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Old 09-13-2009, 09:56 PM   #1
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Just racked into secondary after two weeks and wanted to know how long did it take your brews before forming a pellicile?


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Old 09-13-2009, 10:08 PM   #2
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How much headspace do you have in secondary? The formation of a pellicle only indicates that you have oxygen in the vessel.


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Old 09-13-2009, 10:15 PM   #3
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Not much. Although most of the pictures I have seen have been of wild beers in glass carboys that have a pretty descent pellicile without much headspace.
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Two weeks is almost no time at all in the lifetime of a wild ale - these beers takes months to years to be ready. If memory serves, it was nigh two months before I saw a pellicle on my Flanders Red.
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:28 PM   #5
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6 months for mine to form, now I am asking the question how long until it drops!
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4 months for mine in a glass carboy.
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How do you guys feel about the wooden dowel in a carboy is it difference making?
I was thinking about boiling some chips then soaking in folie or pinot then adding.
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Mine took 4 or 5 weeks to form in my Flanders Red, 6.5 gallon glass carboy, 5.5-5.75 gallons of beer, no dowel.
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Maybe never, don't worry about it they are doing their thing.
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:18 PM   #10
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It also depends what temperature you have it at. I had one a +80 this summer and it formed in 3-4weeks and fell at 8 weeks. Though I was not too happy with the result. The batch was soured well, but was not vary complex. I think with these types of beers it much better to keep it cool and age it for at least a year. but like others say, don't expect to see the pellicile layer for a while.


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