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Old 11-29-2007, 08:18 PM   #1
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Default Cranberry lambic?

Right now I'm drinking a Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic, and although its not a great beer, it does taste pretty good, something other people (read: non-homebrew friends) would definitely enjoy. Anybody have a good clone or recipe for this tasty beverage?



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Old 11-29-2007, 08:32 PM   #2
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Cran? Yuck!

Lambics are an interesting brew. Read up on it around here - just search for lambic. To do a good 'traditional' lambic, you're talking about a year or so.

Now, if you want to try something that's good and similar, look at my Saison recipe in the recipe database and add fresh fruit or fruit extract to taste.



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Old 11-29-2007, 09:19 PM   #3
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In a thread in the commercial beer forum, someone was saying that it's not a lambic at all.

FWIW. I can't stand the stuff, personally.

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It really bothers me that Sam Adams label their beer as a "lambic."

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It is really a cranberry fruit beer. I think cranberries would be tough in a beer since they are so tart and have no sweetness at all.

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Old 11-29-2007, 09:46 PM   #6
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My girlfriend has been begging me to clone this because she can only find it in the holiday packs from Sam Adams (two in a 12-pack). I've never had it-- she says it doesn't really even taste like a lambic... but she likes it.

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I think cranberries would be tough in a beer since they are so tart and have no sweetness at all.
Maybe the tartness is what would give it the "acid malt" lambic quality and then you'd have to add a ton of maltiness to balance it out with sweetness?
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Yeah the more i drink them the more i realize that it isnt a beer at all.

either way it would be an interesting drink to make.

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Yeah the more i drink them the more i realize that it isnt a beer at all.

either way it would be an interesting drink to make.
Give a rasberry saison a try then. It's a real beer. It only takes the standard amount of time to make and drink. Without raspberries, even the BMC drinkers like it. With raspberries, the women in my neighborhood beg for it when I'm outside making my brew and are dissapointed when I run out.

I'd recommend replacing the sorachi ace in my recipe with something less bite, more citrus, but other than that - it's a proven recipe.
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Give a rasberry saison a try then. It's a real beer. It only takes the standard amount of time to make and drink. Without raspberries, even the BMC drinkers like it. With raspberries, the women in my neighborhood beg for it when I'm outside making my brew and are dissapointed when I run out.

I'd recommend replacing the sorachi ace in my recipe with something less bite, more citrus, but other than that - it's a proven recipe.
that sounds promising... i'll look for a recipe.
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I did a cranberry ale and it is tart and dry. I mashed on the high end to try for some residual sweetness/body, but still got something near 1.01 FG. The Sam Adams is much sweeter.

I used 1 quart 100% cranberry juice and two bags of cranberries. What a mess the cranberries were.



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