HOMEBREW Digest #3093 Tue 27 July 1999

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  Re: Doctor title (lindrom)
  These Flaming Newbies With Mini Kegs! ("Phil \"Get Off MyTitle Bar Jill\" Yates")
  RE:glycol ("Todd & Sherrel Crane")
  draft beer guy... ("Todd & Sherrel Crane")
  Thanks you guys.. (larry land)
  hbd#3090 (Liz Blades)
  Re: Refrigerated yeast ("Fred L. Johnson")
  BYO Magazine (Greg Remake)
  AHA problems (before the firing) (Matthew Arnold)
  CO2 equation source (Demonick)
  re: Brian's firing (Kurt Goodwin)
  careful ("Alan McKay")
  newby 1st posting (James Jerome)
  How long is YOUR hose? ("Alan McKay")
  re:  Indianapolis Brewpubs and Three Floyds Brewery ("William B. Howard")
  Mills ("Jack Schmidling")
  a different spin (Jim Liddil)
  Hot water canning and the demise of the AHA? (Joy Hansen)
  Brewing English ales... (Mr Delgado)
  Brewer's Worksheet by Darryl Richman ("Fred L. Johnson")
  raspberry or woodruff syrup in a berliner weiss ("Charles T. Major")
  Thank you Paul..... (AKGOURMET)
  How long is YOUR hose? (Dave Burley)
  Repitching yeast / Seattle ("Christopher Farley")
  Paul Gatza Aired In Public ("Phil and Jill Yates")
  Vendor question (Bruce & Amber Carpenter)
  Pasteur effect? ("Nathaniel P. Lansing")
  What to do with AHA membership money (Adam Holmes)
  AHA, etc. ("Eric R. Theiner")
  Cincinnati Keg Off (Rod Prather)
  Maillard reactions/pCooking/boiling ("Campbell, Paul R SSI-TSEA-A")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 20:51:21 -0400 From: lindrom at sssnet.com Subject: Re: Doctor title First time poster, but on a subject that is of unique interest to me. ALAN KEITH MEEKER <ameeker at welch.jhu.edu> writes (snip) > > PET PIVO > (snip) > Oh, uh, right. Forgot to check my Latin dictionary. My /English/ dictionary on > the other hand defines doctor as a "qualified medical practitioner" or a > "holder of a doctorate." If doctor means teacher than I guess I should've been > addressing all my grade-school teachers accordingly, ooops. > > I went and checked Miriam Webster at Yahoo. It would seem that this purports to be an English dictionary. For Doctorate it states: ******************* Main Entry: doctorate Pronunciation: 'dk-t(&-)r&t Function: noun Date: 1676 : the degree, title, or rank of a doctor **************** For Doctor it states: ******************** Main Entry: 1doctor Pronunciation: 'dk-t&r Function: noun Etymology: Middle English doctour teacher, doctor, from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French, from Medieval Latin doctor, from Latin, teacher, from docEre to teach -- more at DOCILE Date: 14th century 1 a : an eminent theologian declared a sound expounder of doctrine by the Roman Catholic Church -- called also doctor of the church b: a learned or authoritative teacher c : a person who has earned one of the highest academic degrees (as a PhD) conferred by a university d : a person awarded an honorary doctorate (as an LLD or Litt D) by a college or university 2 a : one skilled or specializing in healing arts; especially : a physician, surgeon, dentist, or veterinarian who is licensed to practice b : MEDICINE MAN 3 a : material added (as to food) to produce a desired effect b : a blade (as of metal) for spreading a coating or scraping a surface 4 : a person who restores or repairs things - doctoral /-t(&-)r&l/ adjective - doctorless /-t&r-l&s/ adjective - doctorship /-"ship/ noun ***************************** Please note number 2.b "Medicine Man". Obviously not awarded by a traditional university. Note also number 4, a "fixer". It would seem that a number of items besides a earned university degree qualify as "doctors". If Dr. Pivo is an expounder of an article of faith to us all, why could he not even be number 1, a Doctor of the theology of brewing? Hope the Christians don't get me for hearasy <g>. My basic premise is that people who get wrapped up in the titles need to develop a sense of self worth in other affairs as well. That is not to say that lots of folks who have a lot of book learning (and have earned doctorates awarded by universities) are not wonderful and knowledgeable people, but especially problematical are those who go so far as to have the letters of their degrees on the back of their names on innocent documents such as checks and also demand checkout clerks and others address them as Dr. I will excuse an innocent series of letters at the end if the guy is otherwise not pompus. Note also that the above definition allows any person, whether nice smart guy or a yahoo, awarded a doctorate by a university for giving a bunch of money to call himself or herself a doctor. How do we distinguish those folks? BTW and FWIW, I have been awarded a earned doctorate by a university. Not in spelling, brewing or philosophy however. Newbie flame suit on. Mike Lindroos Newbie (8 batches) of extract under my belt but hoping one day to be considered by my peers (or at least my free beer drinking neighbor) as a doctor of brewing good things to drink. Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 12:25:07 +1000 From: "Phil \"Get Off MyTitle Bar Jill\" Yates" <yates at flexgate.infoflex.com.au> Subject: These Flaming Newbies With Mini Kegs! Jeff Hall has been flamed on the HBD and still doesn't have any answers for his mini keg problems. Hey, if you are going to flame someone at least give them a hint of an answer in the process! We don't want to run out of candidates to flame do we? Sorry Jeff, if you don't get my warped sense of humour rest assured you are not alone! Dan Listermann is currently the on board expert regarding mini kegs and I will be surprised if he hasn't already chimed in with some answers. I accumulated half a dozen of these little babies and an expensive Fass Frisch German dispensing tap and my biggest problem was the beer going flat over an unacceptably short period of time (seven days) once the tap had been speared into the keg. Dan says the taps aren't much chop (means "they are crap" in US lingo) and gave me some clues to remedy my problem - It worked Dan! If you are finding the beer frothy but flat upon opening, firstly I will probably insult you by asking if you realize kegged beer generally arrives in the glass this way compared to a bottled beer. If this basic difference is not what is troubling you I should tell you that priming as per instructions I found provided inadequate carbonation. I upped it by 33% from 15gms to 20gms (you can worry about ridiculous imperial conversions yourself) per keg and this seemed to be just right. No matter what gas you wish to use in those pissy little cartridges (I have tried the whip its) it will do no more than flow the beer. But here is some info if you use corny kegs as well that may be useful. The carbonating tops for PET plastic bottles will screw on to a Fass Frisch dispensing tap and seal with a bit of thread tape. Using your regulated gas bottle connected you can blow the keg to kingdom come if you so desire. Or in a more pensive mood you could simply carbonate the contents to your requirements. I learnt this from the manager of my local (50kms away) homebrew shop who always tells me something I didn't already know! The corny kegs have caused my 5ltr mini's to sit on the shelf gathering dust. But I want to use them for storing some evil brews that I wouldn't be game to fill a corny keg with and take up half the fridge. Jill would murder me! Hope this info is useful. Cheers Phil Yates. Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 23:05:29 -0000 From: "Todd & Sherrel Crane" <toddandsherrel at netzero.net> Subject: RE:glycol RE:From: The Holders <zymie at sprynet.com> Subject: Glycol? As for your question about glycol, Make sure you run only food grade glycol in your system. and other glycol will ruin your system. If you need help in getting food grade glycol, let me know. I am a draft beer technician by trade and I can special order it for you. Todd Crane toddandsherrel at netzero.net ________________________________________________________ NetZero - We believe in a FREE Internet. Shouldn't you? Get your FREE Internet Access and Email at http://www.netzero.net/download/index.html Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 23:09:01 -0000 From: "Todd & Sherrel Crane" <toddandsherrel at netzero.net> Subject: draft beer guy... Hello, I just wanted to post that I am a draft beer technician by trade. I work for a local wholesaler as the head draft tech. for my area. If I can help anyone in this area please let me know. Todd Crane toddandsherrel at netzero.net ________________________________________________________ NetZero - We believe in a FREE Internet. Shouldn't you? Get your FREE Internet Access and Email at http://www.netzero.net/download/index.html Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 02:12:50 -0500 From: larry land <lland at startext.net> Subject: Thanks you guys.. I love you man - --- just want to say THANKS for all the response generated from my recent query re:hops by style. Normally, I be a'lurkin.... However, this groups behavior towards help and support has really changed my mind; this is a great group! Now, I expect each and every one of ya'll to come over and allow me to let you sample my latest...... cold and foamy! ;) PROSIT! Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 99 22:08:06 BST From: blades at airtime.co.uk (Liz Blades) Subject: hbd#3090 Hi All, Dan Listerman wrote :- "Liz Blades ( blades at airtime.co.uk) operates a shop in the north, but I can't recall the name of the town. She is a lot of fun." Well thank you Dan how ya' doin? My shop is in Farnworth,a suburb of Bolton in what used to be Lancashire but is now Greater Manchester(spit). After my tirade on the subject of UK home brewing(which appeared just after your post on this forum) people will be thinking I have a split personality.:-) Home Brewing in the UK goes through cycles,as I'm sure it does everywhere. When I first came into the trade some 16 years ago(ye gods is it really that long ago?)Corny's were going out of fashion and plastic barrels were in,brewing from grain was pass and hops were sold in Boots in thin plastic bags-brown, there were people didn't know hops should be green............ People didn't care as long as they could produce booze cheaply. Now we have a swing back,Corny's are back in fashion grain sales are on the up and the hops in Boots(if the branch still stocks them) are erme still brown. Alas here there are too few home brewers who really care about what they are producing,granted the chaps on UK Homebrew do,but even If I had all their custom I would not be a rich woman. Elizabeth Thousands of miles from most of you but just 200 miles or so from Nigel Porter who regularly posts on here. Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 09:28:25 -0400 From: "Fred L. Johnson" <FLJohnson at worldnet.att.net> Subject: Re: Refrigerated yeast Scott Johnson posted to the HBD asking about reusing yeast stored in his refrigerator for a coulple of months without many details of the storage container, conditions, etc. I regularly store yeast in heat-sterilized, capped beer bottles under fully fermented-out wort in my refrigerator. (These stored yeast come from other starters that were carefully cultured to avoid contamination, not from the dregs of a full batch fermentation.) I have often recultured these yeast for starters after storage for over 12 months with no problems as far as I can tell. - -- Fred L. Johnson Apex, North Carolina USA Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 08:27:57 -0600 From: Greg Remake <gremake at gsbalum.uchicago.edu> Subject: BYO Magazine Thanks to all who replied to my post re. a subscription offer from BYO Magazine. General concensus: less technical, more basics-oriented. I'll stick with buying the occasional BT. Cheers, Greg Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 14:53:10 GMT From: marnold at ez-net.com (Matthew Arnold) Subject: AHA problems (before the firing) I don't know if something like this was part of the cause of Brian Rezac's firing. My homebrew club, the Green Bay Rackers, have been attempting for the past two years to get our annual competition AHA-sanctioned. Both years the response from the AHA has been abysmal. The last year, we were willing to grin and bear it, because Amdahl (sp?) resigned right about then so we didn't know that our communications were falling on non-present ears. The AHA (Brian?) offered free sanctioning this year, so we were willing to try again. This year the same problem occurred. The judging information was given to us way too late to be of practical use. Several judges commented that they would have liked to judge our competition--if only they had known earlier. In an attempt to preserve our competition czar's sanity, we have voted to go with BJCP sanctioning next year. Let's face facts, folks, sending our sanctioning materials isn't exactly rocket science. If they can't get that straight, what can they do? Matt - ----- Webmaster, Green Bay Rackers Homebrewers' Club http://www.rackers.org info at rackers.org Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 08:19:05 -0700 From: Demonick <demonick at zgi.com> Subject: CO2 equation source The source is Cliff Tanner in the Summer 1994 issue of Zymurgy (did I just say a naughty word?) in an article titled, "Gas Gossip - Nitrogen vs. Carbon Dioxide in Brewing". Cheers, Domenick Venezia Venezia & Company, LLC Maker of PrimeTab (206) 782-1152 phone (206) 782-6766 fax orders demonick at zgi dot com - ------------------------------------ >Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 "Santerre, Peter (PRS) - CPC" <PRS at NA2.US.ML.COM> >Subject: CO2 Charts / Seattle Brews / Skunky Boil? > >This is a formula that I came across (can't recall where, but if you >know it's yours feel free to lay claim to it) while surfing around. > >Pressure = (-16.6999) - (0.0101059 * Temperature) + > (0.00116512 * (Temperature * Temperature)) + > (0.173354 * Temperature * Volume) + > (4.24267 * Volume) - (0.0684226 * (Volume * Volume)); >(All non-metric) Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 11:43:19 +0000 From: kurt at greennet.net (Kurt Goodwin) Subject: re: Brian's firing Paul Gatza wrote: "I terminated Brian Rezac's employment from the AHA yesterday." "Brian's amazing interpersonal skills did not, unfortunately, transfer into the administrative realm." "There is more to the picture than the homebrew-community-building work Brian is so successful at... I have received several e-mails from members who have decided not to renew their memberships over this issue.... But it is because I work for the members that I had to make a change to protect the interests of the members who entrust us with dues to promote the hobby of homebrewing and run programs for homebrewers." As someone who is not a member of any of these organizations, generally only lurks on the digest and has no personal ties to any of the people involved here, please allow me a simple observation. There may well be a good reason you had to let him go. Sounds like you're missing a point though. A number of your customers / members are looking for something that only he seemed to be providing. Rather than implying that everyone would understand if they only knew, I suggest you need to listen to that input and address it. It would appear that a number of relatively devoted disciples to this art are, in fact, much more interested in "homebrew-community-building work" than whatever "promote the hobby of homebrewing and run programs for homebrewers" means. The list of businesses that went down the drain because the owner felt that the customers just didn't get it is quite long. Slainte Kurt Goodwin Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 12:53:10 -0400 From: "Alan McKay" <amckay at ottawa.com> Subject: careful Hi Gary D Hipple (HBD 3091), Though I do agree with you, I don't consider it to be in great taste to post a personal Email to a public forum. Not only that, but I'm pretty sure it's very illegal in the USA, as Email is considered to be part of a private conversation, and you can only publicize a private conversation with permission of all participants. Up here in Canada it is not illegal because we only require the permission of one of the participants (or was that the other way around, I don't recall now ;-)). At least, as far as my armchair-law goes ;-) BTW, Paul said it was a "personnel" matter, not a "personal" matter. I suggest you haul out the Webster's, as the two are entirely different things. cheers, -Alan - -- Alan McKay amckay at ottawa.com http://www.bodensatz.com/ Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 12:09:00 +0000 From: James Jerome <jkjerome at bellsouth.net> Subject: newby 1st posting Hello HBD forum, I'm Jett and I'm a newby (to homebrewing and particularly to this venue) who hasn't (yet) progressed from partial mash to all grain. From perusing the last six digest issues, I expect to be flamed, but I'm thick-skinned and will procede. 