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Old 09-01-2012, 03:26 AM   #1
ChuckD123
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I'm new in the brett/sour beer world. I've enjoyed 2 four packs of Green Flash Rayon Vert. My question is this:

Why does each bottle foam excessively? Seems like the head production on that beer is never ending. Is this intentional?

 
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:12 PM   #2
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That stuff is great! It foams excessively because it is very highly carbonated, almost to the point of over-carbed. I would say it is probably intentional, otherwise the QC dept at Green flash really missed something.

 
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:27 PM   #3
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I got around that by using a large glass, giving the bottle a minute to settle before pouring and using the most gentle of pours to get it in the glass. Even with that, I'll occasionally get a towering head that forms after the pour.

 
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:34 AM   #4
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It may have to do with the fact that brett and other bacterial strains will ferment out any sugars that are not fully converted in fermentation. Therefore a very careful amount of priming liquid has to be added so that it does not overcarb. Hence also why a lot of sours are bottled in extremely rigid champagne bottles.

 
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:43 AM   #5
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I am glad to hear that I am not the only one that has experienced this characteristic.

 
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:25 PM   #6
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My sense is that rayon vert has a lot of variation in carbonation level from bottle to bottle. The Brett in it works slowly, so the older the bottles are, the more carbed they get.

 
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