Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Dreg Series: Farmers Daughter/Supplication

This is a continuing series on harvesting yeast from production beers.  The focus of this is to collect, grow and ferment a beer with these Brett or wild yeast strains.  The majority of the wort for this experiment is collected by brewing 7 gallons instead of the typical 6 during a normal Homebrew session.  Each of these post will develop slowly as the Brett/Funk matures over time.

Base Recipe: Farmers Daughter, Flanders Red Base

Production Beer Harvested (Dregs): Russian River Supplication.

This beer was brewed in early November of 2011 in a 10 gallon net batch.  This was split into 2, 6 gallons carboys.  One was stored at my house and one at Danny's.  The main batch was brewed on Danny's system.  We took the spent grain and put it into my 9 gallon mash tun.  Adding about a pound of old DME after sparging 6 gallons of sweet wort.

When all was said and done...
The 6 gallons was split into four, one gallon jugs for dreg yeasts.  I took 2 and Danny took the other 2.  (I'll have more on the other dregs in another post.)  The fermentation took about2 months and got down to .999  I only bottled 6 of these beers in late Jan 2011.  Normally I can get about 8 bottles but I wanted to add oak cubes to the leftover wort for inoculating the wood with bugs.  The picture above was taken at about 2 months after bottling.  No additional yeast or priming sugar was added at bottling. 

The tasting was surprisingly good and clean/tart for a sour beer this young.  A proper review will be posted once this beer gets some age on it.

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