I had a sample at the local distributor last week. Definitely more drinkable than the other offerings from Coor's, but it didn't change my mind from getting the mixed case from Founder's.
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I've had a vial of WLP655 pitched for about 4 months now and I've not seen a pellicle. It was 5 gallons of BDSA that had stopped at 1.035. A month ago I blended it with another 5 gallons of the same Batch that had sat on sour cherries with Brett. The brett is noticeable but I think I need more sour. Should I just be patient or repitch more bugs? Also, what temp should it be sitting at? I want a big gnarly pellicle that will scare my GF!!
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Good question. I'm up to three 7.5cf chests, and two small conversion refrigerators. That takes care of 16 kegs. Any more and I'll need a walk in for sure.
it goes in the compost. or directly in the garden.
I realize that ideal mash conditions are in the 5.2-5.7 range, but what is the real difference of a mash conducted at 5.2 vs. 5.6 in terms of beer flavor. This would be a great experiment. How does this effect mash efficiency or beer flavor. I think Kai has conducted some experiments in this regard. I've made excellent beers at both ends of the pH spectrum. Tannin extraction increases with increasing pH, but what can be said for a mash conducted on he higher side of the range?
This is an interesting mechanism that isn't clearly understood in terms of it's effect on the end product. I would like to see some further experimentation on the effects of mash pH on beer flavor.