The Midnight Brewer
Official publication of the Midnight Homebrewers’ League
Carroll County, Maryland Issue No. 2
Beer, brewing and your low-carb diet
By Steve Kranz lead to taking up some other hobby in its place. Golf? Not
interested. Stamp collecting? Right. Model airplanes? I
I was standing in Gary Cress’ garage during Big Brew don’t think my high blood pressure has the capacity to
2004, listening to Gary and Paul earnestly discuss their absorb the shock of crashing a $1,000 toy. Since it
recipes. Not beer recipes, mind you, but fish, chicken, and immediately became clear that there is no hobby in the
salad dressing recipes. Here were these two guys, each of world that can replace homebrewing, I set out to find a way
whom has lost many pounds, chattering like housewives to save my favorite hobby from my new diet.
over how to prepare a better salad dressing. “Yikes”, I
says to myself. Long-dismissive of anything that would About 30 seconds on the Internet, and I found my
deprive me of my two favorite food groups — beer and salvation! Just this past April, Anheuser-Busch took on
pizza — I turned to Lydia Cress and Lin Hitchcock who Dr. Agatston’s (South Beach Diet author) condemnation of
were standing nearby and announced my immediate need beer, with news conferences and a newspaper ad campaign
for a beer and a slice of pizza. in some 31 newspapers. To his credit (and my vast relief!),
Dr. Agatston has issued a partial retraction on beer’s evils.
But, the joke was on me. The next day, I agreed with the
Spousal Unit’s plan to start the South Beach Diet. "Lots of people are on the diet, and they're being told they
can't have beer," said Francine Katz, an Anheuser-Busch
For anyone unfamiliar with the nuances of the madly- vice president. "You can't just sit idly by when there's such
popular South Beach Diet, for the purposes of this article gross misinformation. The information in the South Beach
all you need to know is that beer is Public Enemy #1. Not Diet book is 100 percent wrong when it comes to beer,"
only is beer generally fattening, but it is particularly bad, Katz said. Maltose, which comes from barley malt, is
according to the diet’s author, because it contains maltose found in beer only in its early brewing stages, Katz said.
(malt sugar) which probably is the worst of all sugars. Maltose is eliminated when yeast converts it to alcohol and
“Maltose, the sugar in beer, has a higher glycemic index carbon dioxide during fermentation, she said.
than white bread. The insulin response to it leads to the
fat storage in the abdomen that we That's confirmed by Russ Klisch, of
call, quite accurately, the beer belly.” Milwaukee's Lakefront Brewery Inc.
"It should be all fermented out," Klisch
Since I started the diet, Paul and I have said. If the beer has too much sugar
discussed whether having an during fermentation, the yeast will
occasional beer is really as bad as all continue to convert it to carbon dioxide
that, Paul’s argument (or after bottling. For home brewing
rationalization?) being that beer has hobbyists, that can lead to the
almost no sugar because it all gets occasional exploding beer bottle as the
fermented out. Being the good new pressure builds from excess
South Beach Nazi that I was, I clung to carbonation.
the diet’s line that I wasn’t going to
touch alcohol for the first two weeks, As for carbs, AB’s Katz says, “Beer is
and after that I was going to have to actually very low in carbs, and people
think hard about what I planned to do counting carbs don't have to feel guilty
about drinking beer. I mean, I can suffer almost any about enjoying a beer."
