Beer Quotes & Wisdom

You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline-it

helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear

weapons, but at the very least you need a beer. -- Frank Zappa

Monday, February 7, 2011

Adventures in Lager Brewing

The lager season is once again in full swing at the Tin Whisker brewhouse.  The yeast starter that will become Susie's experimental flavored beers did its job and created a nice batch of yeast for the first "real" lager of the year, Dr. Pavlov's Salivator.
This year the 3gal. American Light starter is being divided into 4 - 3qt mini-batches to be dosed with flavorings to make them interesting.
As in last year's experiment, one will have olive juice added.  Another will have lime juice, and this year the zest of 1 lime.  New for this year is dill pickle and a jalapeƱo spiced beer.
I made some mini-fermentors from the suggestion of Cary at the Tinman's brewery.  The local GFS has 6 & 8qt, food grade plastic buckets that have very tight sealing lids.  Just drill a hole & insert a gasket for the airlock in the lid, and they are perfect for small, experimental batches.

This year's doppelbock was once again an adventure in brewing.  I've learned it is good to be flexible on brewday.  Last year's inaugural attempt went on to win a blue ribbon in the 1st round of the NHC.  It was basically a kit beer from Northern Brewer and this year I decided to convert it to an all grain recipe.
Using Beer Smith to do the conversion for me, I really didn't pay much attention to the numbers that were generated until I started to measure out the grain.
14lbs of Munich, 4lbs Pilsner, 12oz of Vienna & 6oz of Crystal 60 made this the largest grain bill I've ever used.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Good News For Beer Drinkers

New study says moderate beer drinkers are less prone to have high blood pressure and excess weight.
It has been found that people who drink ale and lager in moderate levels are less prone to have high blood pressure and diabetes. Also, those who drink beer in controlled manner are less likely to get fat, Topnews reported on January, 18.
Dr. Ramon Estruch, a Spanish researcher led the study, which revealed that beer has folic acid, vitamins, calcium and iron, which are beneficial for cardiovascular system.
The researchers are of the view that beer doesn't always make one plump as there are low fat and kilojoule levels in the drink. One becomes pot-bellied due to binge drinking, taking high-fat content food and less physical activity.
The study suggests that along with taking healthy diet and following regular exercise regime, men should take three small glasses of beer a day and for women, this amount should be two glasses per day.

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