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Old 04-27-2009, 03:46 PM   #161
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I'd try your yeast in a small batch. Try something that is 4-6% abv and hopped about 16 IBUs or less. Bittering only like 60 min.

I did mine in a wheat at 15 IBUs.

The reason I say that is you can isolate aroma and flavor created by the yeast.

Use it in the primary by itself.
thanks, i was thinking of trying it in a bavarian hefe. would that fit the bill? or a wit maybe?
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Old 04-27-2009, 04:49 PM   #162
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This thread is awesome. I'm really pleased that the wild beer looks like it's turning out so well. I hope you don't mind a really douchy and irrelevant comment though - "ressort" means spring as in a coil of metal - "flowers of Spring" would be "Fleurs du Printemps" (though only a real pedant would give a crap anyway ). Regardless of name, it's a really inspiring brew. Thanks for taking the time to share techniques.
Thanks - I was curious about the word ressort. The web-translator gave me several to select from. Ressort sounded better. I was looking at my Farmhouse ale book last night and saw something like "Fantome Printemps" and was thinking my guess was wrong. Thanks for the confirmation.

I can't wait until I get this bottled carbonated.
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thanks, i was thinking of trying it in a bavarian hefe. would that fit the bill? or a wit maybe?
Yes - I think either one would be great. You might have an ale or lager yeast, possibly something else, but at least this way you will know what the yeast character brings to the beer.

Both wheat styles are balanced beers and seem to be a good choice IMHO.
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:03 PM   #164
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thanks! i think i will try the wit. i will report my findings here.

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Old 04-28-2009, 03:25 AM   #165
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Enjoyable thread. I have been thinking of doing a wild yeast for some time. The possibility of doing wild yeast brews is what got me started making beer. I admit, I am only on my second batch [now in the primary fermenter and going crazy]. It is good to see other peoples experiments.

I have been thinking about alternative wild yeast sources. A few people mentioned fruit skins and flowers. Both are good ideas. When I was young my family brewed wine from the grape skin yeasts. However, I have no recollection of how that actually turned out.

Has anyone here actually tried capturing yeast for beer from fruit skins or flowers or something else? I was thinking of going what may be the obvious route and trying to capture wild yeast from fresh grains or fresh hops. I think the character that could be had from either would be interesting. What are other peoples thoughts on doing this? Any idea if fresh hops would even have a wild yeast strain on them?

Keep up the grand experiment Schlenkerla & everyone else.

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I'd try fruit grown organicanically in your area. Fungicides on the skin would kill the yeast. I'd try just letting it sit in a closed, sterilized jar of wort and seeing what happens.

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I wonder if you captured wild yeast, pitched it in wort in a conical and then harvested the yeast that fell out after the first few days if you could select for a more flocculent yeast.

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I wonder if you captured wild yeast, pitched it in wort in a conical and then harvested the yeast that fell out after the first few days if you could select for a more flocculent yeast.
I think you could. I pulled this from the primary.

Its alot of fricken yeast. ~1/2 gallon. This sucker had 1-1.25" yeast cake in a 5 gal primary. I did this Sunday and its starting to settle out.


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Just tasted mine. Very estery, just like a good abbey beer or something. Tasted kind of like it smelled but much more subdued. Slight tang but nothing over the top. I have no idea whether the tartness will continue developing or not. Slight brett funk. This beer will be much better well carbed and chilled slightly. Oh, and aged another few months too! It's very clear, although you can see a few chunks I knocked loose while taking the sample. I think I'll go ahead and bottle tonight and let them start bottle conditioning. I'll probably include one in each of my 999 shipments.

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Just tasted mine. Very estery, just like a good abbey beer or something. Tasted kind of like it smelled but much more subdued. Slight tang but nothing over the top. I have no idea whether the tartness will continue developing or not. Slight brett funk. This beer will be much better well carbed and chilled slightly. Oh, and aged another few months too! It's very clear, although you can see a few chunks I knocked loose while taking the sample. I think I'll go ahead and bottle tonight and let them start bottle conditioning. I'll probably include one in each of my 999 shipments.

That Really Looks Awesome. What did you use for a recipe?

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