HOMEBREW Digest #4417 Thu 04 December 2003

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  sensory: play-doh and grass (matt hardesty)
  Re: tackling oxygen [and more] ("-S")
  re: digital thermometers ("Michael O'Donnell")
  re: Protein rest ("-S")
  re: Too Much Foam From Keg ("Rogers, Mike")
  Rye Nutrients (Grant Family)
  thermistors, thermocouples, RTDs ("Todd M. Snyder")
  Non-beer related posts (David Harsh)
  Re: What's on tap? ("Mark Kellums")
  Re: WLP830 German Lager Yeast (Jeff Renner)
  Re: Upgrading All-Grain System (Kevin Wagner)
  RE: Cleaning SS fermenters, Corny storage (Bill Tobler)
  Re: White Labs WLP 830 German lager yeast (Paul Shick)
  Re: protein rests (Paul Shick)
  RE: Turbo Scrubber ("Mary Meredith")
  Pump Tubing ("Berggren, Stefan")
  Re: Cleaning SS fermenters (David Towson)
  RE: Too Much Foam From Keg (Ronald La Borde)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2003 21:24:58 -0800 (PST) From: matt hardesty <mlhardesty at yahoo.com> Subject: sensory: play-doh and grass o.k. sensory experts out there: first question: what would explain a distinct play-doh aroma in a stout? would this be diacetyl? i experienced this aroma in a brewpub one evening after opening and sniffing a fresh can of my 2-year-old's play-doh that afternoon. honestly, i enjoyed the stout and the play-doh. second question: i have apparently turned a ready-to-drink-after-secondary-fermentation barley-wine (a la ray daniels) into a hope-for-the-best, the-only-bad-beer-is-an-old-bad-beer barley-wine by dry-hopping with 1oz. of styrian golding pellets into 6 gallons (this occurred within 1 day, not 3 days or greater as mentioned in recent digests). is the grassy flavor i am experiencing associated with oxidation of pelletized hops or is this just the flavor of styrian golding...i'll hope for some age producing a barley wine that i can pass off as "herbal" somewhere down the line. matt "do or do not. there is no try."--jedi master yoda Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 00:54:18 -0500 From: "-S" <-s at adelphia.net> Subject: Re: tackling oxygen [and more] Fredrik writes ... > I have assumed that this connection as a first approximation to be one of > simple ATP power generation utilizing glycogen and trehalose and the main > reason why old yeast have so long lag times I used to think the same thing, but it's easy to poke some holes in the argument. Trehalose has clear value as a functional carbohydrate, but trehalose does not produce ATP in it's dissimilation ! Trehalose levels rise in response to all sorts of cell stress, and it's presence appears to stabilize yeast and reduce stress during storage. Glycogen is certainly an energy store, but it seems to have a role in sterol production too. Glycogen is mobilized (degraded) in the presence of oxygen. Yeast which are kept anaerobically can have high glycogen & squalene stores, but exposure to minor amounts of O2, even without nutrients, will cause these to convert to sterol. Fermentation of glycogen will create CO2 ! "Lag time" is the time from pitching to the first CO2 release (after the wort approaches 1 atm of CO2. Long lag times imply poor fermentation progress, and in very healthy yeast at proper pitching levels the fermentation of glycogen stores alone are sufficient to saturate wort with CO2 - give or take a little. If there is excessive lag time it's *probably* due to underpitching(common) low viability (so underpitching) or from pitching yeast in such poor health that glycogen is insufficient and also it takes excessive amounts of time before glucose permease is developed and wort glucose is fermented. > I short I'll attempt to model > this by assuming that the early utilization of external sugars are somewhat > proportional to the proper sterol levels, [...] That's probably a very good place to start. It matches the fact that yeast initially ignore wort sugars while producing sterols from squalene, glycogen & oxygen. > I think there has to be some other means of > energy supply if internals are out, otherwise one would have a stuck ferment > while still in the lag phase, which I doubt will happen, or? I think this could occur, but glucose induction is passive and glucose metabolism is probably always "on", even in storage. It probably doesn't take much for yeast to revive in a glucose solution. > > [...] oxygen during > > late fermentation causes a clear reduction of esters in beer [...] > > Do you have any ideas for a mechanism? Is this > reductiion a "reduction of production", or reduction of previously produced > esters external to the cell by reabsorption? There