HOMEBREW Digest #587 Thu 28 February 1991

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		Rob Gardner, Digest Coordinator

  Mash-Out (Martin A. Lodahl)
  Brewing with bad eyesight ("DRCV06::GRAHAM")
  re: Dry Beer (olson)
  re: mead + light (Michael Tighe)
  mead recipe (Michael Tighe)
  dry hopping (mcnally)
  Re: grains and hops (Eric Pepke)
  Lacto-baccilus, Weizen and Belgian beers (Mike Thome)
  homebrewers in central New York State (Stephen Russell)
  Grain storage info for Pete (Jueal, Stacey)
  New Owner at Beermakers of America (David Gibbs)
  shock the yeast? (Russ Gelinas)
  Bulk supplies ("DRCV06::GRAHAM")
  Oats...as in Oatmeal Stout ("Gary Mason - Image ABU - 603-884[DTN264]1503  25-Feb-1991 2056")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 26 Feb 91 8:05:48 PST From: Martin A. Lodahl <pbmoss!malodah at decwrl.dec.com> Subject: Mash-Out In HOMEBREW Digest #585, Ken Johnson asked: >Could someone please tell me the reason for a mash out. Is it to >deactivate the enzymes? To raise the mash to sparging temp.? What? Yes. All of the above. Plus, sugars simply flow more readily at the higher temerature (168F), which makes the sparge go much more smoothly. = Martin A. Lodahl Pacific*Bell Staff Analyst = = malodah at pbmoss.Pacbell.COM Sacramento, CA 916.972.4821 = = If it's good for ancient Druids, runnin' nekkid through the wuids, = = Drinkin' strange fermented fluids, it's good enough for me! 8-) = Return to table of contents
Date: 27 Feb 91 08:27:00 EDT From: "DRCV06::GRAHAM" <graham%drcv06.decnet at drcvax.af.mil> Subject: Brewing with bad eyesight I'm collecting the equipment I need to start brewing and have a few oddball questions. I can't see much at all, (taste buds NOT affected), and have some questions about things y'all probably take for granted. 1. Can I successfully do all extract batches without using a thermometer. This presupposes that I can tell when liquid is boiling. How about introducing some speicalty grains, can I still work without a thermometer? (I haven't found a talking thermometer yet.) 2. Filling bottles could be a comedy of errors if one can't see the level of beer in the bottle. One answer, of course, is kegging, but I'll ask about that in a separate post. Is there a device that can premeasure 12 ounces so I can just fill and pour into a bottle without having to see the liquid level? 3. The only place in my house that has decent fermenting temperatures is the basement. I don't fancy carrying a 5 callon carboy down the cellar stairs when I can't see where I'm going. Is there any reason that I can't divide the batch in two and pitch half the yeast in each, thys only carrying 2.5 gallons downstairs at a time? 4. Does anybody know if Zymurgy is available on tape? [just kidding, I don't think so, but it WOULD be nice!] Thanks for the help. Dan Graham (Don't ask about my reading labels, I like the mystry of what I'm gonna get when I op en the bottle.) Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 91 10:24:06 EST From: olson at antares.cs.virginia.edu Subject: re: Dry Beer As a way of emulating a dry beer, Rad suggests using rice (for that distinctive lack of flavor and body :-) >Date: 26 Feb 90 08:48:00 >From: Rad Equipment <Rad_Equipment at rad-mac1.ucsf.EDU> >Subject: RE>Homebrew Digest #585 > > Reply to: RE>Homebrew Digest #585 >Regarding Dry Beer and Randy Tidd's request@ how it is made: > ... >The mash-in puts the mash at 40 deg. C for 20 minutes then the temp is raised >to 55 deg. C for another 20 minutes and then raised again to 70 deg. C for a >final 20 minutes. Normally the mash goes directly from the 40 deg. mark to the >70 deg. mark where it sits for 40 minutes. The temp changes occur when the ... > >I don't think you will be able to reproduce this with extracts since I don't >know of any which include rice. The Home Brewery sells a mixture of light dry malt and rice solids in a size handy for 5-gallon batches of "American Pilsner", might be appropriate for Randy's project. They're reachable at 1-800-321-BREW (no connection, just satisfied customer etc.) and centrally located, so shipping to anywhere continental isn't prohibitive. I haven't tried the mix, but their other house brand "Yellow Dog Amber" makes an interesting pale ale. Thanks for the interesting details. Protein rest at 55 and conversion at 70 sounds ok, but what's that 40-degree rest for? Comments from the experts? - --Tom Olson Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 91 10:33:38 EST From: tighe at inmet.inmet.com (Michael Tighe) Subject: re: mead + light In Homebrew Digest #586 (February 27, 1991), jpaul at lccsd.sd.locus.com (James Hensley) asks: > Does light adversely effect mead as it does beer? My understanding of "light" and brewing is that stong light activates bacteria and harms yeast. So my answer to your question is yes. I brew mead almost exclusively, making much like a standard single fermentation beer. I'll post my favorite recipe in a separate note. - Michael Tighe - Intermetrics Microsystems Software Inc. - Cambridge, MA 02138 (USA) - email: tighe at inmet.inmet.com Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 91 10:52:45 EST From: tighe at inmet.inmet.com (Michael Tighe) Subject: mead recipe In reply to a mead question on the Homebrew Digest, I thought