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Old 12-02-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
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I recently tried a beer from Anchorage Brewing Company called 'Galaxy'. It is a white IPA at 7% ABV with 50 IBUs. Brewed with all galaxy hops, coriander, kumquats, and peppercorns. Aged in oak, fermented with a wit yeast and then dry hopped with more galaxy. It is then bottle conditioned with brettanomyces and wine yeast.

I am not trying to clone this beer exactly, but I would like to bring out the spritzy, effervescent quality along with the subtle pineapple and mango fruit that I believe the brett brings out in it.

My plan is to ferment the IPA with a neutral wit yeast, then rack it into another fermenter on top of some sort of fruit (pineapple?) Then add the brett.

As this is my first attempt at working with brettanomyces, I am wondering if the alcohol level in the beer will be too much for the brett to handle at this point. Should I add the brett earlier on during primary fermentation? If not, what temperature should I keep the fermenter at?

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Old 12-02-2012, 03:57 PM   #2
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I don't think alcohol really inhibits brett but I think hops might??? Anyone else fell free to shoot that down if I'm wrong.
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:29 PM   #3
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Nothing stops brett. It can metabolize hop compounds and ethanol. I heard it can also give women orgasms just by standing too close to a bottle of brett beer.

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Old 12-03-2012, 01:11 AM   #4
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Nothing stops brett. It can metabolize hop compounds and ethanol. I heard it can also give women orgasms just by standing too close to a bottle of brett beer.
I can confirm this is true. But not just for women. Men, too. I found out the...hard...way.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:16 PM   #5
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I brewed a beer very similar to this myself, it is still bottle conditioning so I cant really say how it cam out yet. Gabe Fletcher is the brewer at anchorage. I emailed him with several questions when formulating my brewing and fermentation plans and he responded quickly with all the answers I needed. He is a really nice guy, and doesn't mind helping homebrewers at all

 
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:31 PM   #6
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One time I spilled my slurry of Brett on a tractor out in the yard. This tractor is now known as Optimus Prime.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:13 PM   #7
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I would skip the pineapple, use Brett C and you'll get some pineapple that way.

 
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:10 PM   #8
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I would skip the pineapple, use Brett C and you'll get some pineapple that way.
+1, the galaxy will do it too

 
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:21 PM   #9
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Just had another bottle of Galaxy last night. In my humble opinion, I can appreciate the beer, but I don't feel it is something worth cloning. I would definitely shoot for more Brett C, I think this one had a stronger "B" flavor.
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:59 PM   #10
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Wncbrewer, can you post what you found from Anchorage? I'm curious what Gabe said.

The Brett will really change. I brewed a wet-hopped 1/2ipa with Brett C, kegged it, then my keg fridge died to I set it aside and it just got more awesome. The Brett and hops really intertwine and become a greater beast.

From experience, Brett B is quite funky while C is super fruity. You might want to consider blending a bottle propped Brett and white labs C.

As for a mediocre bottle, grab another and let it sit for a few months. It might surprise you.

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