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Old 10-21-2007, 04:59 PM   #1
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Default Blackberry brewing Recipes ideas

A friend called and said "I have come into a ton of Blackberries, want to brew something with them?" -yeah of course I want to brew...

So 8 quartz frozen Blackberries. I have a sanka keg brewing system so 10 gallons.

Any ideas for recipes that would work well with these?

Anything to watch out for when brewing with Blackberries.

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Blackberries do well in sweet stouts and darker beers in general. The seeds can be a real pain. They are just the right size to clog racking canes, keg pickups, etc. I freeze them first and use a big grain bag.

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Blackberries do well in sweet stouts and darker beers in general. The seeds can be a real pain. They are just the right size to clog racking canes, keg pickups, etc. I freeze them first and use a big grain bag.
Will there be a long aging process on blackberries? I was thinking toward a blackberry hefe?
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Blackberry Flanders Red! Friend has one going right now, make a hefe to drink now and the flanders for a year down the road.

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Will there be a long aging process on blackberries? I was thinking toward a blackberry hefe?
I didn't age my blackberry hefe, well actually it was a dewberry hefe, any longer than normal. David_42 is absolutely correct about the seeds; I didn't prepare properly for them and they were a pain to deal with. I like his idea of the grain bag, live and learn I reckon.
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I didn't age my blackberry hefe, well actually it was a dewberry hefe, any longer than normal. David_42 is absolutely correct about the seeds; I didn't prepare properly for them and they were a pain to deal with. I like his idea of the grain bag, live and learn I reckon.
Could you describe the results of the blackberry hefe. Do you still have the recipe you used?
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I didn't age my blackberry hefe, well actually it was a dewberry hefe, any longer than normal. David_42 is absolutely correct about the seeds; I didn't prepare properly for them and they were a pain to deal with. I like his idea of the grain bag, live and learn I reckon.
Could you describe the results of the blackberry hefe. Do you still have the recipe you used?
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I think that the results are here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=42752

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Okay, I haven't tried this, and I'm still at the malt-extract stage of my homebrewing development, but what I'd to is make a puree of the fresh blackberries with some of the green beer after complete fermentation and use that to prime your bottles. I tried making a cherry stout once and I had the same problem with the flavor fermenting out. I know you're making a hefe, but still...

Assume fructose = dextrose for yeast metabolism. You'd need about 630g of dextrose for a 10 gal batch of beer to reach 5 vols. carbonation. Blackberries are 8% sugar by weight, which I assume is mainly fructose. To get that much sugar from the blackberries, you'll need 630/0.08 = 7.88 kilos of blackberries. I'm not sure if 8 quarts is >= 7.88 kg, but you get the idea.

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