Year is flying right along, and today I’m dropping the latest brewing news, website news, and an introduction to hopefully an on going feature here at the site, TIPSy Tuesdays.
Space Hop IPA is a very basic recipe with an F-ton of hops (12 oz of high alpha acid hops for 12 gallons of beer!). This was also the first beer that we got to use our RIMS (Recirculating Infusion Mash System) which kept us from worrying about mash temperature for the first time ever. If we don’t run into any fermentation problems, this IPA should be ready for consumption by the 4th of July.
The website has gotten a couple more pages to use to keep you up-to-date on both the beers that have gotten brewed, as well as the hop garden progress. So be sure to check out the Brew Archive and the Green Thumb sections of the site for their expanding log of information. Also, during the storms at the end of May we have a fallen warrior. The old trusted Raspberry Pi that we were using to log fermentation temperatures has fell on rough times, and that means the Temperature Monitor will be out of commission till we complete the necessary repairs.
And lastly, TIPSy Tuesdays (see what I did there?) will be a weekly posting of a tip that is somehow associated with beer in some way. The first tip gives you some scientifically backed knowledge on how to handle that meat of yours.
According to a study by Olga Maria da Silva Viegas, a faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Porto (Portugal), using beer as a marinade for your meat helps reduce the amount of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (nasty toxic compounds) caused by grilling with charcoal. Out of the three beers tested (5.2%ABV Pilsner, 0.5% nonalcoholic Pilsner, and 5% Black beer ), the Black beer (I’m guessing Super Bock Stout) provided the highest inhibition of those PAH compounds, blocking over 50%. To achieve this, just marinate some pork in a 1:1 beer to meat ratio for 4 hours at 5°C (or 41°F). If you actually go out of your way and use this tip, be sure to leave us a comment on how your grilling turned out!