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Offline oscarvan

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Re: First Pull Off My Solera
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2010, 03:22:08 PM »
To the noob this all sounds fascinating. Could someone in five easy steps explain the process?
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Re: First Pull Off My Solera
« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2010, 04:04:41 PM »
To the noob this all sounds fascinating. Could someone in five easy steps explain the process?
1) brew beer
2) put into a long term storage vessel (ltsv) (carboy, keg, barrel) and age
3) add bugs if desired
4) remove some for drinking
5) add some more beer or wort to the ltsv to top it off and age
repeat as necessary
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Re: First Pull Off My Solera
« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2010, 04:09:22 PM »
To the noob this all sounds fascinating. Could someone in five easy steps explain the process?

1.  Make a beer using lambic blend, Roeselare blend, and/or bottle dregs.
2.  Add it to a barrel or other container.
3.  Periodically remove up to 50% of the beer in the container, replace it with newly brewed beer.

These beers can go two or three years to get really good, and traditionally have been blends of older and younger beers.  This technique just accomplishes the blending via the single container.  The advantage of using the wooden barrel, is that the microbes like the wood environment and the wood contributes some flavor early on.  Lambics can be made in glass though, I've done several now.

I suppose one could also do this with a Russian Imperial stout or Baltic porter.
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Re: First Pull Off My Solera
« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2010, 06:45:58 PM »
solera is a system of aging by fractionally combining young & old beverages. take a look at the wiki entry for a fairly decent explanation of the process...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solera
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Re: First Pull Off My Solera
« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2010, 08:24:35 PM »
I suppose one could also do this with a Russian Imperial stout or Baltic porter.

I am debating starting another one for Historical Imperial Stout with brett (no other bugs).  Can't decide whether to just make it an annual brew, or a solera project.

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Re: First Pull Off My Solera
« Reply #20 on: December 24, 2010, 06:49:08 PM »
Ah, very enlightening. Thanks!
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