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Old 12-22-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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So I have never tried brewing anything with wild yeast. The other day I was trying to see how much good wort I was leaving in my kettle, so after I was done with the regular brew session, I poured the remains into a pasta jar. When it went it, it was mostly trub and hops. After a day it started to clear. After four days, it was half wort half trub/hops, still clear. On the fifth day, I thought I would take a whiff, just for yucks. Pffft! It had pressurized. Now I could see CO2 bubbles rapidly coming to the surface. I let it ferment for a week or two. It does not have any visual sign of infection. I justed sampled some. It has a strange, light and tart flavor. Like I said, I don't brew with bugs or wild yeast, at least not yet, so I have no idea what to make of it. Worth harvesting? [sorry for the bad pics...nothing there is "white" like it appears, it is gummy and yellow like normal yeast crud on the sides.]

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Old 12-22-2012, 08:27 PM   #2
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Just let it go and let's see where it ends up. You've got me curious.

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Old 12-22-2012, 08:40 PM   #3
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I don't really know what to do next...step it up in a larger starter?

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Old 12-22-2012, 08:43 PM   #4
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I'm sure someone wiser than me will chime in, but I'd say you'd want to separate the sludge from the wort. I would just gently pour the liquid into another clean container.

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Old 12-22-2012, 09:15 PM   #5
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I'm thinking the heavy amount of hops here stopped some of the bacterial activity I expected. It sat there for 4+ days clear as a bell, no activity at all. Maybe I will just agitate it a little to get the yeast in suspension, pour off, and save or make a starter to get more yeast.

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:24 PM   #6
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If you agitate it let it sit for about 20 minutes to let all the heavier trub fall out of suspension, then pour it off. You will have a good amount of yeast still. How many IBUs was the wort?

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Step it up a few times, then use it. If you like that flavor, you'll probably end up with something you'll enjoy.

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If you agitate it let it sit for about 20 minutes to let all the heavier trub fall out of suspension, then pour it off. You will have a good amount of yeast still. How many IBUs was the wort?
It was a healthy 45+ IBU's.
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