I'd post my favorite recipe. I've edited it down to the minimum, since it was originally written for novice brewers. Being new to this group, I assume from what I've read that y'all are more experienced than I am. To make a one gallon batch: 2 pounds honey - three if you like it sweet one gallon of water two teaspoons of washed and thinly sliced ginger (use a piece of ginger about the size of your thumb) lemon-peel (orange peel) about 1/2 of the peel on the fruit (don't keep much of the white "pith" of the rind - just the yellow(orange) part) mead-yeast (buy it in powdered form in the store) Cook the honey and water together till it starts to boil. All the while, skim off the white and brown foam that forms on the surface. This step is very important! Once it is boiling, add ginger and lemon-peel. Boil for a few minutes (five). Don't boil away the liquid too much! Work it with mead yeast (strain out the ginger and lemon peel when putting it in the primary fermentation vat). If you can't find mead yeast use champagne yeast or "general purpose wine yeast". Work it in the primary fermentation vat for two or three weeks. pBottle. I don't usually charge the bottles, I just bottle before the fermentation is complete. Wait a week (to get the "charge"), then store in a cool, safe place. Warning: The yeast is still active and there is lots of residual sugar. This can make explosive bottles! The resulting drink should be fizzy with a relatively sweet taste. (You can run it dry as well.) Remember to refrigerate it for at least a day before you drink it to force the yeast to settle out. If it tastes bad or smells bad - throw it all away and start again. Send me a sample if you are successful! :-) Enjoy, and may your bottles never burst! Michael Tighe Intermetrics Microsystems Software Inc. Cambridge, MA 02138 (USA) email: tighe at inmet.inmet.com Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 91 08:24:22 PST From: mcnally at wsl.dec.com Subject: dry hopping In HBD 586, Gerald Winters asks about dry hopping. I too was intrigued, and somewhat worried about sanitation. However, given that Dave "Wash the Drapes" Miller doesn't worry about contamination from hops, I figured I should go for it. The first batch I dry hopped was a variant of Miller's Steam beer; it came out well, though the hop nose was muted. I have a batch waiting patiently for an upcoming week-long party that's basically a pale ale made with Chimay yeast (bizarre, I know) that was dry hopped with 2 ozs. of Kent Goldings. Early samples revealed a *fabulous* aroma of fresh hops. Seriously, sticking my nose in the top of the beer glass was like sticking it in a bag of hops. I can't wait for a few (dozen) more . . . Procedurally, all I did was put the hops into the carboy then rack from the fermenter over them. They tend to float, so I stirred a little with my racking tube. I dosed the stuff with polyclar at the same time. The rest with the hops was two weeks. I siphoned it off after that time, separating the hops by wrapping the intake end of the racking tube in a plastic pot scrubber (actually about half a plastic pot scrubber) and then wrapping that in a hop bag. I let that settle for a couple of days (I think I added another tablespoon of polyclar, just to get some CO2 out) then bottled. Miller suggests chopping the hops in a blender before adding them. This seems like a bad idea to me, as it would make racking much more difficult. - -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mike McNally mcnally at wsl.dec.com Digital Equipment Corporation Western Software Lab Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 1991 11:31:45 EST From: PEPKE at SCRI1.SCRI.FSU.EDU (Eric Pepke) Subject: Re: grains and hops Mary Jane "Pete" Kelly asks about storing leftover grain and hops. I normally just keep leftover grain in a cool cabinet. Hops should be very tightly wrapped and put in the freezer, if you want to keep them fresh. However, there's another thing to do with leftover hops. If you have a small amount, say a half ounce, put them in a loose open basket hanging in the kitchen. Add a little to the basket every time you brew. They will lose their freshness and most of their bitterness by airing out, and in the process impart a wonderful aroma. The best thing, though, is that after a year or so of airing out, they will be perfect for making a framboise. Eric Pepke INTERNET: pepke at gw.scri.fsu.edu Supercomputer Computations Research Institute MFENET: pepke at fsu Florida State University SPAN: scri::pepke Tallahassee, FL 32306-4052 BITNET: pepke at fsu Disclaimer: My employers seldom even LISTEN to my opinions. Meta-disclaimer: Any society that needs disclaimers has too many lawyers. