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Old 01-05-2012, 06:10 PM   #11
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Question: Why did you freeze the bananas?
i always freeze bananas to speed up the ripening of them and make them mushy. I learned this from my mother 20 years ago, its her trick when she is making banana bread.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:19 PM   #12
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Damn this sounds great. If it comes out good I might have to try it.

Also with Bananas did you think of using a Hefe yeast and getting banana esters as apposed to using fruit?

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Old 01-05-2012, 06:24 PM   #13
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YUM. This sounds awesome. Well done, and thanks for the great pictures. I'm drooling.

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I never took a gravity reading after the banana addition, not too worried about how much more alcohol will be gained from the banana.
So you'd take a reading right after adding, then again after whatever banana sugars ferment? I.e., You wouldn't be comparing to your original beer-only OG/FG, right?
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:32 PM   #14
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Cool thread. If I could make a recommendation on yeast - If you underpitched a bit, and fermented at 69-70, with WLP300 Hefe yeast, it would give off some banana flavored phenols.

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Old 01-05-2012, 07:24 PM   #15
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i considered using a strain of yeast that gives off banana esters, but i really wanted this beer to be strong and still have that "real" banana flavor and i dont think hefe yeast is surviving in such a alcohol rich environment. This beer was sitting at 8.12% before the banana addition.

lastly i cant control my ferm temp as good as needed to get yeast to give off banana esters

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So what's the plan from here? How long in secondary?

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So what's the plan from here? How long in secondary?
my original plan was 21 days, but i think i am moving this to tertiary after 14 days and letting it cool off there for about 7 days.

as you can tell i am shooting at the hip right now.
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:53 PM   #18
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I like your style.

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Okay...

You do understand we're gonna need a full report when you pop the top with unbiased reporting of the results...

Does sound very enticing.

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Based on my experience brewing banana beers this will have a lot of banana aroma and that starchyness but not a lot of banana flavor. WLP300 will get you the flavor but it will fade into clove flavors over time.

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