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Old 02-12-2013, 12:26 AM   #1
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Well I finally got around to brewing up my base beer for the lambic project. I did 10 gallons total, half in a old old barrel and other in a carboy. The one in the barrel is going to be a straight lambic maybe blended down the road. The beer in the carboy is going to eventually have fruit added, the Sg was 1.046 and is being fermented with wyeast #3278. It's a little slow but finally kicking off after a day. I also tossed in some dregs from some sour ales.

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Old 02-12-2013, 03:45 AM   #2
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A thing of true beauty

 
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:46 AM   #3
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Please keep us posted.

 
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:30 PM   #4
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Will do I have a notebook going to record my data. I used 2 packs of 3278 one was over a year old and I used a starter for each. The beer in the barrel took about a day longer to get roaring , now have a blow off tube in that. The carbon I pitched last night and already has a good krausen but not fully developed yet.

I originally was planning a AG base but just haven't had the time so I used extract instead.
3lbs wheat dme
3lbs golden light dme
3 oz of aged hops
4oz of malto-dextrin
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:06 PM   #5
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Day after carboy was pitched



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Old 02-12-2013, 01:15 PM   #6
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Sweet,thanks for keeping us up to speed. Just wish i could see the action in the barrel. Oh to have the opportuniyy of a yeast eye view!

 
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:21 PM   #7
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Badlee this ones for you! I had to time the pulling of the bung and snap photo as its actively sending krausen out the tube.



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Old 02-12-2013, 01:43 PM   #8
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Just wish i could see the action in the barrel. Oh to have the opportuniyy of a yeast eye view!
Like an embedded barrel webcam? I'd watch a time lapse pellicle video.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:47 PM   #9
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How long are you planning on keeping the beer in the 5G barrel? Little barrels have a really high rate of oxygen diffusion and aren't great for long term aging unless you reduce the amount of oxygen getting into your beer. There are several blog posts about coating small barrels with parrafin you might find helpful.
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You probably can't tell in the original photo but the upper portion of the barrel I coated the crap out of it with paraffin wax. I also plan to keep the barrel topped off as recommended by my lhbs who is a lambic mad man.
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