deprivation for a measly two weeks, but long-term BD
(Beer Deprivation) would have been unacceptable, no Based on interim federal guidelines (see item on page 6),
matter how successful the diet program. And if I couldn’t which define low-carb as having less than 7 grams per
drink beer, I’d probably stop brewing, which would only Page 1 (Continued on page 8)
Homebrewers descend upon for his first club function in about, what, two
Paul and Steve hit their target OG. right on the
Mark Kaidy hosted a well-attended tasting at his nose, much to the credit of Steve’s wort chiller
apartment building in Union Bridge on April 16. which did NOT explode this year. Thom did
I recommend a return engagement...it’s a great confess that, right after reading Steve’s article
old building and a terrific place for a party, and from last year about his wort chiller that split
who cares if we make too much noise...the from frozen water in the coils, he discovered that
neighbors are all Mark’s tenants! Anyway, there his chiller, a counter-flow job with the coils
was a mighty fine spread of delicious food, and inside a hose, had suffered the same fate. Let
the beers were outstanding. Melinda Byrd’s these stories be fair warning: if you keep your
Chimay Clone from a few years ago was the chiller outside over the winter, and haven’t used
highlight as far as I’m concerned. I will say, it yet to brew this season, check it for structural
however, that I was also very impressed with the integrity before brewing with it.
berry wine Mark presented...much better than
Rocket Fuel. Extra thanks also go to Mark for
donating a portion of the tasting fees to the club! June 19 is next tasting event
Larry and Lin Hitchcock will host our next
Big Brew 2004 tasting event on Saturday, June 19. The time is
7:00 PM to Midnight. Please mark your calendar
Gary and Lydia Cress were last-minute substitute a week in advance to make sure you RSVP to
hosts for this year’s Big Brew, and as usual their Larry and Lin at 410-833-4409 or
hospitality (combined with perfect weather) firstname.lastname@example.org.
made for an excellent brewing day. Only three
batches of beer were born, with Gary brewing
solo, Paul and Steve sharing ten gallons of an Date Change for Brew-Ha-Ha!
English Bitter, and Larry and Lin Hitchcock
putting out an extract batch of Brown Ale. The Traditionally set to coincide with the July 4th
Spousal Unit came by for a mid-afternoon visit, holiday, the Brew-Ha-Ha was moved back a
as did Thom Leib, who ventured south from PA week, to Saturday, July 10. Mark your calendar!
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Brewers, start your burners and brew your seasonal beers now!
By Steve Kranz more comfortably fermented at All malt should derive from the finest
warmer spring and summer quality two-row barley. Continental
I frequently get requests from club temperatures. hops, especially noble varieties, are most
members to send out reminders about authentic. Somewhat alkaline water (up
to 300 PPM), with significant carbonate
the time to brew seasonal beers. It Here are the style guidelines for
content is welcome.
usually goes something like, "Geez, Oktoberfest and Barleywines,
it's September and I wish I had thought followed by some extract and all- OG: 1.050-1.064
of brewing an Oktoberfest beer months grain sample recipes of each style. FG: 1.012-1.016
ago, because now it's too late." So, IBUs: 20-30
while Summer hasn't even officially Oktoberfest SRM: 7-14
begun, now is the time to think about ABV: 4.8-6.5%
the fall drinking season (FDS), and Aroma: German (Vienna or Munich)
having the right seasonal beers bottled Commercial Examples: Spaten Ur-
malt aroma. A light toasted malt
Maerzen, Ayinger Oktoberfest-Maerzen,
or kegged and ready to drink. With aroma may be present. No fruitiness,
Wuerzburger Oktoberfest, Hacker-
that in mind, may I suggest that you diacetyl, or hop aroma.
take the very next available day to
brew this year's Oktoberfest and Appearance: Dark gold to reddish
amber color. Bright clarity, with solid RECIPES
Barleywine style beers.
Ayinger Oktober Fest (Extract)
Traditionally, Oktoberfest beers were Flavor: Distinctive and complex
brewed in the spring to close out the maltiness may include a toasted aspect. Ingredients:
brewing season, and stored in cold Hop bitterness is moderate, and hop • .5 lbs Cara-Munich Malt (STEEP)
caves or cellars during the summer to flavor is low to none. Balance is • .5 lbs Munich Light Malt (STEEP)
be served during autumn celebrations. toward malt, though the finish is not • .25 lbs Crystal 40L (STEEP)
• 6.6 lbs Light Bierkeller Malt
But why brew a barleywine now? For Syrup
a couple of reasons. First, barleywine Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a
creamy texture and medium • .33 lbs Light Dry Malt Extract
is often viewed as a seasonal, cold 6 oz Malto-Dextrine Powder
weather beer — a "winter warmer" — • 1.4 oz Tettnanger 5% 60 min
because of its high alcohol level. (Me, Overall Impression: Smooth and • 0.25 oz Hallertauer 3% 10 min
I enjoy barleywine year-round, rather rich, with a depth of malt • 1 tsp Irish Moss
invoking the mantra, "It's winter character. This is one of the classic • 1 pkg Wyeast 2308 Munich Lager
somewhere". But I digress...) For that malty styles, with a maltiness that is
reason, many commercial breweries often described as soft, complex, and Steep crushed grains in one gallon of
release their annual barleywines and elegant but never cloying.
