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Offline Echo Lake Brewing

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Does this look okay?
« on: May 25, 2018, 01:32:48 PM »
Hi everyone - sorry my first post is one of those annoying "how does my beer look" kind of things, but I'm working on my first sour so I'm not 100% sure what it should look like at this point. I did a Flemish red ale back in early February, then pitched Wyeast 3763 Roselare in March.

Two weeks ago I added a 2lb can of Amarena cherries (about 1/3 of them whole, and 2/3 pureed). At that point the beer smelled good - slightly sour, but in a good way. I shook the carboy to get everything mixed up but didn't see much activity for a good week and a half.

Two days ago, I noticed big bubbles on top of the beer and some slow but steady airlock activity (see video at YouTube link). There's a brown ring around the neck and the whole cherries have floated to the top. The bubbles seem bigger and juicier than usual. Does this look like good activity, or did I introduce some nasties when I put the cherries in? I don't want to open the airlock and disturb it, so I figured I'd be "that guy" and see if this looks normal. Not panicked, just curious. Thanks!

https://youtu.be/wAxNxA8-PKE

Offline TANSTAAFB

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Re: Does this look okay?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2018, 01:45:28 PM »
RDWHAHB!!!

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Offline Echo Lake Brewing

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Re: Does this look okay?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2018, 01:54:18 PM »
Haha, I know! Just want to see if this is normal activity. I've never had a batch of beer go bad, so I don't know what that looks like. But I've also never added fruit to beer, or brewed a sour, so I don't know what normal is.

Today is brew day for my summer beer so I'll be relaxing and drinking plenty!

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Re: Does this look okay?
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2018, 03:13:30 PM »
It is a pellicle forming, I would guess.  Leave it be for many months and it will be a complex mix of flavors that you will be pleased with and you will be the envy of all short cutters in the sour world.
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Offline rkmyers

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Re: Does this look okay?
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2018, 04:40:41 PM »
Looks fine.  I only brew Flemish Red Ale and two recommendations I can make that might help you.  One is to use a larger carboy (6gal) and only fill it to the shoulder of the top.  That will allow a larger surface area to be exposed and give you a better view of the health of the white bacteria growth.  if you start seeing colors, you might have a problem.  Second, instead of using a bubbler, try using a breathable silicone bung (used for winemaking).  I've had excellent results with these steps.  Good Luck   

Offline jtoots

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Re: Does this look okay?
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2018, 01:40:40 PM »
that is one FULL carboy!!
Cheers!