I am planning to use ECY10 Old Newark Ale yeast with my first batch of beer made from TF Golden Promise. ECY10 is definitely Y-7408, which is the old Ballantine ale strain. Al Buck acquired it from the ARS NRRL Collection. I will being a yeast culture that I have never used before to ferment wort made from a malt that I have never used before. That should be interesting. I planning to use Hop Heaven whole US Goldings for most, if not all of the additions. I have some Styrian Goldings (a.k.a. as Fuggles) that I may use as well. I have not decided on any crystal or caramel malt. Although, if I use it, it will probably be TF Crystal II.
I just ordered a 6x12" hop spider made with 1526 micron stainless mesh for use with whole cones. I was going to purchase a false bottom, but I would have to purchase a custom false bottom for my 10-gallon SS Brewtech TC Kettle and another custom false bottom for my Delta Brewing Systems 6.6-gallon kettle. I chose a 6x12" hop spider because it will fit in both kettles without being too long in one kettle or too short in the other kettle. Using 1526 stainless mesh provides a hole size of 0.060". That should not gum up with break like 300 and 400 micron mesh are prone to doing. I currently have a 300 micron mesh 6x14" spider that tends to gum up pretty badly before the end of the boil. I find 300 micro mesh to be close to unusable in my brewery. It is just too fine.