From the HBD Archive
From: pacbell!pbmoss!mal@hplabs.HP.COM
Subject: Yeast Activation?
Date: 1989-03-30 19:01:36 GMT

Well, I went & gone & done it: I started my first batch of
Homebrew. In a compromise between my novice status and my tastes, I
started with a kit, an English-style brown ale using a combination
of extract & grains, put together by my closest supplier (R & R Home
Fermentation Supply of Sacramento).

The boil went well enough, despite the fact that I'd broken a toe
the day before, and despite crisis calls from Work. These
distractions probably saved me from getting too worried about the
beer. I was worried about the effect of pouring hot wort into a
glass carboy that was old when I got it 10 years ago, so I ladled the
two gallons I'd boiled s-l-o-w-l-y through the straining cloth into
another two gallons of cold water, which seemed to work just fine.

Then I hit a (minor) snag: the directions on the (Emde Ale) yeast
package said to sprinkle the little pellets on the top of the
(cooled) wort, but the kit directions said to mix with a couple
tablespoons of tepid water. I tried the latter, which instantly
produced a glob of incredibly sticky beige goop! Adding slightly
more water didn't seem to help, so I just scraped it into the wort
as best I could, and stirred, which didn't break it up at all. I
checked it 90 minutes later before going to bed, and to my
astonishment, the glob had spread over several inches of the
surface, and a bubble appeared in my blowoff pail! When I left for
work this morning it was bubbling merrily away. But: what should I
do in my next batch? Just pour the stuff in, as it says on the
package? Youth (hah!) Wants to Know!

= Martin A. Lodahl Pac*Bell Minicomputer Operations Support Staff =
= {att,bellcore,sun,ames}!pacbell!pbmoss!mal 916/972-4821 =
= If it's good for ancient Druids, runnin' nekkid through the wuids, =
= Drinkin' strange fermented fluids, it's good enough for me! 8-) =

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