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Old 10-14-2008, 12:24 PM   #1


So I've been developing a real love for Belgian sour beers, and I've been ravenously and vicariously reading the exploits of Evan! and landhoney here on the forum. I really love the refreshing, mouthwatering tartness of a Flanders Red, and I think I'm going to brew up JZ's recipe and follow his procedure w/ US-05 first then pitch the Roselare blend to get that awesome pellicle. In addition to 'Wild Brews', I'd love to hear some recommendations on reference books to add to the library as I take my brewing in this new direction (what ever happened to the brewing book thread anyway?)

Welcome me to the fray, Evan!

 
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Old 10-14-2008, 02:54 PM   #2
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I have not read this book, but you could check out Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow. I think it is all about brewing with bugs. Good Luck.

 
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Old 10-14-2008, 03:08 PM   #3

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I have not read this book, but you could check out Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow. I think it is all about brewing with bugs.
Yep, already got this one, and it's great.

 
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Old 10-14-2008, 03:10 PM   #4
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For Flanders and many Belgians - I have Farmhouse Ales which isn't so much directly about sour beers, but more of the regional Farmhouse ales (Reds/Saisons/etc).

Good book!
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Old 10-14-2008, 06:57 PM   #5
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Once you develop the love for them there is no turning back

Here's my sour recipe which has been well received and is different than most
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f72/drunk-owl-mango-55227/

Also, are you angler over at Tasty brew?

 
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Old 10-14-2008, 10:41 PM   #6
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I too have a huge love of all things sour.

Remember, turbid mashing is your friend.

I have a friend in the local brew club who will be brewing a Berliner Weiss with me in about 3 weeks. Just ordered the Lacto D. from the LHBS today.

That is a good quick turn around time beer to quench that thirst for sour beers while you wait on the bugs to do their jobs on the more complex beers like the flanders or lambics.
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Old 10-15-2008, 06:18 PM   #7
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JC, you should keep me posted on that Weiss. I'm dying to brew one, and haven't yet decided whether to go with the authentic bug route, or the soured mash route, or whatnot.

I, too, have been honing my appreciation of sour beers, and Belgian beers in general. Been spending far too much on it, too! Need to brew up a keg of Belgian Pale or Duvel or Chimay Red or something ... with a bit of proof in it, but still light dry and drinkable.
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Old 10-15-2008, 06:22 PM   #8

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I have a friend in the local brew club who will be brewing a Berliner Weiss with me in about 3 weeks. Just ordered the Lacto D. from the LHBS today.
Is it the obscenely short 15 minute boil that JZ uses? I'm a big fan of Berliner Weisse too!

 
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Is it the obscenely short 15 minute boil that JZ uses? I'm a big fan of Berliner Weisse too!
That would be the one.
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Old 10-15-2008, 06:54 PM   #10

I'm actually listening to that episode now....might need to brew this one up this weekend, if I can squeeze it in.

 
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