Prior to this batch I had never used any strains of Brett, with the exception of the one batch of Apple Cider in which some wild Brett volunteered its services.
I had a Foreign Extra Stout that finished higher than I wanted. I expected it to finish around 1.017, but it finished at 1.023. I think the yeast cake I pitched onto may have been pretty weak. It was British Ale II and was the fourth batch north of 1.060 (two over 1.070) for that yeast cake and the batch before it stopped the exact same way.
I figured this would be a great opportunity to rack to secondary and inoculate with Brettanomyces Clausenii. I had wanted to use it for sometime, but just hadn't found a batch I was willing to risk. This one already had a couple changes I wanted to make for the next version so I went for it.
My LHBS finally found one vial of Brett C in their fridge. It wasn't new, but not too old so I thought I'd try it. After racking and pitching I watched for any signs, but I was starting to wonder if it was too old because you could see a layer in the secondary (glass carboy) of yellowish yeast flocculating out with no apparent signs of activity. I kept expecting a pellicle but none was forming. I followed the same advice I've given to many others--"Don't rush, it. Wait and give it time to work."
The glass was pretty reflective so you couldn't see well, so today I decided to take a peak. I pulled the airlock and looked through the port. Inside you could see a wispy pellicle forming nicely and the aroma was amazing (Note: I am not an addict to fermenter sniffing! I can quit anytime I want! Stop looking at me like that! Hey man, you mind if I look in your primary?
) I guess I'll let it sit for a few months and see where it goes. I can already tell my wife will probably not like it--which usually means I'll love it!
I'll definitely be using this again if the taste is anything like the aroma. I want to try an all Brett fermentation later.
I'm wondering, after reading a bit more on HBT, if I should have used an ale pail for the secondary for a bit of permeability to let the Brett scavenge a small amount of air.