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Old 03-01-2011, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default Wild yeast from blueberries?

Has anyone tried this? I have been eager to try a Apfelwein with a wild yeast and thought blueberries have yeast on them, so why not? I've made many of Edwort's but wanted to try something different, plus I'm too lazy to go to Brewcraft right now. I would love to hear from anyone who has tried it!

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Old 03-01-2011, 09:37 PM   #2
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There is definatley wild yeast on blueberries.

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Old 03-01-2011, 09:48 PM   #3
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There are a couple of threads I've read of people doing something similar, I think from juniper berries.

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If you do this, please report back with your results. I'm probably going to try it out this summer, too, since I usually go picking blueberries when hanging out at the in-laws' in eastern Canada.

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There's definitely wild yeast on blueberries, I'd recommend making a number of small test jars with some sugary liquid (apple juice or wort) and a dash of yeast nutrient and energizer and dropping a few blueberries in each and capping with an airlock. Watch each batch, some may grow mold so you don't want to pitch that into your large batch.

I did this with wine grapes and got a nice strain of wild yeast on the third try. This yeast has just finished up fermenting a Belgian style Wit.

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Old 03-02-2011, 03:28 PM   #6
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I was planning to use a q-tip dipped in sterile water to swab the blueberries, then use that to streak some agar plates. Any promising looking yeast colonies would then be added to wort starters and stepped up.

However, since that would require me bringing (or making) agar plates over a brief (long weekend) vacation, I might just go with some wort instead.

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If you use a hopped wort that will inhibit the growth of some spoilage microorganisms as well.

I used apple juice when I captured mine though.

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If you use a hopped wort that will inhibit the growth of some spoilage microorganisms as well.
Agreed, the hopped wort is probably a good idea.
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Ok. So I started this on March 1st and now it is March 5th and guess what? It has started! The balloon I have on the opening of the bottle is growing! All I did was throw the smashed blueberries in the one gallon Treetop plastic bottle with a pound of brown sugar. I really wanted to do something interesting for myself, so I wanted to go spartan style to see what would happen if you only grabbed items from the grocery store Safeway. (They call it Dateway out here in the Marina, SF because of all the hot blondes. There's also a Safeway in the Fillmore district, which has been renamed UnSafeway.)

I am not even using an airlock. Just a balloon courtesy of Pabst Blue Ribbon. (My friend is a field marketing manager there) I am going to wait it out and see what happens. I think it will come out fine though. Thanks!

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My first attempts at wine making was about 38 years ago, and that was what I did. Blueberries and sugar in a jug behind the stove made wine that even my buddies got drunk on. I was a hit in high school making wine for weekends.

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