150° water for 20 minutes. Sparge
other high-alcohol brews in the fall. (rinse) grains slowly with .5 gallon of
Second, barleywine is very suitable as History: Origin is credited to Gabriel
Sedlmyer, based on an adaptation of additional water at 150°. Add water as
a base for a holiday beer. Just dose it the Vienna style developed by Anton necessary to have at least 1.5 gallons
up with fall/wintery spices (clove, Dreher around 1840, shortly after volume in kettle. Bring to a boil,
cinnamon, allspice, coriander, etc) and lager yeast was first isolated. Typically remove from heat and add extracts and
appropriate fruits/vegetables to your brewed in the spring, signaling the end boiling hops. Return to heat, boil for
liking (e.g. pumpkin, peppers, etc.). of the traditional brewing season and 50 minutes. Add flavoring hops and
Thirdly, and most importantly for stored in cold caves or cellars during Irish moss, and boil an additional 10
brewing purposes, if you don't get a the warm summer months. Served in
minutes. Chill to 80° or below, strain
barleywine started now, it probably autumn amidst traditional
celebrations. into your fermenter and add cold
won't be ready in time for fall or sanitized water as necessary for five
winter consumption. Barleywines take gallons total volume. Pitch yeast, and
Ingredients: German Vienna malt
longer to ferment completely, and (slightly lighter than Munich malt) ferment at 47-52° for a week. Rack,
require longer conditioning time than should be the backbone (if not entirety) and ferment an additional 2 weeks at
other beers to reach their peak of of the grain bill, with some Munich 55°. Prime and bottle.
flavor. Lastly, since barleywine is malt and possibly some crystal malt.
fermented with ale yeast, it can be (Continued on page 7)
Treasurer’s Report Sam Adams Utopias — Wow!
By Larry Hitchcock By Steve Kranz You are about to experience the
strongest beer ever brewed. With
MHL officers held a rare business an alcohol content of 25% by
04/19/04 meeting in May hosted by Greg and volume, we've broken our own
Karen Lambrecht at their lovely new record set by Sam Adams Utopias
Little or no activity in our Treasury home. The meeting was rare in MMII in 2002. Beer enthusiasts
sure makes my job easier! The several respects. Rare in that we have never enjoyed a beer like Sam
cash received came from Mark cannot often clear our calendars all Adams Utopias. When served at
Kaidy, who donated half of the on the same day. But more rare in room temperature in a two-ounce
tasting fee from the gathering at his that we shared a bottle of Samuel serving, Sam Adams Utopias is an
place on April 16th. Thanks Mark! Adams Utopias that Greg had scored ideal after-dinner drink. Pour it
from a liquor store in south Carroll. into a wine glass or brandy snifter.
Note the aroma. Take a sip and
Previous Balance I had heard of Utopias, but didn't pay enjoy the ideal beer. People have
it much attention...until that night! asked what inspired me to brew
Greg had tried unsuccessfully to get such a unique beer? Drinkers have
a bottle through Cranberry Liquors long been familiar with light beers.