1) Does anyone have any ale recipes/experience using grits as an adjunct? I added some to a batch that very luckily turned out great, but I don't know why or how I was blessed. Definitely, I need more expert advice. 2) The caution in HBD#3090 (from Stephan Alexander) concerning tobacco product use to eliminate Japanese Beetle infestation of hop plants, brought to mind a suggestion. Although Tobacco Mosaic Virus is undeniably a very persistent and stable entity, if the activity of tobacco products as a 'natural' insecticide is based on the nicotine (or nicotinic acid) component ofthe product, then I suggest (without any real support) that the mode of preparation of the solution used for insecticidal application can effectively eradicate (kill) any existing virus population. Here's my idea: Take a cheap cigar and place in 2 quarts of boiling water. After about twenty minutes of boil skim off all the tobacco solids and keep boiling to reduce the solution to about one fifth of original volume. Transfer this hot solution to a separate container. You have just prepared a very powerful respiratory poison, so extreme rinsing of the boiling vessel is definitely called for (small children and pets are particularly sensitive to concentated nicotine residues). The concentrated extract should be microwaved for several minutes (longer would facilitate side reactions rendering the nicotine ineffective as an insecticide, I think) to kill any surviving tobacco mosaic virus still extant. PLEASE WEAR rubber gloves when handling this extract as nicotine will be absorbed through the skin, particularly in high concentration. Dilute to about two US gallons with water and spray. Prior to harvesting (assuming weeks after application), hop plants should be well rinsed each day for several days to remove any residual, surface contamination of nicotine. If there are any agricultural virologist who can document the virus' ability to survive prolonged boiling + microwave energy in an active state, let me know and I will profusely retract and discredit my suggestion. 3) Lastly, I have a sincere request that anyone who has any information or insight into reproducing John Smith's (non-exported) most excellent Extra Smooth Bitter from Tadcaster, Yorkshire, England, please let me know. This brewery was founded by Samuel Smith's brother way back and is a truly non-pareil bitter. My absolute favorite beverage. I bribe my my mother-in-law to hand carry on the plane a 4-pack back from England for me every 2-3 years. Wish I could get more, so I'll have to work on reproducing a pale imitation. Next year, I'll go to Yorkshire again and get my own. Hoppily submitted, Jett Jerome Ooltewah, TN jkjerome at bellsouth.net Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 13:42:59 -0400 From: "Alan McKay" <amckay at ottawa.com> Subject: How long is YOUR hose? In 3091 Dave Burley ponders about hose length. I find myself kind of suprized at Dave's bewonderment on the hose-length issue, as I've always thought him to be a fairly experienced brewer (much more so than myself, in fact), and this is an extremely well-documented area (Miller is the first place I'd encountered it). I don't mean that as a personal attack of any sort whatsoever, and I still think Dave a more experienced brewer than myself. I'm just expressing my own bewonderment that such an experienced brewer would have never come across this before. Oh well, everything has it's first time, and I'm sure there's plenty of stuff we've all never encountered yet, but will eventually. It seems fairly obvious that the inside of the hose is going to cause friction with the beer, and thus resistance. More resistance, more energy is lost (in the form of carbonation). Longer hose means more resistance, so less foam. Not only does length matter, but so does hose composition. Obviously different materials will cause different levels of friction, exactly like how rubbing silk on your hand feels different than rubbing wool on it. As for hose diameter, I can assure Dave that this is not "a new variable". In my limited knowledge of physics it is a simple case that a narrower diameter will have more surface-area per volume than a larger diameter, so more contact per volume with the inside of the hose, so more resistance, so less foam. That much has always seemed fairly obvious to me. The only thing I'm not clear on here is what counter-effect on foam is experienced because the narrower diameter will mean the beer should travel faster through the hose, at a higher pressure. At least according to my recollection of the grade 11 physics I took some 15 years ago. (I'm recalling the picture of the pipe of diameter X, which then goes down to diameter X/2, then back up to X. The liquid in X/2 would - according to the authors of the textbook - move faster and be under higher pressure, then it would go back down again when the diameter went back up to X). I'd be interested to hear from a REAL physicist or better yet