are some mysteries and open questions wrt esters. Esters could be produced via several routes but reaction of alcohols (ethanol and fusels) and a fatty acid acyl-CoA is the leading contender in brewing yeast. This reaction requires energy and several yeast enzymes are involved. The acetylCoA in this synthesis seems to be a controlling factor so esters are produced in abundance when the acetylCoA pool is high (IOW can't be used for other purposes). AcetylCoA is consumed in lipid and other synthesis involved in yeast growth. When growth and lipid synthesis is stalled (but energy is available) the actylCoA level rises and esters are produced. When acetylCoA levels are low - as during growth - the ester production is low. For example the rate of ester production more than doubles in mid-fermentation - the same time at which lipid synthesis ceases. Most yeast esters are produced late in the fermentation. All sorts of factors that enhance or enable yeast growth also reduce ester levels (FAN is an interesting exception). Adding oxygen presumably enhances growth and so reduces acetylCoA pools and ester levels. I posted a more detailed message on ester production two years ago ... http://hbd.org/hbd/archive/3729.html Also see Andy Walsh's excellent note at: http://hbd.org/brewery/library/EstFormAW0696.html Yeast expend energy to produce esters *perhaps* to balance the acetylCoA and CoASH (which results from ester production). There is some evidence to support this. -Steve Alexander Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2003 22:39:28 -0800 From: "Michael O'Donnell" <mooseo at stanford.edu> Subject: re: digital thermometers >I haven't taken one apart, but I am pretty sure they are not >thermocouples... on mine at least, the probe has a simple stereo jack to >plug into the main unit, which would give a couple of weird junctions... >more likely they are thermistors. Still, a good point: it might be easy >to take the probe apart and rebuild it in a more sturdy fashion. mike Monterey, CA >It's clear that these digital oven thermometers have a lot of nice features, >but the probes stink. Has anyone examined how the probes are made ? If >it's a simple thermocouple and the type could be determined ... > > -Steve Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 06:47:58 -0500 From: "-S" <-s at adelphia.net> Subject: re: Protein rest Gordon Strong points a loaded question in my direction, >... what are > current opinions on protein rests in the 122F range? First you should accept the fact that no temperature rest is particularly selective in terms of enzyme activity. Yes - the overall activity at 50C vs 60C may shift somewhat but it doesn't turn the whole operation from on to off. Also consider that malt has at least 3 dozen proteinases and peptidases with "optimal" temps all over the map. The "50-55C is for peptidase, 55-60C for proteinase" [Malting&Brewing Science, pp281] rule just a crude generalization that doesn't help quantitatively. The question of whether you need more FAN or more proteolysis is an empirical question. The degree of proteolysis created be the maltster must be considered. Mega- and micro- breweries rarely perform any sort of temperature step, they live with single infusion, and don't seem to suffer yeast nutrient problems indicative of low FAN(free-amino nitrogen) nor any heading problems due to insufficient PSN. They filter for haze. The malting industry has increasingly - even in Germany - catered to the intention of breweries to brew with low-energy cost single infusions, by malting the grist to the appropriate stage. The US Micro industry is largely outfitted with hardware that will not support step mashes. The maltsters must make up the difference. Wolfgang Kunze ['Technology Brewing and Malting', 1999, pp 209..] suggests that 45-50C is an appropriate range for a protein, b-glucan rest. He specifically warns "The protein in malt is often highly modified. If such malt is given a long rest at 50C(122F) there is a risk that too much HMW protein will be degraded. The beer then tastes empty and insipid and the foam stability is poor. If the malt is well modified cytologically the rest at 45-50C(113-122F) can be restricted or omitted and mash-in temperatures of 58 to 62C(136-143F) selected. Ludwig Narziss in a Brauwelt article suggests that the 50-55C range is dangerous for modern malts and raises concerns about spending too much time stepping through this range. The obvious malt spec that we should examine is malt protein modification - the fraction of malt protein which is made soluble in mashing - usually represented