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Old 06-23-2010, 06:17 PM   #1
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I just brewed a 6 gallon batch of KingBrianI's Common Room ESB and split it between a 5 gal carboy and a 6.5 gal bucket. Part of me wants to try an open ferm on the bucket half. I'm not sure this is the best beer to try this technique on.... Thoughts?.

And oh yeah I ferment in a cellar with a dirt floor, not really sanitary conditions.
I guess the worst that could happen would be to lose 3 gallons of beer.

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Old 06-23-2010, 06:30 PM   #2
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Try it out. You might be surprised to find out your cellar is "cleaner" than the rest of house. Worst that could happen is to get infected by wild yeast. That would really be going old school.

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Old 06-23-2010, 06:33 PM   #3
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This should probably be in the "Fermentation and yeast" section if a mod would like to move it...... To many homebrews while brewing I guess.

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Old 06-23-2010, 06:36 PM   #4
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Go for it. What's the fun of just brewing the same thing the same way all the time.

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Old 06-23-2010, 06:44 PM   #5
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Don't do it!You said to talk you out of it. The worst might happen and you lose 3 gallons of beer, have to clean a bucket, and.....oh yeah, you may also end up with some damn tasty brew.
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:50 PM   #6
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Give it a try...then pour it out, cuz its going to taste like crap from the infection......

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Old 06-23-2010, 07:22 PM   #7
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Check out In one of the past episodes, they did an open Fermentation with a Hefe. On a later episode they did a taste test of it. The way they described it, sounded damn tasty!
If I remember correct, you only leave it open for like the first 3 days... I think.

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Old 06-23-2010, 07:37 PM   #8
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I don't see any huge problems with it. Just remember, commercial breweries doing open fermentations do it in rooms dedicated to ferm tanks. Its not like they are aseptic, but its not in a house with dog/cat hair, carpet dust, fans blowing that stuff all over the place etc. Like someone said above though, that dirt floored cellar might be more clean than the rest of your house. As long as people aren't down there tromping around stirring up dust every day, you should be fine.

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Old 06-23-2010, 07:48 PM   #9
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Go for it. Are you going to pitch yeast with it or let something random try and take hold?
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:02 PM   #10
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I say give it a try, but maybe cover your bucket with a piece of cheese cloth to keep the dust out.

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