From the HBD Archive
From: (Mike Meyer)
Subject: Malt Extract Update
Date: 1988-11-15 18:25:39 GMT

Just thought I'd keep you up to date on our experience with the
Yellow Dog Malt Extract (manufactured by Alexander's for The Home
Brewery in Fontana, CA).

The proportions of
the extract are 1% Chocolate Malt, 14% Wheat Malt, and the rest Klages
malt, and it is made with an infusion mash at 160 degrees. (This is the
first extract product I've run across that actually gives these specifics)

The wheat happens to add a very nice dryness to the flavor, and holds the
maltiness somewhat in check. I was expecting head retention to be somewhat
better than it was, owing to the wheat content, but other factors relating
to our glass-washing methods (i.e. regular dishwashing liquid) may contribute.
The color of the brew is fairly dark, but not quite amber. Sam Wammack of
the Home Brewery tells me that the same mash when done at home produces a
somewhat lighter product.

Yellow Dog Malt Extract is available by mail order from The Home Brewery in
Fontana, CA. They advertise a lot in Zymurgy and American Brewer, and have
a toll-free number. I'm not affiliated with the Home Brewery or the club
they sponsor, just a satisfied customer. I also think that it is important
for us to support American-made brewing products (provided, of course, that
they are high-quality), to encourage more product
development. The extract is reasonably priced, too -- a 4-lb can runs for
7.35, I think.

I'll be glad to post more specifics, should there be more interest.

Mike Meyer

(P.S: In a week or two, I'll let you know about the outcome of our
Blueberry Beer and Ginger Lager batches -- we bottled this past weekend.
Mike Brown was looking for ginger or honey beer recipes -- assuming he wasn't
talking about (non-alcoholic) ginger beer and mead, the 'Slow Lori's
Ginger Lager' recipe from Zymurgy fits both bills. I'll post the recipe
in a day or two.)

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