HOMEBREW Digest #1408 Tue 26 April 1994

Digest #1407 Digest #1409

		Rob Gardner, Digest Janitor

  ORACLE SPEAK (Jack Schmidling)
  Yeast farming with SNPA yeast (708) 938-3184" <HANSEN.MICHAEL at igate.abbott.com>
  Kolsch (Richard Nantel)
  Composting Technology ( And Hops :-) (Conan-the-Librarian)
  enamel on King Kooker (btalk)
  Stout bitternest & DI water. (ELTEE)
  Recipes wanted ("Michael J. Poaletta")
  Unseemly and unnatural adjuncts (erict)
  Pop Quiz! (Frank Longmore)
  [Aladdin] (Alhana)
  Wort Chillers when water shortages are a problem (allison shorten)
  BAD all-grain extraction - HELP (Will Smith)
  Sparge water ph, Jack's contention (cole)
  bruheat replies 1 of 2 (Rich Ryan)
  bruheat replies 2 of 2 (Rich Ryan)
  Irish Moss Scare (Norman Farrell)
  Gott cooler summary (Doug Fettig)
  Cask Conditioned Ales (rprice)
  hopping in Corny Kegs (25-Apr-1994 1007 -0400)
  Re: Cooper's Ale (Jeff Frane)
  Where in Tucson.... (Brian Klimowski)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 23 Apr 94 08:15 CDT From: arf at mcs.com (Jack Schmidling) Subject: ORACLE SPEAK After my smashing success with Spanish Moss, I thought I would give the more traditional Irish Moss a try. The results were a dismal failure, although probably more a result of my process than any fault of the moss. I put 2 tbs into my ten gallon batch about 15 minutes before the end of the boil. I let it air cool for an hour or so then added an oz of finishing hops and put on the lid with the wort chiller built in. After sitting for about an hour, I turned on the chiller and cooled down the wort and let it sit for several more hours. Aside from the Irish Moss this is my normal routine for providing a decent hop aroma without having to mess with dry hopping. When it came time to transfer to the fermenter, I hooked up the pump and after about 6 gallons went through, I smelled plastic burning and found the pump has siezed up. ....... Pay attention Ulick..... and all efforts to get it to flow were in vain. The EASYMASHER was hopelessly clogged. I let it gravity drip all night an managed to salvage about a gallon more. The wort seemed a bit clearer than usual but upon peeking into the kettle, there was a mountain of crud, probably 10" high and mucked up in at least 3 gallons of other wise normal wort. Normall, I just pour whatever is left in the kettle into a jug and it is clear by morning. I then reboil it and add to the fermenter. No such action with this crud. Once it was mixed up again, it showed no interest in settling out even after re-boiling. After three days I threw it out and ended up with 7 gallons of wort instead of the 10 I had planned on. As I was anxious to conclude the experiment, I made an ale which is now fermented out and when I transferred it to the keg, it looked/looks exactly like all the other beer I have made, except that the 10 gallon keg only has 7 gallons of beer in it. I suspect that if I went into the kettle from the top instead of drawing through the EASYMASHER, I could have avoided some of the problem but having the chiller in the lid makes it impossible to do that without disturbing the sediment. However, it appears that a great deal of wort is lost because of the mountain of crud created by the IM and I am not sure I want to live with that loss. More importantly, the beer seems no clearer than what I make without it, at least up to the end of primary fermentation. Not sure what to expect in the next few weeks but just thought I would pass on my experience. Also, if Ulick is using Irish Moss, I can appreciate his frustration with an EASYMASHER.... it just plain won't work (as a crud filter that is). I never said it would work with IM but it's nice to know these things. js Return to table of contents
Date: 23 Apr 1994 07:43:00 -0600 (CST) From: "Michael D. Hansen (708) 938-3184" <HANSEN.MICHAEL at igate.abbott.com> Subject: Yeast farming with SNPA yeast Hey All, Here is a question to all you yeast farmers out there, particularly those who have cultured SNPA from the bottle. I took the yeast from two bottles of SNPA and poured it into my Erlenmeyer flask with starter in it. The yeast took off with no problem. A few days later I added some more starter and again no problem. Wanting a large slurry of yeast, I then poured most of the starter off of the slurry in the Erlenmeyer flask, swirled it around and then pitched it into 3/4 gallon of 1.040 wort. Vigorous fermentation began by the next morning (I even had to change airlocks). When fermentation was ostensibly finished I swirled up the wort to get the yeast back into suspension so I could put it into test tubes for use at a later time when a very thick head of bubbles rose to the top. I figured it wasn't done fermenting. The next morning another vigorous fermentation was going (had to change airlocks twice). When it was done fermenting (no bubbles from the airlock in 5 minutes), a 3" head of milky foam still remained on top of the wort. This does not look quite right to me. It smells fine, albeit yeasty, and I was meticulous in sanitation, swabbing and flaming surfaces when transferring yeast or wort. Am I on the right track here? Is this milky krausen characteristic of SNPA yeast? Should I use it or throw it out? Any and all suggestions are appreciated. TIA and brew on my friends, Mike Hansen (HANSENMD at RANDB.ABBOTT.COM) Return to table of contents
