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Ryan
04/09/08 09:28 AM  
slimy = ropiness?
I just bottled a 100 % Brett beer last night (a variation on MikeT's Mo Betta Bretta clone). I did the primary ferment with B. lambicus and the dregs from some Jolly Pumpkin beers so there may have been other bugs in there, but it only sat in primary for about a month. I also added some oak chips that had soaked in chardonnay. Here's the weird thing:

the beer, while really tasty...nice and tart etc..., had an almost mucus like property to it. Not the whole beer, but when I bottled from my bottling bucket the spigot would occasionally have these slimy tendrals left behind. Is this ropiness? If so, does that imply that I had pedio in the primary?

the beer is tart, but I would guess thats because I used a lb. of acidulated malt in my grist.

It went form 1.058 to 1.007

SteveG
04/09/08 10:36 AM  
Re: slimy = ropiness?
In the words of the lambic guru Jim Liddil ... "you can say 'snot'". Yes, ropy is slime.
Cisco
04/09/08 10:40 AM  
Re: slimy = ropiness?
Yep!
Ryan
04/09/08 11:04 AM  
Re: slimy = ropiness?
Am I screwed now that its in the bottle or does this clear up with time?

SteveG
04/09/08 11:35 AM  
Re: slimy = ropiness?
The snot is a polysaccharaide. Give the bottles 8 months then give it a try. According to Joris (across the street) ropy beers from pro brewers in Belgium are not a lost cause.
SteveG
04/09/08 11:36 AM  
Re: slimy = ropiness?
BTW, there is an accepted term for this in a Belgian context Vinnie brought to light for me last June. Your beer is "sick".
Ryan
04/09/08 11:53 AM  
Re: slimy = ropiness?
Yeah I actually just got an email from Vinnie that these things tend to clear up (he said in 3-4 months) and that they produce the best sour characteristics in that time.

I'll be excited to try this down the road.

Mike T
04/09/08 12:01 PM  
Re: slimy = ropiness?
Sounds like it will end up a very different beer than mine. Should still be delicious though.
Ryan
04/09/08 12:02 PM  
Re: slimy = ropiness?
maybe we should compare em.

Mike T
04/09/08 02:16 PM  
Re: slimy = ropiness?
Sadly I think Im down to my last bottle or two, and I'd be hard pressed to let them go. I may have hidden a couple away at my parents' house, but I don't remember doing it. Id be happy to do a swap this summer for some other sour beers though, plenty of fun stuff to bottle in the next few months.
Al B
04/09/08 02:30 PM  
Re: slimy = ropiness?
As Steve said, ropy is polysaccharides. Since you bottled this, I must tell you that over time, brettanomyces will break polysaccharides down (hence the clearing -up). This will be slow, but you should monitor the CO2 periodically.

Al B

Ryan
04/09/08 02:41 PM  
Re: slimy = ropiness?
Thanks Al.

I have some bottles that are corked. I guess I better drink those first....Booger beer.

mmmm

SteveG
04/09/08 04:08 PM  
Re: slimy = ropiness?
Right, silly me for not mentioning that. I'm pretty sure the beers Joris mentioned were pretty light CO2 brews so a little extra CO2 would not be a problem. And knowing Joris my guess is that they were in the champagne splits anyway. But I can imagine a beer designed to give you a health pop upon opening might not take well the the additional gas charge.

Maybe you should make labels for the bottles out of kleenex!

Ryan
04/09/08 04:28 PM  
Re: slimy = ropiness?
I bottled almost everything in Belgian glass and I bottled as if I was going for 2.5 volumes (3.75 oz of sugar in 5 gallons) so I should be okay even if I end up at 3-4 volumes.

Of course I've been wrong before...

peteC
04/09/08 05:40 PM  
Re: slimy = ropiness?
you can taste and also feel the ropiness if you put a drop of the beer between your fingers and rub them together. Snotlike viscosity for sure.

It'll taste sour but have a wierd mouthfeel.

peteC

 
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