HOMEBREW Digest #299 Thu 09 November 1989

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		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  Malt prices ("2645 RUTH, GUY R.")
  Is homebrew a bargain? (Mike Fertsch)
  San Jose Beer Supplies (was Beer Makers of America) (Brian Atkins)
  Re: Mackeson's (iwtio!korz)
  Netter Notoriety (Greg Wageman)
  Yeast and Grain Source (Doug Roberts  at  Los Alamos National Laboratory)
  Water quality? (boubez)
  Halloween Beer (Barry Cunningham)
  M&F Malt Color (Ken Ellinwood)
  Anchor Christmas Ale (Ken Ellinwood)
  Faculty sponsor needed in Boston (Chuck Cox)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 8 Nov 89 08:45:00 MDT From: "2645 RUTH, GUY R." <grruth at sandia.gov> Subject: Malt prices I'm an all grain brewer and a club member so I am always interested in finding the most inexpensive prices on malt. I even built a master price list which contains prices on the main brewing ingredients (malt, hops, yeast) from ten different vendors. Of the vendors I have sampled, I have found 3 places which appear to be the cheapest around: Great Western Malting 10# for $0.70/lb P. O. Box 469 20# for $0.66/lb Corning, CA 96021 40# for $0.60/lb Stew's Brew 32# to 256# for $0.55 to $0.47/lb Rt 4 Box 243 River Falls, WI 54022 Santa Fe Brewery Galisteo, NM 80# for $0.55/lb (price quoted to the brewing club I belong to) The prices for all three vendors do not reflect shipping charges. -- Guy Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 89 09:31 EST From: Mike Fertsch <FERTSCH at adc1.adc.ray.com> Subject: Is homebrew a bargain? Ed Falk has some comments on the cost of homebrewing - > Anyway, we're coming to the conclusion that this hobby > isn't as inexpensive as we thought it would be. The wine concentrate > was $12 (to make two gallons of wine) and malt extract is over a dollar > a pound. Gee, I wish I could get malt extract for 'over a dollar a pound'. My local retailer lists dried malt for $2.75 per pound, and 3.3 pound syrups for $7.85. By making large orders, I still pay over two dollars a pound for extract. Even so, I make quality all-malt beers for around $10 a case. This is high compared to the cheap national brands, but is cheap compared to the $20 a case I pay for quality premium beers. My recollection is that syrup USED to sell for around $4.95 a can. The worsening foreign exchange rate has pushed imported extracts through the roof! I agree with Ed; homebrewing is not the bargain we hoped it would be. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 89 10:00:15 pst From: Brian Atkins <atkins at hpindqa> Subject: San Jose Beer Supplies (was Beer Makers of America) Full-Name: Brian Atkins The Fermentation Settlement is just off De Anza at the back of a little shopping center at the corner of De Anza and Kentwood. In general, when I know what I want I go to Beer Makers of America (being careful to check freshness, etc.) and talk to the owner as little as possible, because they are cheaper (in come cases, a LOT cheaper). When I need information or special items or want to have a better feeling as to the freshness/quality of what I am getting, I go to The Fermentation Settlement. Some of my more brew happy friends get bulk supplies from William's Brewing Supplies, a mail order house in San Leandro. Service is prompt and, because they are close, you don't have to worry too much about mishandling of things like hops. Both BMofA and The Fermentation Settlement are in the San Jose yellow pages under Beer Making Supplies, and I got a William's catalog by call them directly (via 415 information). Cheers, Return to table of contents
Brian Atkins atkins at hpindqa.HP.COM (408) 447-2057 Information Networks Division - 43LS Hewlett Packard 19420 Homestead Road, Cupertino, CA 95014 Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 89 11:58:33 mst From: att!iwtio!korz at hplabs.HP.COM Subject: Re: Mackeson's > I brought the wort to a boil (water & syrup to make about 3 gallons), > then added the crystal. I boiled for about 10 minutes, then added the > hops. Boiled for about 5 minutes, turned the heat off & added the > chocolate & black patent in a grain bag and let it steep for about 10 > minutes. I then sparged the grain bag with ~2 gallons of boiling > water. Finally, I added the lactose. I have a comment and a suggestion regarding this proceedure. 1) I've noticed a big difference between boiling and steeping crystal malt. When I used to boil it, I tasted an annoying astringency. I've never tried Mackeson's (but I'll make it a point to now) so I don't know if the associated astringency may even be necessary for authenticity. 