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December 4 2005 Beer and Brewing Newsletter

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Bethlehem Brew Works - Rude Elf and Lambic Delights
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Beer Fox Tip of the Week:

With the winter months in full swing in the northern parts of the USA and in Canada, be careful not to leave that case of beer in your car where it can freeze.  This will permanently alter the profile and flavor of your beer.

Freezing kills carbonation and flattens the flavors in malt and hops.  It also changes the beer chemically.  Just as cake batter changes when it is cooked in the oven, beer also changes when it is subjected to extreme temperatures of hot and cold.

Beer Fox Laugh of the Week:

A young blonde was on vacation in the depths of Louisiana. She wanted a pair of genuine alligator shoes in the worst way, but was very reluctant to pay the high prices the local vendors were asking.

After becoming very frustrated with the "no haggle" attitude of one of the shopkeepers, the blonde shouted, "Maybe I'll just go out and catch my own alligator so I can get a pair of shoes at a reasonable price!"  The shopkeeper said, "By all means, be my guest.  Maybe you'll luck out and catch yourself a big one!"  Determined, the blonde turned and headed for the swamps, set on catching herself an alligator.

Later in the day, the shopkeeper is driving home, when he spots the young woman standing waist deep in the water, shotgun in hand.  Just then, he sees a huge 9 foot alligator swimming quickly toward her.  She takes aim, kills the creature and with a great deal of effort hauls it on to the swamp bank.  Lying nearby were several more of the dead creatures.  The shopkeeper watches in amazement. Just then the blonde flips the alligator on its back, and frustrated, shouts out, "Damn it, this one isn't wearing any shoes either!"

Beer News:

Chemists from Stanford University and the University of Edinburgh have completed a fun and fascinating study on the action of beer bubbles.  Many people have claimed that bubbles fall to the bottom of the glass, while their friends laugh and tell them they've had enough to drink.  Bubbles are lighter than the liquid that suspends them, so this claim would defy the laws of physics.

However, Richard N. Zare, Professor in Natural Sciences at Stanford and Andrew J. Alexander, former Stanford postdoctoral fellow, conducted experiments on this strange phenomenon.  Unable to truly prove their hypothesis, Alexander took the experiment one step beyond by setting up a video camera to take clips at the rate of 750 frames per second.  The researchers found that the bubbles move upward to the surface in the
center of the beer glass, followed by a fall to the bottom of the glass along the outer walls.  The bubbles are small enough that they are pushed downward by the weight of the liquid.

So if you want some fast Christmas cash, bet one of your unsuspecting buddies that bubbles in beer have the ability to sink!

Craft Brew of the Week Award:

Heresy - Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
Style:  Russian Imperial Stout

Deep ebony with a tawny head that shrinks to a layer of ringlets with cobwebby lacing on the crystal surface of the glass.  Aromas are intensely oak and vanilla, with chocolate and nuts rising to the nose.

Roasty, nutty malt are dressed with dark fruit flavors of raisins and plum pudding, while bittersweet chocolate merges with bourbon magic to coat your throat in velvet.  Warmth lingers in the back of the mouth.  Satiating!


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Carolyn Smagalski, Beer and Brewing Editor 

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