Sunday, May 9, 2010

Next beer experiment

I've started thinking about my next brew and what it should be. I've been really wanting to try a sour beer, especially since A Dry Wit has developed a slight citrus sourness which I find quite pleasant. I've never brewed any of the traditional sour styles but I've always been intrigued by berlinerweiss so I'm thinking of running off a small batch (maybe a couple of gallons).

Of course, this means recipe design and new equipment. I'll need all new plastic but that's not too big a real. I've been meaning to get some mid sized fermentation vessels for a while too. I've got a bunch of 1 gal and 1/2 gal containers as well as 5 and 6 gal carboys but I really could use a couple of 3 gals. Guess it's time to go shopping. I'd love to try some Better Bottles but I can't buy them around here and they are not inexpensive to ship so I suppose it'll be glass.

As for recipe design, I'm not at all sure having only tasted a few and never having brewed one. It seems there's a lot of variation in recipes on the web as well, some are no boil recipes, some have brett, etc. Any thoughts on a good beginning?