HOMEBREW Digest #4093 Thu 14 November 2002

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  Cheap SS Conical Fermenter (Jim deVries)
  Re: Sanitizing Question,  refrigerator tubing (David Radwin)
  Re: From whence doth "tripel" derive? (Steven S)
  Darrell - Sodium Hypochlorite ("Kevin Boyer")
  Converting the Heathen (Bob Hall)
  Drilling stainless/ mash tun design? (LJ Vitt)
  Re: Cleaning Aeration stone (Demonick)
  Re: Classic American Pilsner Recipe/Report/Ranting (Jeff Renner)
  Bottling a Pilsner ("Peter Beauregard")
  Re: sodium hypochlorite? (Jeff Renner)
  Re: From whence doth "tripel" derive? (Jeff Renner)
  Re: priming (Denny Conn)
  speise and primming rates ("mwagner")
  Re: Classic American Pilsner Recipe/Report/Ranting (Mark Kempisty)
  Tripel/Trippel name origin ("John Misrahi")
  Sodium Hypochlorite (water supply) ("Eric R. Theiner")
  re:Drilling stainless/ mash tun design? (Dave Kerr)
  sanitizing question (Donald and Melissa Hellen)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 23:15:34 -0500 From: Jim deVries <jimdevries at smtp.comcast.net> Subject: Cheap SS Conical Fermenter I have been searching for a way to get a SS conical fermenter without breaking the checkbook. Either I need to find one used and cheap or build it myself. Zymico has a kit based on a 12.2 Gal hopper from Toledo Spinning Products. Has anyone any experience with this? Jim deVries jimdevries at comcast.net Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 20:32:51 -0800 From: David Radwin <dradwin at sbcglobal.net> Subject: Re: Sanitizing Question, refrigerator tubing Bill Owen wrote: > When I used this method with our new Kitchenaid dishwasher, that batch had the > tell tale white ring around the neck, indicating the strong possibility of an > infection of some sort. In order to check to see if it was the dishwasher > sanitizing method, on the next batch I did some bottles in the dishwasher and > some in starsan. Guess what. The dishwasher group developed the white ring, > but the starsan group did not. Obviously, that method does not work with all > dishwashers. Just as a data point, I've never had any such problem with our dishwasher (a Bosch). I've used it with and without soap. Our hot water temperature is set at 140F, which is supposed to be sufficient to kill germs, although I think the dishwasher will heat the water to the optimum temperature. Also, it seems the dry cycle gets the bottles very hot. Drew Shelton wrote: > i found 50ft of 3/8in "refrigerator tubing" at Home Depot for $20 ... > has anyone ever used "refrigerator tubing" to build a wort chiller? Yes, and it should be the cheapest way to buy 50 feet of tubing. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 00:00:57 -0500 (EST) From: Steven S <steven at 403forbidden.net> Subject: Re: From whence doth "tripel" derive? Hrm intresting theory My understanding of Tripel (Tripple) derives from Pierre Rajotte Belgian Ale (classic beer style series #6). Its a fantastic book if you like Belgian Ales. (page 32) The style originated at the Trappist abbey of Westmalle. It is pale in color, usually made with only pale, Pils-type malt and a judicious addition (up to about 25 percent of total extract) of either glucose or candi sugar in the brew kettle. (note no mention here of 3 grains.) (continued from page 32) There are two schools of thought regarding the origin of the style. Some, like myself, are of the opinion that a Tripple represents a beer with three times the extract value of what historically was known as the simple. The simple had a starting gravity of around 1.030 to 1.035 (7.5 to 8.8 Plato), the double has 1.060 to 1.070 (15 to 17.5 Plato) and logically a beer that has a starting gravity of 1.070 to 1.095 (17.5 to 24 Plato) should be called a Tripple. This fits the age-old brewing tradition. The other school of thought says a Tripple is so named because it has had three fermentations. The first one is the primary fermentation, the second if the secondary fermentation or aging, and, finally, the third is bottle-conditioning. <end of quotes> > From: Pat Babcock <pbabcock at hbd.org> > Subject: From whence doth "tripel" derive? > > Greetings, Beerlings! Take me to your lager... > >I was recently accosted by a garbage picker regarding the source >of the word "tripel" when describing the Belgian style of the >same name. Now, I admit not to being a genius, nor an >all-knowing sage on things beerie, but I have always believed >the name to refer to the beer's strength, as a progression from >dubbel. The item this person plucked from the garbage stated >that the term derives from "... the three grains - barley, >wheat, oats - used to brew it." > >I have never noticed "... the three grains - barley, wheat, oats > ..." in any recipe for Tripel I've ever reviewed. Usually, there >is a base malt, a symphony of specialty malts - typically >something in the crystal and/or cara-whatever family - and some >kind of (but we hope it's candi) sugar. > >However, I ain't the sharpest stick in the bundle. Nope not >neither. So which is it? Is tripel in reference to the strength >of the beer, or to it's grain bill? Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 05:49:20 -0600 From: "Kevin Boyer" <kboyer at houston.rr.com> Subject: Darrell - Sodium Hypochlorite Darrell asks whether boiling will remove sodium hypochlorite. Sodium Hypochlorite is simply bleach. Just like you buy at the grocery store except it is likely a 10-12% solution as opposed the roughly 5% you use at home. Bleach and any other type of chlorine like gas, calcium hypochlorite, etc. added to water for sanitation purposes forms HOCL (hypochlorous acid) and OCL-(hypochlorite ion). The HOCL is what is measured as "Chlorine" in PPM or mg/l with your test kit and what actually does the sanitizing. Doesn't really matter what type of packaged chlorine product is used to introduce the HOCL, it's all the same by the time it gets to you. It can be removed by boiling for brewing purposes. Kevin Boyer Houston, TX Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 08:10:41 -0500 From: Bob Hall <rallenhall at toast.net> Subject: Converting the Heathen William Menzl writes about introducing others to his great CAP: "The real test comes this weekend at deer camp when I put it up against the swill the other guys drink. I sure hope they don't like anything but water flavor as I want to keep it all to myself!" Bill, over the years I've tried to convert the brotherhood during the annual backwoods bonding, and would guess that your wish may come true. I've packed a variety of pale ales and lagers, but the Lite crowd lables anything with color and flavour as a "strong" beer. Last year in an attempt to compete, I took only cold-conditioned kolsch, my wife's favorite and a ringer for what we sampled in Koln last May. One evening I poured glasses around the table, and after the first sip there was polite silence and reflection .... then finally one honest fellow muttered "Ugh, this is like drinking Wheaties." I had the rest to myself. Bob Hall Napoleon, OH Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 06:10:35 -0800 (PST) From: LJ Vitt <lvitt4 at yahoo.com> Subject: Drilling stainless/ mash tun design? Parker Dutro is planning to make a stainless lauter tun. He asked for ideas for the spigot. This is from an add in the latest zymurgy: Weld-B-Gone http://www.zymico.com The ad to see the web site for a list of retailers. - ---------------- William Menzl asked some keg questions: >* Do you have to refrigerate kegged beer after carbonating (either force or >primed) or can you store it at room temp until you have time/room to cool it >down? You can store it at room temp. >* Will the beer go bad if you cool it and dispense for a period of time, >then pull it out and leave it a room temp for a while. It will be OK to let it warm up. >* How long can kegged beer be kept? Does it matter if it is warm or cold? >* Are there any good websites that describe any of the above? (I have >found a few and used them for balancing my system but they haven't touched a >lot on storage/times etc.) Stable temps are best, and cold is good. The beer style will have a lot to do with how long you can keep it. Something light like a bitter is just a few months for me. Stong things could be a couple of years. The more time you warm up and cool down beer will shorted the life. But it doesn't go bad immediately. This applies to bottled beer as well as kegged. >* I am thinking of lagering in a corney keg to free up some room in the keg >fridge. Any good tips? I regularily lager in corny kegs. The primary advantage is it takes a smaller footprint than carboys. They are narrower and taller than carboys. I do not use an airlock. I let a little pressure build. The fermentation appears to be completely done before I rack into the keg. There will be a little sediment. I have usually bottled after lagering. If you want to keg, I suggest racking to a different keg. ===== Leo Vitt Rochester