2) I would suggest steeping the grains (crushing, even powdering, the black patent as you suggest) before adding the malt syrup and dry extract, because, I believe (and please correct me if I'm wrong) that you could get better utilization of the crystal malt in a low gravity liquid (i.e. hot water) than in a high gravity liquid (i.e. hot wort). I'm open to being convinced that this is not true, so chime-in everyone. Al. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 89 12:18:12 PST From: greg at sj.ate.slb.com (Greg Wageman) Subject: Netter Notoriety Full-Name: Greg Wageman In the mail the other day, I received a special edition of Zymurgy, which is devoted entirely to yeast! I haven't read it all yet, but there is some eye-opening information in there, particularly the tables comparing the qualities of various commercial yeasts. They did objective comparisons (e.g. viability, contaminants) as well as subjective ones (e.g. flavor components). I highly recommend everyone get a look at a copy. I was also pleasantly surprised and pleased to see an article in there by none other than Darryl Richmond, complete with a picture and a short bio in the "Authors" section. One "Attaboy" to Darryl! Well, back into my hole for now... (I do wish it would stop shaking.) Greg Wageman DOMAIN: greg at sj.ate.slb.com Schlumberger Technologies UUCP: {uunet,decwrl,amdahl}!sjsca4!greg San Jose, CA 95110-1397 BIX: gwage CIS: 74016,352 GEnie: G.WAGEMAN Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 89 13:40:20 MST From: roberts%studguppy at LANL.GOV (Doug Roberts at Los Alamos National Laboratory) Subject: Yeast and Grain Source > Does anybody have a good source of mail order liquid yeast cultures? > I have been going to Meyers Cider Mill here in Rochester but often they > are out of the particular type of yeast I want. Is there a problem of > the yeast dying in the mail? > > One more question. I usually pay around $1.19 per pound for malted barley. > I've checked some mail order catalogs but by the time you add shipping the > cost have gone quite high. Does $1.19 sound reasonable? Great Fermentations of Santa Rosa, CA sells liquid yeasts for about $3.50 a shot. I spoke with the people at Great Fermentations about shipping, and decided to wait until the weather was cool before I had them send me any. Their American Klages malted barley (6 row, I assume) is $0.79 a pound, and for 10 cents per pound extra they will will crack it for you. They also carry British pale malted barley for around $1.20 per pound. GF's number is 1-800-544-1867. --Doug ================================================================ Douglas Roberts | Los Alamos National Laboratory |I can resist anything Box 1663, MS F-602 | except temptation. Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 | ... (505)667-4569 |Oscar Wilde dzzr at lanl.gov | ================================================================ Date: Wed, 8 Nov 89 17:22:52 EST From: boubez at bass.rutgers.edu Subject: Water quality? Hi there! Okay, here it is. I'm going to brew MY FIRST BATCH! In spite of reading everything I could get my hands on ("don't worry, relax, etc.."), my girlfriend (a toxicologist no less, it figures :-)) who doesn't touch tap water, raised a good point. Should I use tap water for brewing, or should I buy bottled water? Bottled water is not that expensive in 2.5 gal containers (~$2/2.5 gal), but I would like some comments from the more experienced people. BTW, I live in New Jersey, and I'm not too sure about the quality of the drinking water (I'll call my water company tomorrow for an analysis). Am I making too much of this? Thanks. toufic Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 89 10:13:33 EST From: abvax!calvin.icd.ab.com!bwc at cwjcc.INS.CWRU.Edu (Barry Cunningham) Subject: Halloween Beer I just started up a batch of beer recently in honor of Halloween. I'm not sure what to call it. Maybe 'Great Pumpkin Bitter'. The inspiration for it was an article on vegatable brews in Zymurgy dating from early last year and a superabundance of Cooper's Bitter kits which I obtained for $1.99 per can. It is probably my most adventurous recipe to date (save for some Honey Botchard from Berry's book which is better forgotten) The recipe follows: GREAT PUMPKIN BITTER 1 can Cooper's Bitter hopped malt syrup 1.5# Munton and Fison dry malt extract 0.25# black patent malt (lightly crushed) 1 cup Brer Rabbit molasses 0.5 oz Tettnanger hop pellets (30 minute boil) 0.5 oz Tettnanger hop pellets (at end of boil for finishing) 2 3" cinnamon sticks (10 minute boil) 2-3 oz fresh grated ginger (boiled with wort for full 60 minutes) Prepare all these ingredients in the usual fashion: steep the BP malt, remove, add extracts, etc. as indicated, boiling the wort for 60 minutes. In addition prepare 10# pumpkin mush (pumkin flesh minus seeds, stringy stuff, and skin mushed in a blender or food grinder) 0.5 cup chopped cilantro mushed up with pumpkin 1-2 oz fresh grated ginger blended with