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Old 10-08-2007, 12:08 AM   #1
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Old 10-08-2007, 12:38 AM   #2
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Good idea, but I'm skeptical about the outcome. It sounds good, but kiwi in beer, not sure if they will mix well. I think you should try it, though, that's the beauty of homebrewing, you can try anything.
The biggest problem would be getting the kiwi flavor in there, I don't know if there are any kiwi concentrates out there. Using real fruit will require lots of fruit, and kiwis are expensive. I would say use a very delicate ale or lager as the base, allow it to completely ferment and then rack it onto, at least, 5 pounds of kiwi, 10 pounds would be better and let it sit for around two weeks before bottling. Remember to sanitize the fruit properly.
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:25 AM   #3
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Sounds interesting, that's for sure. I'd want to make it a subtle taste, maybe add something at bottling.

Kiwi's kind of a strong flavor though, so don't be afraid to balance it with hops.

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Hmmm, I just do gallon batches currently, so the amount of kiwi shouldn't be too much of a problem.

I was thinking of boiling the wort as usual for 50 mins, then pouring some of it in the blender with the kiwi, pouring it all back into the wort pot and boiling the whole thing for the remaining ten. Would that be ok?

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Hmmm, I just do gallon batches currently, so the amount of kiwi shouldn't be too much of a problem.

I was thinking of boiling the wort as usual for 50 mins, then pouring some of it in the blender with the kiwi, pouring it all back into the wort pot and boiling the whole thing for the remaining ten. Would that be ok?
You could certainly do that if you wanted to, but I don't see a need to mess with handling boiling wort. If you want to add the kiwi with 10 min left, just drop it in the boil.
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Okay, anyone have any idea of what the extract potential of kiwi is? The sugar content is 14%

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Okay, anyone have any idea of what the extract potential of kiwi is? The sugar content is 14%
Out of interest, what outcome are you wanting. A beer with subtle kiwifruit flavour or a fruit wine ?

For what is worth, Kiwi is the term for a New Zealander and they don't mix with beer at all. They shag sheep which causes them to bleat when we beat them at Rugby, League, cricket, soccer, basketball etc.
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Out of interest, what outcome are you wanting. A beer with subtle kiwifruit flavour or a fruit wine ?

For what is worth, Kiwi is the term for a New Zealander and they don't mix with beer at all. They shag sheep which causes them to bleat when we beat them at Rugby, League, cricket, soccer, basketball etc.
I was hoping someone would say it! Being a Kiwi myself I dont think I would go well in a beer...No for Kiwi fruit, I think it has great potential. I am trying to find an extract right now. If you have any luck please let me know.
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I've done a kiwi cherry hefewizen.. I used 5lb kiwi, blended and held at 170 ish for ten minutes, put into a secondary and then racked on top. I had some cherry extract around so I added about 1oz for just a hint in aroma. The beer was amazing, but I would double the kiwi. Very slight amount of kiwi flavor and nose.

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Man I completely forgot about this thread. I think my next beer's gonna be Kiwi flavor. Anyone know where I can get kiwi puree?

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