So Ive never brewed a sour before and Id like to try out a few mini batches and see if I find something I like. I was hoping to get some direction on some good threads and info on the process, times, ingredients, recipes, and basically everything else I should know about this style loved by those who walk on the wild side(pun intended)...
Thanks guys... keep it funky!!
This is probably the best way to get started, by doing small 1 gallon batches and pitching dregs of commercial beers, or sour blends if you like. This is how I got started and got solid results. One thing I will say is just pitch the dregs of one type of beer, you can pitch multiple bottles of it but I did one that had ~8 different dregs in it and the flavors are kind of all over the place.
I have a 4 pack of DFH Festina Peche. Im assuming the dregs from this will work? It says they use a lactic culture, otherwise I dont have much access to a variety of sours.
you can buy sour yeasts at a homebrew store or online.
Not sure what the craft beer stores are in the Key but if you ever make the long drive up toward Miami there is a Total Wine. They usually have a few sours on hand if you're looking for something to try or to play with the dregs. You could also check out any of the places listed on this link http://miami.cbslocal.com/top-lists/dave-game/.
I haven't had any experience with DFH Festina Peche so I can't tell you if they have live bugs or not. But there are pleanty out there that do. The Mad Fermentationist has a list on his blog of beers with active yeast, brett & bugs. He is a great resource for all things funky too.
Thanks a ton. I happen to be going up to Miami tomorrow so this is perfect timing.
I'm not getting any listings when I open the link.
Hmm, it works when I click it. But here are the stores the article list. Hope this gets to you before you leave.
Best Craft Beer Stores In South Florida
June 14, 2012 9:00 AM
Stop and Shop
2 Locations 5500 Ponce De Leon Blvd 4900 S. LeJeune Rd
Coral Gables, Fl. 33146
Sunset Corners Wine and Liquors
8701 SW 72nd St
Miami, FL 33173
Whole Foods Market
6701 Red Rd 11701 S Dixie Hwy Miami, FL 33156
Coral Gables, FL 33143, 11701 S Dixie Hwy Miami, FL 33156
Yo Beer Guys
Total Wine and More
Arena Shops 14750 Biscayne Boulevard
North Miami, FL 33181
There are a few Total Wine stores in the area, you can look them up on their website.
Awesome... I'm about to hit the road so it wasn't too late. Thanks!!
So I went to the Total Wine and wow!!! It was a sensory overload for the first 10 minutes in the craft beer isle staring at about 300 different beers.I felt like a 5 year old in Toys R Us. Though our selection down here isnt horrible, their craft section was absolutely mind blowing. Back to the point, these are the sours I was able to get, im not sure which have live bugs left so any advice is appreciated.....
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