Date: 23 Apr 94 09:55:36 EDT From: Richard Nantel <72704.3003 at CompuServe.COM> Subject: Kolsch With the warmer weather approaching, I've decided to brew an all-grain Kolsch as my next batch. Dry, hoppy, perfect. I'll likely be following Miller's recipe from TCHOHB: 6 pounds pale lager malt 1 pound Vienna malt 12 AAUs hops (Bavarian, Styrian, or Saaz) (60,30,10 minutes) Dry hop ale yeast I can find very little information about this style in the literature and have the following questions: Does anyone have suggestions regarding an appropriate commercial yeast strain? Must Kolsch be lagered after fermentation like its cousin Alt? What about the water composition in Kolsch's birthplace, Bonn and Cologne? I lack lagering capability and but have been dying to brew something with those delicious Saaz hops. Kolsch is it. Richard Nantel Montreal, Quebec, Canada Private email to rnantel at cam.org Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 1994 07:29:19 -0700 From: pascal at netcom.com (Conan-the-Librarian) Subject: Composting Technology ( And Hops :-) ( This is a little off the main thread, but not too far off. ) Although I'm not growing any hops, I'm currently rebuilding a series of box gardens, and thought I'd look into composting, also. The benefit of composting, here, is twofold. - To create a source of stable plant nutrients for gardening. - To reduce the amount of garbage produced ( landfill consumed ). Specially designed composting bins are easily available, although it can be built out of an old plastic garbage can, with lots of holes drilled in its sides. A plastic bin is preferred over a pile because dark plastic absorbs infrared and maintains the warmth of the compost pile better than an open pile held in place by wooden slats or covered with plastic. The warmer the compost ( within reasonable boundaries ) ... the faster the composting process. ( Does that latter piece of advice sound familiar ? :-) However, composting has advanced somewhat in the past few years. Nowadays, specific worm species are being added to the microecology of the compost bin, to expedite the composting process. As spinoffs, they also produce worms ( for the fishing aficionados in the audience ) and worm castings ( for the gardening aficionados ). Worm cast- -ings are regarded as _the_ best fertilizer available, probably superior to bat guano. It is my educated, but untested, speculation, that judicious utilization of a well-designed composting process could result in superior hops and other garden plants, as well as significant reduction in garbage disposed of via disposal unit or other conventional methods. ( I daresay it'd even be of help in culturing those "special hops" y'all keep talking about. :-) -=0=- Smaller systems are also available for the apartment dweller. I don't know how quickly a smaller worm population, in a smaller space, reduces scraps of vegetables and fruit and such to compost, but, as an experiment, I set up a 5-gallon bucket a few weeks ago, poured in some sterilized soil, and added a few hundred red wigglers. Then I stirred in a handful of chopped-up banana peels and some coffee grounds ... and I've been gradually adding stuff, stirring it in. No smell, no mess, no fuss. Eventually I'll have to add a tap to the bottom of the bucket, to drain off the liquid worm castings, for plant food. It's actually not that different from regular brewing equipment, except for the myriad minute holes drilled in the sides. Good use for an old lauter tun that's sprung a slow leak ... or some old mashing equipment that's been replaced by an EasyMasher(TM). Given the large number of people whom have expressed an interest in grow- -ing their own hops and whatnot, I will forego defending my use of precious bandwidth. (-: My next posting : The Nutritional Benefits Of Adding Worms To Your Wort ... - -- richard Help ! I'm a lesbian trapped in a man's body !! richard childers san francisco, california pascal at netcom.com Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 94 08:07:50 EDT From: btalk at aol.com Subject: enamel on King Kooker Bob Bessette asks about using enamelware pot on these cookers. I did it until I got a 1/4 keg boiler. It was alot easier to move that volume than lift 6 gal plus keg! Anyone have good ideas on moving mass quantities of wort? My next move would be to 1/2 keg boiler(or RIMS). Bob, go for it ! You will be amazed at how fast the Kooker gets water boiling. regards, Bob Talkiewicz,Binghamton, NY <btalk at aol.com> Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 1994 14:45:01 -0400 (EDT) From: ELTEE at delphi.com Subject: Stout bitternest & DI water. I brewed CP's Dark Sleep Stout and it has been in the bottle for a couple of months. At first taste it is wonderful but about 2-3 seconds later it develops a bitter taste in the mouth. It's possibly astringent but not as bad as strong tea. Then the flavor mellows again. Two other beer lovers also verified this. The recipe calls for boiling the specialty grains for 5 minutes, which I did. Is this the problem? I know you shouldn't boil them, but I was following Charlie. I also added 8 tsp of gypsum. What about this? My water is already hard and full of minerals. At work we have de-ionized water. It has a filter followed by two de-ionizers. Should I use this for my brew? Do I need to boil it before I add the the