March 27, 2012

Barrel Notes: Day 60

Wow, already 2 months in.  Last time I took a gravity reading was Day 9, so I thought the 2 month mark was a good time to do it again.
Lambic barrel gravity reading at Day 60
Gravity reading: 1.010
This is about what I expected.  What I didn't expect was the color of the beer.  If you compare that to when I got the wort (far right in this image), you can see there has been a huge change.  It use to be dark brown, and now is orange.  I wasn't sure why this happened, so I asked expert home brewer Jay (aka Fear025):
The wort was dark because there were caramelized particles suspended in the liquid. As time passed, gravity pulled those particles downward to settle at the bottom of the vessel.
Pretty simple answer really.  I wasn't really worried about the color, but it is nice to know it will clear up to a more traditional lambic color.

Now on to the pellicle, here is a picture of it from today:

Lambic pellicle at Day 60

This I find odd.  Compare that picture to the image from Day 34, and then to the one from Day 22.  Its almost as if the pellicle is clearing up.  I have read that the brett will eat the pellicle, but I thought that is something that would occur very late in the aging process and at a minute scale.  Any ideas as to what is going on?  The only other thing I can think of is that the weather has been very warm lately, which should have kicked in the pedio stage.  Is this the beginnings of my beer turning "ropy"?  I hope so!

March 1, 2012

Barrel Notes: Day 34

Checking in on the pellicle again.  Here is how it looks:

Comparing that to the previous picture, the pellicle has gotten denser over the last couple weeks.  The aroma hasn't changed much, but I am getting a bit of an almost tropical fruitiness.  Still very funky and still quite a bit of lacto.  It's encouraging to have a wide range of aromas already.

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