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Title: A nice little sour surprise
Post by: dannyjed on February 26, 2014, 02:47:58 AM
A couple of months ago I started saving the dregs from various Jolly Pumpkin beers for future sour beers. At this time, I was also near the end of a BVIP keg. So, I decided to fill two of the JP bottles with the BVIP to see what would happen. I thought it could work because I mashed high (160) and FG was around 1.020. Today I opened one of the bottles and it is very nice. The aroma has a nice funky, fruity smell with a touch of cocao. The flavor is rich dark chocolate and some brett accompanied with some dark fruit. There is little to no vanilla flavor left, but there is plenty of other things going on that make this a pleasurable drinking experience. It's amazing how much this beer has changed in just a short time.
Title: Re: A nice little sour surprise
Post by: morticaixavier on February 26, 2014, 02:52:33 AM
cool idea! so did you just fill the jolly pupkin bottle from the tap and recap? cause if you did that's an awesome idea!
Title: Re: A nice little sour surprise
Post by: dannyjed on February 26, 2014, 02:58:59 AM
cool idea! so did you just fill the jolly pupkin bottle from the tap and recap? cause if you did that's an awesome idea!
That's exactly what I did on a whim. I needed the keg for another beer and I thought it would be an easy experiment without losing a lot of beer if it turned out bad. I think I'm going to wait awhile longer before cracking the next one to see what happens.
Title: Re: A nice little sour surprise
Post by: morticaixavier on February 26, 2014, 03:11:59 AM
kinda makes me want to run out and buy a bottle of jolly pumkin just to try it.
Title: Re: A nice little sour surprise
Post by: reverseapachemaster on February 26, 2014, 02:18:38 PM
How much did the bottle foam up when you opened it?
Title: Re: A nice little sour surprise
Post by: kylekohlmorgen on February 26, 2014, 03:23:41 PM
New sour culture method! (I'm stealing it  ;D)

Keep us updated when you open the other bottle!

I'd also like to know if you had any problems with foaming when you opened the bottle.

JP dregs make FANTASTIC sours on their own, and they usually take over when dosed in a mixed culture.
Title: Re: A nice little sour surprise
Post by: dkfick on February 26, 2014, 05:18:04 PM
Yeah those Jolly Pumpkin dregs are very aggressive.  They sour up and taste pretty good quickly.
Title: Re: A nice little sour surprise
Post by: dannyjed on February 26, 2014, 09:43:13 PM
How much did the bottle foam up when you opened it?
I was worried about this and even possible bombs, but it poured out with perfect carbonation. Maybe I just got lucky, but I'll take it ;)