So the starters I made in early November for the first round of the Great Brett Experiment II finally finished up, which means it is time for another round of starter sampling. And brewing—let’s not forget that. I was also able to take some initial gravity readings for the first four yeasts. EBY008 continues to struggle—I’ll keep hope alive and wish for a miraculous turn around in the next stage, but I’m not holding my breath. As I note below, this is either Dekkera or the yeast was compromised. I’m going with the former as there was much more activity in the initial starter of this one. But who knows. EBY009 continues to be the best of this grouping of four; now that I have moved these four yeasts along, I’ll start growing up the next four shortly.
Gravity readings from starters (with an OG of 1.030):
Second round of tasting notes: these are pretty similar to the first round, although EBY008 was more sugar water than beer.
EBY002: The nose is slight hints of citric acid and earthiness; flavors
are cracker, biscuit, and fruit—grape specifically—so all in all quite similar
to the last version, although possibly more subdued. This is the wateriest of
the four, and second best in regards to overall quality, even though it is a
EBY005: Candy and goat in the nose, along with dirty feet. Flavors have
improved, but the lingering goat and dirty feet in the finish have increased—it
tastes better in the first two thirds, and worse in the last third. There is
also some lingering sweatiness that doesn’t mesh well with the malt flavors.
Third best yeast of the four.
EBY008: I suspect that this yeast might be Dekkera instead of Brettanomyces;
the mold in the last one was the tell I missed. Either that, or this yeast got
compromised, died, or something, as the overall lack of activity. The nose was
still cooked vegetables and baby diaper, although more subdued than last time,
while it tasted like corn sugar water with a hint of gaminess, followed by
oxidized paper in the finish, so at least it was a marked improvement over the
last version. Still, worst of the lot.
EBY009: Still the best of the lot, and it has further improved: of the
four, this is the only one I finished. The nose is a bit smoky with cereal and
cracker, but the acidity has increased in the flavor: there is citric tartness
in the front along with the tropical fruit and the finish has a more acidic
bite. Less Fruity Pebbles now—it tastes more like Honeycomb with hints of
bright pineapple acidity to cleanse the palate.
165. The Great Brett Experiment II, part 1
8 lbs. MFB Pilsen
3 lbs. Breiss White Wheat
2 lbs. Weyermann Light Munich
1 lb. Weyermann Acidulated
Mash @ 152° F for 90 minutes w/ 4 ¼ gallons RO water & 6 g. gypsum; collected 2 ¾ gallons @ 1.092
Batch sparge @ 165° F for 20 minutes w/ 4 gallons RO water & 6 g. gypsum; collected 4 gallons @ 1.032
Collected 6 ¾ gallons; topped off to 9 gallons, brought to a boil (90 minutes), & added:
w/60 to go: 1 oz. Styrian Golding pellets 3.2% AA
½ oz. Czech Saaz leaf 2.4% AA
w/10 to go: 1 ½ oz. Czech Saaz leaf 2.4% AA
2 White Labs Servomyces capsules
Chilled, split into 4 three gallon carboys, and pitched EBY 002, 005, 008, and 009 starters