as the soluble to total ratio (TSN% or Kolbach%). Only a few maltsters publish specific FAN figures. British PA malt has traditionally been made with relatively low protein barley and then malted extensively for single infusion use. German traditional malts were made from barley with intermediate protein levels and had a very limited modification. These traditional German/Continental malts required multi-step mashes and decoction in order to create high quality wort. Few understand how vastly undermodified traditional German malts were. Before the advent of pneumatically and chemically accelerated malting, British PA malt was chitted for 17-20 days. By comparison German traditional decoction malt was chitted for only 6 or 7 days !!! About 3/4ths of the protein modification and enzyme development occurs in the first week of chitting, so the difference in these malts is significant but not proportional to time. A Doctor Delbruck of Berlin was impaneled to investigated the matter in 1893 Germany and concluded that there were advantages to increasing the malting period above 7 days for German malts for increased diastatic power and soluble protein [["Industrial Alcohol: It's Manufacture and Uses", J.Brachvogel, 1907]]. So what were the characteristics of traditional malt ??? Brachvogel cites a contemporary German source [Hayduck circa 1900] with "best" and "medium" quality German malts at 33%-32% TSN. I have no similarly ancient figures for British malt. Briggs, et al, in M&BS writing in 1971 state that (pp260) in Britain that malts with TSN% between 30-33% are undermodified and from 37-40% are overmodified; implying that an TSN% from 34% to 36% is the ideal range for British pale malts of that era. Elsewhere M&BS cites TSN of 31%-41% as normal overall range for circa 1978 pale ale *and* lager malts (pp137). From this and other figures in M&BS it's clear that German malts had increased in TSN% or modification by the 1960-1970s. So what are modern (2003 era) malts like ? Greg Noonan suggests (http://www.brewingtechniques.com/bmg/noonan.html) that 36-42% TSN is good for pale-ale malts, and then uses the range of 34-36% (which M&BS intended for British ale malts in 1971) but applied this range to lager malts of 1999 ! W.Kunze (VLB Berlin text developed circa 1990-1999, pp131) suggests 35-40% TSN for lager malts. From various maltster/distributor websites we have current data .. == Ale malt TSN% === Briess PA 44.0% Fawcett(Aus) PA 38-42% IMC(Aus) PA 41.7% MFB(Fra) ale 38-45% Munton PA 37-42% Beeston PA 40-45% DWC Pale Ale 44-48.6% (Dingemans/Cargill) Pauls PA 45% === Lager malt TSN% === Briess Pils 37.0% CBA Lager 40-45% JoeWhite(Aus) Pilsner 41% Hoepfner(Aus) Pils 38-44% Munton Lager 35-44% MFB(Fra) lager 38-45% Muessdoerffer pils 42.0% Durst Pils 44-47% Weisshiemer Lager 40-48% Moravian Lager 38.33% It's absolutely clear that the PA malts are even more modified than in the 1970s - rising from M&BS's suggested 34-36% to a typical modern range around 38-45%. Lager and Pils malts, once 32-33% in the early 1900s, recently had a suggested range by Noonan of 34-36% ... the actual figures for lager malt today run typically from 38-45% - the same as modern ale malts or possibly a bit higher. >My personal opinion is that it's unnecessary with modern malts, but >hat it may be useful when adding starchy adjuncts (although I tend to >prefer 131F for 10-15 min). One critical factor in a protein rest is creating sufficient FAN to feed the yeast. This is a problem when significant amounts of unmalted grain are used. In that case a peptidase rest is critical to a successful fermentation. > only add a protein rest if a starch haze >results? A *protein* haze requires a protein rest certainly. >Certainly malts have changed over the last decade or so. Delbruck promoted higher modification in Germany 100+ years ago. Euro energy costs have hastened a change there since WW2 I *think*. Continental malting barleys, derivatives of 'Trumf', are said to modify extremely rapidly. There were a few rare exceptionally highly modified malts a decade ago (see G.Fix on DWC malt), but today the majority of malts have a TSN% above 40% !! Many factors over many decades conspired to change malt. >I'm just wondering if there are >any generalizations that can be drawn. /Today's malts have very much greater modification than traditional ones - especially lager malts. Today's lager malts have comparable modification to modern UK ale malts. / I find *NO* examples of modern commercial malt which are even close to traditional decoction malt at 32-33% TSN. / I find no commercial ale malts