Spontaneously fermented ales are never the same twice.
When the wort is fermented with airborne microbes, the potential variables created from individual strains multiply exponentially and can never be replicated. Aroma, flavor, mouth feel, body, and complexity are all characteristics that wild saccharomyces, brettanomyces, pediococcus, and lactobacillus create. Each recipe we design is like a script with a final picture in our mind, but we are not the artists, they are. We simply direct.
When fermentation is complete, we take over. In blending and added ingredients, we can showcase strong notes, highlight complexities and depth, and fine tune nuances. In this sense, each batch has the potential to expand beyond our expectations and become something far greater than we could imagine.
We started Stargate with a mature batch of Dreamland solera filled in wet Laws Whiskey House Secale Rye Barrels, then added 2.5lbs/gal of perfectly ripe Cresthaven peaches from our family-owned orchard in Palisade, Colorado, then bottled by adding sugars to carbonate.
Last week we released OXCART and STARGATE to a line of excited customers. It was during the release that we discovered a significant issue with some bottles of Stargate over carbonating. We regretfully had to stop selling bottles and delay the release until we discovered what the issue was and how to solve it.
Today, we are announcing that we have completed the process of identifying bottles with carbonation issues and we are ready to release bottles that do not have issues. We have three cases of bottles that are perfectly carbonated that we will start selling on Wednesday, after 4pm during business hours, to ticket holders from the original release. These will be available on a first come, first serve basis. This leaves us with about six cases that we cannot sell. We believe these cases received an excess of priming sugars that was not properly dissolved and mixed before bottling. Which leaves us with a significant problem.
In 2014, Tilquin experienced a similar issue with Oude Gueuze Tilquin à L'Ancienne, a gueuze that was blended with wort from Boon, Lindemans, Girardin, and Cantillon. Their solution was to open all 10,000 bottles into oak barrels and referment the beer. The final product became a higher alcohol 7.6% Lambic with a more subtle, softer, and complex character than the original. It is from their experience that we have decided to do the same with Stargate.
Next week, we will begin opening all over carbonated bottles, which we will then add more peaches to referment, and then rebottle. STARGATE: SQUARED will be our base Stargate with more age, more peaches, and higher alcohol. It is own take on this process and is also a tribute to Pierre Tilquin and his dedication to perfection.
We do not claim to create traditional gueuze, nor do we want to be known for replicating the honored tradition. Black Project is an evolving experiment in discovery. Our methods and procedures are built upon the knowledge of those that come before us, but our mission is to reach into the unknown and challenge what is possible. Stargate is one lens we use to look into infinity. It is only by dedication to perfection and an uncompromising promise to our customers that we believe this mission can succeed.
STARGATE: SQUARED will return us, for a moment to the past, but our vision is always on the horizon.
Black Project Team
· We have three cases of STARGATE
o Ticket holders can start picking up on Wednesday, December 21, 2016
o First come, first serve
· We have six cases of STARGATE: SQUARED
o Re-fermentation and bottling will take almost two months
o We will announce a bottle release date and how we will coordinate the release soon
o First come, first serve