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Old 05-26-2008, 12:59 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I've got access to inexpensive frozen raspberries and was thinking of making a raspberry wheat or stout.

But, seeing as I want to add it to the secondary and not primary fermenter (to get as much raspberry goodness as possbile), I'm wondering how to go about "sanitizing" the fruit before adding to the secondary.. Or, since it's already been frozen, is that enough?

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PS: I've used to brew beer professionally, but has to take a break for 10 years and am now getting back into it slowly (starting over with Extract and growing my equipment base as I can afford). I must admit, I never brewed with fruit.. Pumpkin and other stuff yes, but never fruit...


PPS: I just realized this should go under "Recipes/Ingredients"... Is there any way to move it?

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Old 05-26-2008, 02:29 PM   #2
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If the berries are commercial, they were probably blanched or sanitized in some other fashion prior to packing. So, you can just thaw and put them in the secondary.

I wash & freeze my blackberries, then pasteurize them before use. This also maximizes cell disruption.

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I pasteurize my frozen berries at approx 165 deg F for 10 minutes. Cool and dump in my secondary using a funnel, then rack from primary. I actually did this two days ago for my raspberry ale!

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Old 05-26-2008, 05:24 PM   #4
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Thanks guys.. will defrost, pasteurize and add them to the secondary :-)

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PS: also thanks to the Movers :-)

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what exactly do you mean by pastuerizing them?

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heat to 161degrees F or 71.7C for 15-20 seconds
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Much easier than I thought. Thanks....How many peaches should I use to add to a 5 gallon batch of a Pale Ale?

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Nobody caught this? Is it fresh or is it frozen?

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The peaches would be fresh and am planning to add them in my secondary

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The peaches would be fresh and am planning to add them in my secondary
Sorry, that was to the OP, title says fresh fruit and then in the message body the berries are frozen. Just joking around.
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