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Old 08-13-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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Default Lambic + Crystal 40 will it eat it?

Got a Kriek Lambic with a little more aceto/lacto sharpness than I would like.
I was thinking of dosing it with a strong Crystal 40 wort to give it some sweetness and backbone to balance the sour/vinegar/tartness.
Question: will the bugs eat through the C40? ...or will it be unfermentable like with sach?

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Old 08-14-2012, 01:23 PM   #2
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Bugs will eat just about anything given time in my experience. What you can do is kill the bugs with either heat or chemicals (metabisulfite) and then blend with a sweeter beer to balance the acidity.

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Old 08-14-2012, 08:41 PM   #3
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Like Mike said, blending will be your best bet.

Brettanomyces alone is known to ferment chains of sugars 9-chains long. Normal brewers yeast will only ferment up to maltotriose (aka 3-chain sugars). I don't know off hand the type of sugars that C40 will produce, but I'll bet it's less than 9-chains.

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Thanks, guess I'll have to kill & blend then...

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C-40 will ferment almost completely out, given time. I *have* had luck with very dark homemade candi syrup adding unfermentable sweetness to a couple of sours (this is also how Faro is made, though that's normally blended and served immediately) but you probably don't want to go that route with a kriek.

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