HOMEBREW Digest #3731 Mon 10 September 2001

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  Re: aeration..and foam ("RJ")
  Re: hop back ("RJ")
  Beer in Fort Worth (Dean Fikar)
  raisins...in the mash? (leavitdg)
  Re: Kegging in PET and Tap-A-Draft ("Pete Calinski")
  Re: ball lock v pin lock ("Kent Fletcher")
  Re: fatty acids (Jeff Renner)
  Request for Comment - RIMS Heater Idea ("Mike Pensinger")
  Over-carbonated Bottle Cure...? ("Bissell, Todd S")
  Plastic hose troubles ("Bissell, Todd S")
  Bench Capper Survey ("Dan Listermann")
  I've got a lovely pair of pineapples (ThE HoMeBrEw RaT)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 08:37:05 -0400 From: "RJ" <wortsup at metrocast.net> Subject: Re: aeration..and foam From: Darrell.Leavitt at esc.edu Subject: aeration..and foam "I have been aerating with an aquarium pump...and the ss aeration wand . The problem that I am finding is that if I place the wort into the carboy...and then aerate, that it foams out of the top within a couple of minutes. If I try to aerate in the kettle (5 gal batches..in 10 gal Polarware lauter/kettle) then it goes better,...but even more than 5 minutes of aeration leads to HEAPS of foam...and again the carboy is rapidly filled with foam... What do others do to reduce the foam when aerating..?" Darrell, I use basically the same set-up as you, except I only aerate the yeast starter in the carboy an hour or so before filling with wort.... It foams, but there is so much space in the carboy, it never foams out.... Works for me. Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 08:41:57 -0400 From: "RJ" <wortsup at metrocast.net> Subject: Re: hop back Scott (& -Alan) Another great way to make a hopback is to use a partial-masher's lauter tun, they hold about a gallon (liquid) have a false bottom and all you need to add is a small drilled hole in the top cover to all the wort to flow into it. Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2001 07:48:28 -0700 From: Dean Fikar <dfikar at swbell.net> Subject: Beer in Fort Worth >beer in Fort Worth ("Cass Buckley") > >I'm going to Fort Worth TX on Monday for the week. >If you know of some good brew pubs, please let me know. I would like to >taste some of the local brews if I can while I am there. >I will be staying in the University St. area... > >Thanks > >Beer fella - Cass, The pickings are slim in FW, I'm afraid. There are no brewpubs in Fort Worth proper. The Flying Saucer downtown has a large selection of microbrews and imports but the beer sometimes is old and stale. If you're willing to drive a little I'd recommend Big Buck's Brewery in Grapevine off of Bass Pro road. I went there for the first time last week not expecting much but I left mightily impressed. If you go there try the awesome Scotch Ale and the IPA. The hefewiezen is quite good as are the red ale and the sweet stout. These are the only ones currently on tap (14 in all, I think) that I tried but they were all excellent. The brewer makes an awesome tripel which unfortunately is not currently on tap but I got to taste it as he was getting a few bottles ready to send to the GABF. Cheers, Dean Fikar Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2001 08:37:54 -0400 (EDT) From: leavitdg at plattsburgh.edu Subject: raisins...in the mash? Good morning/evening,...whicever the case may be when this is posted. A friend visited me last night..and we sampled homebrews, as well as his home-made wine. He asked me to guess as to what fruit is was made out of, and, while I couldn't...I never-the-less could taste the raisins when he told me. He said that it was not as dry as he'd wished..a bit too sweet...but it reminded me of the taste of "special b" malt...which is, at times described as "raisiny" in flavor.. Ok, here is the question: I'd like to include that raisin taste in an ale, but am uncertain as to just how to do it..without getting off-flavors,..pectin... etc.. Has anyone done this, and if so, could you give me some guidance. I have the feeling that raisins...with a /scottish yeast...might be just the ticket! not-one-to-stick-to-style..... .Darrell Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 10:55:20 -0400 From: "Pete Calinski" <pjcalinski at adelphia.net> Subject: Re: Kegging in PET and Tap-A-Draft badger said: >Have you considered the CO2 cylinder thing that Williams makes? I've been >considering moving to this for easy transport >http://www.williamsbrewing.com/AB1605000/showdetl.cfm?&DID=7&Product_ID=84& C >ATID=14 (may have to cut and paste to fix the link) >"Use common 12 gram air gun type (as long as they are not marked ('not for >human consumption') C02 cartridges (3 to 5 per keg) to dispense beer." > >Seems pretty portable to me. that and a 3 gallon keg, and you have a pretty >compact unit. > >I might go that way for my portable problems mentioned in earlier mails. - ---------------------------------------------------- My response, I guess I didn't get my point across. I don't want to use the PET for transport. I intend to use it as my (one and only) kegging system. I will use typical full size CO2 tank with regulator. I want "kegs" that are smaller than 5 Gal. or 3 Gal. so I can fit 5 or 6 on the top shelf of my refridigerator at the same time. That way I can maintain the selection I am used to with bottles. I would connect some plumbing to distribute the CO2 to each of the separate "kegs', separate shutoffs, and cobra or party taps for each "keg". I believe I could orient the "kegs" almost horizontally like a firkin is oriented. Maybe I wouldn't need a dip tube, just let the CO2 bubble in when a draft is drawn. You can tell, I'm still at the drawing board stage on this project. Pete Calinski East Amherst NY Near Buffalo NY *********************************************************** *My goal: * Go through life and never drink the same beer twice. * (As long as it doesn't mean I have to skip a beer.) *********************************************************** Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 11:48:21 -0700 From: "Kent Fletcher" <kfletcher at socal.rr.com> Subject: Re: ball lock v pin lock Hey Drew, Another way you might go is to put together a little manifold and have both ball and pin lock hoses. All you actually need is a couple of 1/4" flare "Y" fittings, assuming you are using flare connectors. You can get barb type Y's too, if that's you setup. That way you don't have to change your QD gas in and beer out fittings every time you switch from one type of keg to the other. If you make/buy and actual manifold with valves, you could have both hooked up at the same time, and just valve from one to the other. Kent Fletcher Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 16:27:57 -0400 From: Jeff Renner <JeffRenner at mediaone.net> Subject: Re: fatty acids I wrote: >(fats and oils are trigycerides, i.e., a fatty acid molecule plus >three glycerol molecules). and Steve Alexander <steve-alexander at worldnet.att.net> wrote: >triglycerides. >That is three fatty acids with an esteric bond to a glycerol. Steve is, of course, right. My slip-up. And I don't even have Steve's excuse of 48 hours of sleep deprivation. Jeff - -- Jeff Renner in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA, JeffRenner at mediaone.net "One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943 Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2001 17:55:02 -0700 From: "Mike Pensinger" <beermkr at bellatlantic.net> Subject: Request for Comment - RIMS Heater Idea I was looking back through the archives and came across Ken Schwartzs' post about using heater pads for his boil pot. After some research I think I am going to incorporate one of these pads into my RIMS as the RIMS heater. I will use 1 inch copper pipe and stick a 24x3 inch heater at 10 watts per square inch to it. Some type of devce to disturbe the flow into a spiral will be inserted at the inlet of the chamber to allow fill heating of the wort. Also I want to know if using a Pulse Width Modulator to activate an SSR for my pup would be an adequate speed control device? Any help would be greatly appreciated Mike Pensinger beermkr at bellatlantic.net http://members.bellatlantic.net/~beermkr Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2001 17:53:48 -0700 From: "Bissell, Todd S" <tbissell at spawar.navy.mil> Subject: Over-carbonated Bottle Cure...? Hi all, I have a rather tasty Porter bottled, with one *slight* problem: WAY TOO MUCH carbonation. Is there anything I can do to fix this? (Kegging, boiling, doing special rituals, etc...?) The porter is tasty, but the carbonation is so heavy (I'm surprised none of the bottles haven't blown up!) that it makes it rather undrinkable. Any and all ideas are welcome...! Cheers! Todd Bissell Imperial Beach, CA Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2001 17:53:43 -0700 From: "Bissell, Todd S" <tbissell at spawar.navy.mil> Subject: Plastic hose troubles Hi all, I've had two batches as of late get infected; one only slightly (but still decent enough for day-to-day consummation), the other much worse: ultra-thin white film on top in the Secondary, which I now have serious doubts about "to dump, or not to dump". I use Idophor for all phases of brewing, and think that I've narrowed the problem to my 3/8" I.D. plastic hoses. I clean and sanitize them, but still have unsightly whitish deposits, left over from my *extremely* chlorinated tap water. Assuming that I chuck these hoses and buy new ones, how do I keep them clean and sanitized...? Obviously using tap water is not cutting it. Anyone have any ideas how I can use boiling water, or at least bottled water (the same brand I use for brewing, I'm thinking), to keep things nice and clean over time...? Cheers! Todd Bissell Imperial Beach, CA Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2001 22:27:07 -0400 From: "Dan Listermann" <dan at listermann.com> Subject: Bench Capper Survey Every once in a while the itch to market a better bench capper than the current market provides strikes me. My brother found an old one with a mechanism that I had not seen before. So some questions arise: What kind of capper do you use? What would you like to see in a new bench capper design? How much would be too much to consider? Dan Listermann Check out our new E-tail site at http://www.listermann.com Take a look at the anti-telemarketer forum. It is my new hobby! Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2001 11:14:43 -0700 (PDT) From: ThE HoMeBrEw RaT <skotrat at yahoo.com> Subject: I've got a lovely pair of pineapples hmmm, Pineapple Melomel anyone??? Recipes??? Thanks C'ya! -Skotrat ===== "Dogs love me cause I'm crazy sniffable I bet you never knew I got the ill peripheral" -bboys http://www.skotrat.com/skotrat - Skotrats Beer Page http://www.brewrats.org - BrewRats HomeBrew Club Return to table of contents
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