fluid-dynamicists (much unlike myself) as to whether or not this would apply to our hoses. Unfortunately most of the discussions I've seen spoke mainly to the matter of length, but it always occured to me - as it seems to Dave - that diameter should have a significant effect, too, for exactly the same reason that a small pot of hot water cools more quickly than a large pot of hot water. (Surface area per volume) This is all airchair physics at it's worst, and to be certain I'm probably using the wrong terms in several places. But I think it is nonetheless both understandable, as well as accurate according to the various places I've read about it (Miller being the only one which springs to mind immediately). It is also accurate according to my own experience in setting up my own kegs (the length issue). I've never done much playing around with hoses of different diameters or compositions, so I've never been able to confirm/refute my thoughts and what I'd read on those. cheers, -Alan - -- Alan McKay amckay at ottawa.com http://www.bodensatz.com/ Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 13:00:32 -0500 From: "William B. Howard" <wbhoward at ix.netcom.com> Subject: re: Indianapolis Brewpubs and Three Floyds Brewery Mark, Here is a list of brewpubs in Indianapolis: Broad Ripple Brewpub Circle V Brewing Co. Alcatraz Brewing Co. Rock Bottom Brewery The Oaken Barrel Wildcat Brewing Co. The Broad Ripple Brewpub is my personal favorite. All of their beers = are great. Circle V no longer has a restaurant , but you can still sit = at the bar and have a great beer. Alcatraz and Rock Bottom probably = have the best food. Three Floyds is in Hammond, Indiana, which is just a few miles away from = Chicago. Let me know if you need any information more information Bill Howard wbhoward at ix.netcom.com Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 08:21:04 -0500 From: "Jack Schmidling" <arf at mc.net> Subject: Mills From: Dan Listermann <72723.1707 at compuserve.com> "As far as gap in concerned, try real hard to make it adjustable. There is no way that you can find a compromise gap that will perform equally well with English 2 row and American 6 row to say nothing about wheat and rye. There are those who continue to say such things but having over 7000 pre-adjusted MM's in the field, I would expect to hear such complaints from said users. However, it seems that the only folks who make such claims either have a vested interest in making them or are rationalizing their purchase of an adjustable mill. "If you decide to go with a fixed gap, you should realize that any so called "optimun" will be dependent on the knural and probably also the diameter. By that you mean over all design. If it is done correctly, it will work. With our design, we find that .045" is the optimal (no quotes) setting. "It is not necessary to drive both rolls, the grain will transmit power to the slave roll. That again depends on the design and mainly on the roller diameter and type of knurl. The larger the passive roller, the more forgiving it is. "Some see an advantage in driving them at different speeds. This never made much sense to me, in fact, it seems like it would be harder on husks. However, as someone once said it and our Gear Drive Option turns out that way, we are not bashful about claiming it as a "feature". If I were building a single mill for my own use, I would certainly include the use of gears to actively drive the "passive" roller. It's hard to justify the additional cost for mass production but it really is the right way to do it. "I don't know for sure, but I will bet that knurling stainless would be a pain. We have been knurling our stainless rollers for 8 years with only nominal change in the machine setup when switching from mild steel to stainless. Of course, we do the knurling on $200,000 machines that do nothing else, not a common lathe. Interestingly, our sales of SS rollers have dwindled drastically since we introduced the case hardened rollers. These seem to last forever in a commercial, high volume environment and we have never had to replace a set. Mild steel, no matter what it is plated with and stainless do have a limited life under heavy use. Again, if I were building a one-up for my own use, I would certainly send the rollers out for heat treating. js Beer page: http://user.mc.net/arf Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 17:51:15 -0400 From: Jim Liddil <jliddil at vms.arizona.edu> Subject: a different spin Let's say the IRS came and audited the AOB and decided they are not a hobbyist organization. so they take away the 501c3 status and decide the AOB is a trade assoc. and assign them a 501c6 status. So now Zymurgy can't be mailed at nonprofit rates. So the magazine gets thinner to save postage. And let's say the IRS denies nonprofit status for the GABF and requires the AOB to pay back taxes. Now let's see the AOB put their spin on this one. :-) Jim Liddil Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 17:18:22 -0400 From: joytbrew at halifax.com (Joy Hansen) Subject: Hot water canning and the demise of the AHA? Hi Dave Burley The following is IMHO, I too am concerned about the technical aspects of canning that are discarded by home brewers. My home canner pressure cooker is supposed to be checked each year by the USDA Extension Office to assure that the pressure gauge is accurate. The bot spores must be heated in a moist environment, free of air, for 20 minutes with a pressure of 15 pounds. This assures that