HOMEBREW Digest #5355 Thu 26 June 2008

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  FFT (Paul Dey)
  Goose Island/Siebel ("Chad Stevens")
  Stuff (-s)
  Re: Campden Tablets (Fred L Johnson)
  HBD vs Tech Talk ("A.J deLange")
  In defense of the lowly hydrometer ("A.J deLange")
  RE: I Miss my HBD (IT)" <stjones@eastman.com>
  Cloudy beer (IT)" <stjones@eastman.com>
  Brewing Tendencies ("Alexandre Enkerli")
  List Traffic ("Alexandre Enkerli")
  Re: Plain text (Dion Hollenbeck)
  Easy way to create an RSS feed for HBD ("Dave Larsen")
  Grain Mills ("Dave Larsen")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 21:45:10 -0600 From: Paul Dey <beerman at myxmail.net> Subject: FFT Steve (-S) invokes the spirit of Dave Burley and the 90's by singing the praises of Cl*nitest. Actually, not singing but very nicely pointing out the downsides of a seemingly rational beer test (FFT). I did a few of these in the late 90's but must agree they are generally not worth the effort and lost beer. I remember Dave B's ardent pitch to just try the test (I even looked around the pharmacy once) but frankly I've achieved 20 years of success by paying closest attention to pitching large, healthy starters and trying to control ferment temperatures without careful regard to the rates of sugar depreciation. A few have finished a little high but yeast management is key. On tap: Foreign Extra Stout, ESB, English IPA, Chiswick Bitter (RIP Sir Michael Jackson). As a very long time lurker, there is nothing like Cl*nitest to rouse the old HBD! -p Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 21:30:35 -0700 From: "Chad Stevens" <zuvaruvi at cox.net> Subject: Goose Island/Siebel I noticed in a recent article that one of the Goose Island stores was unable to work out a lease agreement with the landowner. Is this the same store that Siebel was renting space from? How does this affect Siebel? Kieth Lemke or others in the Chicago area, any comments? Chad Stevens QUAFF San Diego Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 03:17:02 -0400 From: -s at adelphia.net Subject: Stuff AJ asked about fermentation problems wrt camden tabs (X-metabisulfite). I don't use camdens to remove chloramines (unecessary for my well water), but when I add metabite to prevent mash oxidation I use the equivalent of 4 camden tabs in the mash of a ~10gal batch and never had any noticeable fermentation problem. I've used more than double this amount too (tho' I wouldn't recommend it for flavor) and had no stalled fermentation. My recollection is that AJ recommends 1 tab per 20gal (~2.5ppm SO2) to treat chloramines - while I regularly use ~20ppm and no problems. The sulfite ions can slow or even kill yeast but in my winemaking experience it take a LOT even at lower than wort pH where the sulfite is far more effective. My hunch is that your the HB shop customers have other yeast handling problems that they blame on metabite. In the interest of fostering a discussion - any microbiologist types out there who can explain the general action of SO2 on yeasts and bacteria ? Can anyone explain why Saccharomyces are more immune to SO2 then others ? === Long lost Boris posts - > - be carefull because those little creatures can swim, dive, jump, fly > and share immunity codex through telecinetics (sp?). > Well said. My well water, tho from 35m deep carries a little pond-scum bacteria that will turn my beers into "berliner weiss" in a hurry if I let up an inch on sanitation. === Hops prices - yow ! Good motivation to grow your own if you have a sunny garden area. My problem is that I have too few varieties (but that's inevitable). I have one heck of a time keeping grass and weeds away from the plants. Last Fall it was very wet resulting in damaged cones - tho' still usable. === Language filter has bitten me fairly hard and often; still I prefer the filter to the alternative. Another problem is delivery (but I prefer to blame Time-Warner for that one). == I can't speak to AHA TechTalk but any effective brewing forum is welcome. Having said that I (and a few other of the ancients here) still recall the days when AHA almost killed HBD through benign mismanagement - bitter finish from that one. Strangely I think one of the best things about HBD is it's range of topics. Of course we veer into mead, wine, whisk[e]y for some obvious reasons, and even into breadmaking and sauerkraut which is a bit of a stretch - but then we have things like Alexandre Enkerli's recent post about using a collection of low quality but high volume 'experience reports' as opposed to the high quality, low volume journal research ... or even "beer in space" or starch ethanol as fuel - that's quite a range. -S Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 06:47:22 -0400 From: Fred L Johnson <FLJohnson52 at nc.rr.com> Subject: Re: Campden Tablets A.J. asks if any of us have had problems with our yeast when using Campden tablets. I've been treating sparge water with sodium or potassium metabisulfite at the rate of 25 mg per gallon for chloramine/chlorine removal for years and mash water at the rate of about 400 mg per gallon. I've had no problems with fermentations. I once accidentally added sodium metabisulfite to my mash water at the rate of about 2000 mg per gallon and never had any problem with fermentation, although I'm not recommending that much. I'd like to hear A.J.'s and others' opinions on how much is appropriate for mashing. I