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by Mesa Maltworks
Sat Aug 27, 2005 10:43 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: re-using Starsan??
Replies: 6
Views: 15453

Most cost efficient way to use acid anionic sanitizers...

I learned the following while operating an open fermentation brewery: 1) Acid anionic sanitizers will sanitize in the presence of proteins which gives you a safety buffer if you have blind spots that are difficult to clean in your equipment. 2) Upon contact with wort, acid anionics break down and wi...
by Mesa Maltworks
Sat Aug 27, 2005 10:11 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Mr. Beer Newbie
Replies: 2
Views: 6950

Mr. Beer... the device most responsible for 1 off brewers!

There has been no other device, except the Brew King Brew Sack, that has been more responsible for turning people away from what is an otherwise simple process to get right. It is most often the "Christmas gift that looked like a good idea given by someone not in the know." If you follow their direc...
by Mesa Maltworks
Sat Aug 27, 2005 9:51 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: wooden cask
Replies: 2
Views: 7471

Wax Lined Barrels

Hi! Wax lined barrels are for appearance, not wood conditioning. Since they are wax lined, the tannins from the wood will not leach into the beer so the beer will not possess a wood aged character. If you got one designed for beer (some are intended for vinegar or pickles) this barrel was designed t...
by Mesa Maltworks
Sat Aug 27, 2005 9:40 am
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Need Help To develop a Old english Porter
Replies: 4
Views: 30691

Gimme some flavor descriptors...

I have not had any of the brands you listed, but I've had many UK Porters. My all time favorite Porter is King & Barnes. But alas, that brewery is no longer in existance. I can most likely help though. Give me a description of the flavors you are targeting. If you can, tell me what is different abou...
by Mesa Maltworks
Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: I didn't die... I just have moved A LOT recently!
Replies: 6
Views: 8989

3rd brewery in a year....

Thanks for the welcome! Well, it's my 3rd brewery in a year, but this is my 7th one in the 10 years I've been in the industry. If your resume looked like mine in any other industry, you'd never get hired as they would think you didn't like to stick around! But prior to brewing, I was a corporate VP ...
by Mesa Maltworks
Sun Aug 21, 2005 1:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: I didn't die... I just have moved A LOT recently!
Replies: 6
Views: 8989

I didn't die... I just have moved A LOT recently!

Hey all! Sorry you haven't heard from me in a while. I blew thru two breweries since my last post! 1) Deep Creek Brewing - McHenry, MD: Rehabed the brewhouse, ordered in grain, yeast, hops & chemicals, set to brew AND... on the 3rd week the owner came in and said they decided not to brew anymore and...
by Mesa Maltworks
Mon Jan 03, 2005 9:55 pm
Forum: News, Events & Announcements
Topic: I've finally roosted in a new brewhouse...
Replies: 2
Views: 13066

I've finally roosted in a new brewhouse...

Sorry for the absence but a couple of things happened on the way to brewing nirvana.... 1) Left a great gig at Main Street Brewing in Evansville, IN to be closer to my family in Bridgeport, WV. 2) Took over as head brewer for Deep Creek Brewing in McHenry, MD on Nov. 1. 3) Spent 2 weeks making the b...
by Mesa Maltworks
Tue Oct 26, 2004 9:29 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Holding temperature methods
Replies: 3
Views: 5443

Pectins...

Yes, it is true that you can extract the waxes in some fruits by boiling them, but raspberries contain only a small amount of pectin and you are only boiling 40% of them for a long enough time for any extraction to occur. My suggestion was specifically for raspberries. Of the world's beer not made ...
by Mesa Maltworks
Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:28 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Temp Controled Fermenter
Replies: 1
Views: 5906

Window A/C won't work....

If you designed a baffled box around the fermenter and used blown refrigerated air.... that would work as long as the difference between the ambient air and your targeted fermentation temperature was not greater than 18~20 deg. F. However since the wort would be indirectly cooled, it would take a d...
by Mesa Maltworks
Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:13 pm
Forum: Brewing Problems, Emergencies, Help!
Topic: one bad bottle?
Replies: 1
Views: 4585

Acetic/Lactic Acid Producing Bacteria....

What you describe suggests that an acid producing (beer spoiler) bacteria got a foot hold in one of your bottles. The major producers of such characters in beer are lactic and acetic acid producers. To determine which you have would require a simple lab analysis, but is not really necessary. Just b...
by Mesa Maltworks
Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:04 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Holding temperature methods
Replies: 3
Views: 5443

Reply...

Q1: Are the "extract" recipes that use grains, recipes that I can put the grains in a grain bag and remove from the wort once heated to 170F? Yes, if they are specialty grains such as black malt, crystal malt, chocolate malt... etc... that are not added to a recipy to contribute fermentable sugars ...
by Mesa Maltworks
Mon Oct 25, 2004 12:50 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Brewing with Rice question ? ? ?
Replies: 1
Views: 4025

Paul; What was your anticipated SG? You listed an actual SG of 1.048. If you missed your projected SG, your rice handling was most likely the culprit. Here is the preferred way to gelatinize adjuncts including corn: 1. Bring water to a boil. 2. Add rice or/and corn grits. 3. Add 1/4 cup finely crus...
by Mesa Maltworks
Sat Oct 09, 2004 10:30 am
Forum: News, Events & Announcements
Topic: I'm relocating!...
Replies: 4
Views: 17197

Re: Good Luck!

Mesa, Good luck in your new move & employment adventure and hope you get back to the boards soon. Meanwhile I'll be thinking up some tough Homebrewing Q's for ya! :D As I/we all appreciate your expert advice to us Hobby Homebrewers. Cheers! -DW Thanks for your good wishes. And hey... "hobby homebre...
by Mesa Maltworks
Mon Oct 04, 2004 6:13 pm
Forum: News, Events & Announcements
Topic: I'm relocating!...
Replies: 4
Views: 17197

I'm relocating!...

Effective November 1, I am leaving Main Street Brewery and taking over the Deep Creek Brewery in McHenry, MD. Therefore, my e-mail address and other contact methods will change. I will not be able to view the forum for a while after I move until I can settle in and get a new net connection. Eric
by Mesa Maltworks
Wed Sep 29, 2004 2:46 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Uses for mashed grains?
Replies: 10
Views: 13384

Mulch or Compost...

You can use spent grain as mulch, but not too much as it is a nitrogen robber. As compost, however, it is excellent because of the amount of bacterial activity it will cause.

Eric