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Old 08-27-2012, 09:10 PM   #1
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Default Is this looking right for my first sour?

Recipe is the first one on this page if helpful.

Looks like a pellicle combined with a yeast cake:

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Old 08-28-2012, 02:32 AM   #2
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It looks scary as hell to me. Kind of like the yeast was dead and has clumped up with the fruuit on the surface

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Don't know how I feel about the recipe but looks like a vigorous lacto fermentation. It's the same color as the krausen on my sour mashes.

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Well the second response is more what I was thinking, but the first makes sense. It''s had yeast added at two points though so death confuses me, albeit maybe overexposure to bacteria? I was going to let it age a good while, should I just bottle now?

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How old is this?

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It doesn't look like it's ready for bottling. You can tell just by looking at how dense and cloudy it is there's a lot of activity still going on (unless you had just moved it a lot to take the picture). Bacteria, like yeast, will drop out when they stop feeding.

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Oh okay. I didn't think it was time to bottle at all; it's only two weeks old. I was more thrown by the yeast death comment and if I could salvage anything by bottling.

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I doubt that you have pellicle already. I am guessing that it is yeast/kraussen floating on the fruit.

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Oh okay. Just seemed to match the pictures I had seen; I'm new to this whole side of brewing even conceptually. But that more than makes sense.

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