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.
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.