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Old 05-27-2010, 08:44 PM   #1
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I was looking for some corn sugar for my bottling session when I came across a bag of ingredients I didn't even know I had. My friend gave me his brewing supplies a couple years ago and this was at the very bottom. In the bag was Irish moss, gypsum, citric acid, and a small unmarked bag of fine light brown powder. I'm guessing it's some sort of additive, but anyone else out there have a better answer?

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Old 05-27-2010, 08:51 PM   #2
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I can't comment on exactly what you might have, but brewer's yeast is very fine brown powder, I have used it as yeast hulls in my starters.

EDIT: I assumed you would have ruled out the most obvious, such as DME...

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Could it be malt extract?

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Could it be malt extract?
That's my guess, too. Take a small amount and put it in a glass of water to see if it clumps up. You can try tasting it, too. If it was used in brewing I'm sure it's fine to taste a small amount.
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Yeast nutrient? DME rarely comes in what I would call small bags.

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Old 05-28-2010, 01:05 AM   #6
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Very old cocaine?!?!

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Powdered mummy? I've heard it has all kinds of health benefits.

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Could it be cocoa? Taste it!

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So it's either DME, cocoa, powdered mummy, coke etc. I don't think it's DME since the bag is only a little bigger than the moss and gypsum so I think I might take it to the LHBS and ask them. I'm also seeing that friend tonight, but I would be surprised if he remembered.

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