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Yeast and Fermentation / Old Newark Ale Yeast
« on: October 04, 2010, 08:24:59 AM »
Thought some one might find this of interest
I went to the home brew shop on Saturday and found this:

East Coast Yeast
ECY10 Old Newark Ale:  Sourced from a now defunct east coast brewery, this pure strain was identified as their ale pitching yeast. Good for all styles of American and English ales.  Suggested fermentation temp: 60-68°F.   Apparent attenuation : 68-72%  

It's supposedly Ballantine yeast
I googled it and didn't find much
I will be brewing with it soon and post some results

Dan

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The local water report that  is available seems to just list contaminants.
I was thinking of calling them to see if hey would give me the info that I need.
If I do call them is this what I should ask for.
Calcium (Ca+2),
Magnesium (Mg+2),
Bicarbonate (HCO3-1)
Sodium (Na+1),
Chloride (Cl-1)
Sulfate (SO4-2)
Is there anything else I need to know?

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I don't really know much about water chemistry,, but from what I understand
some water is better suited to lighter beers and some towards darker beers.
If my water is better suited for pale ales (I don't know if it is) and I brew a stout with no mineral additions
what would the flavor difference be?

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Ingredients / Re: I'm thinking about a tobacco RIS... any thoughts?
« on: September 08, 2010, 04:22:21 AM »
How about smoking some malt with an aromatic pipe blend?
 :-\

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I don't know anything about setting up a co-op.
But I would definitely be interested in joining one.
I am inn Mt. Laurel

Dan S

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      I have a beer fermenting and looking at it, I decided to try and do little top croppping.
The beer is in a better bottle, at the store I found a little ladle with slots in the bottom that
will fit in BB. It's made for scooping olives out of a jar.
     I read somewhere that a White Labs vial contains 35 ml yeast. Which is 7 (edit) "teaspoons"
so that's what I am going to try and scoop out. I am not pitching it directly into another batch.
     I am trying to decide if should boil an old White Labs vial and put the yeast in that, topped
off with boiled cooled water, just put it in a ziploc bag, or put in the ziploc and and some boiled
cooled water. Any one have any thoughts in regard to which would be easiest?
Do you think boiling a vial and cap is a bad idea?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Fly vs Batch sparging - lesson learned
« on: August 15, 2010, 12:33:00 PM »
When I started all grain I did about 10 brews where I batch sparged.
Decided to give fly sparing a try and thought it was easier ( I am not sure why ), so I stuck with it.
20 brews later I decide to give the batch sparge another chance.
 I like it.  :)
When I batch sparged the first time I was doing  three runnings
from the mashtun, this time I just mashed, added water for mash out, drained
added the rest of the water and drained again , simple.
Though it does feel like cheating .

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Going to brew another pale ale on Saturday.
The same one I did with the toasted flaked corn , but I am not going to toast  it this time.
I have been fly sparging, but I think I am going to try a batch sparge this time.
Last brewday was a long one, it's hot out and I want to see if I can really save some time by batch sparging

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Toasted Rye
« on: August 11, 2010, 11:53:43 AM »
I toasted some flaked corn. The beer came out fine.
I had never brewed the recipe before so I don't really know if it
did much flavor wise. It certainly wasn't "wow this beer tastes like toasted corn"

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Missed Target Gravity, want to supplement
« on: August 11, 2010, 08:02:25 AM »
I think I get it.

If I need to add 11.4 IBUs to keep the BU/GU ratio the same
1 oz of 5% would give me 17.5 ibus ----  ( 3.5x5 )=17.5
11.4/15.5= 0.65
I would have to add 0.65 oz of a 5% AA hop?

I ran into this problem on my last brew and unfortunetly
I was having some issues with my brewing software.

Thanks

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Missed Target Gravity, want to supplement
« on: August 10, 2010, 12:39:30 PM »
     Last time I brewed I got way better efficiancy then I was planning on, The preboil gravity was actually higher then the targeted OG.
     I wanted to increase my hop additions to maintain the BU/GU ratio. But I couldn't quite figure out the math. I wound up just estimating. Is there an easy way to  to this?

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The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 06, 2010, 04:27:12 AM »
I am personally very happy with the forum.
I have the RSS feed on my iGoogle homepage, so I can see what's new.
When I log into the forum (which I probably do way to often) I just hit <new posts>
there are usually only two or three pages at the most, it only takes me a few minutes to get through them.
Some of the complaints I can agree with the "+1", and "what he said" or " I don't know" responses do get a bit annoying
but I it seems to me that those kind of replies are really minimal on the this forum.
And looking at TT it seems alot of questions get the same answers multiple times also.
A lot of the people who posted on TT are upset because they can't read the forum at work or
on their phones. Couldn't they just subscribe to a category and receive email notifications?
What I would do is set up a Google or Yahoo group called AHA TT , and let the TT diehards use that.
As long as the users and mods keep things under control I think the forum will work out fine.

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All Things Food / Re: Malted Barley Ice Cream
« on: July 13, 2010, 03:57:29 AM »
My idea is to use some DME
in a chocolate ice cream, I haven't tried it yet
you're cigar idea sounds pretty revolting

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forced to buy beer
« on: July 12, 2010, 04:08:28 AM »
interesting the bear of the day on my calendar is mission st. blonde ale.  again Trader Joes.

Trader Joes
I was wondering what TJ's was
In NJ no beer or wine in grocery stores so I had no idea.
I am noticing that even my old favorite commercial beers don't taste quite
as good as I remember them after drinking only home brew for a while.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Cider from store bought juice
« on: July 07, 2010, 04:06:53 AM »
Homebrewtalk.com

Search Apfelwine
If you are looking to make  "tasty sweet cider" that ain't it

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