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Old 02-25-2010, 02:32 AM   #1
Feb 2010
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I have been reading the previous threads on the Kentucky Common style, and since I live just on the other side of the river from the KY (and my affinity for sour beers) I immediately wanted to give this style a try...

My question is, as opposed to doing a sour mash (which seems like it has a large chance for a novice brewer like myself to screw something up), could I use 8-10% Weyermann Acidulated Malt in order to get the sourish character of this style with out the (seemingly) complicated procedures of sour-mashing or adding lactobacillus?

Thanks and cheers

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Old 02-25-2010, 03:59 AM   #2
Jan 2009
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I've thought about experimenting with that, and maybe lactic acid (not familiar with either) but haven't. If you can brew all grain, you can do a full sour mash. Instead of waiting an hour on the mash, wait 18-24 hours, then continue as normal. My previous batches doing 24hrs were coming out more sour than planned so I dropped it to 18hrs and it was perfect. Going to see what the next few are like. Some people like sour beers so make this pretty sour. I don't like it like that, I like it to be barely perceptible, but just enough to change up the characteristics of the beer. It's supposed to be a session beer for the common person, and I don't see too many people downing sour beers all night. Just my opinion, but to each his own!

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