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Old 10-04-2010, 11:16 PM   #1
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Default Adding Peaches to my Honey Ale

Just thought I'd post this incase anyone was interested in how it's going to turn out...I got 2 boxes of peaches for free from a chef i know. I puree'd them and after weighing, it came out to roughly 14 + pounds. I'm only going to add 3.5 pounds or so to secondary after it freezes overnight. I'll post pics if anyones wants.

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Old 10-05-2010, 01:20 AM   #2
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Are you freezing for sanitation reasons or other? Just curious.

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Old 10-05-2010, 02:35 AM   #3
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For sanitation...If it turns out good I will post the recipe...usually I brew the same batch a handful of times while tweaking it to preference.

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Old 10-05-2010, 02:51 AM   #4
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Man I made a peach wheat once with 5.5# of peaches... I never knew how much tartness the peaches would contribute. It went from American Wheat to Berliner Weisse. It also seemed to dry and thin the beer out. Not a great experience. Next time I'll just use the peach or apricot extract.

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Old 10-05-2010, 02:56 AM   #5
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Hmmm that's good to know...I didnt account for any body loss I did over bitter slightly to balance out the sweetness, maybe I'll need to make a full body beer next time around!

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I did not get any extra sweetness... the yeast just sucked that simple sugar up and took it away. The gravity actually decreased by 4 more points, although the volume did increase by a quart so that's probably where that came from.

The extra volume may be an explanation for the lighter body, but I think it was really just a perception thing - the tartness made it seem a lot thinner than it really was.

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Old 10-05-2010, 03:06 AM   #7
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Do you think I should try to add the peach purée when I keg...I have so much of this stuff it will last me 4-5 batches, when brewing with fruit the method I always thought worked was to add when transferring to secondary...but since this a Liquid form of fruit, doesnt it get mixed with the beer either way? Racking from secondary to keg wont help with removing the beer from the trub/fruit correct....

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I definitely wouldn't put the fruit in the keg because you'll have a huge mess when you're ready to dispense.

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That's what I figured I'll be adding the peaches to secondary and racking over for one week...I'll post results when finished

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Old 10-05-2010, 09:27 PM   #10
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Just finished racking to secondary over frozen peach puree...cutting through that stuff is no joke...

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