallons. The water was cooled for a while before adding it to the beer, though it may have still been quite hot. I didn't check temperatures. I've done this before and given the small(?) volume of water added, I didn't think it would be a problem. - the bottles were well rinsed after sterilizing them with a mild clorax solution. I remember seeing something on this digest once before about beer sitting in the secondary too long and leading undercarbonation. Anybody know anything about this? Even though this beer isn't too bad flat, might anyone be able to suggest how I can fix the current batch to make it better? Thanks for your help, /rich kempinski (rich at trevor.att.com) Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 15:42:00 PST From: Richard.Stueven at Corp.Sun.COM (Richard Stueven) Subject: Subject: Beer "additives" In HBD #775, I asked: >Truth, Fiction, or Urban Legend: > > All beers imported into the US are required to be pasteurized > and/or to have chemicals such as _formaldehyde_ added to them. A number of people pointed out what I should have seen as obvious: that if the beer were pasteurized or had such nasty chemicals added, nobody would be able to culture the yeast from the bottles! Thanks to all who responded...I can't wait to taste the beers that I'm going to collect from the bets I made. Richard Stueven AHA# 22584 |----------| Internet: gak at Corp.Sun.COM |----GO----| Disclaimer: I'm not allowed to ATTMAIL: ...!attmail!gak |---SHARX--| have opinions. Cow Palace: Sec 107 Row F Seat 8 |----------| Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 21:30:05 EST From: "Dr. John" <JELJ at CORNELLA.cit.cornell.edu> Subject: Well, excuuuuuuse me! :-) Greetings all, I'd like to start with an apology of sorts, seems that the wording of my post in #774 was, shall we say, unfortunate in some regards. I've worked things out privately with Jack, but want to take this opportunity to redeem myself publicly, lest any of you are left with the impression that I am indeed arrogant. So, being among the most recently Schmidled (or is that Schmidified :-)) of the HBD'ers, I'd like to offer a few thoughts as to how we might steer the HBD back to the kinder and gentler digest of old. Unfortunately, it seems that I fell into the trap that all too many posters have lately, namely adopting a somewhat belligerent tone in responding to what I perceived, and still perceive in part, as factual errors, or inconsistencies, in a couple of Jack's postings. I'd like to suggest that any of us who are tempted to fire off responses to Jack, or anyone else for that matter, that could be construed as inflamatory take the time, and expend the effort, to choose our words more carefully. I submit that the digest will be much better served if we all take the time to send out well-reasoned, and carefully-written, postings, rather than simply cranking up our blowtorches. Hell, Jack might even come around if we tone things down; though I'm not exactly suggesting he'll become affable, or anything like that, for to do so would most likely cause my veracity to be seriously questioned :-). In the interest of helping start the process, at least in a small way, I'd like to restate the gist of my posting in #774. Jack Schmidling, in #764 in your second "STUFF" posting, you suggest that if the boiling of the liquid under the false bottom in a direct-fired mash tun could be controlled, one could thus achieve the benefits of a decoction mash. Then in #771 you refer to boiling an unspecified number (which, based on my mashing experiences, I infer to be a small number) of quart- sized portions of the mash as decoction mashing. Both of these approaches seem contrary to the decoction procedures which Noonan elucidates in "Brewing Lager Beer." Regardless of what any of us thinks about Noonan's grasp on his material, the fact remains that his book is, to my knowledge, the only thorough English-language treatment of decoction mashing, and, in my experience, his procedures do work. I encourage you to read, or reread as the case may be, Noonan. When you do, you will note, on page 109, that Noonan states, in no uncertain terms, that by boiling the liquid portion of the mash you will likely be decimating your mash's enzymes, rather than achieving the desirable results of a decoction mash. As to the quart-sized portions, I assume that during a one hour conversion rest you will only need to reset your mash temperature 2, or at most, 3 times, and thus would not be boiling enough of the mash to accomplish what you would if you did a decoction of the size necessary to boost the temperature from protein rest to conversion rest. If you have other sources of information on decoction mashing, I, and I assume a few other HBD readers, would be grateful if you would post the references and help us expand the information base on which we can draw. I hope, and expect, that this partial recantation will be sufficient to rekindle the discussion of decoction mashing without igniting any flames. As a practitioner of traditional brewing techniques, when I can find the time and gain the acquiescence of my family, I am always interested in learning of other brewers' approaches, in hopes of garnering some useful information to improve my own brewing procedures. In closing, I'd just like to observe that flaming is a two-way street. If each of us practices some self-restraint on our pyromaniacal tendencies we can, before long, restore the digest to its past glory. Ooogy wawa, Dr. John P.S. I'd still like to know what you all think about using Klages in a single temperature infusion mash. I'm thinking about doing so this Friday night, and would like to hear of any experiences along these lines that anyone cares to recount. Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 91 20:15:32 PDT From: jpaul at barge.sd.locus.com (James Hensley) Subject: Corsendonk I am sitting here drinking some Corsendonk monk's pale ale. It is quite the complex brew. Very strong and flavorful, I don't think it would be possible to guzzle this beer in under any circumstances. It has the yeast in the bottle. I got a gift pack with a bottle of the pale and a bottle of the brown trappist ale. Also included was a glass and coasters. All this for $12. On the coasters is some (French? Belgian) writing: FERMENTEE EN BOUTEILLE - I guess this is "fermented in the (this) bottle. AMBACHTELIJK BIER - Abbey beer? MET LENEVDE GIST - With Suspended??? yeast? These are just stabs in the dark; I'm no linguist. These guys make a great beer, though! Please post if you know the meaning of these phrases. This bottle has yeast at the bottom. Anybody ever culture it? James jpaul at locus.com - -- jpaul at locus.com | ..ucsd!lccsd!jpaul : all views expressed are mine. All those moments will be lost, in time, like tears in rain -- Blade Runner Return to table of contents
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