the canned veggies were processed properly. Some users still prefer to boil the canned beans for 20 minutes before consumption. Keep in mind that just putting the tip of your pinky in a jar contaminated with the bot spore and touching it to your lips IS LETHAL - Bob Uhl, don't cash that life insurance policy in and I'd like to be a beneficiary. The spores are really tough critters and take a lot to destroy. As soon as they vegetate, the toxin is there. A pin head of the toxin is enough to kill every resident of New York. Additionally, honey contains bot and spores! Never heard of mead being toxic; however, a reduced acid mead might just . . . All this said, acidifying the veggies might be a viable alternative. Use at least a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar per pint. Although tomatoes are supposed to be acid enough to do hot water canning, non-acid tomatoes are becoming very common. Using hot water canning techniques could invoke the payout of the life insurance policy. I add lemon juice or vinegar to all of my canned veggies just to be sure. On another subject, bashing/trashing the AHA, I find the subject offensive. The rationale for firing an employee will never be publicized and the real truth won't be presented by the fired employee. I belong to AHA and have for many years. I read the Zymurgy bimonthly and special issues. I've brewed several C. Papazian brews. One such brew won a 1st and a third best of show at the Spirit of Free Beer competition. I find it particularly offensive when one individual has promoted home brewing and been successful at encouraging it as a hobby. Boycott AHA? Every boycott I've seen has backfired on the participants. Take the beef boycott a decade or so ago. It takes 4 years to bring a beef animal to market. Many growers went broke due to the boycott. Yes, it was effective! However, the price of beef nearly doubled and the growers cut the number of animals to limit their potential loss. Imported beef to the rescue. Another American industry sent abroad. Chickens to the Olympics, Caterpillar and Nat. Gas. So, who will be the central focus for home brewing in the United States? A fired employee starts a new organization to replace AHA? Not if I have anything to say about it!!! Joy"T"Brew Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 22:38:14 GMT From: delgado at communique.net (Mr Delgado) Subject: Brewing English ales... I'm seeking advice for achieving the "English ale flavor" of my favorite commercial English ales -- Spitfire, Bishop's Finger, Fuller's ESB, Old Peculiar, Whitbread, etc. I'm talking about that woody, minerally profile, along with the nice English hop flavor/aroma (from Fuggles and Goldings?). More specifically, what are the appropriate types of malts, hops, yeast, water profile, mash schedule, etc.? I'm not looking for a specific recipe (bitter, ESB, IPA, etc.) -- rather, I'm trying to replicate (or at least understand) the common elements between these recipes that gives these ales a flavor like no other. I'd like to hear from you brewers who have captured this taste in your English ales. (I hope my request is reasonably clear.) Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have... John Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 12:18:30 -0400 From: "Fred L. Johnson" <FLJohnson at worldnet.att.net> Subject: Brewer's Worksheet by Darryl Richman I obtained an Excel spreadsheet for brewer's entitled "Brewer's Worksheet", by Darryl Richman off the internet a few years ago. I don't recall where I got the spreadsheet but would like to communicate with Darryl Richman about it. Does anybody know how I might find this person? Are you out there Darryl? - -- Fred L. Johnson Apex, North Carolina USA Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999 08:57:42 -0500 (Central Daylight Time) From: "Charles T. Major" <ctmajor at samford.edu> Subject: raspberry or woodruff syrup in a berliner weiss In response to Dick Dunn's query, I can confirm that when I was in Berlin, I was served berliner weiss with either raspberry syrup (sweetened) or woodruff syrup. The result is a little bit soda pop like (perhaps I got too much of a dash of syrup), and I preferred the woodruff to the raspberry. That said, give the raspberry juice a try--it might be better than the syrup, being less sweet. Perhaps a shot of raspberry juice in a Bavarian weizen might also be good, with the tartness of the raspberry juice substituting for the tartness of the beer. Tidmarsh Major Birmingham, Alabama Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 20:44:41 EDT From: AKGOURMET at aol.com Subject: Thank you Paul..... ....Gatza, for coming forward with an explanation for Brian's departure. With all the AHA bashing going on, I was just about to post a request to hear the other side when you replied. I don't know Brian ....... I'm sure he's as nice and dedicated as everyone says he is ....... but that doesn't necessarily translate into a productive employee. Obviously, there was some valid reason to let him go, and as a business the AHA has every right to manage it's personnel as they see fit. As electronic bystanders we can postulate and preach all we want, but we're not pushing the AHA paperwork everyday. I also take issue with the poster bashing Paul for "trashing" a former employee in public. Paul's original post to the HBD was necessary to address the rhetoric from the uninformed and lacked details in consideration of an internal personnel manner. The other post with