Archive for November, 2009

Ithacork will rise again!

30 November 2009
By Tom Mansell

Hey gang, I’ve been hiatus for a couple weeks now, and it’s high time I explained myself. I am in the process of converting this ithacork.wordpress.com site into a new-and-improved ithacork.com. Over the holiday season I will be setting up the new WP.org site (which provides SO much more freedom as far as templates/plugins,...
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The soul of Witte

4 November 2009
By Tom Mansell
The soul of Witte

Brewery Ommegang Witte Style: Belgian-style Wheat Ale with Traditional Spices Color (light, amber, or dark): Light ABV: 5.1% Price Point: $7.50/750 mL bottle Closure: Cork with cage. The yeast sediment in the bottom is a clue that this bottle’s carbonation comes from a fermentation in the bottle, thus the need for the extra pressure...
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Hybrid genetics

1 November 2009
By Tom Mansell
Hybrid genetics

An article I wrote for the New York Cork Report is generating some interesting debate. Seems like there are strong opinions on both sides about hybrids. Essentially, the location of a gene contributing to color synthesis in hybrid grapes is located near the gene responsible for the “foxy” (Welch’s grape juice) aroma of labrusca-derived...
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