Brew Equipment and Lambic

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Brew Equipment and Lambic

Postby daryl » Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:03 pm

I am going to make a fruit Lambic....will the plastic buckets I use to make it, need to be dedicated to Lambics/sours from that point onward?
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In the bucket: P-nut Brittle Ale, Blueberry and Blk Rasp. Mead; Tangerine Wheat; Spont. Funk; Swarthy Beagle
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Re: Brew Equipment and Lambic

Postby wyzzyrdd » Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:33 pm

I use plastic almost exclusively for primary fermentation. However, plastic is porous and will carry over flavor and aroma from batch to batch. I have separate primaries for wort with hops (beer) and must without hops (wine and mead). Plastic is also subject to tiny cuts and abrasions, so it is a great home for spoilage organisms. I solve this problem with sanitizing with a sulfite solution. However, you do not want to sanitize with sulfite if you are pitching spoilage organisms on purpose (brett, latco, etc). So I have dedicated a couple of primaries just for sour ales. For me, it is better safe than sorry.
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Re: Brew Equipment and Lambic

Postby Josh_Jensen » Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:11 pm

Once you use plastic for bugs, just consider it dedicated to sour beers. That's what everyone says, anyway.


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Re: Brew Equipment and Lambic

Postby Matt F » Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:18 am

Yup, best to have clean plastic and sour plastic. Buckets much cheaper than dumping a batch of beer down the drain.
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