trying to resurrect this thread... Made a small starter of Lacto, 500 ml at about 1.030 and pitched the vial of WL Lacto, since then, no activity, smelled it tonight, smells like wort. Have it sitting in a window trying to keep it warm, not working to well. Should I swirl it at all, add some nutrient or apple juice or something to kick it in gear? Not sure the best way to keep it warm, I do not have a window that gets sun all day that will work, little kids, so not sure what to do.
As for the cherries, my grocery store, where I work, has Bing in stock and I can get them at cost. How many cherries, in lbs, should I add for about 3 gallons of brew with the lacto? My plan is to take the stems off, slice them in half and remove the pits, puree and freeze for a few days to breaks the cell walls and then add to the fermentor. Do I need to sanitize them at some point? Also is it safe to let them sit in secondary with the lacto for a long time?
The base for this beer, a Wit w Wyeast Forbidden Fruit has been fermenting nicely in my basement at an ambient temp of about 64F. I will check gravity tomorrow, but there is still a layer of yeast, rafts, on the top and very little airlock activity. I know the activity means nothing, but does anyone think I should put this baby on my brewpad and warm it up a little? Or should I just rack 3 gallons to secondary and pitch the fruit and lacto and let her ride out?
I know this is a lot of questions, but this beer is special to me, my wife's Mom passed away 9 years ago and her favorite fruit was Bing cherries so i am making this for her 10th anniv. and calling Bing Sherri, after her mom, to honor her. I want this to be good. I appreciate all the help and advice for a new sour/wild brewer!