don't think I've ever seen any data in this regard. There are also those that advocate some addition after fermentation has completed to prevent staling. Fred L Johnson Apex, North Carolina, USA Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 08:14:50 -0400 From: "A.J deLange" <ajdel at cox.net> Subject: HBD vs Tech Talk I stopped posting to Tech Talk when I noticed that they were editing my posts resulting, in at least a couple of cases, in a change of the meaning of the sentence to the point where it was incorrect. As, IMO, the important thing is that the brewer who asks the question gets the information, I will respond off line to questions where I think I can help but I don't want my words tweaked by someone who does not understand what I am trying to convey. In annother case they suppressed a post in which I complained of the antagonistic and jingoistic posting of someone who disapproved of my use of foreign made brewing equipment. That I find intolerable. It's their site, of course, and they can, therefore, impose any rules they want but I much prefer the lack of "editing" here - even if I can't say Clini****. A.J. Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 08:16:27 -0400 From: "A.J deLange" <ajdel at cox.net> Subject: In defense of the lowly hydrometer Steve and I have debated the worth of the hydrometer here before and anyone interested in all the details can look in the archives so I'll be brief. I believe a good set of hydrometers properly used (and there is some art to this) is more than adequate for HB purposes and most commercial applications as well. Before the days of Anton Paar, hydrometers and pycnometers (talk about pain) were all there was. It is clear that the plastic hydrometer that comes with your first extract brew kit isn't what I am talking about. I am referring to reduced range hydrometers often sold in sets of three and scaled with tics 0.1 P apart so you can easily read to that level or maybe half a digit below that (i.e. 0.05). Many sources are available to tell you how to read a hydrometer (see the manufacturer's instructions as to whether to read to the top of the meniscus or it's base). Make sure the hydrometer (and your hands) are clean and dry, that the beer is at the temperature for which the hydrometer is designed, that the hydrometer is calibrated for the surface tension of beer (not water) and so on. Just as an example the last beer I measured, a Pils (yes, there is life without Saaz) measures 3.15 P apparent with a hydrometer and 3.09 P with a digital meter (and if you think degassing is important with hdrometers watch what happens when the sonics hit the U-tube in a digital meter). The difference is .06P which corresponds to approximately .06*.421/0.79 = .03% ABV using the Balling formula. Multiply this by sqrt(2) to get about 0.05% to include the efffects of an error of similar magnitude when the O.G. was measured. Error of this magnitude get washed out by other effects when trying to determine the alcohol content of beer using the Balling or derivative formulas (and I assume that this, and the desire to tell when fermentation is over are the goals here). Such things as deviation from the Balling formula because a particular yeast strain produces more or less biomass than usual, evaporation in the fermenter and so on can add up. And what is the original gravity anyway? Is it the OG of the wort right out of the kettle, or the wort plus starter or wort plus starter adjusted for the sugar which has been fermented in the starter? Returning to the example Pils: it measured 13.3P (with a hydrometer) at the zwickle upon completion of filling of the ferementer. I inject the starter inline as the wort is entering the fermenter so it should be well mixed with the wort. We know right off that the effective OG is a little higher than this because of the alcohol in the starter. This beer finished, as noted above, at 3.15 (per the hydrometer). The Balling formula predicts 5.46% ABV in going from 13.3 to 3.15 but this beer actually measured 5.81%. Back calculating (using the Balling formula in reverse) I get 13.8P as the effective O.G. Not an unreasonable answer but the point is that there are uncertainties bigger than 0.1 P which have nothing to do with the instrument used to measure gravities. A.J. Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 10:19:47 -0400 From: "Jones, Steve (IT)" <stjones at eastman.com> Subject: RE: I Miss my HBD Kudos to Dave Larsen, whose post seems to have kicked off a flurry of activity not seen in a few years. 8 straight days (Sundays not included) with anywhere from 5 to 15 posts - great stuff! Techtalk is definitely getting better, but I agree that a big drawback is its restriction to AHA members only, and another is that the technical level is somewhat lacking. I started reading HBD back around 96 or so after getting my first email account. I was quite active for several years, but must admit to being mostly a lurker for the past 3 or 4 years. I resolve to do better. I think for the most part the great server crash of May 2004 is what pushed people elsewhere, and most didn't return. But this latest flurry shows that many still monitor HBD regularly. Lets keep it going. Rather than including it in this post, I'm going to follow this up with a post of my own. - ------------------------------------- Steve Jones, Johnson City, TN [421.7, 168.5deg] AR Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 