Solera Series Part 2 – Managing Your Solera

This is the second video in a short series on managing a beer solera in your home brewery. In this video we discuss how you plan for, brew, and manage each withdrawal/refill cycle of a solera, focusing on how we can adjust our recipe to push the character of the beer in the direction we want it to go. I couldn’t control my inner microbiologist, so there is a lot of science mixed into this episode.

As part of this series I have prepared some files to make planning and running your solera easier. The files generated for this video are linked to below.

2 thoughts on “Solera Series Part 2 – Managing Your Solera

  • March 18, 2024 at 11:09 AM

    Hi, Bryan

    What a great series! I’m not sure why I’ve never considered using this technique for clean beers.

    I see that you’re using a keg for your solera, but what are your thoughts on keeping it under 1-2 psi head pressure using a spunding valve. I’m not really looking to capture carbonation, but I am looking for a way to eliminate an airlock (that I might forget to refill) and allow for closed pressure transfers.

    Thanks again for all of the great info you’ve provided.

    • March 27, 2024 at 5:06 PM

      I’d be worried about the valve leaking over time, but if you have one that’ll hold pressure for months after fermentation ceases, I see no reason why it wouldn’t work.


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