I'll show you mine if you show me yours (pellicles)

Discussion in 'Brewing & Beer Knowledge' started by stakem, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. stakem

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    Ive seen some pretty interesting looking pellicles on some of my wild ales before I got into using oak barrels. This probably sounds stupid but in a way, I miss fermenting in glass because I cant really peep in and see whats up. So anyway, a year or so ago I decided I wanted to do a series of pellicle pictures to capture what these look like while they develope. When I pulled a wild ale out of my barrel, I racked about a pint into a growler and then I added some fresh wort. Below are the pictures I just found that I forgot about.

    First pick is at a month old. The rest of the pictures are taken every couple of weeks or so.

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    I thought it was interesting to see that somewhere around the 6 month mark, the pellicle lost its white coloration and took on part of the wort color.
     
  2. nanobrew

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    Building a culture up from local organic peaches

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    another view

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    Here it is after brewing the beer and pitching the starter (only yeast used). And this is only 2 weeks old

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    Close up

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  3. nanobrew

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    Here is a sour American Wheat ale with orange zest, this is from about 3 years ago... man i need to re-brew this

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    A low abv sour blonde. I ended up breaking the beer up and aging on different fruits\
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  4. domtronzero

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    I've never had a super gnar pellicle like the ones above. This is about as crusty as they get.

    Sour blonde with Cascade, Lost Abbey, Russian River, and Cantillon dregs. Brewed in January. I'm going to add 6 pounds of raspberries and a full can of Oregon Fruit Products' raspberry puree. About 3 more months to go, but I haven't sampled it yet.
     
  5. JulianB

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    I have one sour right now that's in a carboy with a nice pellicle forming, I'll be sure to get a picture of it when I'm over at the brew house this weekend brewing. I've been on such a sour kick lately, up to 5 sour fermenters at once and may do another this weekend.
     
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  6. HopAG

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    Quick question guys, for a guy halfway fermenting his first sour berliner (tons of lacto and dregs from bottles).

    I don't have the impressive pellicles you guys have but I do have some smaller ones.

    I did have a question in terms of racking and bottling. Many say I should wait for the pellicle to drop while other good friends say it doesn't matter. So my question is, do you guys break up that top film and let it drop before racking onto secondary/bottling bucket or do you guys just rack with the film on top of it and are careful during the siphoning process?

    I'm thinking about adding some fruit in secondary for 1/3 of the total batch, should be fun.

    Cheers!

    I've had the Berliner for about 3 months in primary with the nice bugs and it is looking/smelling/tasting great!
     
  7. Newmoneyloons

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    just straight lacto
     
  8. stakem

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    if you dont disturb the pellicle, it will never drop. i see no benefit to "breaking it up and letting it drop." i would recommend carefully racking your beer out from under it
     
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  9. HopAG

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    Thanks for the info sir!
     
  10. hamburger

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    Can't seem to take a clear pic. Phone wants to focus on carboy-
     
  11. Beerontwowheels

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    This little guy is just getting started, ~ 3 months old. Turbid mash, roselare blend with the dregs of some Cantillon gueuze.
     
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  12. Snarf

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    Is it the lighting or did you turbid mash a darker beer?
     
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  13. Beerontwowheels

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    Just the lighting. It's stored in the corner of a dark bedroom.

    Grain Bill:
    5.5# pilsner malt
    2.75# white wheat
     
  14. ShawDeuce22

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    FULL CHUB...sorry I've been holding out on youz guyz

    *first pellicle* Spontaneous Pale Ale
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    Brett L Xmas beer...you know, for shits
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    Same beer different view
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    I forget WTF this is
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    Pellicle formed in glass after I forgot I tasted/tested my "lambic"
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    [EDIT] I've done other sours that never formed a pellicle, such as, that "lambic" does not have a pellicle in the carboy. I guess my airlocks are doing well
     
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  15. poopinmybutt

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    i keep showing it enthusiastically to all my friends, even those who don't really care about beer

    most are really grossed out
     
  16. Leeds

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    Those are some nice pellicles. I have a 2.5 month old sour mash berliner with Brett Brux and raspberries and a 3 month old Flemish Red with ECY 02 going, no pellicles yet.
     
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  17. myfriend_butyric_acid

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    The starter is for a sour blonde I'm doing using only claussenii, Trois, and lacto. Might add pedio too.

    Carboy blurry pic is a sour porter. Dregs from gueze tilquin, hanssens, and beauregarde. Primary with roselare blend.

    The other two are pics of The Rare Barrel

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  18. stakem

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    Pellicle/krausen hybrid at day 6 of Fantome inspired brew.

    I am trying desperately not to get too excited about this. When I popped the lid to take this pic, I was hit in the face with a crazy amount of tropical scents...

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  20. salzar

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    Bruery Dregs at work [​IMG]