concetrated wort from my brewpot? Will it make a huge difference? TIA hoppy brewing Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 94 14:36:47 EDT From: "Michael J. Poaletta" <MP0824A at american.edu> Subject: Recipes wanted - ----------------------------Original message---------------------------- I want to brew a steam beer and a wheat beer this summer and I am looking for some tried and true recipes from the HBD subscribers. I am an extract brewer who uses specialty grains (haven't made the jump to mashing). I am also trying to read up on brewing meads for sometime in the future so any literature ( or for that matter recipes) you folks can recommend would be greatly appreciated. Also is there a mead net somewhere? Feel free to send me private E-Mail or post it for all to read. I'm casual. Thanks in advance for any help rendered Mike Poaletta Washington D.C. Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 94 14:18:56 EDT From: erict at VNET.IBM.COM Subject: Unseemly and unnatural adjuncts Well, somebody had to do it. A few weeks ago, during one of the regular "Can we brew with cannabis? / How dare you even THINK about it!" flamewars, someone came back with a flip comment about "not even mentioning catnip beer." It just so happened that I was in the process of putting together a rather uninspired brown ale (dare I say it, from extract?) that I wanted to "spice up" a little, so ... I hied myself down to the local health food store and picked up a couple ounces of "brewer's grade" catnip (okay, it was actually labelled as "organic" catnip -- the point is it wasn't the stuff you buy for Fluffy at the pet store). My brew had finished it's primary fermentation by this point, so I dumped the catnip into a cheesecloth bag, weighted it down with a few marbles, and "dry-nipped" the beer for about a week. Last night, I experimentally sampled one of the newly-christened "Spacetime Continuum Ale" (named after my cat, Spacetime) and ... it's not bad at all! Its only been bottled for 2 weeks, so it could use a little more conditioning, but the catnip adds a subtle "new-mown grass" note to the nose, a sort of mild bitter flavour which is not as aggressive as the hops (I'd used Fuggles in the boil) but complements them nicely, and an aftertaste that I can only describe as minty, but without the menthol cooling effect. The only adverse side effect I noticed is that after quaffing a pint I had an uncontrollable urge to roll around on the carpet and purr ... On a related subject (to beer flavourings), I thought I'd mention my two experiments with coffee stouts. Both were based on the Edme Irish Stout kit (yeah, yeah, I know, I know) souped up with lots of adjuncts and stuff, including extra roasted barley. (See the various extract stout recipes in NCJOHB -- I used those as a guideline.) So, for Coffee & Cream Stout #1, at the end of the boil, after turning off the heat,I dumped in 1/2 lb. of coarse-ground, mild roast Costa Rican coffee, let it steep for about 10 minutes,and then sparged (am I allowed to use that word?) into the primary and proceeded as normal. The resulting beverage was -- I blush to report -- a resounding success. Not only was I quite happy with it, but friends who tasted it (both homebrewers and non-) were very impressed. The roast coffee beans complemented the roast barley very nicely, and also seemed to contribute a slightly sour flavour that was right in line with the style. The only people who complained were those who weren't very fond of coffee or stout in the first place. I just polished off the last bottle of this batch last night (about 6 months after bottling), and it's still great, with no hint of the "stale coffee" flavours that some other postings here in HBD have mentioned. Emboldened by the success of my first experiment, a few months later I decided to try a second batch, this time with EVEN MORE COFFEE. Using the same kit to start with and only a little (well, okay, quite a bit) more tinkering with adjuncts, this time after turning off the heat I added 1/2 lb. of Costa Rican as before, and another 1/2 lb. of French dark roast, and steeped as before. I am saddened to report that Coffee & Cream Stout #2 did not turn out nearly as well as batch #1. It has not conditioned very well, has virtually no head retention, and -- though still quite young -- does seem to be developing some of the dreaded "stale" flavour. It's the head retention part that bothers me most, because that's what the "& Cream" part of the moniker refers to. My theory (and I sure wish I'd thought of this first) is that the culprit is the dark-roasted coffee beans. These are quite a bit oilier than the mild roast beans I used earlier, and I expect that it's these oils that are killing the head, and also may be going rancid more quickly and contributing off flavours. So my advice to those who would try coffee-flavoured brews is: Stick to the mild roasts. And incidentally, for those of you who are interested in the psychoactive properties of your beverages, mild-roasted coffee actually has MORE caffeine in it than the dark stuff, because the longer roasting denatures the caffeine. Let's see, so far in this post I've probably managed to offend the "just say no" types, the Reinheitsgebot purists, the all-grain anti-extract types, and those people who object to incorrect use of the term "sparge." I guess I'd better sign off now. Eric Tilbrook Proprietor and Brewmaster Miskatonic Zythepsary Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 1994 21:35:15 -0500 (CDT) From: Frank Longmore <longmore at tyrell.net> Subject: Pop Quiz! POP QUIZ TIME! HERE ARE SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FROM THE HBD. CAN YOU MATCH UP EACH QUESTION WITH IT'S CORRECT ANSWER? 