Entering the World of Brett

October 5,2011 by 6 Comments

A big day in my homebrewing career is approaching. I’ve played with bugs like lactobacillus, but have not yet experimented with brettanomyces.

That will soon change.

A couple of days ago Chris told us about his upcoming brett brew with peaches added.

I received a pitch of the same Crooked Stave brett culture and will put my own spin on it. When all is said and done, Chris and I will be able to compare our beers (we’re in the same homebrew club) and see how they compare.

My Plan

This will be a 100% brett beer so I can get a sense of how this pitch performs on its own. I’ll use a lambic-esque base recipe with 65% pilsner malt and 35% flaked wheat. I don’t have any 3 year old hops laying around, so I’m going with the low alpha acid Strisslespalt variety.

Now the big question – what to add during fermentation? I want to add fruit but haven’t decided on what type. Chris is using peaches so I obviously can’t be a copycat. Cherries perhaps? Raspberries? Tomatoes? Just kidding…

Luckily I have plenty of time to figure it out.


Batch Size: 6 gallons
Original Gravity: 1.056
Final Gravity: ??
IBU: 8
Efficiency: 70%

MaltGerman Pilsner Malt – 8 lbs
Flaked Wheat – 4 lbs

Strisslespalt (2.3% AA) – 1 oz @ 60 min


Crooked Stave Brett blend. According to Chad, it’s a mix of:

  • Brettanomyces custersianus
  • Orval’s brett strain
  • Jolly Pumpkin brett strain
  • CMY-Drie mutant

I’ll make a starter but it’s a dense culture and should be enough for the batch. When I figure out what fruit I’m going to add I’ll update this post.

Now to walk on the wild side…

About Billy Broas

He is the founder of The Homebrew Academy, a BJCP beer judge, and the homebrewing expert on the Rocky Mountain PBS television show Colorado Brews. He lives in the fine beer town of Denver, Colorado.

6 responses to “Entering the World of Brett”

  1. TampaBrew says:

    It would be cool to use something less common… Guava? Mango?

    • Billy Broas says:

      Tropical – I like it. Leave it to a Floridian lol.

      • TampaBrew says:

        Hey man, I consider myself a Virginian, or hell even an Alabamian before a Floridian. I was just trying to think outside of the box haha. Yes, I am seeing how contradictory this is given my handle on the site. Maybe I should have thought that through a little better. Oh well!

  2. Billy Broas says:

    Haha yea your handle kind of sets you up for that. I’m with you – a Virginian first and foremost.

  3. Robert French says:

    How long do you plan it staying on the Brett?

    • Billy Broas says:

      The plan is to go by taste and gravity. My latest idea is to add apples, but I wonder how long it would take for the Brett to eat ’em.

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