lambic solera project

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bonsai4tim

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I haven't liked sour beers in the past, but this summer after having several Flemish old brown ales and a couple of really good belgian sours I decided to try making one. Read lots of interesting threads here, and decided to do a solera style.

Bought a keg, and brewed 3 batches

1st was a darker almost porter style, yeast was roselare,

2nd was a 10 gallon golden using wye 1762 and WLP 565.

All had estimated IBU's in the 10-12 range, OG 1.060-1.065.

Then combined in a sanke keg in July

Samples last month and this month have been great, so I bottled 24 12 oz bottles today.

Keg with gas and fill line attached.



I used a 2 inch triclover blank, silver soldered adaptors for gas and liquid posts to it. Very close fit for the ball lock connectors--you may be able to see I had to cut off a bit of the collars.



I used the adapters from

http://www.chicompany.net/

so I could put in the liquid out tube, and keep it under a little pressure. Just need to get a spunding valve.

Filling photo:



It was pretty carbonated already, so I didn't prime the bottles.


Warm sample is just sour enough for me (I don't like super sour beers) with interesting slight floral flavor and some complex flavors I can't really describe (but reminds me of Duchesse de Bourgogne beer, which is what I was hoping for)

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What was the third batch?
Third batch was a simple golden using extract--3 gallons
3 pounds light DME
1 pound amber DME
1/2 oz tetnang hops
1/2 pound dextrin

boiled for 1 hour, used wye 1762 and WLP 565 yest.

FG has been 1.004 for a couple of months.

Didn't prime the bottles, it was under pressure in the Sanke at 15 PSI for the last 2 months.

If it seems under carbed in a couple of weeks, my plan is to open the bottles, add 2 grams of sugar and champagne yeast (will hydrate in small volume of water, and add 1-2 ml of yeast solution to each bottle).

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Dig the concept. Much better vessel for long term aging than a small barrel.

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Dig the concept. Much better vessel for long term aging than a small barrel.

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yeah, and you can seal it up with a little pressure and move it if you need too. At least it has handles and no bung to pop out at the wrong time.



Thinking of throwing in an oak spiral.

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Make sure you boil the crap out of it (first hand experience/mistake lol)

That way you can transfer bugs nice and easy.

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