more details was copied, probably without permission, from the Techtalk forum on the AHA website -- *An AHA Member-Only forum*. I believe members, like shareholders, are due more details than the general public. Again, Paul did not post the details to the HBD, someone else leaked it. By the way, I don't know Paul either. I'm just an innocent bystander. ******************** There was a recent post asking for opinions on the brewing magazines available. I subscribe to all three. Here's my take: Brew Your Own - $29.95 for 12 issues. If I was a beginner and had to choose one, this would be it. Good info. & entertaining reading. Brewing Techniques - $33 for 6 issues. Intermediate to advanced brewers. Very good if you're all grain brewing or thinking about it. Zymurgy - $33 for 5 issues. Beginner to advanced. Not as good as it used to be, but I still learn things from it. I'll probably renew, but frankly they need to put out more issues with more info. I don't consider the price a membership, I consider it a subscription and that's how I value it. However, you do have to admit that the other publications do not organize competitions, do not organize conferences, and do not act as a repository of state laws for homebrewing. You can't deny that the AHA has advanced the hobby of homebrewing. Could they do more? Sure. If you can do better, go for it. If I see benefit and value, I'll buy. Simple as that. Something else to think about: if we can't make up pet names for ourselves like Dr. Pivo, shouldn't we also ban the backyard brewery names that appear in signature lines? Being the headbrewer of a 5 gallon stovetop extract system is certainly less credible than someone who actually makes a living selling their beer. That's all. Flame shield On. Bill Wright Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 23:19:24 -0400 From: Dave Burley <Dave_Burley at compuserve.com> Subject: How long is YOUR hose? Brewsters: Alan McKAy's "bewonderment" at my supposed bewonderment on the hose length issue really has me bewondering if he read what I wrote. {8^) He and I basically agree, I think. I just disagree on the bad information ( he attributes to Miller - I don't know) perpetuating ( or originating) the hard-to-kill idea that a certain length of hose has a certain pressure drop per foot as some sort of basic physical parameter is not a new idea, but I see it keeps cropping up in discussions here as though it were true. Balderdash!! Here is my opinion of what flow dynamics and hose length and foam control is all about: The pressure drop per foot of a hose (through which a liquid is <flowing>, by the way) is the pressure differential at the ends divided by the hose length. If the fluid is not flowing in the hose, but the hose is filled and stopped at the exit with a valve, the pressure is the same at both ends and that is the head pressure. The diameter and the various restrictions in the hose control the <flow rate>. Using a longer hose will automatically slow the flow, such that the pin valve ( cobra head) controls a lower percentage of the flow and the pressure drop across this valve is lower and reduces the chance of " breakout." Thereby reducing the chance of foam. A longer hose, a smaller diameter hose, restricted or wound hose or a different kind of delivery valve ( large diameter when open and gate valve in design) should ameliorate the foam problem. Keep on Brewin' Dave Burley Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 22:48:01 -0500 From: "Christopher Farley" <chris at northernbrewer.com> Subject: Repitching yeast / Seattle REPITCHING YEAST--- James Scott Johnson writes: > I have a couple of yeasts stored in my refrigerator in flasks. One has > been stored for a few weeks and the other a couple of months. I have > not added fresh wort since racking from the fermentors. I was wondering > if these yeast are still good to use? There seems to be no off aromas > when smelling them. Should I use them or pitch them down the drain? Ideally, that yeast was reclaimed from the bottom of a primary fermenter, washed with sterile water, and stored in the refrigerator under water. The Wyeast Labs web site says that clean yeast can be stored under a layer of sterile water for up to 1 month refrigerated. That's probably a stingy recommendation. I'd definitely make a starter with the older yeast just to see how it performs. You could probably use 2-week old yeast even if it has been stored under spent wort. SEATTLE--- Peter Santerre writes: > chris at northernbrewer.com > >My condolences. Seattle isn't really known for beer. ;) > > Condolences? Bah! Just because a city isn't KNOWN for > beer, doesn't mean there isn't good beer there. [SNIP] Let me rephrase that for those using smiley-face disabled mailreaders: <facetious>My condolences. Seattle isn't really known for beer.