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Old 08-08-2009, 11:00 PM   #1
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Default Anyone spontaneously ferment in New Jersey?

I had about 2.5 gallons of extra wort after brewing so I decided, after my buddy suggested, to try a wild yeast experiment. I ran off the remainder of the wort into my extra brew kettle and let it sit outside uncovered for about 18 hours. Too bad it was already cooled. Earlier today I racked it into a carboy and put an airlock on it.

Now I'm not sure what to do next. I'm hoping to grow wild yeast not so much the bugs so that why I'm locking it up with the airlock instead of a stopper and wooden dowel.

I plan on leaving it for a few months to see what happens and will report as I go along. Has anyone ever tried this? What was your result, any good, any bad?

Here's a shot of the wort from earlier today. To bad you can't see the gnats floating in it..





The og was 1.064. I plan on testing the gravity in 1 month and will keep everyone updated.

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Old 08-08-2009, 11:13 PM   #2
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I've always wondered if you couldn't just take a bit of a healthy sourdough starter and pitch it into your wort and get a good fermentation going that way.

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A sourdough starter will probably just get you a bunch of lactobacillus...

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Old 08-09-2009, 05:11 AM   #4
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They say that spontaneous ferments have the flavor of the area where they were done.

Are you sure you want to drink something that tastes like New Jersey?

I kid! I kid!

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They say that spontaneous ferments have the flavor of the area where they were done.

Are you sure you want to drink something that tastes like New Jersey?

I kid! I kid!
I always wanted to know what crime tasted like,,, I joke. Sounds like a cool experiment. There's a guy in my club who said he mashed grains once and left it for a month on his porch. Then sparged it and brewed beer with it. He hopped it very aggressively and added brown sugar to it. He fermented it and brought a bottle to a meeting. It was weird and very rough. 2 years later though, it's become quite good.
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Well there are a few white floatie things on top today. Not sure if it's mold or the beginning of a pellicle. In the next day or so when it grows I'll take a pic.

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Saw signs of a pellicle starting to grow last night.

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Did it ferment first, or just grow the pellicle? The yeast should have been active before the bugs.

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Old 08-18-2009, 06:19 PM   #9
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I didn't pitch any yeast so whatever landed in it when it sat out overnight has taken over. It's been just over three weeks and the pellicle has just begun to take shape.

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Understood. But there should be ambient yeasts in the air

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