Cash Received 35.00 (Cranberry told Greg they don't sell I wanted to show them the opposite
enough Sam Adams beer to have end of the beer spectrum. A beer
Cash Disbursed 0.00 qualified to get one of the only 8,000 that is strong, rich and dark. Some
bottles of Utopias distributed would say, the ultimate beer. A
New Balance $1,025.53 throughout the United States). beer without carbonation, one to be
savored slowly. We started by using
Utopias is a beautiful crystal-clear the world's finest ingredients,
Please contact me if you have any amber color, and reminiscent of a including all four types of Noble
questions or concerns about our nice cognac in both aroma and hops, which give the beer its
flavor. I couldn’t perceive any earthy, herbal taste. The hops also
distinct hop presence, but I suppose add a spicy note. Carmel, Vienna,
it’s there somewhere, melded into the Moravian and Bavarian smoked
overall high-alcohol character of the malts add a rich amber color. A
“beer.” It is also non-carbonated. variety of yeast were used during
The only thing that gives Utopias fermentation, including the same
away as a “beer” is the hint of malt yeast used in champagne. As a
as it slides down your throat. It is a result of this unique brewing
delightful and delicious sipping process, this flavorful, slightly
beverage, intended to be taken at fruity brew has a sweet, malty
room temperature. flavor that resembles the deep, rich
grape taste of a vintage Port, fine
Since tasting Utopias, I called Wells Cognac or old Sherry. This limited
Liquors on York Road, where I was edition ale has been aged in
told that their distributor was only Scotch, Cognac and Port barrels.
able to get 40 bottles of the stuff, and Your bottle of Sam Adams Utopias
Wells had landed twelve of those 40. has been packaged in a unique,
They are long gone...at $125 a pop! collectible copper-finished brew
I was advised that the next batch of kettle decanter reminiscent of the
the brew (or something similar) will brew kettles used by brewmasters
probably come out in the fall. for hundreds of years. We have
produced only 8,000 bottles of Sam
Here is the Samuel Adams spin on Adams Utopias in 2003 to be
Utopias, for those whose palates are enjoyed by a select audience of
drooling for this year’s batch: better beer drinkers.
Maryland Homebrew Club Guild to host Product Review: The
2005 National Homebrew Conference! Mix-Stir Aerator
Thank you to all who attended the be done that day. Cash prizes are By Steve Kranz
Big Brew event at Maryland Home 1st: $50, 2nd: $25, 3rd: $10. See the
Brew on May 1. CRABS and CSI Guild website for more I am easily amused, and this funky-
did a supurb job organizing this day information, bottle labels and looking gizmo sure did make me laugh
when I first used it. I laughed because
of activities. 5 homebrew clubs entry forms.
it worked so well, and because I had
participated and collectively discovered another good use of electric
brewed 96 gallons of beer. Now Upcoming Beer Events: power to replace human “oomph”.
that's a lot of malt and hops!
May 29th, 3-7pm: Brew at the The Mix-Stir Aerator consists of a
Although there won't be large scale Zoo long plastic rod with a steel insert at
press releases until after this year's the top to fit an electric or cordless
conference, I wanted to let June 17-19: 2004 AHA National drill, and two hinged paddles on the
everyone know that the Guild has Homebrew Conference in Las bottom. You attach it to a drill, stick it
been officially selected to host the Vegas down into your wort at pitching time,
2005 AHA National Homebrew pull the trigger, and stand back, as it
instantly creates a vigorous whirlpool
Conference in Baltimore. The June 19th, Noon - ??: CSI 4th within your fermenter.
event will be held at the Holiday Annual Pub Crawl. Begins at
Inn, Inner Harbor from June 16- Ryleigh's, Cost: $35 includes beer The design is simple but ingenious.
