HOMEBREW Digest #224 Thu 10 August 1989

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		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  newsletter illustrations (Erik Henchal)
  Ginger beer (Patrick Garvin)
  Finnish Non-Alcohol Brew (Gary Benson)

---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 9 Aug 89 07:30:00 EST From: henchal at wrair-emh1.army.mil Subject: newsletter illustrations I am a new editor for the BURP NEWS, the monthly newsletter for the Brewers United for Real Potables (Washington DC Metro area). I am looking for art work or illustrations related to brewing to incorporate into the newsletter. If anyone has any computer generated or scanned pictures can you please contact me. These can be in just about any format (.MAC, .GIF, .PIK, .SIT, etc). Erik A. Henchal Department of Virus Diseases Walter Reed Army Institute of REsearch Washington, DC 20307-5100 1-202-576-3012 (day) 1-301-869-0894 (evening) Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 89 08:19:05 CDT From: Nancy Ball <nancyb at AUSTIN.LOCKHEED.COM> For several batches of brew, I have used my large, enamelled canning pot for sterilizing with sodium metabisulfite. Now that it is canning time, I find that I cannot get all the residue out of that pot. Even though it has been scrubbed with great vigor and boiled with plain water several times, jars that are boiled in this pot will always have a coating of the sodium metabisulfite. A great batch of grape butter might be endangered from this. Any ideas or is this just a lesson? Thanks -- nancy nancyb at austin.lockheed.com Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 89 15:33 CDT From: "What do you mean, what flavor is it? It's a bloody albatross!" Subject: Ginger beer Greetings, home-brewers: All this talk of ginger and honey in beer has made me curious. I've been thinking of adding ginger to beer (cf: Papiazan's ginger-beer recipe -- I don't remember what it's called at the moment (I don't have the book with me)) and am curious whether it matters whether one adds it to dark or light beer? I have an "Old Ale" kit, a "Scottish Ale" kit (looks rather amber), another kind of "Ale" kit (four pounds), a can of light, unhopped malt extract, and a can of dark, unhopped malt extract (both of these last are cans of syrup, I daresay). In which would the honey and/or ginger be most noticible/complementary? - Ted --- Patrick T. Garvin in the Society: Padraig Cosfhota o Ulad / Barony of Namron, Ansteorra ptgarvin at aardvark.ucs.uoknor.edu / ptgarvin at uokmax.UUCP Disclaimer: This message has no disclaimer. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 89 13:29:57 PDT From: hplabs!rutgers!fluke.com!inc (Gary Benson) Subject: Finnish Non-Alcohol Brew Hello... I want to duplicate a drink I learned to enjoy in Finland. It is called "koikalja" (home beer), a non- (or anyway low-)alcohol beer. (Beer with alcohol is called "olut" in Finnish, and comes in 4 strengths: I, II, III, and IV. For all practical purposes, you never see the "I" kind...but I'm straying from my topic; all that's another story. Kotikalja, pronounced KO-tea-KAHL-yah, is sold in little kits, 3 kits per box for about 2 dollars. The kit contains about 1/4 cup of unhopped dark extract, and a little pack of dry yeast. Each kit makes 3 liters, and the process is as follows: Boil water, add extract, stir. Allow to cool to room temperature. Sprinkle yeast on top, stir in. Cover, leave at room temperature for 1 to 2 days, stirring occasionally. Bottle, age for 2 weeks or longer. The result is well-carbonated, fresh tasting and very thirst-quenching, but rather dry with no aftertaste. I'd like to make it here in the U.S. , without needing to import the kits. (Postage costs as much as the kits!) I'm pretty sure about the unhopped extract, but can anyone tell me what kind of yeast will duplicate the action of this one? Is the fact that it creates carbonation but no alcohol just an effect of the process or is it a particular kind of yeast? When it's working, there is something of a bread smell, so I wonder if it is bread yeast? Although at times, my ale has smelled like bread, too, using ale yeast. Any thoughts? GaryBenson inc at tc.fluke.com Return to table of contents
End of HOMEBREW Digest #224, 08/10/89
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