Let's get funky tonight...or more to the point in 1-3 years time! Wow, taking a walk down the wild side is not for the faint of heart or short of patience. Spurred on by some outstanding fantastic Flanders Red home brews shared from Stu @VoyagerCraftMalt
and the awesome show 'the sour hour
' on my favourite brewing radio station 'the brewing network'
it was time to get serious and get seriously funky and brew a Flanders Red ale :-)
Culture Club Creation:
We will not bore you to tears with the creation of the 'growler of sour power' but fair to say I started by harvesting some bottle dregs from a host of great Saisons including a Wild Saison from La Sirene
and a Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic
purchased from my local independent bottlo - The Vin in Seddon
- thx Ronje!
If you want to learn more about harvesting bottle dregs look no further than The Mad Fermentationist
and I can highly recommend reading Michael's book - American Sour Beers
for more on that topic.
To put a base backbone under our culture club of harvested starter driven bottle dregs I picked up a smack pack of Wyeast Belgium Lambic Blend 3278
from our good friends @Grain&Grape
our local home brew shop!
Style: 17.B Flanders Red Ale
OG/FG/IBU 1.0505 / 1.0126 / 20
Batch Size: 9.46L (Picobrew) - double the quantities or 19L (US 5 gallons) homebrew length
- 15g of East Kent Goldings 6% A/A @60 mins (start of boil)
- 1/2 tsp of Calcium Sulfate
- 1/2 tsp of Calcium Chloride
- Single Step Infusion Mash @67.8 Celsius
- 90 mins on Picobrew
- Irish Moss & Yeast Nutrient 10 mins from flameout
- Cool to 20.6 C and keep consistent temperature for 10 days fermentation
- Racked off into a 10L Glass Demijohn from John our good friend @Grain&Grape
- Dropped some French Oak chips in red wine to soak and then added at the rate of 2g/L into the Demijohn
- Sit back and relax - watch the microbes do their thing and 'the sickness' develop and wait patiently for a minimum of 1-3 years! Wow - need some serious sour power of resistance to temptation there my brewin' brothers and sisters :-)
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