Flanders Red, also known as "My First Sour" is your starting place for jumping into a whole new world of beer! Sours are complex and interesting, and it takes a special kind of brewer (mostly just a patient one with a taste for experimentation) to brew these! Flanders Red is generally known as the starting place for homebrewers who want to get into sours. This beer takes patience, but it'll be worth the wait! We recommend using Wyeast 3763 and fermenting in the range of 65-70 degrees. The wort should be oxygenated very well, so that the cultures can take hold. Fermenting in a carboy for up to a year or more will provide a slow and controlled souring so that the beer doesn't have too much vinegar flavor. A secondary with limited headspace for aging on the oak as well as a controlled amount of oxygen over the course of the aging is recommended. If you choose to forgo the transfer to secondary, add the oak cubes to the primary. During fermentation, a pellicle will form, and should not be disturbed. Your patience will be rewarded with a fine and complex ale that will be enjoyed and savored!
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Flanders Red - Extract Recipe Kit Instructions
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Flanders Red is a well known beer style and a great introduction to sour beers. Traditionally, these beers were made in the northern region of Belgium, and aged in oaked barrels for up to two years. Complex, with red wine flavor and fruity flavors, this beer has been called the “Burgundy of Belgium” since it is the most wine-like beer you'll find. Flanders red ale, or Flanders acid ale, is a beer that ferments with many more microorganisms than brewer's yeast. In this ale, the microorganisms that brewers tend to avoid, like lactobacillus, pediococcus, brettanoymyces and even acetobacter, are defining flavors of this style.
- Batch Size: 5 Gallons
- Mash at 154
- Ferment at 65-70ºF for up to a year
- Est. Original Gravity: 1.053 SG
- Est. Final Gravity: 1.002-1.002 SG
- Est. Alcohol by Volume: 5.4-6.7%
- Bitterness: 14 IBUs
- Est. Color: 13.6 SRM
Malts and Adjuncts:
- Munich LME
- Caramunich Type 1
- Special B
- Wheat LME
Hops and Adjuncts:
- Hallertau Mittelfrüh Hop Pellets
- Hungarian Oak Shavings
This wonderful Flanders Red kit comes with everything you need to get through the easiest parts of the brew day. In addition to the extract and grain, you also get oak shavings which serve as a medium during fermentation to help bolster the strong flavors that give Flanders it's distinctive sour profile. The kit, however, does not contain a time machine that you can use to forgo patience and fast forward to tasting day. I can't fault them for that; but in the meantime I will stare intently at the carboy until that fateful day comes.