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Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 03-29-2013, 03:45 AM
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Posted By ssf
the diacetyl is likely being produced by...

the diacetyl is likely being produced by pediococcus. i get the same butteriness when i bottle some of my sours, and like you it takes a month or two to dissipate. i reyeast with a neutral wine...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 03-29-2013, 03:36 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By ssf
turbid mashing has a lot to do with...

turbid mashing has a lot to do with gelatinization of an unmalted wheat component. i have had good luck doing a cereal mash on the unmalted wheat instead. check out my procedure at...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 10-16-2012, 08:36 PM
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Posted By ssf
i would just primary the initial six gallons in...

i would just primary the initial six gallons in the demijohn to avoid having to rack the beer. you can definitely utilize the demijohn with the solera method - I would replace 5 gallons every year...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 09-22-2012, 12:36 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By ssf
Chad Yakobson did brett. you could do lacto or...

Chad Yakobson did brett. you could do lacto or pedio, or the relationship between brett and pedio. maybe the effect of vessels (plastic, glass, steel, wood, concrete) on mixed fermentations?
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 09-17-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,189
Posted By ssf
i agree - you can whip up the 5 gal "starter"...

i agree - you can whip up the 5 gal "starter" first and let it sit in a 5 gal carboy until the rest of the wort is ready. then rack the wort into hte barrel and top off with your 5 gal starter.
Forum: General Chit Chat 08-08-2012, 11:09 PM
Replies: 243
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Posted By ssf
I've been playing casually for about four years,...

I've been playing casually for about four years, used to live close to golden gate park in SF so I got 18 in on a weekly basis for a while. just got back from park city, UT and played the most fun...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-08-2012, 03:17 AM
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Posted By ssf
fascinating. your write-up prompted a little...

fascinating. your write-up prompted a little research on my part, which led me to this beer hunter article:

http://www.beerhunter.com/documents/19133-000103.html

seems like the sticks were...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 08-03-2012, 08:28 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By ssf
I had a similar (albeit less extensive) issue...

I had a similar (albeit less extensive) issue with a small leak around the perimeter of the head of my barrel. i just cleaned it up with a paper towel and some vodka and waxed the perimeter of the...
Forum: Home Brewing Photo Forum 07-27-2012, 11:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,238
Posted By ssf
great pics! your setup looks sweet too.

great pics! your setup looks sweet too.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 07-17-2012, 05:45 PM
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Posted By ssf
LA homebrewing/craft beer videos

a local production team just put together a short video about the LA homebrewing and craft beer scene. I was interviewed as the "homebrewer," and my local homebrew club (pacific gravity) got some...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 06-13-2012, 12:20 AM
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Posted By ssf
you could also boil your cubes/chips/chunks in...

you could also boil your cubes/chips/chunks in water for about 10 minutes and pour off the liquid to help neutralize them before adding.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 05-31-2012, 10:55 PM
Replies: 59
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Posted By ssf
I have used the opaque white version of THIS ...

I have used the opaque white version of THIS (http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?itemid=35997&catid=459)to ferment a sour golden ale - after 14 months in the barrel there were no acetic...
Forum: Cider Forum 05-24-2012, 06:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,552
Posted By ssf
well, I finally got around to a proper tasting...

well, I finally got around to a proper tasting here. see below for my notes:

http://www.overcarbed.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/cider.png

basque cider
appearance pale gold, great...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 05-11-2012, 12:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,165
Posted By ssf
sounds like it might be lacto to me. i would...

sounds like it might be lacto to me. i would check the FG and bottle as-is instead of embarking on a time-intensive experiment based on a contaminated batch, but if you really want to do it I would...
Forum: Home Brewing Photo Forum 05-02-2012, 01:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,033
Posted By ssf
the sign looks great, congrats! great detail on...

the sign looks great, congrats! great detail on the mug.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 04-30-2012, 09:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,410
Posted By ssf
I successfully fermented a sour quad that...

I successfully fermented a sour quad that finished at over 11% abv, but I pitched the bugs during the start of primary fermentation and waited a year before bottling/kegging. the beer wasn't sour...
Forum: Cider Forum 04-24-2012, 07:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,552
Posted By ssf
I've been meaning to post an update with pics,...

I've been meaning to post an update with pics, but the last bottle I tried was viscous and ropy, so I believe the cider is going through a "sick" phase compliments of some pedio. the cider smelled...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-17-2012, 08:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,360
Posted By ssf
seconded. i would just invert the carboy over a...

seconded. i would just invert the carboy over a sanitized bucket and let the liquid drain out over the course of an hour, leaving the majority of the ice trapped by the neck. it might turn out to...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 03-22-2012, 05:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 961
Posted By ssf
it seems like others have hinted at this, but i...

it seems like others have hinted at this, but i would wait until the persimmons are super ripe (soft and sugary) before adding them. my old tree yielded younger persimmons that were tasty but lacked...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 03-01-2012, 05:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,809
Posted By ssf
FYI, there's a really thorough thread on...

FYI, there's a really thorough thread on supplication clones here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f127/attempting-supplication-clone-220141/
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 02-28-2012, 02:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,179
Posted By ssf
I am definitely envious of your situation, but...

I am definitely envious of your situation, but definitely not in a negative manner! I'm looking forward to as many notes/pics as possible from your blending day, to further fuel my jealousy.
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 02-28-2012, 01:25 AM
Replies: 1,475
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Posted By ssf
whoa. i recently tapped a dark sour saison that...

whoa. i recently tapped a dark sour saison that I had on a second gen saison/sour mix yeast cake with fantome dregs for six months, and the dehusked carafa II went perfectly with the complex, fruity...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 02-10-2012, 10:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 951
Posted By ssf
i pitched WLP566, WLP655 and fantome bottle dregs...

i pitched WLP566, WLP655 and fantome bottle dregs (566 got a 2 day head start) into my house saison, which went from 1.057 to 0.997 in six months (at which point in time i bottled/kegged). the final...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 01-26-2012, 11:05 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 40,265
Posted By ssf
funny you mention this - i bottled a cuvee de...

funny you mention this - i bottled a cuvee de tomme inspired sour about a month ago, and tried a bottle after it had sat for 2-3 weeks. it tasted much different than my sample at bottling (delicious...
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 01-03-2012, 08:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,268
Posted By ssf
if you get tired of drinking syrup with each...

if you get tired of drinking syrup with each pour, you could always blend with a batch of non-soured wheat to taste...
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