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Old 12-25-2010, 08:54 PM   #1
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I was just watching an episode of Brewing TV that focused on Open fermentation. have any of you tried it?? It seems like it would add some real nice flavors to a hefe or begian style beer.

http://www.brewingtv.com/episodes/20...mentation.html

I see they do this at New Glarus and Samuel Smith breweries.

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Old 12-25-2010, 11:15 PM   #2
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I was just watching an episode of Brewing TV that focused on Open fermentation. have any of you tried it?? It seems like it would add some real nice flavors to a hefe or begian style beer.

http://www.brewingtv.com/episodes/20...mentation.html

I see they do this at New Glarus and Samuel Smith breweries.
Change would to could. You simply don't know what will fall into your wort. Chances are more that it will be something negative than positive.
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Old 12-26-2010, 01:28 AM   #3
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I haven't done a full open ferment yet, but I have made a farmhouse ale once where I mashed about a pound of grain and let it sit very loosely covered in the basement for about 3-4 days. By the end, it was quite sour and added a nice touch to the final brew. I don't know how negative the final result would be, but if you like sours, I bet it would be more of a positive result.

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