MN Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 07:11:47 -0800 From: Demonick <demonick at zgi.com> Subject: Re: Cleaning Aeration stone >I am looking for advice on cleaning my aeration stone. Soak it in weak bleach, then rinse well. Before use sanitize with iodophor, shake out the excess, and don't worry about the few drops that remain. Domenick Venezia Venezia & Company, LLC Maker of PrimeTab (206) 782-1152 phone (206) 782-6766 fax Seattle, WA demonick at zgi dot com http://www.primetab.com Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 10:19:00 -0500 From: Jeff Renner <JeffRenner at comcast.net> Subject: Re: Classic American Pilsner Recipe/Report/Ranting William Menzl <william.m.menzl at dowcorning.com> Midland, Michigan posted his enthusiastic report on his CAP. Thanks for posting the rant and spreading the gospel. Since you primed your keg, here is a suggestion for getting sediment-free beer to deer camp. I like to pressure rack to a purged clean keg. To do this, fill a sanitized keg with water, then push the water out with CO2. You now have a sanitized pressurized empty keg. Draw a glass or two of beer until it flows clear. Drink it. Then connect the beer-out from the full keg to the beer-out of the empty one with a jumper hose, making sure there is slightly more pressure in the full one (so you don't get back flow which would disturb the sediment still on the bottom away from the draw tube), and put CO2 on the full keg. Now intermittently open the pressure relief valve of the receiving keg (or depress the gas in fitting if there isn't a relief valve) and let the beer flow at a moderate rate, controlling by opening and closing the relief valve. As soon as you hear the keg blow (or when you see sludge flow in the line), disconnect the hose. Voila, a keg of sediment free beer. And now a moose hunting story for you to tell at deer camp (with appropriate letter substitutions to keep corporate filters happy). It seems that a group of down-easters went moose hunting every year in Maine. Whoever complained about the food immediately became the cook. This one guy had been cook for three years and he was tired of being stuck in the kitchen and missing good hunting. So one morning after cleaning up breakfast dishes, when he was out hunting near the camp (since he couldn't go far and still make dinner), he came upon a steaming pile of moose t*rds. He ran back to the camp and got a pot and put them in. Then back at the camp, he sliced up some onions and carrots and made a moose t*rd pie. That evening at dinner, the first guy to eat a bite spit it out and exclaimed, "This tastes like moose $h*t!!! .... But good!" Jeff - -- Jeff Renner in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA, JeffRenner at comcast.net "One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943 Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 10:28:58 -0500 From: "Peter Beauregard" <peterb at autoprof.com> Subject: Bottling a Pilsner I have a pilsner happily fermenting in my ss conical. I usually keg my beers, but I'd like to bottle this pilsner. I'm planning on lagering it for 2 months, but I'm afraid that if I bottle it after 2 months of lagering there will not be enough viable yeast to carbonate the beer. Should I just prime and bottle as usual after two months of lagering, or should I bottle it and let it age for 2 months in the bottle? Peter Beauregard Portsmouth, NH Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 10:32:09 -0500 From: Jeff Renner <JeffRenner at comcast.net> Subject: Re: sodium hypochlorite? darrell.leavitt at plattsburgh.edu is puzzled by sodium hypochlorite. This is simply what your water department is adding to get free chlorine. It will dissipate by letting the water stand or by boiling. If they add chloramine (actually, I think they get this by adding free chlorine and NH3OH, ammonia), you can't boil it out. AJ DeLange's suggestion of a Campden tablet per 20 gallons seems best for this. A carbon filter should also work. Jeff - -- Jeff Renner in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA, JeffRenner at comcast.net "One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943 Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 10:34:43 -0500 From: Jeff Renner <JeffRenner at comcast.net> Subject: Re: From whence doth "tripel" derive? Fearless janitor Pat Babcock <pbabcock at hbd.org> asks: >Is tripel in reference to the strength of the beer, or to it's grain bill? Surely the former, as you surmise. If pressed