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Old 02-27-2009, 06:33 PM   #11
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Neal is correct on this, the main reason a dowel is used is to restrict O2 transfer into the environment. The permeability of plastic is very high and glass is essentially a medium that allows no O2 transfer, so the dowel allows a decent surface area for a standard carboy. Now the bugs can possibly take up residence in the Dowel, but it would be a crap shoot if there is a significant amount to get a solid inoculation in a future batch. In the case of an immersed chunk, it seems reasonable that this should work. Personally, I'd just choose to reserve a small amount of inoculating liquid and refrigerate it.

As to the OP, as has been answered...some styles just lend themselves better to being soured.
Brett lives in wood, from what I understand. Also, if you are planning on aging your beer for a while, I don't think it should take much to inocculate the beer with brett & lactic bugs. If the conditions are right for them, they will do their thing if you give them time.
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:42 PM   #12
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Hmm... I'm a little confused by this. Wouldn't it be more efficient to just drop the dowel in the beer? Or are you worried about contamination of your dowel with whatever Sach you're using?
sorry, I wasnt very clear. I would be using the dowel to infect successive batches of beer. instead of buying new cultures, just stick the dowel in the beer, much the same way people use innoculated wood chips
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:44 PM   #13
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Brett lives in wood, from what I understand. Also, if you are planning on aging your beer for a while, I don't think it should take much to inocculate the beer with brett & lactic bugs. If the conditions are right for them, they will do their thing if you give them time.

qft. after a year or two, I dont think it matters too much in regards to pitching rates. I bretted up a beer quite nicely with just one bottle of orval dregs
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:50 AM   #14
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qft. after a year or two, I dont think it matters too much in regards to pitching rates. I bretted up a beer quite nicely with just one bottle of orval dregs
That's what I'm saying. High ABV might inhibit lacto, but brett can handle fairly high alcohol.

Barring high alcohol, it doesn't take much to inoculate your beer with this stuff. If you give it time, it will do its job.
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:02 PM   #15
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So, i could take a coupla cases of Busch Lightning, fill up a carboy, add some brett, and get a Belgian Sour?

Awesome!


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This is going to be a very interesting release from Victory:



Hop Devil + Brettanomyces = WIN.

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This is going to be a very interesting release from Victory:



Hop Devil + Brettanomyces = WIN.
oh wow! when is that out yum!
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