|"Here and There"
by Clay Moore
and Jay Silvers
The is a consensus that for most beer oxygen should not come in contact with
\beer once it has undergone fermentation but a certain amount is necessary just
prior to fermentation to ensure yeast health.
American porters are an adaptation of English porters. It was first produced
commercially in Philadelphia which explains why it was some called it "Pennsylvania
porter". In the late 1700s the style gained great acceptance and was even endorsed
by President George Washington. It was made with pale, black, brown, and
chocolate malts plus corn, licorice, and molasses. Compared to modern porters it
was smoother and less bitter with an ABV of under 6%.
"I mulled over what he had told me as I savored the Scotch.
Not bad really -like a beer that's been in a brawl."
American pale ale stands between blonde ales and American IPA. It's hopp and
bitter but usually not aggressively so. It has some light caramel sweetness, but is
less sweet than blonde ales. It's ABV is usually between 4.5 and 6.5%. Two
classics we enjoy is Sierra Nevada Pale and Dale's Pale.
"Beer is a good family drink."
Lydia Francis Child
Which of these craft breweries has been purchased by a large brewery?
A. Souther Tier, NY; B. Station 2Magic Hat, VT; C. Stevens Point, WI; D. Harpoon,
MA; E. New Garus, WI. The answer: B by North American Breweries
The word is Attenuation. Use it the next time you talk about beer. It's the
degreeto which yeast metabolizes the fermentable sugar solution in wort during
fermentation. Most beer yeast varieties are capable of attenuating in the range
of 65 to 85%. Fermentation temperature, mash temperature, adjunct use, and
pH can all effect the degree of attenuation.
Care for a game of Chandelier? It's a combination of beer pong and quarters.
Players sit around a table, each with their own cup of beer in front of them. Fill
another cup with beer and place it in the center of the table. Each player takes a
turn attempting to bounce a ping-pong ball into one of the other players' cuts. If the
bounce is successful the player whose cup the ball landed in drinks. If the ball lands
in the center cup everyone must drink. If you make a shot, you get to go
again. If you miss, whoever catches the ball goes next. IMPT.- Never use good beer
when playing this game and it is not appropriate for those over 24 years old.
"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to
meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts and beer."
One of our favorite hops is Idaho 7 which as been around since 2015 when it got its
start as an experimental variety at the Jackson Hop Farm in Wilder, Idaho. It is
noted for dank balsam fir, Juicy Fruit gum, red grapefruit, and teal leaf. The hop's
high oil content makes it perfect as an aromatic finishing hop where its resinous pine
needle, apricot, tropical fruit, and black tea character is best appreciated.
An English Mild ale is somewhat a contradiction. It is low in alcohol - often 3 to 4%
ABV- but dark in color and richly flavored. Their color can range from dark brown to
mahogany and they boast flavors of nuts, toffee, chocolate, and dried dark fruits.
Stump you beer savvy friends by asking them to explain the difference between
zwickel and Zwickelbier. Zwickel is a tap or faucet on the side of a serving tank for
beer. Zwickelbier is an unfiltered, unpasteurized German style of beer that can be
fermented with either lager or ale yeast.
Lagers and ales are the two families of beer, distinguished by the type of yeast and
the temperature of fermentation. Lagers are fermented at cooler temperatures by
so-called “bottom fermenting” yeast. Beers in the lager family need to be
conditioned—or “lagered”—somewhere cool for a number of weeks before they are
ready to drink. Ales are fermented at warmer temperature by top-fermenting yeast
strains, and are ready to drink sooner. The sooner the better for us!
Just in case you're on a diet there are about 13 carbs in a standard beer, 5 in a
light beer. Of course don't expect much taste in that light beer.
One reason we often go to this particular bar is that the first time we visited we
heard this conversation between the bartender and customer: Q: May I have a
chilled glass, please?A: No, you may not. Our kind of place!
"You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning."
Clay and Jay
See you next month!