which fall into the M&BS 1971 ideal range of 34-36% TSN, though a few are close. / The mashing process must be adapted to the malt which is available. Traditional extensive mashing programs developed for lesser-modified malts, when applied to modern highly modified ones, is a recipe for poor quality wort. Kunze offers practical advise on modified lager mashing (decoction, step and infusion) when using modern Continental malts. The difficulty in mashing modern pale ale malts appears lesser, since these malts were traditionally fairly well modified and single infusion was commonly applied. -Steve Alexander Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 08:13:36 -0500 From: "Rogers, Mike" <mike.rogers at eds.com> Subject: re: Too Much Foam From Keg Donald, Nice thing about kegs is that you can remove any excess CO2. Just turn off the gas supply and lift the relief valve to purge all head space. Wait a few hours and purge again, etc. The CO2 will lift out of the brew and into the head space. I've done this a couple of times as I accidentally left the priming pressure on the kegs for too long. If you are in a big hurry, you can take the kegs out of the fridge and shake the CO2 out, much like you can if you are in a hurry to prime and shake the CO2 in... My standard process is to pump the pressure to about 25 psi to seal and leave it there for about 1.5 - 2 days at 40+F, then drop to serving pressure - usually around 6 lbs for my ales. I should also mention that my brew is cooled at fridge temp prior to kegging, as I almost always cold condition after fermentation. I then check the carbonation and make my corrections, which usually isn't much... The attached link is a good reference for force carbonation, but is also a push for foam free tubing, which I can't see ever needing... http://www.northernbrewer.com/instructions/co2.htm Kegging is great. Never an over carbonated, or under carbonated brew! Mike Rogers Cass River Homebrewers Frankenmuth, Mi. http://hbd.org/cassriverhomebrewers/ Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 00:22:35 +1100 From: Grant Family <grants at netspace.net.au> Subject: Rye Nutrients G'day Having just come off a stuck fermentation in a wheat beer, I'm wary about nutrients in my upcoming rye-based beer. Does anyone have any data points on the nutrient contribution of rye malt, flaked rye and roasted rye (all of which I will be using). I'll be assuming that rye is similarly lower in nutrients to wheat unless I'm advised otherwise... Thanks Stuart Grant Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. ps. I'm using ~30% Thomas Fawcett pale rye malt in the beer; has anyone tried doing a glucanase rest with this malt, or does anyone know of the glucanase enzyme potential of this/other malts? Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 10:03:16 -0500 From: "Todd M. Snyder" <tmsnyder at buffalo.edu> Subject: thermistors, thermocouples, RTDs Hi Steve, < It's clear that these digital oven thermometers have a lot of nice features, but the probes stink. Has anyone examined how the probes are made ? If it's a simple thermocouple and the type could be determined ... -Steve> They're not thermocouples, they're just cheapo thermistors, resistors that change resistance as a function of temperature. Seems like the last one I played with had a room temperature resistance of tens of kOhm. As far as accuracy of thermocouples, I'm looking at a Omega book on every imaginable thermocouple and it has the following: Type Range (Celcius) Error (+/-) T 0-350 1C or 0.75% whichever is greater J 0-750 2.2C or 0.75% E 0-900 1.7C or 0.5% K 0-1250 2.2C or 0.75% and there's a lot more types, but these are typical. For brewing, type T is most appropriate because it has the narrowest range, but it's still +/- 1 C, which is almost 2 degrees F. Not very good when you're trying to hit a mash temperature. Thermistors are better, Omega has one that has a range of 0-100C, 3200 to 6250 Ohm resistance. +/- 0.15C accuracy, or about +/- 0.3 degrees F. However, thermistors can change resistance over time. Platinum RTD's are +/- 1 degree F at brewing temperatures, but are designed to be extremely repeatable, interchangable and stable over time compared to thermistors. RTD's are the way to go for brewing in my book. Todd Snyder Buffalo, NY Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 10:22:11 -0500 From: David Harsh <dharsh at fuse.net> Subject: Non-beer related posts Randy Ricchi <rricchi at houghton.k12.mi.us> clogs the digest with the following: > ORIGIN OF .... <snip> This is the Homebrew Digest, Randy. Keep politics out. PLEASE! Dave