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Open Fermentations


Matthew Kaminskis • Brookfield, Connecticut asks,

On page 42 In the March-April 2009 issue of BYO there is an old picture of an open wood fermenter at Coopers. Can an open fermenter be used in homebrewing in either bucket or carboy-style fermenters? What does an open fermenter do to the taste and speed of fermentation? Could you use any yeast, etc.? Is it at all advisable to try this as a homebrewer?


The Wizard weighs in on open fermentation at home.

Response by Ashton Lewis.