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Old 04-12-2013, 09:01 PM   #161
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What was the odor like?
My wife describes it as baby vomit. She will not touch it. I personally think that is harsh and I say it is more sour wet farm animal mixed with cooked canned corn.
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:46 PM   #162
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My wife describes it as baby vomit. She will not touch it. I personally think that is harsh and I say it is more sour wet farm animal mixed with cooked canned corn.
Hahaha, i know the smell, boil and light hop addition cures all
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:37 AM   #163
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Hahaha, i know the smell, boil and light hop addition cures all
Did not cure this one. 20 minute boil an ounce of german hops. It got worse after the boil and worse still after fermentation.
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Old 04-13-2013, 03:48 AM   #164
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Did not cure this one. 20 minute boil an ounce of german hops. It got worse after the boil and worse still after fermentation.
I would guess other bacteria than Lacto entered the mash.. and created some nasty stuff other than lactic acid...
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:33 AM   #165
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So I plan on doing a sour wort for an extract berlinerweisse. My plan is to throw some grain into wort and keep it hot until it sours to my taste (which will be pretty sour.) After that I will heat and then use WLP 644 to ferment. The brett should be able to withstand a highly acidic PH.
I asked a couple questions a couple pages back in this thread and got some helpful replies, but I still have more questions.

How do I determine the alcohol content of my beer? Is the lacto from base grain homo or hetero fermentative? This will determine whether or not I bring the wort to a full boil after souring. I've read that the density of lactic acid is much higher than alcohol. Won't that affect my hydrometer readings? If I could get some density numbers regarding sugar, alcohol, and lactic acid, that might help me to calculate everything. If someone could me more specific instructions, that would be even better.

I also have another question regarding fruit. First of all, how much fruit would everyone recommend to get a full flavor inside of a light beer like this? Right now, I am specifically considering berries, though I might try different kinds of fruit in the future. Also, has anyone tried the vintners harvest purees that Northern Brewer sells? They seem pretty convenient, but I would like more info on them.

Also, has anyone tried adding some hops at flameout or dry hopping with a berliner weisse? I feel like adding some fruity hops like citra or simcoe might be a good idea, but I'd love if someone could give input.
I've been trying to read up on everything I need to know before I decide exactly what I want to brew, but information on all of this is limited.

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So I plan on doing a sour wort for an extract berlinerweisse. My plan is to throw some grain into wort and keep it hot until it sours to my taste (which will be pretty sour.) After that I will heat and then use WLP 644 to ferment. The brett should be able to withstand a highly acidic PH.


I also have another question regarding fruit. First of all, how much fruit would everyone recommend to get a full flavor inside of a light beer like this? Right now, I am specifically considering berries, though I might try different kinds of fruit in the future. Also, has anyone tried the vintners harvest purees that Northern Brewer sells?

Also, has anyone tried adding some hops at flameout or dry hopping with a berliner weisse? I feel like adding some fruity hops like citra or simcoe might be a good idea, but I'd love if someone could give input.
I've been trying to read up on everything I need to know before I decide exactly what I want to brew, but information on all of this is limited.
I did exactly what you are planning. Here was my recipe. "5a"
3lb pale LME
2lb wheat LME
1lb pils LME
.5 crystal 30 .5 belg pils steeping
2oz cascade
1007 German ale yeast

48 hour sour with .5lb 2row inoculation

20 minute boil 1.5 oz hops at 20 mins .5 at 5mins

Pitched yeast, poured out 1 gallon into my mini ferm onto 2 cups pasteurized mixed berries just to try it.

OG 1.04

Just tasted both and took first grav readings this morning and holy deliciousness. Best beer I've made yet. The berry one is spot on and so is the standard. Hops added just the right amount of bitterness and aroma to balance the sweet and sourness. Finished dry and light body, effervescent look matching the style.

I'm damn proud of this first go around!

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I tasted my 5a after one week of US-05 fermentation. It has a nice sour bite to it and I quite like it. Gonna let it sit for another week in secondary to clear it up a bit.

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I tasted my 5a after one week of US-05 fermentation. It has a nice sour bite to it and I quite like it. Gonna let it sit for another week in secondary to clear it up a bit.
It's a waste of time. Even at 35* in a keg for several months, a Berlinner Weisse will still be cloudy.
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Hey quick question.. Let's say I have a tight schedule and can't brew when the sourness of the sour mash is at my taste, would cold stop the lacto? If I bring the vessel down in my cold chamber, in the 50s?

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Getting it significantly out of the temperature range would stop the lacto, either up or down. I would bring it up to pasturization temperature just to be sure that it won't do any other souring.

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