On January 31, I started a batch of Apfelwein, loosly based off of EdWort’s Apfelwein. I had intended to use a small amount of it as a test to try out a strain of wild yeast that I had cultivated last April.  After stepping up the starter and tasting a sample of the beer that I had poured off, I decided to use the yeast for the entire batch.  This yeast had a very sweet flavor and a fruity smell to it.

After starting the Afpelwein, I decided to try my hand at a time laps video.  This video consists of over 4000 photos taken over the first 48 hours of the fermentation.  It’s been compressed down to less than 4 minutes. Viewing tip: Choose 1080p, view it in full screen and let it buffer before viewing.

DIY Cultur Lab

I’ve been putting together material and equipment to start my own home yeast culture lab.  I plan to start experimenting with yeasts, wild and commercial in brewing.

One huge advantage to this is some serious cost savings.  I can propagate and store the commercial yeasts I buy to help reduce the cost of brewing.  The other reason is because I want to experiment with the local wild yeasts to see if I can make a brewed drink that is distinct to my local area.

Here’s my equipment so:

  • DIY Alcohol burner
  • DIY Inoculation Loop
  • Agar-Agar powder for culture medium
  • Microscope
  • 2000 ml Erlenmeyer flask
  • Stir plate (from http://stirstarters.com)
  • Digital Scale
  • Vials w/ caps for yeast slants
  • Petri dishes for growing cultures.
  • additional Erlenmeyer flasks from 50 ml to 1000 ml

The equipment I still need to obtain:

  • beakers
  • Pressure Cooker/Canner for use as an Autoclave

Here’s a few pics of what I have so far