HOMEBREW Digest #5173 Tue 17 April 2007

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  Re: food grade epoxy recommendations for DIY mash-tun (Scott Alfter)
  root beet odors (3rbecks)
  Re:  food grade epoxy recommendations for DIY mash-tun (Dion Hollenbeck)
  Re: Favorite Beer Movie (Billy Oaks)
  root beer aroma ("peter ensminger")
  Sorghum LME (brian)
  2nd call for judges - Great Lakes NHC 1st round AND Longshot judging in Chicago!! ("Formanek, Joe")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 01:41:41 -0700 From: Scott Alfter <scott at alfter.us> Subject: Re: food grade epoxy recommendations for DIY mash-tun Request Address Only - No Articles wrote: > Does anyone have any suggestions based on what they have used and what > they know works? Anyone used either of these two products? Or has anyone > gone with regular plumber's epoxy? I've used epoxy putty (http://www.rectorseal.com/index.php?site_id=1&product_id=199) to seal the "out" tube on a couple of mash tuns with no ill effect. I found it in the plumbing section; is this the "plumber's epoxy" to which you referred? Scott Alfter scott at beerandloafing.org Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 07:23:08 -0500 From: <3rbecks at sbcglobal.net> Subject: root beet odors I make root beer and other sodas with my son and I just keep 1 keg as a dedicated soda keg and only clean it after each use and I don't worry about replacing the poppets, etc. Rob Beck Kansas City Listening to someone who brews his own beer is like listening to a religious fanatic talk about the day he saw the light. - Ross Murray, Montreal Gazette, 1991 Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 07:01:59 -0600 From: Dion Hollenbeck <hollen at woodsprite.com> Subject: Re: food grade epoxy recommendations for DIY mash-tun I would recommend AGAINST epoxy of any sort and go with something much more simple and reliable. The problem with epoxy is that you have three different materials (SS, plastic and epoxy), all of which are close to guaranteed to have different coefficients of expansion. Even if you do get food grade epoxy, the problem will not be contamination but leakage. If you use food grade silicone seal, then you have a better chance of not having leaks. However, I would recommend using no sealant whatsoever. What worked well for me for 8+ years (I have since abandoned the plastic cooler for a SS vessel) is a "weldless" fitting, kind of like the Zymico ones. I used large SS washers on the inside and outside, with rubber washers under the SS washer, that acted as a gasket. The nipple, plus the valve on the outside and a hex pipe nut on the inside formed a bulkhead fitting. The Zymico fittings come with a food grade high temp O-ring and the hex nut. I would suggest that this is the best solution for a valve in a plastic cooler. regards, dion - -- Dion Hollenbeck Email: hollen at woodsprite.com Home Page: http://www.woodsprite.com Brewing Page: http://hbd.org/hollen [1359.5,263.7] Rennerian Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 07:23:42 -0700 (PDT) From: Billy Oaks <billyoaks at yahoo.com> Subject: Re: Favorite Beer Movie >So, What's your favorite beer movie? I have always >liked "The Lost Weekend" with Ray Milland "American Beer" is one of my all-time favorite movies. It's a "Bockumentary" about 5 guys who go to 38 breweries in 40 days. It's funny, informative, and inspiring. You probably won't find it at a rental store but it's well worth the purchase. We watch it over and over again. I recommend the Special Edition, it has a bunch of bonus clips that aren't included on the first edition. Also make sure you get the documentary because there's another movie called "American Beer" that looks like a dumb college comedy. I think I'm going to watch it right now. Cheers, Billy Oaks Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 11:27:58 -0400 From: "peter ensminger" <ensmingr at gmail.com> Subject: root beer aroma I often make a keg of root beer for a party, fundraiser, etc. To clean up, I soak my large lid gasket in a bleach/detergent solution overnight. Then, I clean the keg with PBW (~3 oz per 5 gallons of hot water), as per usual. At least to my nose, this seems to work. Another approach may be to get a dedicated gasket (or gaskets) that you only use for root beer. Hope this helps. Cheers! Peter A. Ensminger Syracuse, NY Apparent Rennerian: [394, 79.9] Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 15:51:06 -0500 (CDT) From: brian at olemcdonald.com Subject: Sorghum LME Hey I was given 6.6 lbs of Sorghum LME. I have looked a bit on the internet and found no feasible recipe that calls for Sorghum LME. I did find something about sour African beer made with Sorghum and Millet. What do I would with the 6.6 lbs of Sorghum LME besides dump it on my ice cream??? Thanks, Brian McDonald Kansas City, Mo Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 15:22:13 -0500 From: "Formanek, Joe" <Jformanek at griffithlaboratories.com> Subject: 2nd call for judges - Great Lakes NHC 1st round AND Longshot judging in Chicago!! Greetings Homebrewers, This is the second call for judges and stewards for the NHC Great Lakes Region 1st round judging. The event will be held on Friday April 27th (evening), and Saturday April 28th, 2007 (morning and afternoon at Walter Payton's Roundhouse/America's Brewpub in beautiful downtown Aurora, IL. In addition, if necessary, there will be some judging flights taking place earlier that week at another venue in Chicago. Details on that later in interested. Some discount lodging accommodations will be made available for those of you traveling from nearby states at an adjacent hotel - alternatively, some beds for brewers will also be available. For those of you interested in a little casino action, the Hollywood Casino is within walking distance of the competition venue. If you are available to judge or steward, please contact Joe Formanek, Judge Coordinator via email at jformanek at griffithlaboratories.com. Hope to see you then!! In addition, we are looking for judges and stewards to help out with the Boston Beer Co.'s Longshot Chicago Regional Competition to be held the weekend of May 18th. Anyone who was involved with this last year knows that it is an absolute blast, and that Sam Adams really treats judges and stewards right!! Just contact me for details. If interested in this one, please let me know ASAP, as space is limited! Cheers! Joe Formanek NHC Great Lakes Region Judge Coordinator And Chicago Region Longshot American Homebrew Competition Coordinator Return to table of contents
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