1) How do you make beer? a) yes 2) Would you send me recipes for b) you bought a Zima Coors, Bud, and Miller beers? 3) How many years running? c) no 4) I'm going to Colorado, are there d) certainly not any good brewpubs there? using extract. 5) My beer tastes lousy, why? e) three, not four OKAY, PENCILS DOWN! TURN OVER YOUR KEYBOARDS! YOU CAN E-MAIL YOUR ANSWER SHEETS TO ME FOR GRADING, AND I'LL POST THE RESULTS ON THE HOMEROOM BULLETIN BOARD. If you have already posted any of these questions to the HBD, get your butt down to the Principal's office for detention. BrewHaHa, Frank >>>>>>>>>> Frank Longmore Internet: longmore at tyrell.net <<<<<<<<<<< >>>>>>>>>> Olathe, Kansas Compuserve: 70036,1546 <<<<<<<<<<< >>>>>>> I feel more like I do now than I did when I started... <<<<<<< Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 1994 15:27:13 -0400 From: Alhana at acumen.ca (Alhana) Subject: [Aladdin] Regarding: Aladdin Dennis Sorry about the delay. My computer was down for a few days. I've gotten Aladin and I sent the money order on Thursday. It should get there soon. Yvonne Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 1994 20:49:51 +1000 (EST) From: allison shorten <shorten at zeus.usq.edu.au> Subject: Wort Chillers when water shortages are a problem I used my standard immersion wort chiller today at a friend's place. He really liked it, but his problem is that, being a farmer in a remotish area, he has to rely entirely on tank water (filled courtesy of rain), and we have had a prolonged drought here in southern Queensland, lasting for over 3 years. So a chiller is only a proposition for him if he can minimize the amount of water consumed. I confidently told him that I would turn the problem over to the collective wisdom of the HBD, who would solve it with little effort. So, what suggestions can you give us as to how to make or utilize a chiller so as to use the least amount of water possible? Thanks in advance. Brett Shorten Toowoomba, Qld, Australia shorten at zeus.usq.edu.au Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 1994 07:05:50 -0400 (EDT) From: Will Smith <wsmith at cap.gwu.edu> Subject: BAD all-grain extraction - HELP Dear HBD and All-Grain Gurus (Guri?), After lurking and extract brewing for about a year, I decided to take the plunge. My experience has not been too bad - nothing destroyed, wife not too upset etc. So far so good. MY PROBLEM: BAD EXTRACTION RATES. Batch # 1 - 10# M&F British two row. I missed my temp on my cooler infusion mash and wound up at +- 147. Not critical. Mashed for 2 hours (at the mall), sparged for 1 hour, wound up with about 5 gal. of 1.050 or 25 pts/lb/gal after the boil. Batch # 2 - 10# American 2 row, 1#crystal, 1/2# each roasted and chocolate, all in the mash. Infusion temp 154. Time 1 hour. Sparge 1.5 hours. Boil 1 hour (yes, with hops). SG 1.032 ?!?!? - wait - let me check that again 1.032 - ! at #$%^&*. EQUIPMENT - rectangular cooler, double-bucket lauter tun, CS-33 (K-Mart +- $30), misc chilling devices. OTHER INFO - I ALWAYS kept the sparge water (170 deg) level above the grain level and carefully poured onto a saucer sitting on top so as not to disturb said grain. The guy at the HB shop said that "all the grain I sell is highly modified and suitable for an infusion mash". SPECULATION - Could this BAD extraction be caused by soft water? I do not know the local chemistry (but I bet someone out there knows what it is for FAIRFAX CITY VIRGINIA (a burb of DC)) but does this sound reasonable? REQUEST - HELP ME GET A GOOD EXTRACTION RATE!! Thanks for any and all help. Will Smith wsmith at cap.gwu.edu a cool free internet mail spot ,',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',', Suckin' up to the status quo ',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',',' Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 1994 09:55:31 -0400 From: cole at nevism.nevis.columbia.edu Subject: Sparge water ph, Jack's contention In the last HBD Jack restated his claim that sparge water does not need to be acidified as the "buffering" action of the mash will keep the ph level up (paraphrased). My experience is that before I started acidifying my sparge water, the runoff at the end of the sparge would be very tart (astringent) and unpleasant tasting. I made a bitter which had an unpleasant dry, harsh flavor which I attribute to over-sparging and tannin extraction from husks. So, what gives ? I claim Jack is over-simplifying the situation if not outright misleading people. * I am not a chemist but if I understand buffering correctly it can be described as follows: > The ph of a solution is determined by the number of free H+ ions in the solution, which in turn is determined by how various (inorganic ?) ionic compounds (e.g. salts) dissolve and attatch themselves to the H+ and OH- ions in water. > The dissolution of the ionic compound will cease at a certain H+ or OH- concentration leaving some of the (e.g. salts) undissolved. If the conentration of H+ or OH- ions is