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From: R_GELINAS@UNHH.UNH.EDU (Russ Gelinas)
Subject: Bar Harbor Amber, Cerpa
Date: 1992-06-23 15:10:47 GMT

Had the chance to taste an Amber Ale from the Bar Harbor Brewing Co.
in Maine, on tap. Pretty standard amber, except for having absolutely no
hops aroma at all. Bitterness/malt were balanced ok, but either they
forgot to add the finishing hops, or they should change their recipe.
Anyone tried any of their other brews?

On a better note, I had a Cerpa pilsner from Brazil. Came in a colorful
can. It's an eastern European style pilsner, very similar in flavor/aroma/color
to Budvar, or maybe even the Czech version of Pilsner Urquell. A nice beer.
I was told that the "generic" beer in Brazil is better than generic US
Budmiloors. Oddly, Xingu lager was not to be found, and the locals had not
even heard of it.

And now, a homebrewing question. Darryl Bock-man ;-) said he sanitizes
his plastic with boiling water, reasoning that the heat will kill the
nasties in any cracks. I've been thinking of using a zapap lauter tun (bucket
in a bucket) as a hop-back, but have been concerned about exposing my chilled
wort to the plastic buckets. But, if Darryl's assumption is true, then pouring
the *hot* wort through the lauter-tun/hop-back would eliminate sanitation
concerns about the plastic. It would oxidize the wort, but at this stage it
would mostly just darken it. Correct me if I'm wrong on that. I'd also be
concerned about handling a brewpot full of hot wort, but I can imagine a way
to be careful about that. Am I forgetting anything? Any holes in my thinking?


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