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B-Dub
06/23/11 04:41 PM  
What is your final gravity of wild or sour beers?

Besides a terminal gravity of 1.000; what are folks finding as a good gravity to bottle?

Talking with Vinnie he mentioned bottled brett beers in the 1.006 range.

Looking at some beers in the 1.006 range that are a year old in barrels. Airlock has had no activity for over 6 months.

What are you guys finding a good FG is for bottling?

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tom sawyer
06/23/11 04:48 PM  
Re: What is your final gravity of wild or sour bee
Anything in single digits, and anything thats a year old is ready.
brewinhard
06/23/11 04:58 PM  
Re: What is your final gravity of wild or sour bee
I agree with Tom. Although I have bottled beers at 1.009 as well and if I was worried about bottle bombs I simply undercarbed a tiny bit and have never had a problem. Be sure to add some fresh yeast to those old ones!
Mike T
06/24/11 08:59 AM  
Re: What is your final gravity of wild or sour bee
It is beer dependent, some of our bigger barrel aged sours have finished above 1.010s without over-carbonation issues. The bourbon barrel sour porter we bottled back in March went 1.080 to 1.016, no problems after more than three months in the bottle...
sl8w
06/24/11 11:07 AM  
Re: What is your final gravity of wild or sour bee
I've had brett-only beers finish as high as 1.015. Most of my mix fermentation beers finish in the single digits. I've had a berliner weiss finish as low as 0.997. I've never had a sour bottle explode from over-carbonation. If anything, I have trouble getting my bottle conditioned sours to fully carbonate, even with adding priming sugar and new yeast at bottling. Because of that, I now mostly keg carb then bottle from there.
Mark
06/24/11 11:17 AM  
Re: What is your final gravity of wild or sour bee
I wouldn't have a target gravity in mind. Just let the bugs do their thing for at least 12 months, and it should be done dropping by then.
 
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