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Ingredients / Re: Is Maris Otter worth it?
« on: November 16, 2009, 04:00:54 AM »
Just reiterating Maris Otter rocks, and I get mine from MidCountry Malt.


Last time I checked, MidCountry Malt didn't ship small shipments (1  sack or so).  Has that changed?  Or did you do a bulk buy?

It would be great if I could order from MidCountry - they are much closer to  me than their east coast location

Other Fermentables / store-bought juice with preservatives
« on: November 09, 2009, 01:26:29 PM »
I have a couple gallons of apple juice from the store, which I had intended to make into cider.

However, the label says it includes potassium sorbate, which I believe is supposed to stop yeast reproduction.

Is it possible to ferment it? (1 gallon batch) I was thinking about dumping it on a Montrachet yeast cake from a current cider ferment (1 gallon, also).  My intent with the yeast cake would be to pitch higher cell count, since they theoretically can't reproduce with the sorbate.


All Grain Brewing / Re: What kind of mash tun do you use?
« on: November 05, 2009, 06:56:01 PM »
Since this is the AHA, and all, my mash tun is a sort of a Denny Conn-ized ZAPAP:

a 6-gallon plastic bucket with a hose braid, instead of the original ZAPAP's false- bottom approach.

I insulate it with whatever is convenient at mash-in - works great, actually.

I owe a lot of brewing enjoyment to that setup, and those who inspired it.

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