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05/11/11 11:00 PM  
stir in Brett-covered fruit?
My first attempt at using Brett is well underway. I added a vial of Brett c. about two months ago along with some cranberries to a beer that already went through primary fermentation (with a wine yeast). There is nice white growth all over the beer and cranberries now (see pics in links below). It almost seems like the fruit has formed a cap on top of the beer and that the Brett is forming a pellicle on the fruit and not the beer itself. Is this keeping the Brett character out of the beer? Should I stir all this up and mix everything into the beer? Or should I just let it sit for a few more months as is? Also, I've read about waiting until the pellicle drops, but with all the cranberries there, will the pellicle every actually drop? Thanks for any insights/advice.

<a href="http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/500/medium/brett_on_cranberries.jpg">http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/500/medium/brett_on_cranberries.jpg</a>

<a href="http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/500/medium/brett_on_cranberries_close.jpg">http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/500/medium/brett_on_cranberries_close.jpg</a>

05/12/11 12:41 AM  
Re: stir in Brett-covered fruit?
I could not get the links you posted to open. However In

my solera I saw the same behavior only I had cherries floating on top of the beer. The white pellicle grew up over that and I just left it alone. One reason is that that layer is also an oxygen barrier which is a good thing. There is plenty of brett in your liquid and what you do not see is that the white layer is also touching the fruit and liquid underneath. Just have patience.

05/12/11 07:08 AM  
Re: stir in Brett-covered fruit?
Here are the pics again:



05/12/11 03:29 PM  
Re: stir in Brett-covered fruit?
some of that may be mold. it looks more fuzzy than a pellicle should.


tom sawyer
05/12/11 04:49 PM  
Re: stir in Brett-covered fruit?
I think you probably got a good flavor contribution from the cranberries, I'd personally rack off the fruit at this point. I don't think it would hurt to leave it for a few more months though. And I've seen that fuzzy of a pellicle before.
05/12/11 09:37 PM  
Re: stir in Brett-covered fruit?
even though this is my first time using Brett, I'm pretty sure that's a Brett pellicle and not mold - I think the photo looks more fuzzy/hairy than it really is. It would be a weird coincidence if it were mold and not Brett.

tom sawyer - I've been trying to figure out about when to rack the beer off the cranberries. Any reason not to let it go longer?

05/13/11 11:01 AM  
Re: stir in Brett-covered fruit?
I think the choice of racking off the fruit is up to what flavor contribution you want. Leave the fruit if you want a more complex background flavor. Or rack off now (assuming the gravity has stabilized, but probably not) if you want a stronger fresh fruit flavor.

I would probably keep the beer on the cranberries and then a month or two before you are ready to bottle I would add some more cranberries.

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