Harsh Bloatarian Brewing League Cincinnati, OH Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 09:21:34 -0600 From: "Mark Kellums" <infidel at springnet1.com> Subject: Re: What's on tap? On tap: 1. California Common 2. Vienna 3. Schwarzbier Bubbling: Barleywine Mark Kellums Decatur Il. P.s. What is on tap or bubbling in peoples basements this winter? | | On tap in my cellar | 1.) English Porter | 2.) English Mild/Brown | 3.) English IPA | 4.) Olde Fashion | Root-beer | | Stefan Berggren - Madison, WI Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 10:37:17 -0500 From: Jeff Renner <jeffrenner at comcast.net> Subject: Re: WLP830 German Lager Yeast Susan Woodall <woodsusa at moscow.com> writes, presumably from Idaho and not Russia: >can anyone give me any advice or their perspective on WLP830 German >Lager Yeast. What are this yeasts flavor characteristic and profile? This is reputedly the widely used Weihenstephan 34/70. It is a good, general purpose lager yeast. While WhiteLabs' description says it is very malty, I have found that it is pretty balanced between malt and hops, and produces a clean, well balanced lager without the need for a diacetyl rest. When I can't get my favorite Ayinger yeast (German Bock WLP833), it is my choice for most styles of German lager and Classic American Pilsner. You can't go wrong with it for most lagers. From http://www.whitelabs.com description: "This yeast is one of the most widely used lager yeasts in the world. Very malty and clean, great for all German lagers, pilsner, oktoberfest, and marzen. Attenuation: 74-79; Flocculation: Medium; Optimum Ferm. Temp: 50-55" W 34/70 was (still is?) the preferred lager yeast of German born and trained brewmaster Fred Scheeer, now at Bosco's in Nashville http://www.boscosbeer.com/, when he was at Frankenmuth Brewery in Michigan. Fred has a Master Diplom from the famous Doemens Academy http://www.doemens.org/ in Munich, which means he really is a brewmaster, or master brewer, not just someone who calls himself one. 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, 03 Dec 2003 07:46:50 -0800 From: Kevin Wagner <kevin.wagner at watchmark.com> Subject: Re: Upgrading All-Grain System > "Weaver Joseph T MAJ CENTAF-AUAB CAOC\\SG" wrote: > Presently, I boil in a 7.5 gallon SS bargain brand kettle > without a valve which means using an immersion chiller and a sanitized Pyrex > measuring cup and funnel to transfer to the carboy...time consuming and > labor intensive. Sounds like you get good aeration! :) Why don't you siphon? I have a 7.5 gal SS kettle too. I made a racking cane from 3/8"ID soft copper which I clamp to the side of the kettle while on the stove. My CFC sits on the counter between the stove and sink with the carboy on the floor. There is more than enough of a drop for gravity to do all the work. No pump required. > Should I go with barbed outlets and use silicone hose between the kettle, > hop back, and chiller, or should I use quick disconnects? I don't use barbs or quick-connects. A 3/8" hose fits snugly over 3/8"ID copper tube without any mechanical connectors. -K Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2003 09:57:35 -0600 From: Bill Tobler <wctobler at sbcglobal.net> Subject: RE: Cleaning SS fermenters, Corny storage Gary asked some good questions on cleaning SS fermenters and storing your kegs. Well, I can tell you how I do it, and I'm sure you'll get other input too. Like you, I moved to a SS fermenter instead of glass. I didn't buy a conical though. I already had a 15 gallon SS pot with spigot, and I use it. I don't clean my equipment with PBW every session. Maybe 2 or 3 times a year, depending on how much I have been brewing. For after every session cleaning, I use barkeepers friend, a SS cleanser you can get in the grocery store or Wal-Mart, or Alconox, a lab glass cleaner, I scrub with a stiff brush and a Scotchbrite pad for the tough stuff. I use a small round brush for valves and tubing. I store the clean pot with the lid on till next brew session. The pot is easy to sanitize. I also use StarSan, and keep a 5 gallon bucket of the stuff in the brewery. I bought a small 1 quart hand sprayer and keep it full of StarSan all the time. Just wet down the CLEAN surface of the fermenter and let sit for 5 minutes, and it's ready. For valves and tubing, spray till you get liquid out the other side, or just soak it if it comes apart easy. The spray bottle also works good for looking for CO2 leaks on the cornies and your lawnmower tires. StarSan is a great leak detector. This same cleaning and sanitizing procedure would work for a conical