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Subject: kegging systems source, Chicago micro and fusel oils
Date: 1989-09-29 16:54:00 GMT

I thought I'd pass on the results of my latest research on homebrew kegging
systems. Foxx equipment company, located in Kansas City, sells a 5 gallon
complete kit (full 5 lb. Co2 cylinder with single guage regulator, 5 gal Soda
keg and all the fittings and tubes) for $150.10. A kit with 3 gal. tank goes
for $146.61. Their numbers are (800)821-2254 in K.C. and (800)525-2484 in
Denver. An ad with a picture of their system is on page 1 of the latest
Zymurgy. From what I can tell this price is about what the Rapids Co.
(mentioned several weeks back) charges, although I haven't contacted the
latter company yet to get a price on a complete kit. Has anyone else? If
you call the Foxx company they will send you a 1 page xerox with a (crude)
diagram of the system and an itemized list of parts.

Way back I promised to report on the new Chicago microbrew available only on
draft. It's called Baderbrau (with an umlaut over the 'a'), and is now
available only on tap. It is amber lager (beautiful color!), nicely hopped
with appropriate malt balance. A beer I would be very proud to make! I
sampled it at an interesting bar on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago about 2 blocks
north of Irving Park called Von Stuke's(??) Hofbrau. I'd recommend the bar
for its fine selection of German beers on tap at reasonable prices. They
even have EKU's Bajuvator doppelbock ("the velvet hammer") at $2.75/half
liter. Give it a try if you're in Chicago.

Finally, while I was in the bar, some guy in a suit (I suspect a salesman for
the beer) was explaining to a couple locals that they couldn't get a hangover
from Baderbrau because "it had no rice or corn in it like most American
beers, and thus didn't produce the fusel oils that give you headaches."
Aside from the fact that hangovers are due to other things in addition to
fusel oils (like dehydration and stripping of B vitamins), I had to challenge
his assertion. Isn't it true that SOME fusel oils are produced in all malt
fermentations -- just less than with non-malt adjuncts? I rarely get a
hangover from drinking homebrew, but I wonder how much of that is due to
REMOVAL of fusel oils via the blow-off method of fermentation, as well as the
fact that I'm consuming a great deal of yeast, which returns some B-vitamins
to my body. I also drink less because the greater body of the homebrew
satisfies my beer cravings compared to commercial beers (so much for the lite
beer health philosophy). What are the facts on fusel oils?

Jackie Brown Bitnet: Brown@MSUKBS

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