HOMEBREW Digest #12 Fri 18 November 1988

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  ginger beer (Jay Hersh)
  recipes, liquid yeast

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 18 Nov 88 11:01:18 est From: jhersh at yy.cicg.rpi.edu (Jay Hersh) Subject: ginger beer hi, here is a recipe given to me by one of our homebrew club members 1 true brew continental light kit (from Crosby & Baker) 1 3.3 lb can M&F Hopped Light syrup 1 cup corn sugar 3 0z. fresh grated ginger root 2 pkg edme ale yeast it is a light beer with a fairly strong ginger character. Hope you enjoy. - jay h Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 88 7:29:30 CST From: hpfcla!hplabs!amdahl!uunet!ingr!tesla!steve Full-Name: Subject: recipes, liquid yeast Regarding favorite recipes - I will post a brown ale recipe next week, but my vote for all time best kit brew is William's Weisbeer or Weizenbeer (I forget which they call it). Several members of our club have brewed it, and I have brewed three batches. It is amazingly consistent, and is an excellent light summer brew. It is the only kit I have seen that I would recommend following the directions exactly. The kit consists of a plastic heat-sealed bag of extract syrup (60% wheat, 40% barley), seperately bagged bittering and finishing hops (hallertaur), a package of liquid yeast, and a pre-measured package of priming corn sugar. The kit sells for about $22, and has to be good for me to buy more at that price. Actually, my wife likes this beer so much (and doesn't have the allergic reaction to it that she does to most beer), that she bought me another keg on the condition that we keep a supply of this beer around. Note that I have no connection with William's except as a customer, and in fact think that they are overpriced on most items, and either they are slow to ship orders, or (more likely) it takes forever for UPS to get packages from San Leandro, Ca to Huntsville, Al. I suppose that I should provide a phone number, but I don't have it here. I would like to hear comments on their other products. I would like to hear about other brewers' experiences with consistency of recipes. For example, several members of our club have brewed "Rocky Racoon's Crystal Honey Lager" from TCJoHB, and there has been a wide variety of (all drinkable) results. I suspect that between the honey used, technique, and the yeast used, there is room for a lot of variation. Comments? Re: liquid yeast cultures - I have been using them exclusively for about 6 months, and am very happy with the results. In an effort to reduce the cost, I bought a "yeast bank" from William's (another overpriced item) which allows you to freeze yeast cultures in a special solution. I make a 1 pint starter from the bloated liquid starter, and freeze several cultures from it, pitching the rest. I have successfully re-started a frozen lager culture, and used it to brew a pilsner. The big problem is planning ahead to have an active starter. Two weeks ago Saturday, I got a really bad case of the hots to brew something (the converted will understand), and wanted to make a bock but didn't have a starter to pitch, and had no dried yeast on hand and well, my pilsner had been in primary for a week, so I racked it and pitched 8 oz of the slurry from the primary into the bock. Within four hours there was three inches of foam on the beer, and an hour after that, it was blowing off like mad. I bottled the bock last weekend, so I'll know in a few weeks what it tastes like, but it tasted fine going into the bottles, and the fermentation smelled fine. I suppose I better stop rambling. See you all in Fort Mitchell, Ky next year. Steve Conklin uunet!ingr!tesla!steve Intergraph Corp. ingr!tesla!steve at uunet.uu.net Huntsville, AL 35807 (205) 772-4013 Relax! Don't worry. Have a homebrew. Return to table of contents
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