too. The racking port may need to be taken apart every session, but I'm not sure. I'm sure you'll hear from someone on that. As an aside, I keep a bottle of Purell hand sanitizer handy for my hands when I'm handling sanitized equipment. I also have a bunch of Cornies. Four 10 gallon, seven or eight 5 gallon, two 2.5 gallon and one 3 gallon. I usually store these just clean and under pressure. On the day I need to use one, or the day before, I get the air out and sanitize the keg. What I mean by "Getting the air out" is a modified procedure I got from Dave Burley. I fill the clean keg with tap water to the very top and then push out the water with CO2. The keg never gets opened after that. I keep a three gallon keg full of StarSan all the time. When I need to Sanitize the keg, I push some StarSan into the keg (About a quart) and slosh it around and let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes. I then push it back out and return it into the three gallon keg. Now the keg is ready to rack into from the fermenter. I rack the beer into the keg through the beer out fitting. You can either open the pressure relief valve during racking or just plug a gas in fitting on and let the pressure go out that way. Sometimes if I have three or four kegs to clean, I'll get the air out of all of them at the same time to save water, and mark them clean and no air. The small amount of StarSan is not a problem for your beers. At least, I have never run into one or heard of one. Probably one of the most difficult things for new users of StarSan to do is not to rinse. My only advice is have faith and look at it as saving a step. I hope that helped a little. Bill Tobler Lake Jackson, TX (1129.7, 219.9) Apparent Rennerian Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2003 11:03:59 -0500 From: Paul Shick <shick at jcu.edu> Subject: Re: White Labs WLP 830 German lager yeast Hi all, Susan Woodall asks about the flavor profile for White Labs WLP 830 German lager yeast. Susan, this is about as neutral a lager yeast as you can find. It's reputed to be the Weinstephan 34/70 strain, the most widely used lager yeast in Germany. It ferments very cleanly, in my experience, although it does produce some sulphur during fermentation that takes some time to get down to nice levels. It seems to emphasize the hop character of the beer a bit more than its malt, although I've used it even in helles and bock batches without any trouble. Overall, a nice workhorse lager yeast, especially suitable for a German pils. Paul Shick Cleveland Hts, Ohio Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2003 11:23:17 -0500 From: Paul Shick <shick at jcu.edu> Subject: Re: protein rests Hi all, Gordon Strong asks about (non-anecdotal) information on protein rests for modern malts. Gordon, I certainly agree with your assertion that most information on malts and mashing is outdated. The most recent book I'm aware of that has a lot of information on malts and mashing is George and Laurie Fix's An Analysis of Brewing Techniques (from 1997). They strongly advise against any extended time in the usual (122F) proteolysis range, citing the detrimental effects to body and head that you mention, with lots of test brews to back up their claims. Having said that, all of the Cleveland-area brewpubs and micros are still using protein rests (or were when I last asked, which is within the last year or so for basically all of them). The pros seem to be very concerned with getting beer to clear quickly, to avoid tying up storage tanks for extended periods. The protein rest, combined with filtration, allows them to get product out much more quickly than homebrewers ever dream of. One highly regarded brewpub was serving a nice ale only two weeks after brewing, recently, with no one the wiser. Okay, to lapse into anecdote for a second, I've skipped protein rests entirely for most batches over the last few years, except when dealing with lots of wheat, etc. Most beers have cleared nicely in a reasonable amount of time, but there have been several grains that have been a bit problematic. Your suggestion of a short rest in the low 130sF seems like the right solution for these few malts. Paul Shick Cleveland Hts, Ohio Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 13:56:56 -0500 From: "Mary Meredith" <mmeredith at carboyscrubber.com> Subject: RE: Turbo Scrubber Hi Nils, Not only have we tried the Turbo Scrubber but we manufacture it. To answer your question, it was originally made for glass carboys. The material extends beyond the end of the rod by a half inch for cleaning the bottom of the carboy, keg, etc., and so that the metal doesn't touch the glass. The inventor came up with the idea when he grew tired of using a bottlebrush. The scrubber works much faster and better than the brushes and it lasts longer -- especially since the material is replaceable. I hope someone else responds to your inquiry, but if they don't, we stand behind our products. You can have any store that doesn't already carry it order one from their distributor, or you can purchase it directly from our website (www.turboscrub.com). If you are not satisfied with any of our products, we will refund your money. Cheers! Mary Meredith A&M Manufacturing Co. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 15:05:26 -0600 From: "Berggren, Stefan" <Stefan_Berggren at trekbikes.com> Subject: Pump Tubing I am looking into getting a pump and would like to know What everyone is using with regards to pump hose. Braided? Norprene what should I use and what should I stay away from? I was looking at using some 1/2" ID Braided poly tubing sold by a brew site, but I am worried About the tube collapsing when hot wort flows through. Any help would be much appreciated... Stefan I like beer. On occasion, I will even drink beer to celebrate a major event such as the fall of communism or the fact that the refrigerator is still working.--Dave Barry Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2003 16:36:40 -0500 From: David Towson <dtowson at comcast.net> Subject: Re: Cleaning SS fermenters In HBD 4416, Gary Smith asks about cleaning his fermenter. IMO, using PBW to clean things that can be easily cleaned with "elbow grease" is a waste of both money and time. PBW is a very expensive compound compared with other cleaners such as washing soda and trisodium phosphate, and I think its principal value is for cleaning things where scrubbing is not possible due to lack of access. A counterflow chiller is a good example of an item where getting inside to scrub is not practical. But the kind of fermenter with which Gary is concerned is very easy to scrub, and that will remove fermentation residue a whole lot faster than soaking. To clean my 12-gallon cylindro-conical, I use a long-handled plastic device intended for cleaning toilets. It has a sponge in the center of a pad having a rough plastic scrubbing exterior. For "problem spots", I use a piece of ScrotchBrite held in my hand. I can get the whole job done in less than ten minutes, and that includes flushing with plain water to remove the cleaning compound, which in my case is trisodium phosphate (TSP). I run the TSP solution through the bottom dump valve to get it out of the fermenter, and while I'm doing this, I operate the valve open and shut several times to allow the solution to get at anything that may be caught in a recess behind the ball (it's a ball valve). I also allow some of the cleaning solution to exit through the rotating racking arm and valve, and I operate that open and closed as with the bottom dump valve. After cleaning the fermenter, I remove the racking arm assembly to clean out yeast that gets trapped in the "clover clamp" assembly by which it is attached. When I'm ready for a new fermentation, I sanitize the assembled fermenter using iodophor solution, which is effective and cheap, and I again use the toilet cleaning device to swab the sanitizing solution over the entire interior surface of the fermenter. The stuff works very quickly, and prolonged submersion is just not necessary. The same would be true if one used Star San or any other popular sanitizer. Dave in Bel Air, MD Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 13:47:27 -0800 (PST) From: Ronald La Borde <pivoron at yahoo.com> Subject: RE: Too Much Foam From Keg >From: "Miller, Donald > >Folks, >I have a had a problem with a little too much foam >from my kegs Several things need to be in good order: * Serving hose should be 3/16 inch I.D. about 5 foot long. * Serving valve should be opened fully to serve, then shut off quickly to stop the flow. * The colder the beer, the less foam from serving. If you fermented at room temperature, what is the serving temp. * This one is sneaky - the serving hose also needs to be cold. If the line is exposed outside the fridge, then the first pint will be foamy until the line cools off. * After forced carbonation, or after a disturbance, the beer needs to rest a bit, or you will get foam. I don't know why this is - but it's true. Ron ===== Ron Ronald J. La Borde -- Metairie, LA New Orleans is the suburb of Metairie, LA www.hbd.org/rlaborde Return to table of contents
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