From the HBD Archive
From: Tom Dimock <>
Subject: Hops, ginger, and heating elements
Date: 1992-02-25 20:51:01 GMT

I've just returned from 2 weeks in the land of Red Stripe, Dragon Stout
and other wonderful intoxicants and have been catching up on my digests,
so some of this may be a little old.

There were a number of posts about storing hops. The Zip-Loc and similar
generic food storage bags that you buy in the grocery store are actually
quite permeable, and herbs (of all sorts :-) ) stored in them in the
freezer will freeze dry. This can be slowed down a great deal by
double bagging. Cheap and very effective. Great Fermentations of Santa
Rosa says in their ads that they are now shipping their hops in zip lock
barrier bags, which should be MUCH better. I have an order in to them
and will report what I think at some point in the future. Anyone have
any experience with them (the bags, not GFoSR)?

One person mentioned seeing ginger root in the chinese store and was
wondering about using it in beer. Go for it! I'd recommend grating
it before adding it to the boil. I have a heavy spiced beer which
has a fair amount of ginger in it (recipe is not at hand), and it is
pretty neat.

I have built a boiler using two 4500 watt elements (yes, I know that
I never finished my series of posts describing its construction -
come soon mon...) and it really can make that electric meter spin! A
post described using a similar setup in a plastic (!!) bucket, and said
that it would boil six gallons in 4-5 minutes. Are you sure about those
times? My calculations say 15-18, which agrees with what my boiler does.
Another post described a heating element as 6000W, 240V, 9.6amps. Unless
my mind is a lot more fried than I think, 9.6 amps at 240V is 2304W....
I know my 9000W boiler draws almost 40 amps. I use them that way to boil
water, and then connect the two elements in series (2250W) for boiling
the wort, which eliminates scorching.

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