I could document this from my library (Jackson or Rajotte). Jeff - -- Jeff Renner in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA, JeffRenner at comcast.net "One never knows, do one?" Fats Waller, American Musician, 1904-1943 Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 08:14:22 -0800 From: Denny Conn <denny at projectoneaudio.com> Subject: Re: priming Do I take it from this that you're planning on using candi sugar for priming? If so, my advice would be don't waste your money. There's so little priming sugar there that it couldn't possibly effect the taste of your beer. Just stick with good ol' corn sugar! For carbonating a Belgian, I like 5 oz. or so. --------------->Denny At 12:30 AM 11/13/02 -0500, you wrote: >Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 00:14:39 -0500 >From: "greg man" <dropthebeer at hotmail.com> >Subject: Re: priming > > > Speaking of priming, I was wondering how fermentable is Belgian candy >sugar? I was thinking 100% but I wanted to make sure. The reason of course >is simple I don't want my hard work to become flat or explosive. > I was thinking 4 oz or 1/4 lb to 5 oz as I like my Belgian ales to be >well carbonated. Almost like a weizen. > Thanks in advance..............gregman Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 13:16:23 -0300 From: "mwagner" <mwagner at alean.com.ar> Subject: speise and primming rates From: Fred L Johnson <FLJohnson at portbridge.com> Subject: Speise and priming rates Marc Sedam responded to Mauricio's questions regarding speise: > The difference in carbonation between two quarts of 1.040 priming wort > and 1.060 priming wort is barely noticeable. I know I couldn't tell the > difference between a beer with 1.7vol/CO2 and one with 2.0vol/CO2. ............ ........... >If one knows the fermentability of the wort being added to carbonate, one >should be able to know quite accurately the level of carbonation that will >be added by the addition. Mauricio said You can take a sample of the wort you will use and pitching enough yeast (the one you will use later in your main batch) you can get a full fermentation in a couple of hours. From this test you can get the real attenuation or fermentability and you get the amoun of fermentable sugars you have in your wort. >What is harder to know is how much CO2 is in the >beer after the addition. All of this, of course, also applies to priming >with dextrose or anything else for that matter. Mauricio said I really don't understand this last part. If I can calculate the amount of fermentable sugar I have in one liter of wort, is not difficult to know how many liters CO2 I'll produce with a given amount of wort. Best Regards, Mauricio Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 13:11:59 -0500 From: Mark Kempisty <kempisty at pav.research.panasonic.com> Subject: Re: Classic American Pilsner Recipe/Report/Ranting William Menzl writes: "I just started kegging and this is going to be on tap at all times. It is that good!" Has to be the caterpillar, just has to be! Did you note the exact genus and species? In those great breweries of yesteryear, more than a few caterpillars and other critters probably added some flavor. Many years ago at my old job I overheard two guys talking in the lunch room, "My cousin is in Air Force ROTC and he went to Field Training and they made him eat a bug. Why the heck did they make him do that?" I raised my hand and said "Been there, done that and got the T-shirt." They got a very good quick lesson in survival training and food aversions. Anybody want to try the grasshopper ale I made? - -- Take care, Mark Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 13:19:38 -0500 From: "John Misrahi" <lmoukhin at sprint.ca> Subject: Tripel/Trippel name origin Hi List denizens , Pat Babcock was pondering the origin of the word 'Tripel'. As far as i know, it has nothing to do with the ingredients. I've seen quite a few Tripels made solely with pilsner malt and candi sugar, though as mentioned, specialty grains of the crystal variety etc.. can be used. >From what i understand, (I read something about it somewhere, but the source escapes me at the moment), it comes from the parti-gyle brewing that brewers in Belgium would do. They would mash a whack-load of grain, sparge and use the first runnings for a tripel, second runnings for a dubbel, and third runnings for a fairly weak beer, the single. (i dont think this is really brewed nowadays but i could be wrong). By the way, this is a great