changed the dissolution of the ionic compound will change until the equilibrium point is again attained. * Now how does this relate to the mash ? Miller has a discussion of the processes occuring during the mash that produce the typical ph of 5.3: > The enzyme phytase breaks down phytin into phytic acid which reacts strongly with calcium to release H+. > Also calcium >>FROM THE BREWING WATER<< reacts with phosphates to release H+ ions, >>BUT AT A MUCH LOWER EFFICIENCY<<. > This means that the ph of the mash is due to organic (enzymic) and inorganic chemical reactions that take place when the malt is added to the mash water. > It seems to me that these reactions have >>NOTHING<< to do with buffering. Once phytase is denatured, no more phytic acid is produced, once the phosphates are used up no more calcium + phosphate reactions can occur. * So, my conclusion is that the mash >>DOES NOT ACT AS A BUFFER<<. i.e. if de-ionized water were added to the mash, the ph would rise until at the end of the mash it would be near that of the water itself (beware of temperature dependence of ph even for water !!) * However, it seems reasonable to me that there may be phosphates from the grain remaining after the mash. If so and there is calcium in the sparge water, these could react to lower the ph. The magnitude of the effect would depend on the malt >>AND ON THE MINERAL CONTENT OF THE BREWING WATER<< * So, I would claim that the affect of sparge water on the ph of the sparge can vary substantially depending on local water and on the mash technique. I certainly found a substantial improvement in results when I started acidifying my sparge water. I welcome all technical comments on the above, especially from those who REALLY know what they are talking about. Please direct all flames to /dev/null. Brian Cole Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 94 08:26:05 -0400 From: Rich Ryan <ryancr at install4.swin.oasis.gtegsc.com> Subject: bruheat replies 1 of 2 About a week ago I asked for comments on the bruheat. Here is the list, both positive and negative regarding the bruheat. I am posting the replies as I thing they are of general interest. Note: the distributor offered to replace/fix the one unit which was cracked. Standard disclaimers apply, I have no interest... blah, blah, blah. Hi Rich, I'm the distributor for the Bruheat and have used one for 13 years. I like them. They're a good value for around $100. You get both a mash tun and a 7 1/2 gallon boiler. The plastic is hi-density polypropolene and, surprisingly, is the most durable part of the whole unit. But to allay people's fears, I have a life-time warranty on the bucket. I've replaced two in 7 years. Full warranty on the Bruheat itself. All fixable problems are fixed free of charge for the life of the unit. I do everything I can to keep my Bruheat customers happy. People will tell you that scorching the grains on the element is a problem. Yes and no. You do need to clean the element after each use. If not, you will see a continual buildup of sugars which will turn black soon. A quick boil of 1 gallon of water and a tablespoon of B-Brite will dissolve the thin coating of sugar after each round of brewing and keep the element sparkling clean. Where do you live? Perhaps I have a shop close by so you can check one out. Rich, I bought a BruHeat when I started brewing, and I like it a lot. I had been looking at the cost of buying a full-size SS pot for full boils, and decided that the BruHeat would do the job and do it faster. It brings 6.5 gallons to a boil in about 15 - 20 minutes. I have not used it for mashing, although I have the bag to do it with. I use my little 30? quart rectangular cooler, which has the very convenient property of settling out at exactly 20 degrees lower than my mash water starts at (after preheating the cooler). Anyway, the only "trouble" I had was installing a 220V outlet in my kitchen. When I bought the BruHeat, I figured (wrongly) that my range was plugged in to a socket under the counter. Unfortunately, it was hard- wired into the wall. It was not difficult or expensive to install the socket, and now I can run both the range and the BruHeat at the same time. If you are not comfortable doing electrical work yourself, assuming that you have to do any, the cost of having an electrician do it may be more than you feel its worth. Bottom line is that I like mine, and would buy another one if I had to start all over again. If you have any specific questions I'll be happy to try and help - just drop me a line. Response time may not be great after Monday since I'm going over to a different area, and I'm not sure how the e-mail situation is yet. I'll continue to have this address though, so I will eventually get it. Good Brewing (and tasting!!) Rich, I've been using a bruheat for more than 10 years and I think they're great. I use it for heating up mash water(I mash in a Coleman 5 gal. water cooler), sparge water and for the boil. I would not recommend mashing in it, you need to either constantly keep stirring or use a grain bag which is really inefficient for proper overall heat distribution. The only modification I've done is to wrap the whole bucket in 1/2 inch closed cell foam, don't forget the top and bottom also. This helps alot in quickly reaching your desired temps. I also have it hooked up to 220 volts and use the outlet