HOMEBREW Digest #367 Wed 28 February 1990

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		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  re: SN yeast (Mark Stevens) <stevens at stsci.edu>
  Re: boil over (a.e.mossberg)
  re: Volume vs. weight measurement (Mark Stevens) <stevens at stsci.edu>
  plastic keg problems (617)253-0885" <CASEY at NERUS.PFC.MIT.EDU>
  Sierra Nevada yeast culturing (BRWJ)
  Homebrew Digest #366 (February 27, 1990) (Jay Hersh)
  Re: Homebrew Digest #366 (February 27, 1990) (Todd Koumrian)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 27 Feb 90 10:25:06 EST From: (Mark Stevens) <stevens at stsci.edu> Subject: re: SN yeast In Homebrew Digest #366, Florian B. writes (in reference to Sierra Nevada using only one strain of yeast): >Where do you get your information? From their PR people? And if so, >how can you trust them? It's probably more likely than unlikely that they *DO* use only one strain of yeast. A couple months back I attended a talk given by Gary Heurich (owner of Olde Heurich Brewing Co.), he talked about why he chose Pittsburgh Brewing Co. to do his contract brewing and he discussed their yeast strains. Seems that they use only *ONE* yeast strain for every beer, from Olde Frothingslosh to their best contract ambers, and that the yeast itself is a very good, pure strain. Heurich said that if a brewery does NOT use only a single strain that they risk infection of the strains by each other and that by restricting your brewing to that single strain you can better maintain its purity. This seemed to make a lot of sense. - --Mark Stevens stevens at ra.stsci.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 90 15:31:15 GMT From: aem at mthvax.CS.Miami.EDU (a.e.mossberg) Subject: Re: boil over In digest <1990Feb26.221834.18563 at mthvax.cs.miami.edu> hplabs!mage!lou writes: >I have always used a glass (pyrex?) or stainless "boil over preventer" after I >spent two days cleaning my first batch out of the stove. While this is quite >effective at preventing boil over, I've wondered what effect it might be having >on my hot break. I'm not real sure what to expect from a hot break so I can't >tell if it's making any difference. Any suggestions out there? What is a "boil over preventer"? aem - -- a.e.mossberg / aem at mthvax.cs.miami.edu / aem at umiami.BITNET / Pahayokee Bioregion A people who extend civil liberties only to preferred groups start down the path either to a dictatorship of the right or left. - William O. Douglas Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 90 10:33:54 EST From: (Mark Stevens) <stevens at stsci.edu> Subject: re: Volume vs. weight measurement In Homebrew Digest #365, Dick Dunn discussed some of the problems in converting measurements: Dick is absolutely right that you can't measure whole hops (or even pellets) by the cup. In addition to the problems he discussed is the variable amount of bitterness between hops from year to year or grower to grower. Since reading Dave Miller's "Complete Handbook" I've been paying more attention to alpha units than to quantities and have begun applying his methods for determining how much of any given hops to add to a batch of beer. This lets me tweak the recipe more reliably and better duplicate a batch of a particularly good beer. I've also started experimenting with some of the higher-AAU hybrids, with good results in some beers, such as in an IPA. - ---Prost, Mark Stevens stevens at ra.stsci.edu Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 90 13:29 EST From: "JEFF CASEY / (617)253-0885" <CASEY at NERUS.PFC.MIT.EDU> Subject: plastic keg problems Does anyone have any experience with those 10 liter plastic kegs (I forget the brand name, but the ones with the CO2 cartridge in the top and the fake wood grain on the sides). I bought one a few months ago, and haven't had much luck. There have been a couple of good batches where it held pressure well, but once the spigot broke, and I had to get a new one from the dealer, and now the plastic pressure valve (the piece that the o-ring seats on) has broken as well. Is this kind of experience unusual? Also, the 10psi that it maintains seems a little high (the beer gets quite a head on it), and I keep thinking I should put a weaker spring on it to drop it down to 5-6 psi. Should I get a new valve or junk the whole thing and go whole hog with a Cornelius system? Any advice appreciated. If you respond to me, I'll summarize to the net. Thanks. Jeff Casey casey at nerus.pfc.mit.edu (best address) or jac at pinet.aip.org or 70411.573 at compuserve.com Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 90 15:55 EDT From: BRWJ%VAX5.CIT.CORNELL.EDU at CORNELLC.cit.cornell.edu Subject: Sierra Nevada yeast culturing While gossiping with the local brewpubmaster, we started talking about yeast culturing. He maintained the Sierra Nevada actually uses TWO yeasts, one for fermenting, which is then removed by filter, and a second strain for conditioning in the bottle. Those of you striving to recreate Bigfoot Ale by culturing off the bottles may (if my info is good) be culturing the wrong strain. Jackie Brown (Back in the saddle) Bitnet: BRWJ at CRNLVAX5 Return to table of contents
Date: 27 Feb 90 12:18:12 EST From: Jay Hersh <75140.350 at compuserve.com> Subject: Homebrew Digest #366 (February 27, 1990) hi folks, yes it is me the chronic troublemaker of the homebrew world, back again after a short hiatus (which did not include typing lessons). A few preliminary comments/ questions 1) Did Chuck Cox say he was the world's fattest homebrew judge??? or did I just misread that??? 2) Did any of you judges get this thing from the AHA saying that if you pay them a yearly fee then they'll kindly send you quarterly updates on your judging points. I seem to remember that when I signed up for the test I was told that the $35 fee covered the costs of administrating my judge file and that I would be sent periodic (yearly) updates on my points to date. Needless to say they haven't been doing this. As a matter of fact it seems that every time I judge a competition I have to hound them to post the points. Now this could be the result of the competition organizers not properly reporting the points, but I organized the Troy Homebrewers Comp. two different years and found that even though I reported the points it was only after I received complaints from the judges and made a follow up inquiry some 6-8 months later in response to these complaints that the points were actually awarded. So what do we have here?? A system where you pay a lot of money to take a test, and then have to pay more money just to get people to do what they were supposed to do in the first place. I have let my AHA membership lapse, in case you guessed. It costs a tiny bit more to get Zymurgy (which is a great publication) in my local Homebrew store, The store almost always had their copies 2-4 weeks before my subscription arrived (when I worked at Hennessy Homebrew I used to read the whole thing at work before my subsrciption ever arrived and I only worked one night a week for 4 hours). I also used to give the paper cup level of additional sponsorship on a yearly basis (Yeah I'm no J.P. Morgan so what??) and they would typically omit my name. In any case since it has been really hard for me to make it to the AHA conferences the last few years cause of work, etc.. the only real incentive I had to be in the AHA (the conf. discount) is not applicable. Othwerwise I just assume not support them until they get their act in gear. Personally I think H.U.D. is a better run organization. I have visited with the people at the AHA on my visits to Col. in the past, and I think very highly of them. They're real nice people, so don't get me wrong this is not a personal attack. I just do not believe that the AHA is doing a very good job as a membership organization and I will most likely continue to chastise it until it changes its ways somewhat. Comments, questions, please feel free to flame me at 75140.350 at compuserve.com No I still haven't really learned to use paragraphs yet. Yes I do hope to do more than just flame the AHA in this discussion. Right now I'm pressed for time, and want to get some viewpoints before throwing out any attempts at constructive suggestions. bye- jay h Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 90 17:01:15 PST From: todd at NISC.SRI.COM (Todd Koumrian) Subject: Re: Homebrew Digest #366 (February 27, 1990) Thanks for sending those. I've finally started to get them legitimately from homebrew-request, so you can stop forwarding the digests to me. Todd Return to table of contents
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