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    Starting a Sour Solera

    Great article! I've been wanting to start a solera-esque setup for a little while now and I'm glad to have found this write up. My main concern with the continuous nature of the solera is the build up of sediment. In a previous comment, you mentioned that you like to leave the yeast cake as...
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    What is your fermentation vessel?

    I currently brew in a one gallon glass jar, but I want to start making more kombucha per batch. I was considering brewing right in my 5 gallon keg, but I'd heard the acidic environment may still corrode the stainless steel. I've also considered a brewing bucket, but I've heard leaching may be...
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    Pellicle Photo Collection

    Wow, that's a unique one. What'd you pitch?
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    Pellicle Photo Collection

    I rack my sours once at most, sometimes not at all. One of the main reasons you rack regular ales is to prevent autolysis (sp?) of the yeast, but that's not an issue with sours. When the bugs eat the dead yeast it doesn't add those meaty autolysis flavors, it just adds more sourness (or brett...
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    Pellicle Photo Collection

    Same thing here. It gets exposed to so much oxygen while racking that it's trying to protect itself, meaning instant pellicle.
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    Silicone waterless air locks?

    Thank you for actually reading my original question. I think this thread has gotten away from me...
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    Silicone waterless air locks?

    Ha, good word. It depends on how much you cooled it down. It would take quite a bit of suction pressure to break a glass carboy, but I'd rather be safe than sorry when it comes to losing an entire batch. When I cold crash I usually just use a piece of sanitized foil. I think the suction...
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    Silicone waterless air locks?

    Oh ok, these are the ones I currently use and they definitely pull in sanitizer.
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    Silicone waterless air locks?

    I'm not sure what you mean by two piece, do you mean the s-shaped ones? If it gurgles backwards though, wouldn't it just be pulling in air, meaning more oxygen and a higher chance for contamination? The waterless silicone ones will actually hold a suction if they start to pull backwards.
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    Silicone waterless air locks?

    I was just wondering if any of you have tried these and what your thoughts are on them. I'm looking for a way to keep my long term brews from pulling in sanitizer every time they see a small temp fluctuation. http://www.rebelbrewer.com/shoppingcart/products/Silicone-Waterless-Airlock.html
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    Pellicle Photo Collection

    I'd say that headspace is pretty much all CO2 at this point.
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    Pellicle Photo Collection

    It almost looks like a krausen.
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    ECY 19 brettanomyces custersianus

    I really like the mad fermentationist and I tend to read his blog quite often. I don't think he's used this specific strain, but I do find his blog quite helpful regardless.
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    ECY20 Bug Country recipe ideas

    How are the other beers looking? I pitched ECY20 to a simple lambic wort (60/40 pils to wheat) a little over 2 weeks ago and got a small krausen about 36 hours in that only lasted for a couple days. Since then, all I've had are some small bubbles rising and a couple patches on top. They look...
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    ECY 19 brettanomyces custersianus

    I'd be interested to hear if the bottle conditioned develops over time.
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