that my stove plugs into. It's the next best thing to a cajun cooker except you can still brew indoors. I should mention that with the insulation it takes just under an hour to bring wort to a gently rolling boil. Rich, I have used a Bruheat boiler for four years for my extract and partial mash/extract beers. Early on I tried using it to mash and did not like the results - tried maybe five or six times and it just never seemed to come out right - besides about the most you can possibly put in it is 5 1/2 gallons and most of my all grains start at around seven gallons. Anyway, the Bruheat is fast and I love the convenience of the whole thing - I no longer use hop bags but use the copper scrubber on the siphon end to exclude the hot break and hops residue. I do not use the spigot in part because I don't want the hot break going into my primary ( the Easymasher(tm) would probably work to keep out the hops - I have written to Jack Schmidling about this) and the other reason I don't use the spigot is because I siphon into a counterflow chiller and the spigot just never seemed to make that transition effectively. The lid is very difficult to get off and would only recommend snapping it in place in the event you were going to do a low temp setting to ferment in the Bruheat - I know you can but I have never tried this/ for my use I just rrest the lid on the top while it is boiling. I use the Bruheat in my garage (the all grain gets done outside) and when the garage is cold I wrap the Bruheat in a mylar over airbubble insulation wrap piece that I cut to size to increase the heating efficiency. I would by a replacement were something to happen to this one and i guess that serves as a good endorsement. I haven't noticed their cost recently. Rich, I have had only one accident/incident with my Bruheat which was entirely my fault; I had a batch I was going to make in a hurry and decided i would put all the malts in first and then add the water. Well, i put the Bruheat on the stand I use, plugged it in, went in to get the malts, cut open a 3 pound bag of amber DME, dumped it into the Bruheat - and immediately a column of smoke arose. I had failed to check to see if the "0" setting actually meant off or just low heat. Well, it must be a low heat setting. What a mess! It took hours to get the charred malt off of the element. Anyway, I always make sure the unit has liquids to cover the element before I pug the Bruheat. Just a very stupid move on my part. Good luck. Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 94 08:27:13 -0400 From: Rich Ryan <ryancr at install4.swin.oasis.gtegsc.com> Subject: bruheat replies 2 of 2 Rich, I have used a Bruheat for a number of years and was generally pleased with it. I started out using it for both mashing and boiling. As far as mashing goes, it had one major drawback. Because the heating element is in contact with the mash you have to use a very thin mash. My general recipe called for eight pounds of grain in three imperial gallons of water (3.6 US gallon, it has imp. gallons marks on the side.) This is 1.8 quarts per pound. For a five gallon batch you want about six gallon of wort at the beginning of the boil so you use about 3.5 gallons of sparge water ( 0.1 gallon per pound of grain is absorbed by the grai)n. This did not give me a very good mash efficiancy. And it was unthinkable to try to mash more grains for a higher gravity beer. You run out of sparge water pretty quickly. I usually added dry malt to the boil. The thin mash is neccessary to keep from scorching the grains. You may hear this complaint from others but I have never had it happen to me. I now use the Gott cooler with copper tube manifold mash/lauder tun design and am very happy with it. As a boiler it may work-out based on your situation. I have an electric stove and did not like boiling wort on it for a number of reasons - potential hot spots at the heating elements, the pot being wider than the burner and others. The Bruheat does work, make sure you get the 220 volt version not the 110 volt. The 110 volt version takes forever to reach boil I have heard. One complaint I have is the size. It is about seven gallons which makes boil-overs likely. You have to watch it and turn the thermostat on and off until the boil-over point is past. During the boil the thermostat cycles on and off constantly ,so I figure you get slighty lower hop utilization but not much. One last hassle is the 220 volt connection. I had to pull my stove out to plug in the Bruheat everytime I brewed. I always planned to put in a Y connection on the outlet but never did. I now use a cajun cooker with a converted keg as a brew kettle. I believe the Bruheat is $75 - $80. Not too bad if it meets you needs and situation. If you have more questions or if you buy one and want more details on how I used mine feel free to contact me. Ryan, On the subject of the Bruheat, I have been using it as a heating vessel for my mash and sparge water as well as a brewpot for nearly a year now and it works much more effieceintly (sp) for these purposes than any stovetop. I have never mashed in it, I'm afraid that even with the on/off cycling of the heating element a great deal of the grains would be scorched unless you were careful to stir the mash every 5 or 10 minutes. Still, they say it can be done very well, let me know what kind of success you have