From the HBD Archive
From: Enders <enders@plains.NoDak.edu>
Subject: Small scale mashing, dry hopping, etc.
Date: 1990-01-18 04:46:22 GMT

Hi All!

I've come to the decision that I just *have* to try my hand at doing
a full blown all grain batch. However, I don't have the requsite large
kettels, etc. required for a 5 gal. batch. Now what I'm wondering is
how much of a hassle would it be to do a full blown mash for a 2.5 gal.
batch? a 1 gal. batch? I think that just using the proper proportion of
grains/hops/water should work OK. Anyone been experimenting along these
lines? It also seems (at least to me) that this would be a great way to
test/develop new recipies. It doesn't seem too wise to brew a 5 gal.
batch of something if you're not sure you'll like it, or that it will even
turn out, etc. (I know, RDWHAH!)

On the subject of dry hopping and its infection potential: Why couldn't
you give the hops a bath in everclear before pitching them into the primary?
That should disinfect them at least somewhat. I don't know just how solulable
(sp?) the hop oils are in ethanol, but I don't think a 5 min. bath would wash
out all the good stuff. Comments?

My latest experiment was to *brew* seltzer (i.e. just water, maybe with
a twist of lemon or lime, prime it, and add a small amount of yeast to
carbonate.). It turned out suprizingly good. I used 1/2 t. of corn sugar
per bottle to prime. I rehydrated some lager yeast and added 0.2ml of the
solution per bottle. Works great! I had lemon/lime fizzy water in a week and
I *know* where the water comes from. :-)

More stuff is in the works, and whatever turns out good, I'll post for
the consideration of the group. BTW: does anyone know of a good source for
25 liter acid carboys? I tried the chem. dept. here, but they don't get any
acid in them (either 55 gal plastic drums or gal. bottles).

enjoy!

Todd Enders ARPA: enders@plains.nodak.edu
Computer Center UUCP: ...uunet!plains!enders
Minot State University BITNET: enders@ndsuvax
Minot, ND 58701



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