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Old 12-09-2012, 02:31 PM   #11
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Thanks for the confidence building. It is a big undertaking and I just want to give myself the best odds at a good beer.
I will at least taste the Bugfarm before I add it, with the understanding that it may be in a sick phase and not be great yet. I do have some yeast cakes of neutral yeast , German ale and American II that I can pitch if it doesn't take off.
I am planning for Thursday or Friday, so I will report back an any other opinions are welcome.

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Old 12-09-2012, 02:34 PM   #12
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Oh and just to complicate things, I have 3 other 5 gallon carboys, one with wyeast lambic blend, one with East Coast Brett blend, and one with lots of sour dregs, so if I wanted to I could pitch a bit from each.
The reason I am leaning towards just Bugfarm is that it is supposed to be great and then I can use the others to blend Geuze down the road, but it is an option if more experienced brewers think it's a good idea. Thanks again

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Old 12-10-2012, 01:51 PM   #13
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Well I will be following along so keep us up to date on your progress. A few friends and I are planning something similar for Feb-March. I was planning on doing a 10 gallon starter batch fermented in a Sanke keg, similar to what youre doing a few weeks in advance of a big brew day.

Are you doing a turbid mash?

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Old 12-11-2012, 03:59 PM   #14
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Yes on the turbid mash, 70%belgian pils and 30% raw wheat and aged whole hops to boot. I did it for the 20 gallons I already made as well. It is grueling, as I have a nice electric system, but have to carry the starchy mash outside for the boils during the process.

I also have to boil 7 gallons outside along with my 18 gallons on the electric system to get a 20 gallon batch after the boil off. Plus I will have to do it twice to get the 40 gallons I want for the barrel with the extra for top off later.

But, I am going to wait 2 years it is worth the effort. I just pray it is good!

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Old 12-16-2012, 04:58 AM   #15
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Well I did it.

I made 40 gallons! And it only took two runs on my system augmented with a 10 gallon kettle on a burner outside and 14 hours from start to cleaned up.

25 gallons went into the barrel and I mixed in my 5 gallons of the Bugfarm VI batch and then took 5 gallons back from the barrel to replace the carboy. 10 gallons was split into two new carboys pitched with Brett Brux Trois and the other Brett Clausenii. So i now have the following:

5 gallon Carboy each
Brett Brux Trois
Brett Clausenii
Wyeast Lambic Blend
ECY Bugfarm VI
ECY Brett Blend
Mixed dregs

And the 25 gallon barrel with Bugfarm VI

I ended up using paraffin wax to seal the top as I don't want too much O2 and this will protect any head space that develops.

It is blowing off now and the Bugfarm tasted awesome at only 4 months when I mixed it in, so fingers crossed.

I will have a lot of Lambic two years from now. Thanks for the input all.


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Old 12-17-2012, 04:11 AM   #16
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That pellicle shot is beautiful. If that were my beer, I would be framing that picture.

I look forward to hearing how this turns out down the road.

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Old 12-17-2012, 04:29 AM   #17
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Here is the family portrait.....
In order- Bugfarm VI, ECY Brett Blend, Various Dregs, Wyeast Lambic blend.

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