Here’s to hoping everyone has a safe and enjoyable Independence Day! I was planning on brewing today, but I figured I would take a break and just make a ton of food, and celebrate with my family and neighbors over some homebrews and commercial craft beers. I hope everyone can do the same. I might brew tomorrow depending on how I feel after the celebrations tonight.
Some updates before I sign off.
The Florida Weisse is doing well, still chugging along. I figured it would be done by now and I could rack it into a keg or start fruiting it. I’ll let it go until it finishes though. I filled the fermenter a little too full and lost some, but there is still a good 5.5 gallons in there, so no worries. The putrid stank of the overflow was quite powerful. Like rotted flesh almost. As soon as I cleaned that up it’s back to normal.
The wild blackberry is also full steam ahead. The fermentation has slowed down and it is beginning to clear. I think the yeast from those berries are hungry. They sure did plow through the low gravity wort with ease. I thought there might have been a pellicle starting to form, but it looks like that isn’t happening. At least any time soon. The kräusen was large though, and very healthy looking. The next batch I throw onto the cake will be a little more hopped. I’m thinking of a Sorachi Ace dry-hopped Saison. I made one last year, but it unfortunately was lost to a leaky post on one of my kegs.
The other sours are still sitting in the closet waiting to be sampled. Oud Bruin- and Flanders Red-style beers. The pellicles have been there for about a year now. I want to sample them, but I really don’t want to disturb anything. I’ll wait until September and start checking them out. The other red hasn’t been checked either. It’s sitting in two buckets waiting as well. That one started out really slow and got a bit stinky, until I pitched a pack of US-05. Hopefully it turns out well, but we’ll see.
Don’t forget to donate what you can to get a homebrew store in my area. Really looking forward to having a fresh source of supplies.
Until next time, be safe and have a wonderful 4th! And don’t forget that homebrew contest. Hoping to get some great feedback. Unlike from the NHC first round in Austin!