HOMEBREW Digest #4538 Tue 08 June 2004

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  5.2 ph Buffer/Stabilizer (Randy Ricchi)
  Vegas, NHC, X-Prize (Nathan J. Williams)
  Brewing with potatos (Chuck Mryglot)
  Way to go Pat and Madison's Great taste (Beaverplt)
  What happened to my lager? ("MikeW")
  Yaaaay!!! The HBD is back!! (eIS) - Eastman" <stjones@eastman.com>
  Anyone got some travel tips? ("Jason Pavento")
  The continued restoration of the HBD... (Mr Patrick Babcock)
  Freezer mods ("Kent Fletcher")
  Yay! ("Doug Hurst")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2004 12:55:59 -0400 From: Randy Ricchi <rricchi at houghton.k12.mi.us> Subject: 5.2 ph Buffer/Stabilizer Boy, that was a long month without the Homebrew Digest! Beer, Beer & Morebeer has a new product called 5.2ph Buffer/Stabilizer. The description of the product is as follows: "Never worry about pH again! One tablespoon of 5.2 per 5 gallons and your water is instantly adjusted to the perfect pH of 5.2, no matter what your starting pH was. It will not add any flavors to your mash water whatsoever. 5.2 optimizes the enzymatic activity of your malt, helps to clarify the wort, and may even help to raise your starting gravities. Also, using 5.2 in the boil will give you more consistent hop usage, and will also keep hard water salts in solution, which will result in less scaling in your heat exchangers, fermenters, and kegs." Does this seem realistic that one product can adjust ANY water to the desired ph? How would something like this work? Return to table of contents
Date: 07 Jun 2004 14:27:42 -0400 From: nathanw at MIT.EDU (Nathan J. Williams) Subject: Vegas, NHC, X-Prize John Palmer asks who all is going to Vegas for the NHC. I'm excited to go, for my first time; it sounds like it'll be an excellent event. In planning the trip, I happened to notice that the Burt Rutan/Paul Allen X-prize launch attempt (www.xprize.org, privately funded space-launch competition) is scheduled nearby in time and location: Monday the 21st at 6:30am in Mojave, CA. This also seems like an event not to be missed. I'm currently planning to drive out Sunday afternoon (I believe it's about a four-hour drive) and back to Vegas on Monday once the launch is over. Anyone else planning to hit the launch from NHC? - Nathan Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2004 15:04:47 -0400 From: Chuck Mryglot <cmryglot at cisco.com> Subject: Brewing with potatos A couple of months back one of the brewing mags had an article on brewing with potatos. I've brewed CAPs with corn and rice (flakes) and am curious about a potato brew. Has anyone out there tried this?...any words of wisdom? Thanks CHuckM Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 12:32:56 -0700 (PDT) From: Beaverplt <beaverplt at yahoo.com> Subject: Way to go Pat and Madison's Great taste I'm a very infrequent poster, but I read this e-rag daily and really missed it. Thanks for getting it back on line. I also need to know if anyone in the Madison's brewing community knows what happened with ticket sales to the Great Taste beer tasting event in August? I sent my ticket request and check in exactly on the appointed day, (Actually a day before to allow for mail time) and was very surprised when my check was returned to me with a note that tickets had been sold out and that next year would see a change in ticket sale procedures? What happened? Did a ticket broker buy out the whole lot? Any info would be helpful. Thanks ===== Jerry "Beaver" Pelt Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 20:14:12 -0700 From: "MikeW" <mwesty at cableone.net> Subject: What happened to my lager? Second time I've brewed this light lager, first batch with White labs German lager, specifics below: 4 lbs. light DME 1 lb. flaked corn 1 lb. rice solids 1.5 oz. saaz hops, 60 min boil .25 oz. saaz hops, 40 min boil .25 oz. saaz hops, 20 min boil 48 oz. white labs WLP 840 starter. First time I've used this yeast, starter was pretty active so I added most of contents of starter. Steeped corn, dissolved rice solids and extract, 60 minute boil. Wort was counterflow chilled. Pitched yeast at 68-70 degrees and at first signs of fermentation (3 hrs) cooled to fermentation temp. of 50F for 10 days. This included 2 days for diacetyl rest. OG of 1.038. Gravity on racking to secondary 1.020. Flavor profile on racking includes bubble-gummy esters beneath typical light lager mellowness. By day 7 of primary krausen head had completely fallen and gas evolution through airlock virtually nonexistent. So why the high OG and esters? Any help appreciated. Mike. Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2004 08:31:36 -0400 From: "Jones, Steve (eIS) - Eastman" <stjones at eastman.com> Subject: Yaaaay!!! The HBD is back!! Wow, talk about withdrawal symptoms ... it's been a tough go, but I managed to make it thru this last month of mornings without my digest. Hooray for Pat - I'm sure that he and his family have sacrificed greatly to get the HBD back up and running, and we appreciate it greatly. I will definitely follow Jeff's lead and send a sixer to Pat via YBC, and I encourage everyone else to do so as well. Pat - I didn't receive the HBD via email, but saw it in HTML. Do we need to re-subscribe? In the meantime, I decided to tackle a project that I've long wanted to do - I built a walk-in cooler in my garage. I decided that I needed to build it so that I could disassemble and move it if the occasion arises, so I made it in 6 panels that fasten together with 4" deck screws. The panels were constructed of 2" Extruded polystyrene (R10) inside a frame of 2 x 3s planed & jointed down to 1 1/4 x 2 1/8, then sandwiched between two layers of 1/8" tileboard using foamboard adhesive. It is 4' D x 8' W x 6' H. I used 3/16" x 1 1/2" foam tape weatherstrip on the edges before assembly, and then caulked all the inside joints with silicone caulk. It will be cooled by a 11K BTU window air conditioner, which is installed but not yet turned on. My last task is to make a catch for the door and check the seal for