Sour noob Question - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Lambic & Wild Brewing > Sour noob Question

Thread Tools
Old 08-24-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
Aug 2011
Carroll, IA
Posts: 452
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

I have a few batches of sour working, a Berlinerwiesse with WL berliner yeast, A Belgian Golden on WL Sour Ale Blend and a Flanders on Roslelere. My question is this; all batches were pitched with the mentioned yeasts as the primary and only yeasts pitched, how long at I looking at for fermentation, do I really have to wait a year?

Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2012, 10:26 PM   #2
Registered User
Jul 2009
Keller, Texas
Posts: 4,882
Liked 254 Times on 196 Posts

The berlinerweisse should be done in a few months at most. The other two, yes, you really should. Some people will package younger but I think you're leaving a lot of flavor development on the table and if you're bottling you might see enough gravity drop in the bottle to cause explosions, or at least really bad gushers. If you're willing to wait six months for stability, what's a few more months for really great beer? Time is an important flavor component of sours. Trying to cut out the time is like trying to brew an IPA with little hops. Yeah, you could brew it and make something but it's not going to be the best IPA it could be.

If you find yourself needing more sours, rebrew the BW.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-25-2012, 12:00 AM   #3
Sep 2007
Posts: 2,553
Liked 24 Times on 23 Posts

Agreed. BW's don't take that long; a few months from ferment to bottle and you are set. For the others, I would suggest at least a year. All of my lambics/flanders sat for about a year and a half in the carboy and another year, at least, in the bottle. You will be rewarded if you wait quite some time.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Advice for Sour/Wild noob ChadChaney Lambic & Wild Brewing 7 07-06-2012 07:27 PM
Sour noob with questions dfess1 Lambic & Wild Brewing 2 02-21-2012 05:26 PM
Sour Noob: What to do with this- lastsecondapex Lambic & Wild Brewing 13 02-05-2012 04:35 AM
Noob wanting to brew a sour!!! I GOT ??S nasty31 Lambic & Wild Brewing 24 02-02-2012 02:53 PM
Sour Question Clann Lambic & Wild Brewing 14 01-18-2012 12:36 AM

Forum Jump