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Zymurgy / Re: Latest issue a good read
« on: October 01, 2012, 01:58:19 AM »
The wood article is nice but the author claims something that is completely wrong. He says that "In Russia, birch was traditionally a favorite for barrel production, while Norway and Sweden favored white cedar."

White cedar - Thuja occidentalis - has never been used for that purpose i Norway and Sweden. It does not grow naturally in Scandinavia but it has been imported as a plant för gardens and parks. But Thuja (as we call it in Sweden) is closely related to juniper which has been used for smaller containers in Sweden but not for barrels. Maybe the author has mixed it up here anyway?

I do not recommend white cedar for beer and other beverages -  the wood contains a toxic - thujon.
//Björn Petersson, Sweden.

Ingredients / Bad Amarillo
« on: February 25, 2012, 11:45:38 AM »
Both some craft brewers and homebrewers in Sweden are dissatisfied with the last crop of Amarillo. Lacks  citrusaroma - more grassy and flowery than expected. Did they send the bad stuff to Europe and kept the the rest for the homeland?

Commercial Beer Reviews / The eight trappist brewery opens
« on: February 14, 2012, 12:45:19 PM »
Now opens a new trappist brewery in Austria (!) but not in Belgium. It is certified by the trappist organisation and i situated at the Engelzell monestary. A hell and a dunkel will be brewed and americans can be happy - they plan to ship most of it to USA.

Björn Petersson, Sweden

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