Looking to do the Tank 7 Clone recipe on AHA website and want to use the WLP670 Farmhouse Blend yeast. Couple of questions:
- Is it appropriate to do a starter with this blend or will that throw off the ratios of yeast within the blend?
- If no starter, is it best to buy 2 tubes of yeast instead or will underpitching create some of the more interesting flavors this beer may benefit from? OG fairly high at 1.072
- Thoughts on conditioning time with this yeast after fermentation? Some reviews seem to suggest it really comes alive if given an extra 2 months or so post-fermentation.
This is me but I would buy two tubes and pitch them both. My last experience with bugs and building up a culture went pretty well though.
I think the thing about Brett is that it takes a while for it to really be active. I feel like if you pitch one tube your farm house strain won’t be able to attenuate fully, but that won’t really be a problem because slowly the Brett will finish the beer. You may not come out with a really good farm house base for your beer though.
If you make a starter I think the farm house yeast will be able to do the job, but the Brett will also be there. You could try this and probably have similar results to pitching two tubes.
I have a mixed fermentation I am currently fermenting that is less than a month old. It is already in secondary and the pellicle is starting to form. I used 3711 from 2 bottle dregs with two Brett strains, lacto, pedio. I tasted the beer when I transferred it into secondary and it definitely taste like 3711 and Brett, surprisingly, but the sour bugs hadn’t really done much yet.