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What type of beer should I leave for Santa on Christmas Eve?

This Month’s Question:  What type of beer should I leave for Santa on Christmas Eve?

Answer:

I can still remember the days of my youth, or more exactly, at least back to the days when my nephews were young, and they asked their Grandmother if they could leave milk and cookies for Santa.    Their stockings were hung by the chimney with care when my brother piped in, “Don’t you think Santa would rather have a beer with his cookies?” Read more

Holiday Party; We Need Your Help!

The Holiday party is fast approaching and we need your help! The party is set for December 12th this year. Our summer party was a huge success primarily because of those of you who cooked a dish and brought it to the party! Our holiday party has always been the more traditional “pot-luck” of the two parties and so I am hoping all of you can come through for us again!

The food is mostly traditional style holiday dishes, I expect we will see things like deep-fried turkey’s, baked ham, Carbonnades a la Flamande and prime rib served with sides like stuffing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, many kinds of vegetables and salads and breads. Plus the desserts! Pies, cakes, cookies and cupcakes! The desserts last year were amazing and I did not even get to try them all!

What I am hoping to do is have a similar type of sign up as we did for the summer party. If you can make a dish, any dish, please let me know and I will add you to the master food list. You can email me at [email protected] just give me your name and which dish you plan to bring. I will coordinate the list and update the group as to things we may need.

We are cooking for 200 party goers but don’t let that scare you! I am not trying to get one person to make all the food, but rather I am hoping we can get many members to make a single batch that when added all together will be our feast! If you can make a large batch (or even a small batch) of any of the above items I want to hear from you!

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!

Ian

New PG Shirts Arrive!

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Latest word from the printer is that the new shirts will be ready in time for November’s meeting! Get to this month’s meeting and bring your wallet!

Just in time for the holidays we’ll have lady’s (American Apparel) sizes S, M, L in short sleeves and men’s (Hanes) S, M, L, XL, XXL, and even a few XXXL’s in short and long sleeves. (Sorry XXXL is short sleeve only). Outfit your whole crew!$20 for the short sleeves, $25 for long.

Promote your club in style!

He’s Alive!

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This just in! Photographic evidence that in contrast to popular belief;  Pacific Gravity member formerly known as Martin Svab is in fact still alive and well!
See it to believe it: gentleman-scholar.com/.

Mike Sautter asks this month’s question: Is it better to force carbonate a keg or add priming sugar?

Answer:
This is one of those cases where you can go either way.  However, there are a couple of factors to consider before you make your decision.  You might even want to split the difference.

The big advantage of force-carbonating a beer is that it is quick.  Suppose someone calls up and asks if you can have beer ready for a big party Read more

Ask the Brewmaster: My Homebrew Smells Like Rotten Eggs and Corn!

This Month’s Question:  My beer sometimes has a corn-like sulfury smell.    What can I do about it?

Answer:  A corn-like smell is usually due to a specific chemical compound called dimethylsulfide, or DMS for short.  DMS forms in the malting process and in the boiling process while brewing any beer.  It is the result of a thermal degradation of sulfur-containing amino acid in the grain called s-methylmethionine.   This amino acid is present in all malts.  Hence, all beers have some amount of DMS.

DMS is a highly volatile compound.  This makes it an easily detectable compound in aroma, even in trace quantities.  Fortunately, the volatility makes it fairly easy to scrub out of your beer.

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The amount of DMS in your finished beer depends on a number of factors.  First of all is the amount of s-methylmethionine in the grain.  High protein malts such as six-row have higher amounts, hence more DMS.  Some of the DMS is driven off by heat in the kilning process.  Hence, the paler malts kilned at lower temperature have more.  These two factors combined contribute to the fact that pale lagers (made from pale six-row malt), often have high levels of DMS.  Not surprisingly, corn also contains a lot of s-methylmethionine.  These characteristics are a hallmark of lager beers.  A lager without DMS tastes rather bland.

The second factor that affects the amount of DMS is how much is removed from the wort during the boil.  Every bubble of steam that comes out of the kettle will carry some DMS with it.  Hence, longer boiling times and a more vigorous boil tend to reduce DMS levels.  For best results, you want to keep the boil rolling for the whole time.  Don’t simmer your beer! Read more

New Club Website

August marks the official rollout of our new club website.  We’ve moved to blog style website which will allow us to have a more up-to-date and active website.  We’ll be posting all of our newsletter and email announcement content to the website on a periodic basis.   The new website will allow member interaction via comments and much more.

The new club website also marks the demise of our monthly newsletter and periodic email announcements.  In the interest of reducing overhead and duplication of effort, the website will become the club’s primary method of communications and will essentially replace the newsletter and emails.  The monthly newsletter will evolve into a monthly flyer promoting that months events with the rest of its monthly content  moving to the website.  The email announcements will be replaced with notifications from the website when articles are posted.

Since we’ll no longer be sending newsletters or email announcements, you’ll need to subscribe to the new website to stay in the loop with news and up-coming events.  The club website provides two ways to subscribe to it: via email or via RSS feeds.  To subscribe via email, enter your preferred email address in the text box in the upper left corner of the club web page and click the subscribe button below.  Once you’ve subscribed via email, you’ll receive an email whenever a new article is posted on the website.  To subscribe via an RSS feed, click the subscribe link in the upper right corner and follow the instructions to add it to your favorite news reader.  Once subscribed via an RSS feed, you’ll get a summary in your news reader of all articles posted on the club website.   If you don’t subscribe, you’ll have to manually check the website for the latest info.  So subscribe now and stay in the loop…

Pacific Gravity Gazette Archives Now Online!

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New PG Website

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