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Old 08-24-2009, 01:20 PM   #21
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What do you mean by MD??

Just ordered some of the WLP026, so reading through this thread. The MD reference made me laugh. First thing that came to mind was the half full bottle of Mad Dog sitting on top of the basement fridge. Been around for close to 30 years. Nasty looking! Caps all rusty, label's peeling off, but can't throw it out. Brings back memories of being younger.
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If your younger years were like mine, MD brings back memories of times I can't remember...

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. . . Brings back memories of being younger.
Never claimed I could remember what went on that night, just that I was younger when it happened.
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Back on topic . . .


Threw a starter of WLP026 together last night.
Sure glad I read this thread or I'd be posting, "Did I ruin my starter?"
WLP026 is ugly.

Thanks to the OP!
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Let me know how it turns out!

I ended up entering this batch in the HBT competition.. I don't know why, but I did.

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I got a scare from WLP026 when my batch tasted like rubbing alcohol at bottling time. After three weeks in the bottle it was fine. But I put the lion's share of the bottles back for longer conditioning and now, close to six weeks in the bottle it's best ESB I've ever had. So, so good. It's the first time I've had a batch go from nasty to delicious just by waiting.

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I got a scare from WLP026 when my batch tasted like rubbing alcohol at bottling time. After three weeks in the bottle it was fine. But I put the lion's share of the bottles back for longer conditioning and now, close to six weeks in the bottle it's best ESB I've ever had. So, so good. It's the first time I've had a batch go from nasty to delicious just by waiting.
Oh good, I just finished bottling a brown ale with WLP026, and the flavor at bottling wasn't very good, but this gives me hope that the batch will be good.
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Let me know how it turns out! I ended up entering this batch in the HBT competition.. I don't know why, but I did.
Although I made a lot of changes on the fly, it was a good brewday. The WLP0026 is performing fine. Pitched at 6:00pm last night and woke up to a bubbling carboy. So far I'm keeping it at the bottom end of its temperature range, 67-68 degrees. Any suggestions there?

This is my version of the Shiver Me Bitter ESB for the Greenwood Rover Memorial Swap. I'm hoping the WLP0026 makes it a little unique from the others.

The only thing that has me worried is that I dropped my CDN thermometer into the wort just as I was finishing up chilling. Stirring with one hand and bumped the hand holding the thermometer. The stem was sanitized, but not the stuff on top. I'm hoping the WLP0026 is stronger than anything growing in the rubber around the buttons. Couldn't retrieve it until pot was drained. Good thing it's waterproof!
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My pub ale with the WLP026 finished at 1.006 but I prefer it over the Windsor batch. It has a really unique flavor and fruitiness.

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I took a growler to a party of Homebrewers yesterday. I got a lot of Raves, and one guy who said it smelled too alcoholic.

Personally, I love the flavor this yeast gives my ESB, and I'm just wondering what I can do from eating every last bit of sugar in the fermenter because a 6.9% house beer is potentially dangerous.

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