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Old 07-19-2009, 02:16 PM   #1
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SWMBO loves cider so I always keep one on tap. Recently we were between batches so we were forced to purchase some from the store. She likes Strongbow so I picked up a six pack. When she popped one open, it was way over carbonated, almost like champagne. Upon closer examination I noticed that there was yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle. WHOO HOO! I harvested this sediment and now am ready to pitch it into some cider. Has anyone else found yeast in their Strongbow?

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Old 07-20-2009, 03:24 AM   #2
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It's viable yeast too?

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I bet it's not their primary yeast but a secondary brett infection. That said, if it tastes good I would go with it.

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I have a .5 gallon culture going right now, good and strong (hehehe strongbow) ;o)
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I bet it's not their primary yeast but a secondary brett infection. That said, if it tastes good I would go with it.

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brett infection? Please explain how that happens!
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Poor sanitation?

But that isn't automaticly a bad thing. Brettanomyces can do wonderful things to a fermentation (assuming you like the distinct flavor that it brings to the party, which I particularly do, so know that that colors my advise.) So if you liked the suspect bottle of Strongbow I'd feel comfortable pitching it into a batch. Did the folks who make Strongbow want brett in their brew? No. Does it make a more pleasing brew? Only you can answer that, if you like what you drank out of the suspect bottle go with it.

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Brett infection is death to fruit flavours, and gives the dreaded band aid flavour. I doubt very much that is what was in the strongbow. I never heard of anyone who wanted a brett infection.

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Poor sanitation?

But that isn't automaticly a bad thing. Brettanomyces can do wonderful things to a fermentation (assuming you like the distinct flavor that it brings to the party, which I particularly do, so know that that colors my advise.) So if you liked the suspect bottle of Strongbow I'd feel comfortable pitching it into a batch. Did the folks who make Strongbow want brett in their brew? No. Does it make a more pleasing brew? Only you can answer that, if you like what you drank out of the suspect bottle go with it.
I poured the "suspect" bottle into a glass for my wife and other than the fact that it was way over carbonated, it tasted just like Strongbow.
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