HOMEBREW Digest #5203 Mon 09 July 2007

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  Call for judges - MN State Fair Homebrew Competition (Adam Stern)
  Wheat Beer Yeast survey (Richard Lynch)
  Malt Madness Homebrew Competition ("Al Hazan")
  Computer generated bottle labels available from NEATO ("Pat Babcock")
  pH of bleach solution affecting santizing effect (Bill Velek)
  wheat sludge ("jon here")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 07:30:12 -0700 (PDT) From: Adam Stern <adam_stern.gnorp at yahoo.com> Subject: Call for judges - MN State Fair Homebrew Competition Greetings Homebrewers, This is the first call for judges and stewards for the 2007 Minnesota State Fair Home Brewed Beer, Mead and Cider Competition first round judging. This is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition open to all Minnesota homebrewers. The event will be held on Friday August 17th (5:30 pm and 8:30 pm) and Saturday August 18th (9:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 3:00 pm), with lunch served on Saturday. Best of Show judging and awards ceremony will occur one week later, on Saturday August 25th at 1:00 pm. Complete competition rules and information can be found at: www.mnbrewers.com/events/mnfair/. This is a great opportunity to taste and evaluate Minnesota best homebrew. Interested judges and stewards can register online at www.mnbrewers.com/events/mnfair/. Registration deadline is August 10. Questions and comments? Please contact Judge Coordinator Adam Stern at (651) 298-0600 or email adam_stern at hotmail.com. Cheers! Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 08:23:23 -0700 (PDT) From: Richard Lynch <rlny7575 at yahoo.com> Subject: Wheat Beer Yeast survey Hey All, Just wondering what good, tasty yeast I might want to try for my next batch of Hefeweizen or Wit Bier - without getting to worried about "which is correct for which style" I've so far used Safale T-58 dry yeast, and it's okay - great sedimentation, attenuates well, but the flavor is a little - "eh". Something along the lines of a Paulaner Hefeweizen, or a (more intensely flavored) Baltika No 8. Wheat Beer, which I love, in case anybody is familiar! So, what's your favorite Wyeast type for brewing a wheat beer? Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2007 09:18:35 -0400 From: "Al Hazan" <hazan at ptd.net> Subject: Malt Madness Homebrew Competition This is the second announcement regarding the Lehigh Valley Homebrewers (LVHB), homebrew competition, Malt Madness, which will be held on Saturday, September 8th at the Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, Pa. All BJCP recognized styles (2004 guidelines) including meads and ciders are eligible for entry. For complete details and forms, please visit the LVHB web site at http://www.lehighvalleyhomebrewers.org Entries will be accepted from August 15th through August 30th. For drop off and mail in locations please refer to the LVHB web site. Please, do not mail entries to the Allentown Brew Works. BJCP Judges and stewards are still very much needed. If you are interested please contact me at the below address. All judges must be BJCP certified (any ranking) or have relevant experience. Good luck Al Hazan Competition Organizer hazan at ptd.net Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2007 09:37:38 -0400 (EDT) From: "Pat Babcock" <pbabcock at hbd.org> Subject: Computer generated bottle labels available from NEATO Greetings, Beerlings! Take me to your lager... I use a product called "mediaface" to print DVD and CD labels when I do things for the kids' schools, which threw me onto their SPAM list. In Sunday's edition, they note that they now sell bottle labels. The sheets they show on their website include the barrel label and a neck-ring. Looks interesting - if I still had time to brew, I'd have to try these out! Here's the URL to the labels, converted through tinyurl: http://tinyurl.com/2sjlh3 (Here's the original, if you'd rather reconstruct it. Simply delete the carriage return between the two segments: http://www.neato.com/Detail.aspx?SID=8&utm_source=newsletter- 7-1-07&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=JFBL-Text) Anyhoo, thought it was neat, and that y'all might want to take a peek at them. Plus, I wanted to see if my new spam system is letting mail through to the Digest - and then letting the Digest go out! (It wasn't, by the way. Had to regenerate this...) See ya! Pat Babcock Home Brew Digest, Inc. Chief of Janitorial Services Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 09 Jul 2007 09:09:36 -0500 From: Bill Velek <billvelek at alltel.net> Subject: pH of bleach solution affecting santizing effect In a recent post on the r.c.b. usenet group, a poster stated that: "Most people don't understand that just putting bleach into water makes a very alkaline solution which has nil sanitizing power compared to lowering the pH to 7 or so, which is then very powerful. Microbe lifetimes of milliseconds versus minutes." Since I've always considered some of the members of this digest to be the most knowledgeable chemists and biologists I know, I thought I'd share that over here and ask for any comments. I'm curious because I've read over and over again about using bleach solutions to sanitize, not only in myriad threads all over the Internet, but also in many brewing books, and _NEVER_ has it ever been suggested, IIRC, that something should be added to lower it's pH (vinegar was suggested on r.c.b.). What are the pros and cons of using an equal mix of vinegar and bleach? And can it be used as a 'no-rinse' sanitizer? Thanks. Bill Velek - PERSONAL sites = www.velek.com & www.2plus2is4.com 650+ homebrewer group just for Equipment: www.tinyurl.com/axuol 260+ member group just for Growing Hops: www.tinyurl.com/3au2uv NEW group just for Homebrewing Supplies: www.tinyurl.com/2wnang Join 'Homebrewers' to Help Cure Disease: www.tinyurl.com/yjlnyv Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2007 16:26:00 -0500 From: "jon here" <jonnieoh at gmail.com> Subject: wheat sludge I made a Belgium wheat a little while back - great beer I must say. Its only draw back was the sediment in the bottles - normal tan was present but then mixed in was a dark brown-black slime. I normally don't mind the yeast sediment (I normally pour it right in the glass) - but this looked gross when it slipped into a beautiful glassful staining the head and floating around in the nearly clear yellow liquor. It didn't taste bad - just the appearance was marred. What was the darker sludge caused by? How can I avoid it as I am ready to bottle another 10 gal of Blue Moon clone? thanks, john (near Mobile, AL) Return to table of contents
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