mashing with it. The power cord is approx 5-6 feet long, a possible bummer. It cleans up very nicely and can be used to store equipment as well. The spigot is far enough above the bottom so that you can drain from it into the fermenter without the hops pluggin it up, if of course you only use pellets. Anyhting else? I don't know, I hope this helps. Howdy, You want MY opinion??? DON'T DO IT! I had one. It's heater element is too small, too hot, therefore chars the grain. It shorts out in the middle of the mash when it does this. Then, you have to empty the mash into something while you clean the element. Don't char your fingers when you do this. The buckets crack easily. Mine was cracked from day one. I recommend the picnic cooler method. Or the "large kettle" method. Anything but the bruheat. You wanted my opinion. Good luck. Rich, I have seen the bruheat range in price from $72.00 to $130.00 (plus shipping). I bought one from Brew your Own Beer a mail order place in the Minneapolis area. I don't have the address or phone number with me right now but could get it for you if you wish. They have them dropped shipped for about $78.00 plus shipping. One caveat with these is you need to figure out a way to plug it into a 220V outlet. They come without a plug. I bought a dryer cord, plastic electrical box, 220V outlet and matching plug and made an extension cord to plug into the dryer outlet. This is working real well for me. As far as using the Bruheat. I really like mine. It really is the only way for me to do a decent full boil at home because we have an electric stove. If you start with hot water you can bring 6 gallons of water to a boil in about 45 minutes. It is very good at maintaining tempratures for mashing after you calibrate it (Instructions for this are included). I would recommend it, my wife is happy because I an brewing in the basement now and the house doesn't stink as much. She also complains abou the smell when we have Malt-o-Meal, must be one of those childhood thinks. Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 1994 07:49:57 -0500 From: nfarrell at ppco.com (Norman Farrell) Subject: Irish Moss Scare I was under the impression that Irish Moss decomposed quite nicely after about 10 minutes in the brew kettle. If this is indeed the case, then it is the leftovers in whatever amount that make it into the bottle (or keg) that should be of concern. Does anyone know what these byproducts/leftovers might be? I suspect that the risk of using Irish Moss as a clarifying agent is essentially nil. If someone has information otherwise please post. Best Regards, Norman (nfarrell at ppco.com) May your last beer be your best! Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 94 09:48:00 PDT From: Doug Fettig <DFettig at NYD.LEGENT.COM> Subject: Gott cooler summary Thanks everyone for advice on where to get a Gott cooler. Here's a summary of locations and advice that others kindly suggested. I neglected to say that I live in NJ, so I got advice for locations all over the country, which may help others. It seems the 5 gal. cooler should work for most brews, where the 10 gal would work for anything. SportMart here in San Diego for $40. I think they may also be available from Cabela's mail order (they have an 800 number). (Dion Hollenbeck) 5 gal Gotts: BJ's Wholesale Club ( I know in MA, NH ) $18.99 Service Merchandise ( MA, NH ) $19.99 I've heard 12 pounds of grain and sparge water will fit in the 5 gal size, so that should be adequate enough for me. (Frank Judge) Sam's Club stores (Walmart affiliate). Also several suggested Walmart. The local NJ Walmart didn't have any, but may stock them when summer approaches. (Keith B.) Home Improvement Centers, such as: Home Depot Builders Square (Rich Goldstein, spencer) REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.). National customer service number 800-828-5533 (Ken Sager and Rich Goldstein) Or instead use... Rubbermaid or Coleman. Its round, holds a little over 5 gallons and is orange with a white top. I saw them recently at costco for under $20. When I mash 8-10 lbs of grain i see very little temp change (1-2 degrees F) in 90-120 minutes. (John.Treacy , mlittle) Last fall I researched the same problem. The information I received is that Walmart among others stocks Gott products. However, I was looking for a 10 gallon cooler and the Walmart near me did not carry said Gott. So I called 1-800-555-1212 to get the number for Rubbermaid (they bought out Gott) and got the following info. You can order a 10 gallon cooler directly from them for 46.75 including S&H (prices as of last fall). The address is Rubbermaid Specialty Products P.O. Box 547 Dept K Winfield KS 67156 (rich lenihan) Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 1994 10:00:35 -0500 From: rprice at cbmse.nrl.navy.mil Subject: Cask Conditioned Ales Spending time in the UK on a regular basis, I have enjoyed typical cask conditioned ales as a regular part of my daily routine. I always attempt to frequent busy pubs with a reasonable turnover of product, and strictly stay with the hand pumped fare. In the past 3 HBD issues there have been several postings on this matter. For my two cents worth it appears that several factors come into play in the proper conditioning and service of cask conditioned ales. The first is freshness, The first days beers appear to be the best, and