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 91 12:35:18 -0500 From: Mike Thome <mthome at BBN.COM> Subject: Lacto-baccilus, Weizen and Belgian beers I've recently been really enjoying some store-bought Belgian beers (especially the cherry-flavored ones... yum!) and am now thinking about trying to make some... Can/do homebrewers actually use lacto-baccilus? Hints? Warnings? I know nothing about this bug except that it seems to be rather important in getting just the right taste - I've brewed some weizen beer which tastes wonderful (w/out L-B), albeit not very authentic. So what's the scoop? thanks, -mik (Mike Thome, mthome at bbn.com) Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 91 13:13:27 -0500 From: srussell at snoopy.msc.cornell.edu (Stephen Russell) Subject: homebrewers in central New York State I'm a grad student at Cornell University in Ithaca and I was wondering what other Cornell and area brewers were on the receiving end of this digest. We have a brewclub in Ithaca that meets monthly (next meeting is Tuesday, March 5th, at 7:30pm at the Chapter House Brewpub, 400 Stewart Ave.); all area brewers and beer enthusiasts are welcome to attend. Regardless of your interest in the club, however, I'd like to here from you and if possible share beer and brewing ideas. Happy brewing, Steve Russell Bard Hall, Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14850 273-7306 (home) 255-4648 (work) area code 607 Return to table of contents
Date: 27 Feb 91 18:14 GMT From: JUEAL.S at AppleLink.Apple.COM (Jueal, Stacey) Subject: Grain storage info for Pete Re: HBD #586: What is the best way to store left over grains and hops? Can they be stroed? If they can be stored how long will they keep. Should one store them in air tight jars out of the light, in the fridge or in the freezer? Thanks in advance, Pete ***************** Well, Pete my partner & I have found that good 'ol Ziploc-type plastic storage bags work great! Of course, we always force out all the extra air that we can before sealing the bag. As for the freezer/refrigerator -- we DO store all our grains and hops in the refrigerator. They keep just fine! Since we buy many (6-8) batches worth of grains & hops, keeping them fresh is essential! The latest streamlining we've done to the process has been to do our bags of adjunct grains ahead of time. Here's how it works. We spend a couple hours one evening weighing, cracking and filling bags with the appropriate grains. We've found that we like to use cheese cloth and make our own disposable grain bags that can be pitched in the garbage when the boil begins. Its cheap, works great and saves on the clean up. ( I *HATE* cleaning the reuseable grain bags!!) Each pre-made brew bag is sealed in its own Ziploc bag. A piece of paper in each bag lets us know which one of our favorite recipes it contains. Since we dedicate a page of our brew log to the evening we do this, it contains the detailed list of what's in each bag! It really works great for us. The other process is that when purchasing bulk malt extract we use containers that hold one batch worth. We use two types of malt in each batch and can pre-mix it & weigh it at the time of purchase. At brew time, we just dump one pre-mixed, pre-measured container into the pot! VOILA!! Doing just these two things has greatly increased the whole reason Slug & I brew -- **TO HAVE FUN**!!! Sign me, The Sweetie half of Slug & Sweetie Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 91 11:12:57 PST From: pay at EBay.Sun.COM (David Gibbs) Subject: New Owner at Beermakers of America Please pass this info on to other aliases. I heard this from a friend, but I'm not doing any brewing myself! For those of you who brew beer, a short note. Beermakers of America, a supply store at 1040 N. 4th St. in San Jose is under new management. Don is gone and the new owner is Rich Mansfield. He seems knowledgeable and has won state fair ribbons for his beers. His phone is 408 288-6647 and he's open Thurday, Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday and Sunday by appointment. Prices are good, especially on bulk malt and he's got around 75 different malt extracts. He did me a favor so I'm doing him one by posting this note. If you decide to stop in, tell him Mike Haspert sent you, just so he gets the point. "Life is too short to drink fake beer."--mh Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 1991 15:17:45 EST From: R_GELINAS at UNHH.UNH.EDU (Russ Gelinas) Subject: shock the yeast? Quick question: If you have a yeast starter sitting at 70 degrees F, and you pitch it into wort sitting at 50 degrees F, are the yeast going to suffer a temperature shock? Russ in NH Return to table of contents
Date: 27 Feb 91 16:02:00 EDT From: "DRCV06::GRAHAM" <graham%drcv06.decnet at drcvax.af.mil> Subject: Bulk supplies I was just reading the digest for the first week or so of January, (before I joined), and there was mention of an establishment in Florida, a warehouse that sold homebrewing supplies in bulk with a minimum order of $100. The poster didn't include the name, location or phone number. If anyone knows of the place I'm speaking, could you email me the name and phone? Thanks a lot. Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 91 13:42:32 PST From: "Gary Mason - Image ABU - 603-884[DTN264]1503 25-Feb-1991 2056" <mason at habs11.enet.dec.com> Subject: Oats...as in Oatmeal Stout Many references here and else where to Oatmeal Stout recommends steel cut oats or grocery store oatmeal. I have just reread Beer and Brewing V10, and in an article by Randy Mosher, he recommends NOT using them, but rather using green or raw oats in the husk. His rationale is that their enzymes have been made inactive through the use of steam, thereby stabilizing them. Comments? Cheers...Gary Return to table of contents
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