18. The conference committee is at every stop. Details on CSI The two paddles hang loose and swing
still in need of volunteers - even website: http://www.csibc.com freely down at the bottom. But when
for key coordinator positions. it spins, the two paddles rise up
Check the website for details and June 25-27: Dominion Fest, horizontally from the centrifugal force.
volunteer forms (http://surf.to/ Ashburn, VA When this happens inside your
fhg). fermenter under the power of a drill,
July 10th, Noon-Dusk: Guild the two paddles whip the wort into a
The annual Guild picnic is frenzy, incorporating vital oxygen into
Picnic and wheat beer
the wort for a robust fermentation.
scheduled for Saturday, July 10th at competition
the same place - Patapsco State The Mix-Stir Aerator is simple,
Park Hollofield Area, Shelter 300 Information on all these and more inexpensive ($16 at Four Corners or
from Noon to dusk. The Guild will events can be found at http:// Annapolis Homebrew), easy to use,
provide charcoal and plenty of ice. surf.to/fhg. and makes a dandy back-scratcher
Bring your homebrew, some food (please sanitize after scratching). And
to share and your lawn chairs. Thanks, for brewers who brew in carboys, it is
Don't forget the family - there's lots narrow enough to fit inside the neck of
for the kids to do around the park! Les White a carboy to do its work.
Like last year, we'll be having a Guild President
wheat beer competition. Details are
similar to last year - you must bring
your entry to the picnic, entry fee is
$3 and limited to 1 entry per
brewer. Most wheat styles are
acceptable (except lambics). One
change this year: beer MUST be
bottled because depending on the
number of entries, judging may not
Beer & brewing news from around the world
"Our people like Taedonggang Beer 50 percent, expressed shock and said
What's “low carb”? a lot," Ri Hae Nam, assistant chief the move would amount to "abusive
Government will say engineer at Taedonggang Brewery, tax avoidance".
told an APTN (Aboriginal Peoples
Television Network) journalist during Interbrew is among many other
A division of the U.S. Treasury
a recent visit. companies that will be considering
Department plans to set advertising
whether to stay in Belgium over the
and labeling standards for low-carb
"All the managers and workers of this next few months. Tax rates in Belgium
alcoholic beverages. The Alcohol and
brewery are trying to improve quality are amongst the highest in the EU.
Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau set
to international standards, upholding
interim standards for the use of terms
the instructions of Gen. Kim Jong-il
such as "low carbohydrate." A beer
to achieve the highest quality."
German football fans
must have less than 7 grams of
carbohydrates to be labeled or choke on beer and food
Watering holes in the capital city now
advertised as such. It said a product
have Taedonggang (not to be deal
may be labeled as containing
confused with Taepodong, the
"reduced" or "lower" carbohydrates if it
Korean intercontinental ballistic German politicians, sports fans and
includes more than 7 grams of
missile) on tap, and Kim Jong-il even beer drinkers are fuming after learning
carbohydrates but less than the
visited the brewery to give it his that the International Football
regular version of the product.
personal stamp of approval. Federation has made an exclusive
These rules won't be a problem for
beers such as Michelob Ultra, Aspen deal with Anheuser-Busch and
Edge from Coors or Miller Lite (which Belgian Brew-Ha-Ha McDonald's for beer and food sales
during the 2006 World Cup (soccer)
has begun to advertise its low-carb
status). Michelob Ultra contains 2.6 tournament. The deals mean that local
Belgium is a small country that is German breweries and sausage
grams in a 12-ounce bottle, as does often ignored by its bigger European
Aspen Edge. Miller Lite has 3.2. In makers would not sell their products in
brothers on economic and business and around the football stadiums.
fact, Bud Light has 6.5 and Coors issues — and on just about
Light 5.0. everything else, for that matter. Yet The Bavarian Culture Ministry says it
this nation is a center of excellence is hoping to work out a compromise
N. Koreans Starving, in certain fields such as technology
and, perhaps more notably, brewing.
with FIFA to allow German products to
be sold at games. Both Munich and
Kim Brewing Beer Nuremberg plan to set up special "fan
So it came as a body-blow to the villages" outside the restricted areas
Although many North Koreans are national psyche when word came so fans can enjoy German-made
without basic necessities such as food, that Interbrew, a beer company with products while going to the games.
