From the HBD Archive
From: rdg
Subject: Re: bottles, extracts
Date: 1988-12-30 17:50:29 GMT

> > My 2 favorite brands are the
> > Ireks and Alexanders Pale. I used to use Munton and Fison almost exclusively
> > though I wasn't ever convinced there was a great difference between that
> > and John Bull or Edme.

This is highly consistent with my experiences. Too bad I can't find the
Ireks locally anymore.

> > or extra dark DME. The one brand which I have little respect for is the
> > Superbrau products from N.C. I find their only virtue is that they're
> > inexpensive, but I think the quality is inferior. Alexanders on the other
> > hand is an excellent quality malt,

Ditto! The difference here is obvious if you read labels- the Superbrau
lists corn syrup (!!) as an ingredient, while Alexander goes to great
lengths to advertise that they use no adjuncts, etc.

> > I also have never used sterilizing agents (like campden tablets)
> > in them. I don't use those for meads either and don't see any need to. For
> > mead there will typically be little or no wild yeasts, especially if you
> > boil it down or hold at a sterilizing temperature (+180F) so
campden tablets
> > are unnecessary. For ciders I have found that the added champagne yeast
> > will quickly displace any wild ones, as its growth is more vigourous.

But, if using campden tablets reduces one's anxiety, and helps one to
relax and not worry, then they are certainly worth using. I have used
them in all my meads and wine.

> > On another subject could someone with a microscope and stains
> > tell me if Saran Wrap fresh off the roll is relatively bacteria free?

Fascinating question! What do you plan to do with the saran wrap, if
I might ask?

> > When I prepare to bottle, I put my cleaned bottles in my oven and
> > bake them at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, then let them cool overnight.

Don't bake bottles in your oven- it might make you give up brewing.
Here's what happened to a former friend of mine: He was baking his
bottles in the oven to sterilize them, and the labels caught on firU,\031

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From: somewhere!hp-pcd!hpfcmr!rdg
Subject: Homebrew Digest for December 31, 1988
Date: Sunday, 01 January, 1989 1:00AM

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