This weekend is the 2 month mark for the Cider Keeve so I wanted to check in on it, get a gravity reading, and see how it tastes/smells. As I mentioned last time, I was anticipating a gravity of ~1.010, and at 1.008 it is going right as I hoped.
|Keeved Cider at 2 months.|
My biggest hope in checking in on the cider at this point was to see if the Brett was working in tandem to the Saccharo. Based on the aroma, I would say yes. However, it didn't translate much into the flavor...at least not at this point. So I can't really say definitely if the Brett has been playing an active role or not. I think it is on track for a keeve fermentation, and will just require some more time to see how flavors develop.
Since we were down checking on this, I decided to check on the Minimalist Lambic, which has been fermenting for over 7 months. Gravity, as expected, is 1.000. It smells pungent of typical lambic aroma. Mostly grassy and barnyard funk. Some hops and a slight phenol. The taste was very interesting. It has a very big funky/earthy/grassy flavor, but then has this lingering void, and then a hop bitterness. The sourness is there, but not that high. What is interesting is that its hard to call it "watery" or "one-noted", but it is definitely lacking complexity. This isn't much of a surprise considering it is fermented with a single Brett strain where lambic traditionally has many many strains.