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Offline AmandaK

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Re: Flanders Red fermentation
« Reply #30 on: September 19, 2012, 02:25:05 pm »

Thank you for such a detailed process write up. I still have one foot in the 'low and slow' sour camp, but your technique is so much quicker, albeit a bit more complicated. I may just put my other foot in your camp for the time being. You know, for experimental purposes. :)
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Re: Flanders Red fermentation
« Reply #31 on: September 19, 2012, 02:28:16 pm »
+1 to having sour beer around for blending. I read that, even in Cantillon, they have barrels that are so acidic they're "only good for shining the copper".

Nateo - are you worried about over-carb'ing / bottle bombs with such a young, non-soured portion? Do you just drink them quickly enough to avoid this issue?

I still wait for gravity to stabilize after blending. On the latest Red that I was talking about, that meant blending, then sitting for 3 months. Gravity was stable for the last 2 months, so I bottled. I'm using Champagne bottles to avoid bottle bombs. They might carb up more, but I estimated a "worst case" Brett overattenuation figure using Kai's carbonation spreadsheet, and adjusted my priming amount to account for that, so it's not likely they'd "over carb."

I'm not really sure what the shortest turn-around time is, but I'd guess it's around 1 month. I haven't tried that yet, so do so at your own risk. Still, 3 months for a Red is a lot faster than 1-3 years.
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Re: Flanders Red fermentation
« Reply #32 on: February 20, 2013, 05:54:56 am »
Looks like Mr. Apte's Flemish Red page is down (it links to a profile page for him at Xerox)... Does anyone have this cached?  If not I will email him to see if I can get a copy and we can add it to this site, hopefully.

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Re: Flanders Red fermentation
« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2013, 06:41:45 am »

Some of the pictures/charts don't show up, which is a shame, but most are also given in Wild Brews.

You could also probably just email him for a .pdf. He sounds like a nice guy.
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