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korndog
09/24/08 02:37 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
OK Al. I'm sending your beer today. One Westy 12 (12-02-11), and one Fred From The Wood. Watch for them. UPS OK?

Enjoy!

KD

BPotts
09/24/08 02:42 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
Damn, it pays to be good with yeast!
darrenc
09/24/08 05:35 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
Just a non-yeast-ranging homebrewer, trying to get in on some of the action. Wondering if there are no beers from the SF Bay Area that would be of interest?

Out of curiosity, do you guys re-use "infected" wood chips in multiple batches? Seems to me this would be analogous to brewers using the same barrels continuously.

MarkO
09/24/08 06:10 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
I couldn't find the Leviathan anywhere, but picked up Fish "Old Woody" and "Detonator" Doppelbock, along with Deschutes's "the Dissident." I will probably throw in a bottle of my first attempt at pGeueze, as it has been 11 months in the bottle now, and I'm soliciting opinions. That is a blend of 3: two ambient fermenations, 3 and 2 years old respectively, with a 1-year old 3 Fonteinen dregs pLambic.

Don't drink these all at once -- or maybe you should, I don't know.

Al B
09/24/08 06:58 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
KD/MO -

Very kind of ya! <Don't drink these all at once -- or maybe you should, I don't know.>> This is coming from someone sent home in a wheelbarrow from the OBF? I'll have to share w/ SteveG + discuss this Fish beer....appreciate it.

<<Wondering if there are no beers from the SF Bay Area that would be of interest?>> hmmm. I'm sure there are afew.

<<Out of curiosity, do you guys re-use "infected" wood chips in multiple batches? Seems to me this would be analogous to brewers using the same barrels continuously. >> It can work, although there will be some die-off of some bugs and others outgrow others. For example, the Roeselare blend is known to get more sour the more it is repitched. But sour brews are usually blended with all of the barrels (I think for the most part).

Scott R
09/24/08 07:13 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
Mmmmm...Old Woody...I had that for the first time last year. I liked it alot. I hear we can't get it anymore in these parts.
NinaB
09/24/08 10:04 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
Um, Scott R...are ya sure you're in the right chatroom?
SteveG
09/25/08 07:13 AM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
>><<Wondering if there are no beers from the SF Bay Area that would be of interest?>> hmmm. I'm sure there are afew.<<

SF. Only there once, but the only place where I've seen Alaska Smoked Porter for sale.

Al B
09/25/08 09:08 AM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
Alaskan smoked porter is very prevalent in Oregon/Wash. dats for sure (great stuff). San Fran is quite close to Sonoma.....lets me think....what was that place called.....I think its where I got the idea of these wood chips in the first place.........think think.........;D.

Al B
09/25/08 09:20 AM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
By the way,

The chips/cubes are soaking in starter wort & bugs. After a few weeks, I'll be placing them in tubes for shipping. I anticipate a much stronger funk than the first bugfarm due to the Drie Font, Boon, and Giardin bretts. There should be a good amount of grape-fruityness/fruit from the RR bretts & clausenii. The Pedio from Rodenbach Foederbier is a slimy bug (which I feel is good for brett activity in a secondary ferm. environment). The slime-coating is indicative of P. damnosus/cerevisae strains and most likely capsular polysaccharides secreted from the cells. In addition, the yeast from Ongefiltd Palm has some apricot aroma.

Scott R
09/25/08 10:09 AM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
NinaB,

After I typed that, I somehow knew someone was going to call me on it!

darrenc
09/25/08 10:32 AM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
lol, yes there is this fellow in Sonoma that has some pretty interesting sour beers available (mostly gobbled up already). Though he is also know for some pretty hoppy ales as well, that are in bottles and around town now.

Al B. did you not get my email? Thought I dropped a line to the address above a couple pages back.

Al B
09/25/08 10:40 AM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
<<Al B. did you not get my email? >>

I don't think so, at least not yet...........

MarkO
09/25/08 10:54 AM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
"This is coming from someone sent home in a wheelbarrow from the OBF?"

