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Old 10-07-2007, 03:25 PM   #11
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I used 6.5# of strawberries in my saision (see recipe database).

Chicks salivated over it, and I am consistently asked to brew it again.

I used 5# of 'mixed berries' which was raspberry, blackberry, and marionberry (joke's been over done already). Sadly, they could not overwhelm the hops and it was decent, but not good enough. I would either 1) cut back on the hops, or 2) pump up the fruit.

Mind you both those fruit additions were being added to a 40 IBU beer. It all depends on strength of the fruit, and how many IBU you have to overpower.

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Old 10-07-2007, 08:02 PM   #12
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I have a raspberry ale recipe on here... use about 2lbs... if you use 1# per gallon, you will never drink it, that is WAYYYY too much. Raspberries are very potent. To make them useable... heat them with a little water in a pot tp about 150F for about 15 minutes... essentially pasteurizing them. This will also help burst the cell walls and it basically makes them into mush, which will much more effectively flavor your beer. Enjoy it, my wife LOVED it... look for my recipe on here in the fruit beer section...

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Old 10-08-2007, 03:14 AM   #13
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To each his own I guess. For what it's worth, I realized I forgot to mention that 5# of mixed berries went into a 3.5-4g batch.

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Old 10-09-2007, 02:31 AM   #14
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I added two pounds(cherries) to a low grav wit(5G) at end of boil+half pound in secondary and I ended up having to add maltodextrine so it wasn't so watery. I could barely taste any fruit flavor after primary, so if you're looking for flavor and aroma, wait until vigorous ferm is done. The half pound I added later made such a huge difference in cherry flavor and aroma. For me half pound was almost a little too much because I really wanted it to just a tiny hint of cherries in aroma and flavor. It varies substantially with the fruit you use. Raspberries and cherries are two of the stronger ones. Good luck.

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Old 10-10-2007, 03:42 AM   #15
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I got 3x 6oz boxes of raspberries. They're the little ones, so I expect that they'll be full of flavor compared to the huge ones. I'm also adding a few pounds of DME, so I may end up boiling the DME and then adding the raspberries before I blend it and toss it in the carboy.

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Old 10-10-2007, 03:57 AM   #16
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My raspberry wheat ale uses no more than 4# for 5 gal.

I put them in a stock pot @ 160-170 for 60 minutes. Probably overkill, but it kills the bugs.

Watch out for the yeast kicking back in if you drop them in your secondary. That can ruin your day.

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