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Old 05-31-2007, 04:04 AM   #1
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Default Should I bother with Stawberries?

At work we're growing ~10 non-traditional varieties that are very good but not necessarily commercially viable- the point is I can get all the free, great tasting strawberries I want. I like fruit beers, but have not tried strawberry beer. I just can't imagine it being that great. It seems like you would mainly just get the tartness w/o the sweetness/berry flavor.

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Should I not bother and just eat the tasty berries until I puke? Or are they worth trying?
Anybody w/experience on what flavors I can expect from a stawberry brew?

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Old 05-31-2007, 04:15 AM   #2
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You could try them in a wheat. The flavor's not all that strong, so it would have to be something pretty mild as a base beer. There are a few commercial strawberry wheat brews that should be out pretty soon for summer (if they aren't out now), try a few and see if it's something you like.

What about doing a melomel (a fruit mead)?

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Old 05-31-2007, 04:22 AM   #3
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I have mine going right now, Im thinking of racking again tomorrow. Ill let you know how it is. So far it smells very good.

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I've heard that a little stawberry goes a long way.

I would think that you could do a decent strawberry hefe or strawberry cream ale.

This is from the Brewmaster's Bible. I think its supposed to be an ESB, but they hops aren't typical for the style. Personally, I'd pasturize the stawberries instead of using the campden tablet. Also, I think they are using a lot of strawberries because it is only staying on the fruit for a short time.

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Strawberry Patch Ale
3.3 lb light unhopped LME
2 lb light DME
8 lb chopped strawberries
8 oz. malto-dextrine
1 oz. Tettnanger pellet hops (45 minute boil)
1/2 oz. Hallertau pellet hops (finishing)
1 Tblsp. Irish moss
1 campden tablet
1/4 tsp. pectic enzyme
Ale Yeast or Wyeast 1968 (London ESB)

1. steep strawberries in water with crushed campden tablet and pectic enzyme for 24 hours.
2. Do a partial boil with 1.5 to 2.5 gallons of water with the LME and DME.
3. Add tettnanger hops for 45 minute boil.
4. Add Irish moss for 15 minute boil
5. Add malto-dextrine for 5 minute boil
6. Add hallertau hops at end of boil for a 15 minute steep in hot wort.
7. Rack wort to primary on top of strawberries.
8. Top off to 5.5 gallons
9. Pitch at 80F
10. Rack to a new primary after 3 or 4 days and finish fermenting.

OG = 1.047
Or you could take a break from beer and do a strawberry mead.
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:49 AM   #5
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ok well you got my interest so I went and stole a sample. well im not impressed with it so far. But I usually think my beers don't taste to good until bottled. It has a great smell. But not too much of a detectable strawberry taste. Just a little tart. Im not sure what im going to think of this one. I used 5# BTW.

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I tried the Albita Strawberry Lager.

It's not that good. Tastes like they brewed it with strawberry tea in place of water. But since you can get them for free, I say use a TON of strawberries, like maybe 3 or 4 lbs per gallon. Because you can...

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But since you can get them for free, I say use a TON of strawberries, like maybe 3 or 4 lbs per gallon. Because you can...
Yeah don't be shy with the berries. I used to help out at a micro that brewed a Strawberry Wheat...on the first attempt, they put 300 lb of berries in a 30-bbl batch (1.6 lb per 5 gal). Two weeks, no strawberry taste. 300 more pounds of berries, 2 more weeks...slightest hint of berry flavor. They ended up adding strawberry extract.

I'd split the batch (or brew 2) and strawberry the heck out of half. If you overshoot, you can always blend the finished beers to tone it down a little.
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Yeah don't be shy with the berries. I used to help out at a micro that brewed a Strawberry Wheat...on the first attempt, they put 300 lb of berries in a 30-bbl batch (1.6 lb per 5 gal). Two weeks, no strawberry taste. 300 more pounds of berries, 2 more weeks...slightest hint of berry flavor. They ended up adding strawberry extract.

I'd split the batch (or brew 2) and strawberry the heck out of half. If you overshoot, you can always blend the finished beers to tone it down a little.
This kind of confirms my suspicion, which is probably the reason for the "stay away". Use a lot and keep the recipe very simple to allow them to stand out.
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This kind of confirms my suspicion, which is probably the reason for the "stay away". Use a lot and keep the recipe very simple to allow them to stand out.

I used 8 pounds in a 5 gal batch, it was ok. Not something i will brew again.

If you have the ability to force carb it might work to use camden and sulfites then add the berries and carb.
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You could try them in a wheat. The flavor's not all that strong, so it would have to be something pretty mild as a base beer. There are a few commercial strawberry wheat brews that should be out pretty soon for summer (if they aren't out now), try a few and see if it's something you like.

What about doing a melomel (a fruit mead)?
Oh a whim I bought a sixer if Michelob's Bavarian Wheat. I cut up a strawberry and dropped it in out of boredom. It wasn't bad I suppose...won't do it again though. However, if it were part of the brew I would be curious to try.
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