leaks. According to SkotRat's walk-in cooler page there is usually a small adjustment knob on the built-in controller for the AC unit. This one does not have that knob, but does have an adjustment knob on the outside. If I can't get it as low as I'd like it, I will bypass the built-in controller with a Johnson external controller. I've already hard-wired the fan to a second power cord so that I can run it continuously. I'll be putting up a web page in the next few weeks (after the NHC) with more details and further learnings for anyone who is interested. See you in Vegas! Steve Jones, Johnson City, TN State of Franklin Homebrewers (http://hbd.org/franklin) [421.8 mi, 168.5 deg] AR Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 08 Jun 2004 06:26:03 -0700 From: "Jason Pavento" <jpavento at entravision.com> Subject: Anyone got some travel tips? Hello all, Good to have the HBD back online. I was starting to have withdrawal symptoms. You know: asking random people on the street how to set up a draft system and yelling at unsuspecting family and friends about the dangers of HSA. Anyway, on to my question: I am off on a "Scandinavian Capitals" cruise with Norwegian Cruise lines after my funeral, er... I mean Wedding. We will be docking for about a day each in Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; and Copenhagen, Denmark. Seems weird that we don't visit Oslo on a Scandinavian Capitals cruise with Norwegian Cruise lines but, oh well. I am looking for any info you all might have on where I should go for beer related activities (such as drinking it) in each of these cities. I am most interested in indigenous beer styles that 'just aren't as good here', especially Berliner Weisse and Sahti in Finland. But also anywhere I should visit just for some great beer. Thanks in advance, any help you can offer is much appreciated. Private emails will probably be best and I will post a compilation for the archives. Jay, Brewin' Rehab Homebrews at The Boilover Brauhaus Walpole MA 02081 http://rehabhomebrew.servebeer.com Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2004 06:26:29 -0700 (PDT) From: Mr Patrick Babcock <pgbabcock at yahoo.com> Subject: The continued restoration of the HBD... Greetings, Beerlings! Take me to your lager... The continued restoration of the HBD is going very well! This should be the last "hand triggered" Digest - the rest should be generated at 10:00 pm Eastern each night, until such time as I have confidence in the newly-installed spam and virus filters. At that time, the Digest will return to its traditional 12:00 am delivery. Many clubs have contacted me, and I've restored their sites and access. If your club is not restored, have your webmaster contact me at pbabcock at hbd.org - even if s/he already has. (Hint: if your site is not up, either there are other problems, or I did not get an email from your webmaster for whatever reason.) Most of the Preserve sites are back up. TO those who maintain them: this does not mean your old password will still work! It just means people can see your site. Please contact me for your login information, if you still require it. Otherwise, your site will simply remain static (the intent of the preserve :^). Again, if you cannot log into your site, email me at pbabcock at hbd.org - even if you already have. Next, I will be taking a "swing" at the messaging system for the clubs. I appreciate your patience. After that, I need to resolve some Apache 2.0 virtual hosting issues to bring homebrewfleamarket, mazercup, and selected other virtual domains back into being. Restoration of the Recipator and completion of the Brews & Views changes are in the queue as well. I appreciate all of the kind words I have received over this outage. On the plus side, these "trials by fire" provide one hell of an education, and increase my aptitude in Linux. The benefit of that *should* be less downtime, and more efficient hosting for the HBD, clubs, etc. If you come across something that isn't working, please drop me a line. Thanks! See ya! =- Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2004 09:04:48 -0700 From: "Kent Fletcher" <kfletcher at socal.rr.com> Subject: Freezer mods le Man ( The Brewer Formerly Known As Aleman ) wants to stand a chest freezer on one end to have room for a 60L fermentor. Sorry, even if you could bend the tubing without fracturing it (not at all a safe bet, tubing near the compressor is heavy walled, could easily fracture trying to bend 90 degrees), the compressor would still die a horrible death, and do so in very little time. In a hermetic refrigeration circuit some of the oil is always discharged from the comressor into the condensor. The flow of the refrigerant eventually carries the oil over to the evaporator, and thence to the suction side of the compressor, but it requires an assist from gravity. With the whole freezer tipped on one end you will trap oil on the low side, where the u-bends are, and the compressor will soon run out of oil and seize up. Build a collar, it doesn't *have* to look like a couple of 2x4's sitting on top of it. Kent Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 08 Jun 2004 11:23:13 -0500 From: "Doug Hurst" <dougbeer2000 at hotmail.com> Subject: Yay! It's so nice to be reading the HBD again! When it disappeared I went through withdrawl symptoms like I usually do when it's down for a day or two. After a couple weeks I started getting the shakes and eventually began reading the Oz Craftbrewer list in an attempt to get the monkey off my back. This was little help as most of the discussions there seem to be about Salties and Graham Sanders. ;-) The benefit of the Oz list is that Jeff Renner slums there and I saw his very informative post about the status of the HBD. That may be the only reason I didn't end it all during the outage and upgrade. It also demonstrates the power of the internet. You don't know what you've got until it's gone. Here's to Pat. Doug Hurst Chicago, IL [197.5, 264.8] Apparent Rennerian Return to table of contents
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