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Getting weird with Lacto/Brett
  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    Sooooo....

    With the three day weekend I finally have some time to brew a little (literally, a small batch). I decided to try something that would need a long time in the fermenter seeing as I am pretty busy with work and class. I decided to try some pseudo-Berliner Weisse thing with a "sour mash."

    The grist is as follows:

    1.5 lbs Pilsen
    0.5 lbs White Wheat
    0.25 lbs Midnight Wheat


    0.25 oz Hallertau


    Now for the strange part. I am going to split the batch (total of 2 gallons) into two pots. One will be brewed per normal, and I am going to pitch WLP004. The other half I am going to add some grain to, and let sit out for approx 24 hours to get it sour from the lactobacillus. Next, after 24 hours of souring I am going pitch a vial of white labs Brett C. and then let it sit for a month or more. After a month I plan to blend the Brett half with the WLP004 half and maybe even rack it onto some plums.


    This is going to get weird, haha.

    I guess what I am getting at -- does anyone see anything inherently wrong with pitching the Brett after I left that half of the wort sour up a bit? I will heat up the soured wort to 180 F for a bit to kill off the lactobacillus before pitching my Brett.

    Anyways, just thought I would share.
    Amigo, lay them raises down.
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    not weird at all. i love brett beers and i have a lacto experiment in the works right now as well.


    keep us posted on this one!
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  • Evan_BEvan_B
    Posts: 312
    Awesome. Thank you for the reassurance!
    Amigo, lay them raises down.
  • ThymThym
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    this sounds like a solid plan as far as experiments go. as for the result, i have no clue what it will turn out like, but it has a lot of promise.
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  • ThymThym
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    i suggest taking tasting notes on each part of the experiment just to get a guage of what is going on.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    Lakewood said:

    i suggest taking tasting notes on each part of the experiment just to get a guage of what is going on.



    I am going to be keeping a very close eye on this thing, whatever it is. Haha.
    Amigo, lay them raises down.
  • ThymThym
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    Please post the details as you go. I'm very interested in how much flavor you get from the lacto.
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • jeepinjeepinjeepinjeepin
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    I wouldn't even bother with pasteurizing the lacto. It won't hurt a thing.
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  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    I wouldn't even bother with pasteurizing the lacto. It won't hurt a thing.



    i would, so you can harvest the pure brett to use again. they're like $10 a pop!
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    you can get them for half price here, it's 'expired' but for experiments like this, it should be just fine.

    http://www.farmhousebrewingsupply.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=493
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  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    I was getting a little weary with souring of the half of my wart after a few days, and was discussing it with one Microbiology professor tonight. He suggested maybe trying a sourdough starter, as it contains lactobacillus (one of the 985769606 strains). I picked up a packet of sourdough starter on the way home tonight, and began doing a little research. There is yeast and lacto in the starter pack, and the yeast used for sourdough apparently is not a fan of maltose... which may seem like a bad thing, BUT IT ISN'T. This is actually perfect as I wanted almost no yeast activity UNTIL I pitch the brett, which will come after the lactobacillus has had a chance to run around and raise hell.

    Not sure if any of this crap makes sense to you all, but it makes sense to me upstairs (I think), and now it is just a question of whether or not this is going do anything.
    Even if the yeast were to eat a bit of the sugar, the O.G. of the half I am souring is only 1.024 anyways.
    Amigo, lay them raises down.
  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    you can get them for half price here, it's 'expired' but for experiments like this, it should be just fine.

    http://www.farmhousebrewingsupply.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=493



    My LHBS must be doing very well, as they have been selling all yeast vials sacc/brett for $6.99, and then they have the past due vials for half off, but be assured there are no past due vials of brett... I have looked, a lot!
    Amigo, lay them raises down.
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    Evan_B said:

    you can get them for half price here, it's 'expired' but for experiments like this, it should be just fine.

    http://www.farmhousebrewingsupply.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=493



    My LHBS must be doing very well, as they have been selling all yeast vials sacc/brett for $6.99, and then they have the past due vials for half off, but be assured there are no past due vials of brett... I have looked, a lot!


    that's what the 'normal' strains usually go for.

    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • jeepinjeepinjeepinjeepin
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    I wouldn't even bother with pasteurizing the lacto. It won't hurt a thing.



    i would, so you can harvest the pure brett to use again. they're like $10 a pop!


    This is where starters really shine and its a plus to White Labs. Make your starter, decant a portion to your empty vial, and pitch the rest.
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  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    Slants are a good way to avoid paying for yeast for a year or more. I am just lazy and don't make them enough as I should.
    Amigo, lay them raises down.
  • morsmors
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    When doing a sour mash... I like to do it in a sanke keg for one simple reason... I can purge it of oxygen with co2. under co2 many of the 'bad' bacterias will not be active in the sour mash.
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  • I've never had a sour beer. What's it taste like?
  • BenvarineBenvarine
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    Buy some, they are great. All are different. As the name implies, they are sour.
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    I've never had a sour beer. What's it taste like?


    if you can find bell's oarsman ale, that's a great starting point for sour beers. It's brewed using a sour mash. From there you can try some lambic, flanders red/brown, berliner wiesse, etc, but i find that those are really hard to find in my area.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • FuzzyFuzzy
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    Benvarine said:

    Buy some, they are great. All are different. As the name implies, they are sour.



    if we're including brett in the sour beer category, try some of those.

    goose island-matilda is a good one to try if you're wondering what brett b contributes to a beer.
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    Last night I set my gallon jug, with the STILL not souring wort, onto a small candle warmer I found lying around the house. I went to work this morning with nothing changed, and I returned home just now to find a nice pelicle forming over the top.

    I have never been more excited to see an infection!!!!!

    I think I'll quick boil, cool, and pitch the Brett this Sat. morning.... or whenever I wake up.
    Amigo, lay them raises down.
  • FuzzyFuzzy
    Posts: 46,586
    Evan_B said:

    Last night I set my gallon jug, with the STILL not souring wort, onto a small candle warmer I found lying around the house. I went to work this morning with nothing changed, and I returned home just now to find a nice pelicle forming over the top.

    I have never been more excited to see an infection!!!!!

    I think I'll quick boil, cool, and pitch the Brett this Sat. morning.... or whenever I wake up.



    pics!!!!
    "Oh, you were serious? I was drunk."-C_B
  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    image
    Amigo, lay them raises down.
  • ThymThym
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    Evan_B said:

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    need to upload directly
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  • jeepinjeepinjeepinjeepin
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    Not the intent of the thread, but here is my sour beer. \m/
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  • Evan_BEvan_B
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    Wow, I am reallllllly jealous, haha.
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    Amigo, lay them raises down.