This post is to document the progress of my first (hopefully) funky brews, using the the dregs from a bottle of Anchorage Brewing's Tide and its Takers.
2-26-15; Drank the beer, and added about 4oz of apple cider to dregs. I covered the bottle with foil and left in front of the heater, swirling a couple times a day. I did add a pinch of nutrients.
3-3-15; Added approximately 1 more cup of fresh cider to the starter, once there were signs of fermentation (mainly the accumulation of more lees than the dregs could have originally contained).
3-10-15; Saved 1 cup of the starter in a sanitized mason jar. The rest got pitched into a gallon of apple cider with a touch of nutrients.
3-20-15; The cider tastes lovely. I would say it is around 1.008-1.010 right now, based on taste. Flavours of citrus and pineapple. I'm having to resist just drinking it fresh--I may very well do so anyways by starting a fresh batch to drink as house cider...
The mason jar starter has produced krausen, and possibly a pellicle by now; I can’t tell. I got the brilliant idea to take two bottles of my Belgian Walnut Graff, pour them into a sanitized 1.5 litre bottle, pitch the starter, and see what happens (the bottle is airlocked, and clear). I also added half a bottle of the Cherry Cyser I was drinking at the time. I included some of the dregs from the graffs—whatever poured with the rest. I did not allow the head to subside completely, and sloshed it around once sealed—this hopefully filled most of the headspace with Co2.
Time will tell whether this was a good or bad idea. At the very least, the starter should be safe in there, and I have a backup in the form of the cider. The point of this was to see how the yeast/s perform in a malt based environment, compared to the cider.
3-22-15; The experiment has signs of fermentation, with patches of bubbles on the surface.
|3-22-15. There is nothing I can do about the blurryness--it's residue on the inside from decarbonating the graff.|
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