12:04:37 -0400 From: "Jones, Steve (IT)" <stjones at eastman.com> Subject: Cloudy beer As I said, it's great to see an active HBD again. Here is my dilemma: I've been having a problem with cloudy beer for well over a year now (at least 12 batches) that I can't seem to figure out. I have been brewing for 13 years, all-grain for 11, and had not had this problem before. It has occurred to every batch to varying degrees ... some ales have cleared fairly well without fining but took a few months. Others have taken several months and are still not acceptable. My lone lager in that time cleared nicely after lagering for a few months. My kolsch is 4 months old and still hazy. My IPAs are horribly hazy even after fining with gelatin. But an APA with us05 cleared real nicely without a long aging process (an IPA with us05 is still cloudy after 4 months). Even my Chiswick bitter using Wy 1968 was cloudy for months - even after fining. It looked like coffee with cream in the primary after a full month. I bought several bags of grain (Thomas Fawcett, Weyermann, Bestmalz, Franco Belges) back in early 2005, and had no problems with any haze at all until early 2007. I've used at least two different water sources, and my process hasn't changed much at all. My equipment did change - I replaced my kettle false bottom (which hops kept getting under and plugging my pickup tube) with a homemade copy of a 'Hop Stopper'. I tried changing back to the FB, and then to a SS braid over a slotted copper tube, but neither one changed the results. I thought about the malt maybe absorbing moisture in my 40F walk-in, so I took 100g of malt and kilned it at 200F in the oven for 4 hours. It weighed 97g, so the MC was right where the specs said it should be. I use a combination of pellet and whole hops from various sources - but that isn't any different than the past 10 years. Next I'll try a batch with new ingredients soon (I'm nearly out of malt anyway) ... maybe it is just that the malt is too old, tho a fellow clubmate brewed a batch with 5 yr old CRUSHED malt with no problems. Any suggestions? - ------------------------------------- Steve Jones, Johnson City, TN [421.7 mi, 168.5 deg] AR Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 15:09:15 -0400 From: "Alexandre Enkerli" <enkerli at gmail.com> Subject: Brewing Tendencies Maybe it's just a coincidence but I keep hearing about Berliner Weisse, these days. I brewed one (sour mash, fermented with Lallemand's Munich), mostly as a way to get a nice-drinking summer session beer. Other MontreAlers have been brewing a Berliner Weisse or talking about brewing one. Austin's Black Star Coop has a Berliner Weisse on its "official" lineup. Jeff and Greg at Craft Beer Radio tasted a couple BWs on-air, recently. AFAICT from the beer tweets, there was even a BW flight at one of the recent craft beer events. In other words, while Chris Colby might be right in saying that this won't be the year of the gruit, it's quite interesting to see a move toward the Berliner Weisse style. Again, maybe it's just a coincidence. Or a fad. But there's something to think about, here. There have been different periods, in terms of the Craft Beer Revolution. One recent phase was the "extreme beer" one, especially in terms of hops and alcohol (fellow social scientists talk about "conspicuous consumption" for a reason). There have also been some times when Saison and Farmhouse ales became more common. Or "American Wild Ales." And, now, we may get into a "tasty session beer" phase. At least, some of us may be getting into this. Sure, a Berliner Weisse is still an "extreme beer," in some ways. But it's also the kind of beer which may connect well with those people who aren't typically beer drinkers. As many people have found out (including Jeff and Greg), sour ales are usually appreciated by exactly those people you wouldn't expect to like craft beer. The reverse is also true, to some extent: those who love craft beer with a passion, especially the hopheads among us, typically hate sour ales with a passion, even if they try to like them. So, a sour ale may not be a great gateway beer into the more typical "Hop-Centric North American Craft Beer" taste range, but there's clearly an untapped market, here. Something similar may be said about non-sour wheat beers. Most brewpubs in North America have either a weizen or a wit, and these tend to sell relatively well. Blue Moon and Rickard's White seem to be tapping this market. But there's a lot more which can be done with wheat, even without souring. In Qc, the typical thing is to do a fruit beer with a wit base. But there's room for experimentation with a wheat base. Personally, I like to brew wheat beers with other grains and/or with non-typical flavourings (hyssop, hibiscus flowers, etc.). Speaking of non-traditional flavourings... Beer cocktails are typically shunned by North American beergeeks. Yet, they can also fit in the broader scheme of the beer craft, especially if they're done with caution. Yes, even syrup can have its place in beer. Not only to hide off-flavours or to stomach a bland beer. But to broaden the horizons of beer tastes. And please some people who like to hang out at brewpubs but would rather have a cocktail than a beer. Ok... Time to rack my Berliner Weisse. Ale-X in Laval, Qc http://enkerli.wordpress.com/ Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 15:23:38 -0400 From: "Alexandre Enkerli" <enkerli