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Jgross02 01-21-2013 04:36 PM

Secondary Fermentation for Lambic beer
So I have a question about my planned secondary fermentation. I would just like some opinions.
I have started a lambic normally and it's now in primary fermentation with wyeast lambic blend yeast and am going to leave it there for at least 8 months. Then I would like to do something weird. I'm going to move it to a secondary fermenter (another Carboy) and add a few oak chips AND add a new yeast strand I think. I'm thinking about American ale II or just the pasteur champagne yeast strain and leave it in secondary for around 2 weeks to 2 months. This would be instead of pitching new yeast at bottling. Any thoughts on this? Recommendations? Criticisms? Or insight on which one i should use? I'm leaving towards champagne. Or should I change up fermentation times? Any opinions on what you guys think I should do or shouldn't do? I'm open to other strains or bugs being added! Thanks!

Bensiff 01-21-2013 04:56 PM

After 8 months on lambic blend you aren't going to have anything left for a sacc yeast to eat, in fact, it would more likely be tossing the other bugs some expensive food.

lowtones84 01-21-2013 05:02 PM

Are you going to primary for 8 months? It would probably be fine but I think moving it to secondary after a month or so is advisable. Then again I've never actually brewed a lambic before, only researched it.

I don't think what you're proposing is weird, other than the fact that I think you should pitch some other bugs rather than a standard strain of yeast. Maybe the dregs from a favorite sour of your's or something.

levifunk 01-21-2013 05:41 PM

I agree with Bensiff.

Although, you can use a different yeast when you go to bottle your lambic. Bzart was made by finishing lambic via the champagne method.

Jgross02 01-21-2013 05:59 PM

So I'm thinking 4 months primary and then rack into secondary and add a gueuze dreg and leave that for four months, then rack to bottle bucket pitch champagne yeast and add priming sugar, then bottle. Thoughts?

levifunk 01-21-2013 07:42 PM

just add the geuze dregs now. no point in waiting.

BryanThompson 01-21-2013 07:51 PM

No point in racking either unless you don't want a lot of funk.

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