Posts Tagged ‘wild yeast capturing’

white whales and wild yeast

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

on thursday the two APs and I headed over to meet up with ML at naja’s for russian river night.

over the weekend I also managed to keg my cider.

  • I blended the half-gallon batch from december (dry and somewhat vinous) with 2 gallons fermented in january (slightly sweet and tangy with great apple aroma).  it should be perfect for the greek easter picnic in about a month.
  • on the topic of cider, I also managed to score some bottles of isastegi sagardo, so expect a tasting update on that soon…

and finally, after reading pages of notes, experiments, and results, I finally decided to try my hand at wild yeast capturing.

  • I made a small starter, lightly hopped it, and let it cool in three small jars on my outside balcony overnight (mid 40F temps).  I covered the jars with paint straining material and took the jars in during the day.
  • after a couple of days with no results, I poured the samples into my erlenmeyer flask and let it sit out during part of a cold morning (mid 50F temps) under my orange tree near some flowers.  I took it back inside and when I checked on it this morning (24 hrs later), I finally spotted some yeast activity.
  • I’m planning on giving it another week in its current solution, then stepping it up and washing it.  with any luck, a truly local brew will be in the works soon!