HOMEBREW Digest #4319 Sat 09 August 2003

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  Krakow microbrewery (Chris.Pittock)
  Beer Glasses (Bob Southwick)
  zurich (Alan McKay)
  RE: Compressed Gas Cylinders (was  at  gauge regulator) (Michael Hartsock)
  Ben Franklin quote ("Pat Casey")
  Mineral oil barrier vs O2 ("Ben Rodman")
  stale kegs ("Dave Burley")
  CO2 Regulators ("Dennis Collins")
  zurich p.s. (Alan McKay)
  Anybody have a CAP in Milwaukee? ("Troy A. Wilson")
  Arizona Road trip and Beers to visit...for Greg Flores ("Steve Laycock")
  roadtrip thru Phoenix (Dustin Hauck)
  re. Lallemand ("John Misrahi")
  Arizona Bottled Beer ("dave holt")
  Hot (Jim Bermingham)
  Stale Mini-Kegs/Pink residue/Mixed gas dispense/American yeast (BrewInfo)
  Re: crushed ("John Sarette")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 14:50:31 +1000 From: Chris.Pittock at dpi.vic.gov.au Subject: Krakow microbrewery Michael Hetzel asks about Krakow's brewing highlights... Well, I was there in (Polish) Summer and had already tasted the fine beers readily available around town, when I made the pleasant walk across town to the brew-pub (my Lonely Planet book is at home... but the details are available in the LP Krakow edition) Also, the LP website has some good forums where these details can be sought. Krakow was the most beautiful of cities I've managed to see -- but I hear raves about Prague... Alas, after a thirsty slog in the warm afternoon air - they were closed for renovations! Given that I couldn't swing a side trip to the Czech Republic, I was shattered to find it shut! My Polish travel agent here in Australia returns frequently, and has friend and family there... I shall look into recent developments for you! On the good side, I could find no evidence of a single mega-swill nothing beer in all of Krakow! And a draught Budvar in Warsaw helped to take the sting out of my disappointment... Happy travels! Chris Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 07 Aug 2003 21:00:20 -0800 From: Bob Southwick <bsouthwick at interfacefire.com> Subject: Beer Glasses I have collect pint beer glasses. I am interested in finding pint classes with logos on them. If you can advise me of sources for unique glasses with logos I'd appreciate it. I'm not looking for steins or mugs, just pint glasses. Thanks Robert "WalknBob" Southwick Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 07:02:08 -0400 From: Alan McKay <amckay at neap.net> Subject: zurich Michael In Zurich you absolutely have to visit the Zeughauskeller or Old Armoury. Here is my report to rec.crafts.brewing after visiting there in February 2000 http://tinyurl.neap.net/index.php?k=2224eba2e344d638310845846bf4daa8 A web search should bring up a map to the place. Use www.google.ch cheers, -Alan - -- http://www.bodensatz.com/ The Beer Site "Life begins at 60 - 1.060, that is" - Denny Conn Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 05:25:55 -0700 (PDT) From: Michael Hartsock <xd_haze at yahoo.com> Subject: RE: Compressed Gas Cylinders (was at gauge regulator) As for the mention of tanks falling over I highly recommend using some chains to anchor your tanks to the wall. Compressed gas tanks are (can be) very dangerous, especially the cheaper aluminum ones. Two toggle bolt wall anchors that use eye bolts and a medium duty chain and a beaner clip make for good insurance. Michael Columbia, MO ===== "May those who love us, love us. And those that don't love us, May God turn their hearts. And if he doesn't turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles So we'll know them by their limping." Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 23:05:33 +1000 From: "Pat Casey" <pat at bmbrews.com.au> Subject: Ben Franklin quote "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Does anyone have a reference for this quote of Ben Franklin, I've already tried a dictionary of quotations. Thanks Pat Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 08:22:15 -0600 From: "Ben Rodman" <brew-cat at earthlink.net> Subject: Mineral oil barrier vs O2 Hey folks, On the last Mead Lover's Digest a poster recommended a thin layer of mineral oil on top of mead to prevent oxidation during aging. The context was a discussion of the usual techniques for minimizing headspace such as adding marbles to displace mead up to the neck, topping up with additional must or a similar mead, etc. Sounds compelling, with the caveat of racking carefully to get the good stuff out from under the (less than yummy) mineral oil. Any thoughts? Ben Rodman Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 10:47:42 -0400 From: "Dave Burley" <Dave_Burley at charter.net> Subject: stale kegs Brewsters, Bob Hall is having trouble with stale kegs. Bob, chances are you are not getting all the air out of the kegs. Fill the keg with water and push out all the water with CO2 before you fill it. Flushing the empty keg with CO2 to push out the air will not do it. Keep on Brewin' Dave Burley Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 11:28:10 -0400 From: "Dennis Collins" <dcollins at drain-all.com> Subject: CO2 Regulators Regarding the thread on 1 vs 2 gage regulators. Where did the notion come from that there is a huge price difference between 2 gage and 1 gage regulators? I just did a search and found in most cases the difference is less than $10. In fact, most of the regulators have the port already there which is simply plugged if you opt for just the one gage. I have to side with those in favor of the two gage set up. For less than $10 its a very cheap way to tell when you are about to run out of CO2, regardless of the size of your tank. Dennis Collins Knoxville, TN http://sdcollins.home.mindspring.com "In theory, theory and practice are the same, but not in practice". Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 12:44:17 -0400 From: Alan McKay <amckay at neap.net> Subject: zurich p.s. BTW, the great Italian place I mention in my previously referenced post is the Casa Ferlin (still have the match box at my desk at work), not far from the Marriot. Strongly recommend it for the food! A search on google.ch finds their website no problem : http://www.casaferlin.ch/ And do make sure to visit a small chocolatier and buy your wife some chocolates! Don't get the tourist's box of Lindt. There are no shortage of small chocolatiers around, and believe me you'll earn tonnes of beer bullets with the wife! - -- http://www.bodensatz.com/ The Beer Site "Life begins at 60 - 1.060, that is" - Denny Conn Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 11:54:20 -0500 From: "Troy A. Wilson" <troy at troyandjulia.com> Subject: Anybody have a CAP in Milwaukee? My brewing buddy, Tom Kotowski, and I are going to be in Milwaukee next weekend, the 15th - 17th, And were wondering if anybody there has a CAP either currently lagering or ready to drink that we might be able to taste. For that matter, anybody in South Central Indiana? We brewed or first CAP about 5 weeks ago and posted a question a few weeks ago about what flavors and aromas we should be experiencing. We have no basis for comparison, so we would like to sample somebody else's CAP in order to better understand how our CAP should taste. Any help is most appreciated! Troy A. Wilson troy at troyandjulia.com [254.2, 205.7] Apparent Rennerian - Seymour, IN - --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.507 / Virus Database: 304 - Release Date: 8/4/2003 Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 12:09:18 -0700 From: "Steve Laycock" <slaycock at discoverynet.com> Subject: Arizona Road trip and Beers to visit...for Greg Flores Greg, I'd visit the Rio Salado Brewery while in the Phoenix area. I spent a couple hours there over the Christmas vacation we spent there this past holiday. They have several Lagers available, that were very nice during my visit. Cant remember exactly all what they served, but here is what I remember... Schwarz Dark Lager, Maerzen Amber Lager, Bock Winter Wheat Ale (as it turns out was the worst beer they had... I purchased some to take home and share with my fellow homebrew club brothers and found the six pak to include infected beer, I contacted the brewery via e-mail and told them of the infected product and they never returned my message), other than the Bad Bacterial Bock", I was very pleased with their product and would spend more time evaluating their current beers given the chance (I live in KC Missouri, so Phoenix is a bit of a road trip) Also while in NM, we traveled through Roswell and picked up a six pack of their "Alien Amber Ale" which includes a picture of the little green beady eyed freak alien head that you see EVERYWHERE in Roswell NM. Really!, the Sierra Blanca Brewing Company out of Carrizozo New Mexico brewed this stuff and was available in a couple of the liquor stores in Roswell. From what I understand this "Alien Amber Ale was the last batch of "Alien" beer that they were bottling. I dont know if it was low sales or just bad beer.... (I haven't opened and sampled the beer, just bought it for the cool "alien" label. Also as a side note while in NM, make sure you pull over and gaze into the starlit night sky while there....what an awesome view into the heavens, Ive never seen the sky so spectacular with bright stars and sheer numbers to boot........ just dont lay down after drinking large quantities of barley wine and expect to survive the spinning light show! www.riosaladobeer.com "Beer with Passion" P.S. There was a Brewpub in Flagstaff a couple years back, "Mogollon Brewing Co." Just a small place and I remember the Porter that I had was quite tasty. Not sure if this place is still open or not (i'd check with the locals or try to call them before driving up there to make sure they still exist) Enjoy your road trip. Steve Highwater Brew Haus Pleasant Hill Mo. Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 10:15:41 -0700 (PDT) From: Dustin Hauck <tdhauck at sbcglobal.net> Subject: roadtrip thru Phoenix Greg Flores asked: > I am going on a roadtrip to New Mexico next week > through Arizona. I was hoping for suggestions on > some > local bottled beer I can bring back with me and > enjoy > on my trip. I am going to Phoenix and Albuquerque, I am from San Diego but whenever I am in Phoenix I stop at Sonora Brewing Co. (http://www.sonorabrew.com) They usually have something good on the hand pump and the Burning Bird Pale is great to take home. Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 13:40:33 -0400 From: "John Misrahi" <lmoukhin at sprint.ca> Subject: re. Lallemand Dave Towson asked about how to pronounce 'Lallemand'. Well, living in Montreal and having passed by their building a few times, this is how I would say it phonetically 'Lal mawnd' That's the best way I can figure to write it. john Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 2003 11:46:55 -0700 From: "dave holt" <brewdave at hotmail.com> Subject: Arizona Bottled Beer For Greg Flores who will be traveling through Arizona. My recommendations for Arizona bottle beer: Four Peaks Scottish Ale Mogollon Apache Trout Stout (pronounced MUH-gee-un, with a hard "g") Nimbus Pale Ale Sonora Midnight Porter and Burning Bird Pale ale (one of the finer pales IMHO) Rio Salado Schwarz Dark and Maerzen Amber Lager (a lager micro until recently, now has ales too) There are other good brews in AZ, but these are the breweries that offer bottles. There are other bottled AZ beers but these are my favorites. You won't find these beers in Circle K just off the freeway. You will have to go to a grocery store or two or a good carry out. I would recommend Papago Brewing in Scottsdale. It is a beer bar with an incredible carry out. Over 450 beers. Like a kid in the candy store. They also have 32 beers on tap, two on cask generally. They try to feature AZ beers on tap and have 3 of their own beers. (Contract brewed by a local micro) The list changes daily. They will have all the beers listed above. www.papagobrewing.com Email if you have more questions. Well, except for Saturday. I'll be in Flagstaff for the Made in the Shade Beer Festival. Cool weather, cool beer Dave Holt Chandler, AZ (dry heat my ...) Forest Lakes, AZ (ahh....nature's free AC) Return to table of contents
Date: Sat, 09 Aug 2003 03:23:09 -0500 From: Jim Bermingham <JBHAM6843 at netscape.net> Subject: Hot It's too hot to fish, to hot to golf, and I'm out of beer. The high temperature has averaged 109 the past 4 days. This has required me to drink up all my reserves. It's too hot to brew so I will be buying until October. You brewers with your breweries in you basements don't know just how lucky you are. If I had a shade tree, it would be too hot to set under it. The reason I don't have a basement is the same reason I don't have shade trees. At about one foot down the rock starts and continue for about 60 feet. Dave, it's even too hot to mend fences. The silver lining to all this is, I do get to buy all types of beer that I don't get a chance to brew. My wife has her favorites and I have mine and then we start picking out bottles of this and some of that until we have enough to last for a couple of weeks. Then we go back and do it again. This heat wave isn't so bad after all. Jim Bermingham Millsap, TX Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 17:03:43 -0500 (CDT) From: brewinfo at xnet.com (BrewInfo) Subject: Stale Mini-Kegs/Pink residue/Mixed gas dispense/American yeast Bob writes: >I've worked away from home much of the summer, and began using mini-kegs as >a more convenient way of transporting homebrew. I've kept kegs on tap both >at home and at my apartment. I've noticed that the brew tastes very good >when the initially tapped, but over time the beer tastes stale and perhaps >oxidized even when under pressure. This is especially noticable with the I'm no chemist, but I've read where iron can oxidise compounds in your beer, not just oxygen. It would not be uninteresting to me if this was expounded (or corrected) by someone with better chemical credentials than I. *** I've read that manganese in your water can give a pink residue. Just another possibility. *** One thing to remember when using mixed gas (N2/CO2) to push beer is that the beer "sees" each gas a fraction of the total pressure... proportional to the percentage of the gas mixture. In other words, if you have 75% N2 and 25% CO2 and you want the carbonation level that you would get from 8psi of 100% CO2, you would need to use a pressure of 32psi of the 75/25 mixed gas. The reason that mixed gas is usually used is to be able to dispense at high pressure (for effect as in the case of Nitrokeg & Guinness or because of very long beer lines) without overcarbonation. You can pick several different proportions, depending on your needs. You pick the pressure you want and the carbonation you want and select proportions to meet those specs. It's *easier* if you use pre- carbonated beer, but if you follow my example above, you can even carbonate with mixed gas and the carbonation won't change unless you change the pressure, mixture, or temperature. *** Last time I checked, Montreal (and the whole of Quebec) was still in America, so even Rob's mis-statement was still correct. Al. Al Korzonas Homer Glen, IL http://www.brewinfo.com Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 17:24:10 -0500 From: "John Sarette" <j2saret at peoplepc.com> Subject: Re: crushed - ----- Original Message ----- From: John Sarette To: Posting Address Only - No Requests Sent: Friday, August 08, 2003 5:20 PM Subject: crushed Dan Listerman writes: - ---(Stephen T. Kajdasz) asks about his poor efficiency. Almost all efficiency problems experienced by beginning all-grain brewers is related to inadequate crush. They read "just barely crush it" in a lot of books and wonder why they get lousy efficiency. This advice might have been good with difficult to control Corona mills, but is not good for proper roller mills. Crush the grain until it is difficult to find uncrushed corns and those you do find should look underdeveloped.---- I'm one of those corona grain mill guys, and I find that the finer the crush the relatively speaking higher effeciency I get. I think that the problem with a corona mill is theamoutt of flour you get with it. I kettle mash and batch sparge. With a fly sparge I expect you would have a lot of problems with a stuck mash. John Duluth. "Labor is prior to, and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labour and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital and deserves much the higher consideratiion." A. Lincoln (1st marxist er Republican president) Return to table of contents
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