water or even electricity, the citizens of a more than 600 year history in
the capital at least have their own Belgium, was considering leaving the Local leaders are urging Bavarian
beer, thanks to dictator Kim Jong-il. country for more tax-friendly shores. governor Edmund Stoiber to take up
One possible new headquarters for the issue. "When the world comes to
In the year 2000, the communist the company is neighboring Bavaria in 2006, our guests should be
leader bought an entire brewery from Luxembourg. First, the company able to rely on learning about our
the British Ushers company and would pay significantly less corporate unique cultural goods," local Greens
brought it, vat by vat, back to North tax in Luxembourg. And second, Party leader Sepp Duerr said. "We are
Korea to be reassembled. It was Luxembourg has more flexible asking the state government to explain
outfitted with the latest German-made takeover laws. (Interbrew recently how they intend to safeguard that,"
computer-controlled brewing announced a merger with AmBev, a Duerr said.
technology and started production in Brazilian brewing conglomerate.)
The proposed move by Interbrew,
Now North Koreans can somewhat which traces it Belgian roots back to
afford the new Taedonggang Beer, 1386, immediately caused an uproar
named after the Taedong river flowing on the national political scene. Prime
through capital. Its taste rivals popular Minister Guy Verhofstadt, who once
lagers from Japan and Europe, which allowed that it would be nice if
are too costly for most consumers. Belgium could get its tax rates below
(Continued from page 3) often vintage-dated. Normally aged hops for 2 minutes. Chill to 80° or
significantly prior to release. Often below, strain into fermenter and add
Ayinger Oktober Fest (All-Grain) associated with the winter or holiday cool/cold sanitized water to make 5
season. The American version of the gallons. Pitch ale yeast and aerate
Barleywine tends to have a greater
Ingredients: wort vigorously. Ferment one week,
emphasis on hop bitterness, flavor and
• 8.5 lbs Pilsner 2-row (MASH) aroma than the English Barleywine, rack and ferment one more week.
• .5 lbs Cara-Munich Malt (MASH) featuring American hop varieties. Rack again, and pitch champagne
• 1.5 lbs Munich Light Malt yeast. Prime and bottle in 2-3 weeks.
(MASH) Ingredients: Well-modified pale malt
• .25 lbs Crystal 40L (MASH) should form the backbone of the grist, Big Brew '98 Barleywine (All-grain)
• .25 lbs Cara-Vienne Malt (MASH) with judicious amounts of caramel
• 9 oz Cara-Pils Dextrine (MASH) malts. Dark malts should be used with Ingredients:
• 1.5 oz Tettnanger 4.9% 90 min great restraint, if at all, as most of the • 17 lbs Pale Malt (Amer. 2-row)
color arises from a lengthy boil.
• .25 oz Hallertauer 5% 15 min • 3 lbs Crystal 40L
American hops such as Cascades and
• 1 tsp Irish Moss Centennial. • 1.5 oz Galena 11.2% 60 min.
• 1 pkg Wyeast 2308 Munich Lager • 2 oz Cascade (Pellet) 5.5% 60
OG: 1.080-1.120+ min.
Boil Time: 90 minutes FG: 1.020-1.030+ • 2 oz Willamette 4.7% FINISHING
IBUs: 50-100 2 minutes
Mashing Procedure: SRM: 10-22 • 2 tsp Irish Moss
Add 2.89 gallons of water at 172 F to ABV: 8-12+% • 1 pkg Champagne Yeast
heat mash to 150 F. Sparge with 5.17 • Wyeast 1056 or your favorite dry
gallons of water to yield 5.00 gallons Commercial Examples: Sierra Nevada ale yeast
Bigfoot, Rogue Old Crustacean,
to primary. •
Victory Old Horizontal.
Boil Time: 60 minutes
Add 3.75 gallons of water at 183 F
Aroma: Moderate to intense fruitiness; Big Brew ‘98 Barleywine (Extract) to heat mash to 155 F. Sparge with
presence of hops (typical American (I know I have published these 4.85 gallons of water to yield 5.00
varieties) may range from moderate to recipes before, but I must say that of gallons to primary. Pitch ale yeast and
dominant. A caramel-like aroma is often aerate wort vigorously. Ferment one
all the barleywines I have brewed,
this one came out the best of all. So, week, rack and ferment one more
here they are again.) week. Rack again, and pitch
Appearance: Color may range from rich champagne yeast. Prime and bottle in
gold to very dark amber or even brown.
