BBXBRLN – Berliner Blend
Availability: Core culture. Available with every homebrew culture presale release (3 times per year)
Source: A unique blend of cultures designed to recreate traditionally made Berliners.
We’re big fans of traditionally-made, mixed culture Berliners. That’s why our Berliner Blend is designed to make tart, funky, and flavorful Berliners using traditional Berliner Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus cultures.
To make a tart beer use less than 10 IBUs, or skip the hops entirely for the most amount of acidity.
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Matt (verified owner) –
Awesome blend! I was amazed with how complex and tasty my Berliner was at bottling…I can’t wait to see how this develops over time in the bottle.
Nick B. (verified owner) –
Made a very nice Berliner for me. I let it primary for about 4 months then bottle conditioned. A year post-brewing and the beer has a nice tartness without being overly sour (maybe 4-5 IBU in decoction hops) and a mild musty funk on the nose, though not.much in the flavor. Didn’t want to ferment at first (no starter but a fresh pack), but warmed the wort to 70 and all was good. This will be.my Berliner culture from now on.
Joseph Bailey (verified owner) –
The blend worked out fine. The result is only slightly sour (very low hops) but produced a very drinkable and pleasant beer. Everyone who has tried it, liked it and was happy to have another glass. Really good choice for a summer brew. When faced with the traditional method of making this beer, the BB blend was simple and easy. I would happily brew with the blend again. I would have given 5 stars if it would have produced a more sour beer. Not sure that was the blend’s fault…
Peter Cooke (verified owner) –
My first Bootleg Biology Yeast the Berliner Blend. I made a 2.5 gallon batch of wort and pitched a 1 liter starter. OG was 1.079 and ferm temp was 66 F. After 5 days gravity was down to 1.035 and pH was already 3.14. I moved the beer to secondary after 8 days when gravity still showed 1.35 and pH was now indicating 3.12. I took a half gallon batch out and carbonated it. Tastes just great. Lots of complex flavors – definitely a Weisse beer.
Currently the remaining two gallons are sitting on a bunch of fruit to finish out but I am so very happy with this yeast.
Jeffrey Frey (verified owner) –
Lemon Drop Warhead is what I always get when people taste this awesome sour. This is my favorite culture to use for a sour. Here are the numbers in a zero-hopped wort. Sat in the basement for 6 months with temperatures ranging from 60 to 70 degrees. OG = 1.042 – FG = 1.013 – ABV = 3.81% – AA = 68% – OPH = 4.26 – FPH = 2.81
Taste is rich, complex throughout, and has an enormous note of lemons. If you are a true sour junky, this one will make your cheeks pucker.
Adam R (verified owner) –
This made an incredible Berliner. I let this coast in primary for about 6 months before bottling. Has a nice bready aroma and bright lemony tartness.
I hope this moves from Beta to a permanent offering. I need to keep this on rotation! If you’re on the fence, try it, you won’t regret it!
Anthony Davis (verified owner) –
I’ve used this on several batches since its first BETA release and don’t plan to stop any time soon. It won me a silver at a local BJCP comp as well as a 2nd place at the MN State Fair. This blend makes great beer young but also ages beautifully. I’ve had great results with low hop rates, but I think this blend’s acidity truly shines in an unhopped wort with dryhopping prior to packaging. Highly recommended!