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Old 05-07-2012, 11:56 PM   #1
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Brewed a Hefe late saturday, finished at 10:30pm, and didnt have my starter quite ready. I left it all day sunday and figured i'd pitch this morning but its already fermenting. The beer smells sour which is definitely bad, but i did santize well. I question if when i cooled my wort outside i didnt draw something in? I wouldnt have thought something would have kicked off fermentation under 36hours? The wort was a bit warmer when i brought it inside so it would have cooled some more, looked like my air lock lost some water. So i have 3 choices: Boil again, see what a Hefe is like as a Lambic, Pitch and hope like heck or throw it out and say lesson learned? Thoughts?


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Old 05-08-2012, 12:11 AM   #2
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It's likely you're on your way to making a Berliner Weisse. I'd let it ride and see how it turns out.


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Old 05-08-2012, 12:25 AM   #3
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I think I'd pitch the starter and hope for just enough funk to keep people guessing. Don't pass up an opportunity for an experiment by tossing it.

Or, split it. Do a gallon with whatever got in there, and yeast the rest.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:29 AM   #4
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Spontaneously Fermented beer... People pay big money for that stuff. As long as the correct yeasties got in there, you may have just made yourself a good beer. But chances are, its going to turn out the bad kind of sour.

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Yea it smells quite sour and is starting to smell up the room. I have extra fermenters so i wont be down anything to leave it i suppose. Heres what shes looking like. I've seen worse looking fermentations, i'm surprised how well this one took off, i've had slower starts when ive actually pitched yeast!
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Damn that really did take off.
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I know!? Like WTF? You would have thought i was baking sour dough in there. I think i should leave this one, it seems just to crazy.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:47 AM   #8
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If it is a sour wheat, let it go. They are quite tasty.
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My 2 cents, let it go and see what you get. Let us know how it turns out. I'm very interested. Hoping for a happy accident.

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It was going to be a mango hefe but I agree I think this could be interesting. I think I'll leave it, not sure how long in primary or secondary but i'm going to stick it in a closet for a few months.


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