first lambic solera pull, bottling

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in celebration of overcarbed’s fourth anniversary, I finally worked some magic with a good-sized pull from my (p)lambic solera barrel.

  • it had been seventeen months to the day since I initially filled the barrel (and seven months since my only tasting) and once I started up my autosiphon I knew the results were going to be worth the wait.  the beer has a bright acidity with a great funky complexity.  the gravity is approximately 1.005 for a current ABV of around 5.45%.
  • to mix it up a little, I racked six gallons of beer onto seven pounds of sour cherries in one of my carboys, which I am planning on forgetting about for at least six months.  I also primed and painstakingly filled eighty 12oz bottles with another seven and a half gallons, and was reminded why I usually bottle my specialty beers using bombers (it’s half the work).
  • to top it all off, I bottled my fermentors of dark house on persimmons and banning on apricots for a total of over 100 bottles (113 to be exact).  I then refilled my solera with fifteen gallons of fresh lambic base that I had brewed a couple weeks back using my old recipe.  the bottles will be used to support my homebrew club in competitions and will also be a good way to conduct tastings without running through large volumes of beer.  I’ll have tasting notes in a few months!

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