From the HBD Archive
From: rdg@hpfcmi
Subject: hangovers, lagering, etc.
Date: 1989-01-30 21:58:35 GMT

FYI Dept:

Several people have mentioned that hangovers might result from leaving
too many hop oils/sludge in the beer. Well, our guru (Charlie Papazian)
emphatically states that the mulititude of B-vitamins found in yeast
(and thus yeast sediment) do wonders for helping prevent hangovers.

> From: rogerl@Think.COM
> Well, after 60 hours the water in the fermentation lock is finally on
> the correct side. This is the first time it has taken so long to get
> the flocculation to start. Ergo my concern appears to be unwarrented.

Lager yeasts are generally slower to start. I start mine at room temp,
and when signs of fermentation appear, I stick it in the fridge.

> From: hplabs!harvard!ima!wang7!klm
> I would like to add a bit of Dextrin (non-fermentable sugar) to my
> priming mix at bottling time in an attempt to sweeten the beer, add
> a bit more 'body' and balance out the roasted flavor.
> The question is how much? I've never used Dextrin powder before, but
> I've heard that a little goes a long way. Should I use a 1/2 cup for
> 5 gallons, or much less, like around 2 to 3 Tbsp.?

I have used lactose (another unfermentable sugar) with success. As I
recall, 1/4 cup was plenty. I would certainly use no more than 1/2 cup
of dextrin powder- that will give the beer lots of body.

> From: hplabs!harvard!ima!wang7!klm
> Is anybody here entering the Homebrew Contest this year?
> I am brewing a Porter tomorrow and, if all goes well, will consider
> entering it just for the hell of it. I don't really expect to win
> anything, I just think it would be fun.

Those are exactly my expectations about entering the national homebrew
competition. And even if you don't win anything, you get back comments
from beer judges telling you exactly what's wrong with your beer,
what's good about it, etc. For only $6 per entry, it's a great deal.

I had some frustrating results in last year's competition, but I think
I've forgiven the AHA by now. Problems included:

- Judging one of my beers in two different (diverse) categories; Did
they mix up my beer with someone elses, or did they mix
up my target category, or what? I guess I'll never know.
- Returning some score sheets with highly *unconstructive* criticism;
I have no problem accepting "harsh" criticism, as long
as it's constructive, ie, as long as it is specific about
problems, and suggests solutions. Some of the comments were
not only content-free, but actually rude. "Better luck
next time." Thanks a lot!
- Returning score sheets for a particular entry with incredibly
divergent scores (ie, 10 and 41!); I used to attribute inconsistent
scores to "bad bottles" but then I asked myself, "Self,
when was the last time you opened a bottle, and it was bad?"
And the answer was never. Perhaps a bad judge? May I suggest
reviewing for large inconsistencies and re-judging?

I guess all of these problems can be attribited to bad luck, but I
just perceived ineptness at the time, since the previous year I had no
such problems. I still plan on entering beers in the competition
again in the hope that my experienced judge hit ratio will be better.


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