</facetious> According to Michael Jackson, in Seattle and Portland "micro-brewed beers are more widely available in ordinary bars and restaurants than anywhere else in America" (1994 Pocket Guide to Beer). I ain't never been there, but I know more than a few beer-lovers who went to visit and never returned. Christopher Farley Northern Brewer, Ltd. Saint Paul, Minnesota www.northernbrewer.com (800) 681-2739 Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 21:47:09 +1000 From: "Phil and Jill Yates" <yates at flexgate.infoflex.com.au> Subject: Paul Gatza Aired In Public Now I really should try and get these posts in before I over-indulge in such special brews as my friend's Classic Australian Pilsner, because I usually make some sort of stuff up as Nurse M923 has pointed out to me. So correct me if I am wrong. It seems to me that I have read one explanation by Paul Gatza to the HBD regarding the firing of Brian Rezac, and it seems that I have read what appear to be private emails from Paul to whoever. I understand what a sensitive issue this is and that everyone is extremely angry. It would seem to me from afar that the AHA is shooting torpedoes up it's own orifice in an effort to self combust. But in fairness to Paul I don't think his personal explanations should be copied in to this public forum. I did such a thing once and realized afterwards it was in poor form. That aside, the case for forming an IHA seems to be getting stronger. Eric Fouch For President Phil Yates. Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 08:39:34 -0500 From: Bruce & Amber Carpenter <alaconn at arkansas.net> Subject: Vendor question Greetings, Has anyone had experience ordering from Beer, Beer & More Beer in Concord, CA? I am interested in ordering from them, but being out here in the wilds of south Arkansas, I have no way of visiting them personally. Any comments? Thanks! Bruce Carpenter Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 12:40:23 -0400 From: "Nathaniel P. Lansing" <delbrew at compuserve.com> Subject: Pasteur effect? A while back when discussing long lag times with Nottingham yeast I brought up the possibility that aeration was prolonging the growth phase and delaying the onset of fermentation. I was rebuffed quite soundly with several people mentioning that this doesn't happen anytime the wort glucose is above 0.1 Plato. Now in #3091 AJ says... >> and by continuous application of oxygen it is held in growth phase.<< hmmm, makes me wonder. Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 1999 00:44:42 -0600 (MDT) From: Adam Holmes <aaholmes at lamar.ColoState.EDU> Subject: What to do with AHA membership money There's been lots of posts about canceling memberships to the AHA. I encourage and support the idea of creating a new homebrew organization. However, I bet that is easier said than done. Here is something that you could do today to support something that helps your homebrewing: send moeny to the Digest Fund. Make a check payable to Pat Babcock and mail to: HBD Server Fund PO Box 871309 Canton Township, MI 48187-6309 All the financial records are clearly presented on the hbd web site. What does an AHA membership cost? Around $35? Send that to the HBD instead of the AHA. Brew On, Adam Holmes Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 13:08:58 -0700 From: "Eric R. Theiner" <logic at skantech.com> Subject: AHA, etc. I will be more charitable than Jim Kingsberg. I believe that the AHA was begun with noble purposes in mind (the spreading of our beloved hobby to the masses and the subsequent education of those same masses). I believe that TNCJOHB is a good book and I recommend it to people starting out (not the only book, of course). I believe that Charlie embarked on a mission to improve a lot of people's lives by spreading the homebrew gospel. The problem is that the creature that was brought to life in the 80's has morphed and mutated into something unrecognizeable. I would still like to see the AOB/AHA recreated with all of our mutual goals in mind, coupled with an open relationship with their members and the rest of the industry. The infrastructure is there, the resources are there, and the talent (no, I'm not talking about the folks currently presiding over the AOB/AHA) is available. And I will agree with Jim that such an organization (either a brand new one or a new AHA) would be welcome and happily supported by us. Pual, you obviously monitor and sometimes post here. I'd like to ask you to respond to the massive discontent (of which I have only recently, within the past couple of days, become a part). I understand employment issues, but I don't understand the closed mouth way that they governing body of this membership-based organization operates. Rick Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 1999 08:14:17 -0500 From: Rod Prather <rodpr at iquest.net> Subject: Cincinnati Keg Off I remember hearing about a brew contest in Cincinnatti that is based on Keg beers. Mostly home brews and brew clubs participate but the big boys show up, too. Anybody know when that "party" is held. - -- So you wanna make beer, Visit me at http://fast.to/beer Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 1999 15:09:13 +0200 From: "Campbell, Paul R SSI-TSEA-A" <Paul.R.Campbell at is.shell.com> Subject: Maillard reactions/pCooking/boiling Steve shared some insights into his current thinking on Maillard reactions. I tried a quick small mash (aimed at producing around 1 UK Gallon of wort) by sticking my pot in the oven, with the control set at 150F. The (electric) oven is fan assisted. The pot itself got way above 150F, but after stirring the settled temperature was reasonably close. Most interesting was the "skin" that formed on the top and got stirred back in.... A nice malty (IMO) test brew resulted. I think I feel the need to further examine this phenomenon. I'm not sure if "baking" a full scale mash under these conditions would be an ideal proposition, however as Steve suggests, I could always pull a decoction. Keep 'em coming..... Regards, Paul Campbell e-mail: Paul.R.Campbell at is.shell.com Return to table of contents
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