at gmail.com> Subject: List Traffic Glad to see a higher level of traffic on the list. Like others, I do find the very restrictive text filters to be enough of a hassle to make me hesitate before posting. It'd be easier if the algorithm were to convert characters instead of rejecting posts based on them (like accented characters or the degree sign). Also, it could strip HTML code instead of rejecting HTML posts. Some mailreaders and mail systems make it hard to notice that a message is being sent as HTML or RTF. Getting a rejection letter is never fun, not even from an automatic message processor. Having said this, we might be going back to some increased traffic for the summer. Some people brew less because of the weather but want to talk more about brewing. Some people brew more and feel motivated to share about their experiences. Some beer-related events are allowing people to "get into the hobby for the first time." And the beer podcasts have changed a bit for the past few weeks. (It'd be neat if the beer podcasters were to mention the HBD.) When I came back to the HBD, a few months ago (after an Austin Zealot who made me realize that the list was still active and that I was supposed to get mail), I was giving a lot of thought to what can happen to the HBD in the future. I still think there's room for the old HBD to be used as a "repository of brewing knowledge" and for a "new" HBD to be focused on further discussions about brewing. Not letting the HBD die. Making it into something even more appropriate to the current brewing world. I'd still maintain that there's a strong basis in terms of brewing knowledge which is widely shared among homebrewers and commercial craft brewers. There's also a fair bit of "widely held notions" which have been tested out individually but not corroborated so widely. Some of these notions need to be challenged while others may only be appropriate to some brewing situations. It'd be great if we could discuss all of this without resorting to the debate mode. I personally think that the technical know-how and scientific bases behind much of the brewing are stable enough at this point that we could focus on the "art" of brewing, using imagination, creativity, intersubjectivity passion, and innovation to be our guides. Instead of scientist reductionism, strict style guidelines, troubleshooting, and homemade measurements. But that might have to be discussed later. ;-) Cheers! Ale-X in Laval, Qc http://enkerli.wordpress.com/ Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 13:38:38 -0600 From: Dion Hollenbeck <hollen at woodsprite.com> Subject: Re: Plain text >> Michael P Thompson writes: MPT> On Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 18:29:20 -0400 "Spencer W. Thomas" wrote: MPT> My experience is limited but I use Mailman for a couple of lists, and MPT> it has a module that strips off multi-part messages and HTML, rather MPT> than making the user do it. Because virtually all modern e-mail MPT> programs default to formatted text, it's much more difficult to MPT> purposely send a plain-text message. Getting the mail server to do it MPT> has made my moderator job much easier. I have suggested that Pat convert the digest over to Mailman several times, but he has never wanted to. In my experience running 7 different lists with Mailman, the interactive participation of the admin is cut down to nearly zero. And when properly set up, none of the lists I managed ever got any spam at all. It is amazingly easy to set up a list to be nearly management free with Mailman. My understanding is that Pat and the other volunteer janitors and code whackers have to do a lot to keep the currently used HBD custom software running, and to filter out messages that are not supposed to get into the list. None of that would be necessary with Mailman. Pat - I have never heard a reason why you are opposed to switching to Mailman. Are there features of the custom software that just are lacking in Mailman? regards, dion - -- Dion Hollenbeck Email: hollen at woodsprite.com Home Page: http://www.woodsprite.com Brewing Page: http://hbd.org/hollen '98 4runner '86 4x4 PU Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 16:18:16 -0700 From: "Dave Larsen" <hunahpu at gmail.com> Subject: Easy way to create an RSS feed for HBD > > One thing that would help to modernize the HBD, is providing an RSS > feed. I read many of my Yahoo Groups, blogs, and other sources of > brewing information that way. I'm not sure what it would take to do > that, but I'm sure that that would increase readership, and hopefully, > participation. > I thought of a solution to my own post. Blogger allows an email feed to post blog posts. If you set up an HBD blog, and an HBD subscription that goes to the posting address, it will post to the blog. Blogger then automates the RSS process and people can point their RSS reader to the blog. It would cost nothing, except the time to set it up (which would not be that much). As an added bonus, it would provide a cheap and dirty way to mirror new digests. Return to table of contents
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 17:01:41 -0700 From: "Dave Larsen" <hunahpu at gmail.com> Subject: Grain Mills So, just for old times sake, I have to ask: What is the best grain mill out there? (You know the ol' HBD happenin' when someone asks that question) :) Return to table of contents
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