From the HBD Archive
From: (Greg Wageman)
Subject: Re: Boiling Pots, Re: Ripping the Big Boys
Date: 1992-03-16 20:52:55 GMT

>I recently bought a boiling pot. It is 5 gallons and will work really will
>for chili too! Problem is, it is aluminum. I have been told several times
>that aluminum is bad (since I made the purchase) but noone really can
>tell me why. Closest I have come is that it oxidizes the wort, which makes
>no sense since aluminum is not oxygen.

Have you ever cooked tomato sauce in a highly oxidized (read: almost
black inside) aluminum pot? After cooking, the inside of the pot
becomes shiny again, everywhere it had contact with the acidic tomato

Wort is acidic. (Is it as acidic as tomato sauce? Don't know, never
did a Ph test on tomato sauce!)

How much aluminum (or aluminum oxide) gets into the wort? Don't know
that either.

But when you consider that parts per million of substances like sodium
and magnesium salts have a definite effect on taste and finish,
wouldn't you rather that your brewpot *not* contribute anything to the
flavor of your beer, particularly a metallic flavor?

>From: Gordon Baldwin <!sherpa2!gbaldwin>
>Subject: Ripping the Big Boys
>I thing the flack we are giving to the BudMilLob breweries is deserved.
>I don't think anyone on the digest will disagree with the statement that
>they put a lot of effort (read $$) into producing their beer. The
>complaint is they only produce ONE type of beer (two if you count dry).
> [...] I think most
>consumers would welcome more variety in the commercial beer market, but
>most beer drinkers are not even aware that there is any other type

Funny, me defending A-B, but they did make an attempt to market a Dark
beer a while back. (Can't remember if it was marketed as Bud Dark or
Michelob Dark. I think it was the latter.) They even had a television
ad campaign (which I loathed), wherein Martin Mull mouthed lines like
"Some people think that dark beer is only for people named Gunter with
thick necks...", or words very much to that effect.

The slogan was "Don't be afraid of the Dark", accompanied by appropriate
"spooky" sounds, like wolves baying. Typical marketing pap.

Sure made it sound like A-B's marketing people didn't think the average
American beer-drinking public was ready for it, though.

(Not that it was anything special, anyway. It had more flavor and
mouth feel than Bud, but 1) that's not hard to do and 2) it wasn't a
particularly wonderful flavor, either. Certainly no competition for,
say, Beck's Dark or Heineken Dark.

I don't even know if they still market it.


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