by the end of the second day the stuff is slowly going over the hill. We found that often the local Publican in a fit of thriftyness will pump from the keg until they draw in the dregs, then simply switch kegs and continue pumping. If they don't clean the delivery system there are then several feet of tube, the beer engine itself etc full of bacteria, yeast and trub. In some of the pubs this can put an evil taste into the next keg through cross contamination. So I guess in this case you are at the mercy of the publican and their notion of clean. Also for those ales that are dry hopped the character continues to change from a fresh malty brew to a slightly less malty but hoppy one over two or three days. Oxidation is one factor, but so is exposure to the hop plugs and bacteria. At one Pub in the town center in Nottingham we watched what we thought was a petrol truck stop and run a very large rubber hose into the basement of the pub, through a small glass transome window, then proceed for the next half hour to offload hundreds of gallons of beer into a huge plastic vat. The beer was pumped from there. Now thats volume!, the beer was fresh, the next day the truck was back and so were we, the same brewers beer when purchased at a "locan" in the burbs of Nottingham was of really inferior quality. A few suggestions to try for commercial cask conditioned ales. 1) Flowers (in the south) 2) Theakstons ( in the northeast) 3) Fullers ESB and London Ale 4) Arkels 5) Wadsworth XXXXXX 6) Courage Directors Ale 7) Smiths (but only in Tadcaster right by the brewery). However, that aside, you can purchase "natural" pressure kegs from Hambledon-Bard ($15.00), which allow you to naturally condition your beer. these are relatively inexpensive with a pressure sealing top, and a spigot near the bottom of the keg. You treat this in a similar manner to a "real" wooden keg and you are able to enjoy your beer in a naturally conditionaed format. Mine actually came with a CAMRA booklet! But unless you are into tanking down a 5 gallon (imperial) batch of beer in a weekend they work better as secondary fermentors. If you want to recieve really strange looks try walking on your return flight with your "carry on" consisting of 2 large self-pressure beer kegs. Each stuffed with Hops, Malt, Yeast and other assorted goodies. We have located a couple of sources of hand pumps at Pub and restaurant supply stores in the UK. They were about $300.00 American new. Quite a bit of expense to dress up your home bar, but perhaps worth it. We have been able to demonstrate a high level of bacteria in our kegs after about 72 hours, so they appear to go off quite quickly. Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 94 10:11:49 EDT From: 25-Apr-1994 1007 -0400 <ferguson at zendia.enet.dec.com> Subject: hopping in Corny Kegs >Date: Thu, 21 Apr 1994 11:28:50 -0400 (EDT) >From: Jim Busch <busch at daacdev1.stx.com> >Subject: cask ales, pt 4 (last) >If cask hopping is done, >only fresh whole hops or whole hop plugs should be used. Place the hops in a >permeable bag, using a sanitized weight to force the bag to the bottom of the >cask. Becareful! I've done this with my soda kegs and eventually, you'll get a blockage. I was able to get about 8-10 pints out before the blockage effected flow. what i'm trying now is a muslin bag filled with hops put inside the keg with no weight. i suspect i'll get blockage eventually, but not quite as quickly as with the weighted version. btw, when ya'll dry hop in the keg, do you leave the hops in there for the life of the brew or take 'em out after X days? jc Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 1994 07:27:23 -0700 (PDT) From: gummitch at teleport.com (Jeff Frane) Subject: Re: Cooper's Ale Ack! Lost the attribution, but someone was asking about Cooper's Ale. I haven't seen a bottle in eons, but was told two weeks ago that it was finally coming back to Oregon -- and that, in fact, the container was at the dock. Haven't seen a bottle yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing if the stuff is as tasty as I remember. For the homebrewer, there are some interesting hints in The Beer Companion. Jackson says that the beer is made with 82% malt, the remainder being cane sugar. !! Hops (as typical of Australian beers) are Pride of Ringwood. Coopers yeast is readily available, either dry or in a pure cultured version from [insert commercial]. - --Jeff Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 1994 07:35:20 -0700 From: brian at cyclone.atmo.arizona.edu (Brian Klimowski) Subject: Where in Tucson.... I just moved to Tucson and am having a hard time finding a decent supplier of homebrew supplies. I've been to the Rumrunner, and the Hobby shop on Speedway (the two 'best' places in town), and both have very small inventories and high prices. I would rather not drive to Phoenix if I dont have to...anyone know if there is some great little hide-a-way in Tucson where I could buy what I need? Thanks...Also, I would appreciate some advice on warm-temperature fermenting (75+). I doubt if I can afford to keep my house cool enough to ferment my ales at the ideal temperatures this summer. Any advice on yeast strains or techniques which may aid my brewing this summer?? Many thanks...please feel free to e-mail me directly. Brian Return to table of contents
End of HOMEBREW Digest #1408, 04/26/94