Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What Would You Do For a Pliny?

Hey, hopheads, how much beer would you bottle by hand in order to get your hands around those bodacious tap handles?

For Peter Estaniel at BetterBeerBlog, it was 12.5 barrels of Russian River's Concecration. One drawback: your hands will be useless bloody stumps by the time you finish. I would guess drinking Pliny from a straw diminishes the experience.

Consecration is brewed with the wild yeast Brettanomyces, which makes it unsuitable for bottling using the regular bottling equipment due to the risk of contamination.

Here is a little primer on Brettanomyces:
Brettanomyces (also known as Brett) is feared by most brewers and winemakers alike. In fact, there are some local winemakers who will not set foot in our brewpub in Downtown Santa Rosa due to our use of Brettanomyces. Brettanomyces is actually yeast, it ferments and acts the same as every other "conventional" yeast, it just has the propensity to continue fermenting through almost any type of sugar, including those natural sugars found in the wood in an oak barrel. Brett is very invasive and if not handled properly can become out of control in a winery or brewery, but, if used properly with care, it can add rich aromas and flavors of earthiness, leather, smoke, barnyard, & our favorite descriptor-wet dog in a phone booth.

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