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Old 12-19-2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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Default Strange leftover brew, thoughts?

So, I wanted to set a beer to brewing before I go to another city over the holidays. However I had almost nothing at home.

What I had was
Pale chocholate malt
Carapale crystal malt
A little smoked malt

No base malt whatsoever

I also had quite alot of hops and some frozen berries I picked last summer.

Thinking, oh well, this is really going to be a poor mans brew (I'm a student) I decided to base this brew on the Carapale which I had almost 2 kgs of and use a 3rd gen wild yeast I captured a while ago and see if it is able to eat the complex sugars, and if that fails, buy some brettanomyces when I get back after new years and add that.

Final recipe:
About 2 kgs of Carapale
0.4 kg of smoked malt (local product, much smokier than the Bamberg malts)
0.2 kg of pale chocholate malt

about 0.5 kg of homemade raspberry/bluberry jam
one banana (frozen)
a few elderberries and blackcurrants I had in the freezer

Lots and lots of hops used once already for taste/aroma for bittering. 3 oz or so somewhat old Saaz for aroma/taste.

3rd gen. wild yeast

I doubt this will be anything spectacular. But it might be, who knows .

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Old 12-20-2011, 12:51 AM   #2
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there is nothing like a little experimentation. i just did a kit with pure h2o

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Old 12-29-2011, 02:43 PM   #3
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Ended up throwing some lambicus in there, was using a vial today anyway.
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:06 PM   #4
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I would let that go a long time to let brett break down the long chain sugars in the cara malt and dry out the...whatever it is.

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Yea, I'm leaving it alone until next winter.

It actually looks and smells OK. The sacc chewed through the simple sugars pretty quick and then fell down to the bottom. I took that out (lots of berry husks and such in it that I didn't want to leave in), figure the complex crystal malts is enough for the lambicus.

+ its a india fruit rauchlambic, obviously .

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