Al, the wheelbarrow was figurative, but you're right: I am not the one from whom to take consumption advice.

darrenc
09/25/08 10:56 AM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
how about know? :-S

alan.x.buck@gsk.com correct?

Al B
09/25/08 11:30 AM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
MarkO

Somebody's gotta do it. After drinkin' Rogue for breakfast then Gazooing across Portland w/ Bagpiper's (what a combo) before the OBF started I coulda used a wheelbarrow myself.

Got it Darren.

Al B
09/25/08 01:12 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
<<Gazooing>> I mean KAZOO. Kazoos + bagpipes + beer....ooh my achin' head.
brewtoomuch
09/29/08 08:25 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
Is it to late to get in on this. I have a great use for this.
korndog
10/02/08 12:34 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
Hey Al, did you get the goods I sent?
Al B
10/02/08 01:34 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
You betcha KD!

Awsome, there will be an extra bonus bug in your pkg. TBD. What might it be.....hmmm..................

wolfsdenbrew
10/10/08 02:59 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
I am a newbie to this board but would love to get in on this also. I would be willing to pay for my share! I have just recently started playing with the "bugs" and love 'em!
Al B
10/10/08 06:15 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
I just received a pkg from John. A really BIG pkg. THAT sir, has earned some bonus bugs and then some! I am sending you the Fantome Brett isolate (from Black Ghost) as a separate culture in addition to the bugfarm. Its a good one. Some others too.

Wolfsdenbrew - I need to look into how much I got going, but I'll know once I start making up tubes of bugfarm.

Brewtoomuch - I'm not sure I have your info.

Bugfarm looks to be on schedule........Halloween.

Thanks again!

Al

Al B
10/22/08 10:05 PM  
The Bugfarm cometh
Indeed... the Bugfarm has been packaged in tubes for distribution.

A mix of cubes + chips of which were boiled to lessen the oakiness and to sterilize (i.e. no vinegar-causing Acetobacter) prior to soaking in the fresh cultures. Refrigerate as you would normally upon receiving.

Once again, thanks to all you have sent me goodies. Good luck & brew well.

Al Bug-a-boo

Al B
10/27/08 06:57 PM  
Release the Bugs !!!
The Bugfarm #2 is off....seeking infection of helpless wort.

ONE THING, who is Boonie-brew and DavidM ?

Contact me @ alan.x.buck@gsk.com, otherwise they'll end up somewhere else!

mtc - yours may be a tad late (theres a Cuvee added).

If there are any issues upon receiving, don't hesitate to contact me.

mtc
10/27/08 10:59 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
Thanks, Al. Looking forward to this one, especially after all of the great results I got from the saison blend. I'll get your package out asap.
Bill Bunning
10/28/08 07:18 AM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
Thanks Al,

I need to get brewing so I have something to pitch the bugs into. I have yet to send off your package. I was waiting for cooler weather and it is finally upon us in Florida. Be expecting it next week.

tankdeer
10/28/08 11:20 AM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
Awesome, thanks Al!
Seanywonton (Sean White)
10/28/08 11:22 AM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
Thanks a lot Al! I have a beer ready so they will go in as soon as I get them! Expect a sample of the finished beer.

Sean

BPotts
10/28/08 09:12 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
Al, if the chips were added to unfermented wort would the bugs be able to work down the gravity over time as the sole fermenters (no sacch primary)? I have to brew something up to use these with and kicking around ideas....

BTW....just picked up 7 qts of freshly picked and then frozen raspberries to add to the 4.5 gallons of al's bug blend beer #1... can't wait to add them. I'll be adding some cantillon dregs too, to try and help increase acidity with the fruit fermentation. Overall the beer is funky and there's a real crazy pellicle but it is not very acidic (at least it wasn't the last time I tasted...

Al B
10/28/08 09:26 PM  
Re: Return of the Bugfarm
BP -

The last lambic I did started ambient for 2-3 days, then I added the first batch of bug cubes. It fermented slowly but steadily. I recall the initial population of the first bugfarm was something like about 2.8 x 10^6 or 2,800,000 bugs/cube. So yes. Time is of the essence.

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