HOMEBREW Digest #36 Tue 27 December 1988

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		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  Re: Homebrew Digest for December 22, 1988 (Jim Conroy)
  Videos (David Baer)
  Subject Lines & extract diatribe (rdg)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 27 Dec 88 09:38:37 ECT From: Jim Conroy <AS2JXC%BINGVMA.BITNET at CORNELLC.ccs.cornell.edu> Subject: Re: Homebrew Digest for December 22, 1988 Jay H. wrote > >One question a customer had last night which I couldn't answer. >Has anyone ever seen yeast settle out on the sides, yes sides, of a bottle. >This guy used corona bottles and said the yeast was clinging to the sides >as well as the bottom. I have never seen this before, but i don't use >clear bottles so if it had happened i wouldn't have known. > I have seen this before using different types of bottles from Grolsch to the 11.5oz short Labbats bottles. The yeast will cling to the design on the Grolsch as well as the sholders of the bottle. I simply use the method the winemakers use, give the bottle a sharp turn and allow to sit to settle. The question this brings up is will it shake up the yeast enough to restart mild fermentation. I usually do this when moving bottles from cold storage to the refrig. apx 4-48 hours before drinking. My brewing has been limited to single can extract brewing with the use of Corn surgar. (just as a reference point) Jim C., Binghamton, NY Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 88 08:54:39 PST From: dsbaer at Sun.COM (David Baer) Subject: Videos For christmas I received a nifty video magazine that spotlighted 6 microbreweries/brewpubs in the bay area and briefly went through some of the brewing process. I thought they packed alot of information into 30 minutes. The product is available by mail-order and will supposedly be followed with 5 or 6 more videos. At $14.95 per tape it is a reasonable value.I am supportive of publicizing the brewers movement and this video is a good start at educating the masses of Bud/Coors drinkers. I don't have any monetary benefit to be gained if you order, I just want everyone to realize beer can be appreciated and respected every bit as much as wine. If anyone is interested in ordering the tape call (415)821-1706 for more information. Dave Baer Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 88 17:52:58 MST From: rdg Subject: Subject Lines & extract diatribe Full-Name: Rob Gardner A small favor...if it's not too much trouble, please edit the "subject" line when replying to the homebrew digest, and insert a meaningful subject instead of leaving just "Re: Homebrew Digest..." This will make for a much more useful table of contents. Thanks! Now for some brewing talk. What do people think of making a beer in the style of country X, but attempting to make it more authentic tasting by using malt extract *from* country X? For example, suppose I want to make a pale ale. Then I would probably use a British malt extract. But if I would like to make a Pilsner, then I might seek out a German or Continental produced malt extract. The question is, will I be able to tell a difference here, or am I wasting my effort? The motivation for this is that Continental extracts seem to be more expensive. In the case of my favorite brand, exorbitant. (Ireks Bavarian, 3kg can is $20 an up.) I have made a bunch of Lagers using this particular brand, and I like the final flavor better than the Lagers I made with British and American extract. Now, I'm the first to admit that there are lots of variables that might account for my preference, including plain old power of suggestion. I'm aware that the actual malt & water contents vary quite a bit (thus producing different starting gravites), and that some extract actually have corn sugar added to them, but _taste_ is what I'm after. Does anybody have any comments or observations on the following: 1. Does better beer result from certain extracts? 2. Are they worth the price? 3. Which exrtact has the best "price/performance" ratio? 4. Should I just relax and quit my whining? Rob Return to table of contents
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