Ingredients: 2-3 weeks.
Often has ruby highlights. May have low
head retention. • 10 lbs Light Malt Extract Syrup
• 4 lbs Amber Malt Extract Syrup Notes:
Flavor: Fruity, with a great intensity of • 2 lbs Crystal 40L (STEEP)
malt. Hop bitterness may range from just • 2 oz Galena 11.7% 60 minutes Original gravity came up short, don't
enough for balance to a firm, resiny
• 2 oz Cascade (Pellet) 5% 60 min. know why. Racked after one week
dominance; balance therefore ranges and added champagne yeast. Gravity
from slightly malty to intensely bitter. • 2 oz Willamette 4.5% Steep 2
min. came down nicely, tasted very clean at
Some oxidative flavors maybe present, second racking, also maybe a bit thin.
and alcohol should be evident. • 2 tsp Irish Moss
• Wyeast 1056 or your favorite dry
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, with a slick, ale yeast Delicious, malty and no off-flavors. It
viscous texture. Gentle smooth warmth • 1 pkg Champagne Yeast
was improved after six months in
from alcohol should be present. bottles.
Steep crushed grains in 1 gallon of
Overall Impression: A well-hopped
150° water for 30 minutes, rinse
American interpretation of the richest
and strongest of the English ales.
grains with additional hot water.
Bring to boil, remove from heat and
History/Comments: Usually the dissolve extracts. Return to boil, add
strongest ale offered by a brewery, and boiling hops, boil for 60 minutes.
Remove from heat, steep finishing
Events Calendar June 2004
For all tastings, $5 per member ($7 for guests) covers the host’s costs. RSVP directly
to the host, or as indicated. If you wish to schedule an event, contact any club officer. SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5
June TBA Tasting hosted by Gary &
19 Summer Solstice tasting hosted Lydia Cress. RSVP 410-876- 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
by Larry & Lin Hitchcock. 6605
RSVP 410-833-4409 or October
email@example.com TBA (Second or third weekend in 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
July October) BrewCamp ‘04.
10 BrewHaHa hosted by Neil Tentative plans are to return to 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Mezebish. RSVP 410-875- Cunningham Falls State Park
2325 this year.
10 Guild summer picnic @ TBA Tasting/party hosted by Greg & 27 28 29 30
Patapsco State Park Karen Lambrecht
(Continued from page 1)
serving, most "light" beers are low-
diet, whose fans include former
President Bill Clinton (“gag!... July 2004
carb. Bud Light, for example, has 6.6 ptooey!...spit! — Ed.), does allow for
grams per serving, compared with an occasional light or low-carb beer. SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
regular Bud's 10.6 grams. Michelob Agatston is researching the maltose 1 2 3
Ultra has 2.6 grams. issue and said if he's wrong, he'll
make a change in the book's next 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
When questioned about low-carb edition. “I'm anxious to correct
beers, Agatston replied: "Alcoholic anything we said that is wrong. But I
beverages, in moderation, appear to don't want to give the wrong 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
have favorable effects on heart disease impression and tell people to go
and diabetes prevention. Consuming ahead and drink a lot of beer.” 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
alcohol with a meal is preferable to
consuming alcohol on an empty That’s all the opening I need...some
stomach. We also prefer low-carb beer, some of the time. 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
beers, such as Michelob Ultra, to high-
carb beers." Agatston said that his Whew...saved from myself again!
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Scenes from Big Brew 2004. Gary’s portable folding “bakers scaffold” is just
the thing for mashing. Lightweight and easy to set up, it folds flat for storage 29 30 31
and is ideal for transporting to any remote brewing location. It is wide enough
to accommodate at least two, and probably three, all-grain setups.