Wild Ale I
This is the first in what will hopefully be a long line of attempts at using collected wild yeast to brew beer. This was a lazy ale (extract), but most of the future ones will probably be all-grain (since I haven't brewed an extract batch in years).
The yeast for this batch was isolated from the "date wine" slurry in the Experimental Brew #1, by streaking the slurry on agar and then selecting the colony that looked the most like brewers yeast (it was white, smooth, slightly shiny). I then stepped that up using DME starters with yeast nutrient added. When the starters tasted acceptable (if slightly sour/tangy), I decided it was time to do a relatively full-size batch.
The beer is supposed to be very minimalist, so as to best determine what the yeast tastes like.
Batch Size (Gal): 2.25 Anticipated OG: 1.045 Actual OG: 1.045 Anticipated SRM: 5.5 Anticipated IBU: 20.3 Wort Boil Time: 60 min Brew date: February 21, 2011 Days in primary: [pending] Days in secondary: [pending] Final gravity: 1.011 Alcohol by volume: 4.5% Grain/Extract/Sugar % Amount Name Origin Potential SRM 85.7 1.88 lbs. Briess DME Gold America 1.046 8 14.3 0.31 lbs. Cane Sugar Generic 1.046 0 Hops Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time 0.50 oz. Sorachi Ace Whole 8.00 20.3 30 min Yeast WSP 001 Sayer Date Yeast