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    Advice on repitching over yeast cake.

    I find it works really well for bigger beer, but I'm fairly lazy on actually making big starters. When I actually make starters, I do the same. I make a ~2l starter and pull off a smaller mason jar off to store for the next go round. Works like a charm and don't have to deal with washing yeast...
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    Advice on repitching over yeast cake.

    This doesn't apply in this case, but I would add that if you dry hop the first batch, that can carry over to the next beer as well. This can also be a really nice method to build up yeast for bigger beers without the hassle of a starter. I will make a Helles/Pils or similar and then step up to...
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    Which Kveik for Beer Styles?

    I agree with this. Kveik has been marketed as super clean, but it seems to have a noticeable flavor in most strains. Some are more citrusy, some are cleaner... all have a bit of an acidic twang. I rather like Voss for hoppy beers and prefer it hot to bring more citrus to the forefront. I like...
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    How long does your beer last? Does it even get a chance to age?

    I have 5 beer taps that I rotate through. My wife will drink occasionally and I'm a ~2ish a night person mostly. If friends come over, taps can drain quickly. 2 are dedicated to sours... those tend to last a while (~3 months) as it is just hard to slam 4-5 a night, even when you want to get...
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    Reusing Kveik yeast

    Safe is the whole amount. I'd probably pitch 1/4 cup. If you really want to stress the yeast... couple teaspoons or a tablespoon.
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    Reusing Kveik yeast

    Kveik is about as hardy as it comes, and incredibly small pitch rates still work out well. 3/4 cup is more than enough for Hornindal to do its job.
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    Beer used to be better

    Most breweries have to follow the trends to keep crowds coming in. Sadly that leads to some really poor examples of the current trendy beer styles out there. Outside of a few select places, the 'hazy ipas' around me are pretty much garbage. Just oxidized, old hop, sticky sweet messes of beers...
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    Really low attenuation

    Agreed, and especially so here in the US where craft breweries running these shows don't have super old buildings filled with microbes that the brewery has decades of experience with. Yup I've never had one of my spontaneous beers ever be great on its own. Passable, and one was even good...
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    Really low attenuation

    I personally wouldn't use citric acid, but I don't imagine it would cause a real issue. Lactic acid in the concentration to get to 4.5 pH will be small in the complexity of a spontaneous beer... and will be one of the main acids produced by the bacteria anyway. There might be a minimal flavor...
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    Really low attenuation

    Sounds likes a similar experience to a couple of mine. Probably a different yeast/s taking off as they build up numbers. It is really the safest way to go, especially on a spontaneous attempt. If you get below 4.5, you're pretty much in the clear... 4.3 is definitely in the clear. There are...
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    Really low attenuation

    Did you pre-acidify? What is the current pH? How are you talking the gravity readings? If you pre acidified into the mid 4s and/or it is below the 4.3ish range now, you're as safe as it basically gets in spontaneous fermentation. One of my first 'successful rounds' of spontaneous fermentation...
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    Coffee infusion question?

    My favorite method is to use ~3oz of beans (each coffee is a bit different). Grind 1/3 fairly course and leave 2/3 whole. Drop into the fermenter for a minimum of 12 hours and a maximum of 24. I always go to taste and this really gives a full coffee flavor without hitting some to of those green...
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    Fast Souring - Modern Methods

    Fact or Fiction – Botulism in Beer? Part V - Sui Generis Brewing That is backed with growth rates elsewhere that are more hospitable than wort that has dissolved oxygen (hopefully), alcohol being produced, and a PH that should quickly drop. https://aem.asm.org/content/aem/62/8/3069.full.pdf
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    Fast Souring - Modern Methods

    Yeah most certainly hopped vs not has a part to play here. I'd be curious to know initial ph, post fermentation ph, fermentation lag/time, etc. If the Kviek took off as it normally does and there was nearly a complete fermentation in a day or so, it would be hard for most bacteria to produce a...
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    Fast Souring - Modern Methods

    I totally get what you're saying and why... and nobody should be tasting that beer as it sits or if it smelled the same after more fermentation. It very likely would end up a dumper. With that, the vomit smell is likely butyric acid from some sort of bacteria and it can be converted by other...
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    Strong Brett flavor

    All the bretts has brux and lambicus and trois vrux is a brux. Those are going to be more aggressive and take over more, especially as they age. C is going to typically be pretty light brett flavor, even as it ages... but it can still take over a beer given enough time. Subtle brett flavors...
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    Wyeast 3726 - Potential For Future Contamination?

    That says efficient not effective. Star San and Iodophor are not really efficient at killing yeast, but they can be effective given the right situation. If something isn't clean, none of the chemical cleaners will be able to sanitize to the proper level. They don't do well with any leftover...
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    Fast Souring - Modern Methods

    Certain strains of brett can convert butyric acid into different esters. If you are really willing to risk it and hold onto something for a year that may not work, pitch some brett brux. More than likely it is a dumper though.
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    Strong Brett flavor

    At least in my experience of beer, leftover sugar has an opposite effect on brett funkiness. If brett doesn't have a bunch of sugars to eat, it tends to go after other compounds, including ethanol, to create a deeper funkiness. When you co-pitch it seems to stop, or more likely delay, those...
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    Strong Brett flavor

    What brett strain/s are you using? That will have a large impact on how much funk is in there and how much conversion of the phenols happens. Co-pitching will keep down the funk as well. If you want mild brett flavors in a saison... use a strong sacc starter and co pitch with Brett C. With any...
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