pumpkin mush Place the pumpkin mush in a large grain bag and immerse in hot wort as it comes off the stove for about 15 minutes to pasturize it. Place the whole mess in a large plastic primary fermenter, make up to about 6.5 gallons total and add 2 packs rehydrated Pasteur Champagne yeast when temperature is suitable. It is destined to remain in the primary for a week. Then the pumpkin mush will be removed and the remaining liquid put in a 5 gallon carboy for a secondary fermentation. It will be racked after three weeks into another carboy and bottled after another 2 months. I just did the move into the 5 gallon carboy last Monday night. It is quite aromatic. I think I'll wait until around Christmas to sample it so that I don't get too depressed. The intent was that it would be an unusual sipping brew for NEXT Halloween. It is definitely not for consuming in large quantity. I'll keep you posted about how it turns out. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 89 18:01:05 PST From: aimla!serpentine!ken at suntzu.West.Sun.COM (Ken Ellinwood) Subject: M&F Malt Color Has anyone else noticed that Munton & Fison light malt extract in a can is darker than M&F light dry malt extract? I recently brewed a version of my roomates "Scotish Steamy Ale" and it came out much darker than the original. His original recipe is: 6 lbs M&F light dry extract 1 lb Scotich Crystal malt (40 lovibond ????) 1 oz Northern Brewers (leaf, 55 min) 0.5 oz Northern Brewers (leaf, 5 min) 5 gals of untreated Arrowhead bottled water Brewer's Choice American Ale yeast When I brewed it, I modified the recipe based on the assumption that the crystal malt I had on hand was much darker. I added only 1/2 lb of crystal malt because I was convinced that it was in the 90 lovibond range. I also used 6.6lbs of M&F malt extract out of cans. The resulting beer is about 1/3 as dark as the original. Anyone concur? Ken Ellinwood American Interactive Media 11050 Santa Monica Blvd. #300 Los Angeles, CA 90025 (213) 444-6554 !sun!suntzu!aimla!ken Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 89 18:21:51 PST From: aimla!serpentine!ken at suntzu.West.Sun.COM (Ken Ellinwood) Subject: Anchor Christmas Ale I finally took the opportunity to spend a weekday in San Fransisco, and since the Anchor Brewery only offers its tour during the week, I obliged myself and took it. The tour was interesting and informative and the tour guide (Mark) gladly answered questions regarding recipes (with the exception of ingredient ratios). We were told, for example, that Liberty Ale is made with only one type of hops. It is bittered, finished and dry hopped with Cascade hops. The label glue is an amonia based glue obtained from a company across the bay in Oakland. Anyway, the point is that the information (and beer in the tasting room) flowed freely. This generosity ended when the words "Anchor Christmas Ale" were uttered. Not a word about the recipe was mentioned. And even though the Christmas ale was in production at the Brewery, is was not on tap in the tasting room. We were told that distributers who released the ale before Thanksgiving would be cut off from thier supply. Our best efforts to learn the ingredients or to taste it were quickly thwarted by the staff. The question now remains: How did Doug Roberts, in New Mexico of all places, get his hands on a bottle? I suppose that if we had been really, really sneaky, we could have lifted a bottle or two out of the factory second boxes that were sitting on the floor in the bottling room. But then it would have been a question of where to put the bottles while we tried to make it out of the brewery alive, since no one in our group was carrying a purse. So Doug, how did you manage to get a bottle of Anchor's 1989 Christmas Ale? The brewery tour is not a thing to be missed. Tours are at 1:00 during the week and advanced reservations are required. - Ken - Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 89 11:49:46 EST From: chuck%bose at uunet.UU.NET (Chuck Cox) Subject: Faculty sponsor needed in Boston Academic Homebrewers - The American Homebrewer's Association needs your help. Boston could be the site for the 1991 AHA National Homebrewer's Conference. The AHA is considering using a college campus in order to keep costs reasonable. We may be able to hold the conference at MIT, but we need a faculty sponsor. In addition to MIT, the following campuses are also being considered: Boston University Northeastern Boston College (unfortunately, Harvard doesn't have large enough facilities) If you, or anyone you know is willing to consider being a sponsor, please contact me. Chuck Cox - certified national beer judge ...!uunet!bose!chuck 617-547-7668 Return to table of contents
End of HOMEBREW Digest #299, 11/09/89
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