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Old 04-24-2013, 05:44 AM   #971
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I've read a pellicle isn't really necessary, so I'll keep it sealed for now.
You are right there, but it's fun to have something to look at. I mean, come on, what else are you going to do for 6 to 18 months? I like looking at mine, so I encourage the growth. But yes, it's not necessary. If you do open it, be as sterile as humanly possible. My room is like a clean room, you can eat off of the floor, temp controlled, and very well filtered. By opening it you do risk contaminating any other beers in the general area. That's why I have two chambers and two sets of equipment.


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Old 04-24-2013, 11:43 AM   #972
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You are right there, but it's fun to have something to look at. I mean, come on, what else are you going to do for 6 to 18 months? I like looking at mine, so I encourage the growth. But yes, it's not necessary. If you do open it, be as sterile as humanly possible. My room is like a clean room, you can eat off of the floor, temp controlled, and very well filtered. By opening it you do risk contaminating any other beers in the general area. That's why I have two chambers and two sets of equipment.
Take it easy Howard Hughes. Opening the fermenter won't contaminate anything else. The bacteria and/or yeast aren't going to jump out and run away. You would have to have another fermenter open and then splash or in some other way physically get beer from one into the other to have any un-intended innoculation. I've been doing about half brett and/or bacteria beers and half 'clean' with the same tubing, autosiphon, thief, better bottles/carboys etc for a year and had no problems. My sour beers are in my cellar, pretty much the complete opposite of a clean room. It's a scary farmhouse basement full of junk, part of the floor is stone, and there is a prosciutto and a pancetta hanging down there.


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Old 04-24-2013, 11:53 AM   #973
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You are right there, but it's fun to have something to look at. I mean, come on, what else are you going to do for 6 to 18 months? I like looking at mine, so I encourage the growth. But yes, it's not necessary. If you do open it, be as sterile as humanly possible. My room is like a clean room, you can eat off of the floor, temp controlled, and very well filtered. By opening it you do risk contaminating any other beers in the general area. That's why I have two chambers and two sets of equipment.
I want the beers (my first sours) to be as good as possible with not more aceto/vinegar flavor than is necessary; I've heard too much oxygen is culprit in many instances of this. What else am I going to do? Brew 20-30 gallons of quicker turnaround beers every month, that's what I'll do
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:14 PM   #974
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Take it easy Howard Hughes. Opening the fermenter won't contaminate anything else. The bacteria and/or yeast aren't going to jump out and run away. You would have to have another fermenter open and then splash or in some other way physically get beer from one into the other to have any un-intended innoculation. I've been doing about half brett and/or bacteria beers and half 'clean' with the same tubing, autosiphon, thief, better bottles/carboys etc for a year and had no problems. My sour beers are in my cellar, pretty much the complete opposite of a clean room. It's a scary farmhouse basement full of junk, part of the floor is stone, and there is a prosciutto and a pancetta hanging down there.
I'm just afraid! I don't ever want any contamination. EVER.
Plus, when people see how clean I keep everything it makes them more willing to try "nasty" homemade beer.
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:05 PM   #975
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I was freaking out until I started looking at these photos. Guess mine is doing good, just never had it look like this.


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Looks like something under I microscope. Didn't even zoom.
That looks awesome. I may try to make that a background if its hi res enough!
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Old 04-25-2013, 01:39 PM   #976
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that looks awesome. I may try to make that a background if its hi res enough!


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^ awesome, possibly my fave.
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Pulled the bung on the barrel to check things out the other day. I need to brew another batch to top up.


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