technique for brewing 2 beers from one mash, and you can add specialty grains etc.. to make a darker beer for the second which will of course, be of a local gravity. There was an interesting article on the topic in BYO magazine a while back, written by Drew Avis. I have become a definite enthusiast of this technique, which gives me more variety from my limited brewing time. John Misrahi Montreal, Canada Pothole? Thats luxury! I have to ferment directly in my mouth. On brew day I fill up my mouth with wort in the am and drop a few yeast cells in and 3 hours later I swallow. Wish I had a pothole to ferment in. -Mike Brennan on the HBD "Ah, Billy Beer... we elected the wrong Carter." -Homer Simpson Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 10:36:59 -0500 From: "Eric R. Theiner" <rickdude02 at earthlink.net> Subject: Sodium Hypochlorite (water supply) When the city says that their water is chlorinated, they generally mean that it has sodium hypochlorite in it. It is true that a number of places have gone to chloramines, but they will generally tell you that the water is "chloraminated" (which I did not know was a word). In a nutshell, the difference (to the municipalities) is that chloramines are much more stable-- which means to us that it is harder to get out, as Darrell pointed out in the last digest. I am 99.9% certain that chloramines and sodium hypochlorite are the only chlorine compounds added to municipal water supplies. Rick Theiner LOGIC, Inc. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 14:47:49 -0800 (PST) From: Dave Kerr <dave_kerr2001 at yahoo.com> Subject: re:Drilling stainless/ mash tun design? Parker asked about converted keg mash/lauter tuns: I've used an EZMasher 2 for about 40 batches now with no complaints - just had to clean out the spigot a couple of times. Drill a hole and hook it up - about 15 minutes, tops. The converted keg is a great way to go, allowing you direct-fire temp boosts. Do allow for the added thermal mass of your keg when calculatig your strike temp. Dave Kerr Needham, MA Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 17:56:13 -0500 From: Donald and Melissa Hellen <donhellen at horizonview.net> Subject: sanitizing question James Payne wrote: I've been told that running my bottles and brewing equipment (at least the stuff that won't melt) through the dishwasher is an effective means of sanitizing everything without having to stand for hours at the sink rinsing everything in B-Brite. Is this accurate? I've emailed 3 different people regarding this question and have received 3 different answers. I'm hoping to at least get a consensus reply from the readers of HBD. Thanks!!!!! ............................................... James, There are more than a few methods of sanitizing your equipment and bottles. Here's what I do, and a short discussion on what you might do yourself. I'm assuming that your bottles and equipment are relatively clean. Otherwise, use a cleaner like TSP or a combination cleaner/sanitizer like B-Brite. B-Brite has the advantage of performing both operations at once. It has a higher price tag, but you trade price for convenience. I use an iodophor sanitizer called BTF. It's not expensive and it works in only two minutes. I use this to sanitize my fermenters and other equipment. At the concentrations recommended, it is a no-rinse sanitizer. If you will be making homebrew for years to come, buy it in a gallon quantity. A pint will last you for several brews if you reuse the solution on the same day or within a week or so. It's safe for stainless, glass, plastic, almost anything you will use in homebrewing, but it can stain things if you leave the concentrated iodine solution in direct contact with a surface for long. This is not harmful, and a chlorine bleach solution can remove the stain if you wish in most cases. An alternative to this is to use unscented (important!) chlorine bleach. I used this for over ten years. Wait 30 minutes and rinse with hot water before using. I store my bottles upside down in their case after use and rinse them quickly with a jet bottle/carboy washer. You can use a dishwasher on the sani cycle with no detergent to sanitize the bottles if you wish. It's a better practice than I use but you are less likely to have problems form an infection. You can also rinse them with an iodophor solution or soak them in a chlorine bleach solution (but rinse!). Don Hellen Return to table of contents
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