hist-brewing: Ulla Ostergaard's Table Ale - Conclusion

adam larsen euphonic at flash.net
Sun Jul 9 09:33:30 PDT 2000


- The issue of yeast has been raised in the historical context of this
ale and i am afraid  that that any real information has been lost in
"the sands of time" so to speak.  The paucity of flora and fauna here
means that their are relatively few places that one could capture wild
yeast and non of them are near Nes.    During the period in question
barrels of "ale and mead dregs"  were listed in shipping manifests as
imported items.  Apparently, they were "feed so as to preserve the
contents" which i assume means that sugar was added during the course
of  the voyage.  Of course i think it reasonable that ale made in the
taverns of  the larger settlements could have been brought to the Nes
area and the dregs from the consumed barrels used by local brewers to
make what they wanted.
    Mrs. Ostergaard says that her favorite yeasts are Pride of Ringwood
and some Belgian White culture.  For the table ale she mixes both
together to form a rather interesting flavor element.  Apparently, her
grandmother used to get her yeast from a now defunct local tavern that
made it's own ale about which i can't find out anything useful.
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By the way, has anyone found out anything about Checker Ale yet?

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