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Old 03-02-2006, 11:06 PM   #1
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Default Sun Dried Tomatoes?

I love Italian cooking, especially anything with sun dried tomatoes. There's chili beer, fruit beer, pumpkin ale, etc. What about Sun Dried Tomatoe Ale?

Let me know what you think...

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Old 03-02-2006, 11:59 PM   #2
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Trying to get a picture in my mind what it would taste like...... nothing is comming up actually... I am guessing in order to taste something as delecate as tomatoe you could not use a lot of hops.

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Old 03-03-2006, 01:04 AM   #3
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Interesting, I'm thinking that if the tomatoes are boiled for 10 minutes and then minced they would release a lot of the oils that contain flavor. Maybe even throw some in to replace aroma hops at the end of the boil?

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Old 03-03-2006, 01:07 AM   #4
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I'm intrigued by that idea. I would think you would want to do a lighter bodied beer, possibly a lager. Maybe you would want to throw them in the secondary? If you try it, let us know what it tastes like. Points for originality.

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I think that it sounds interesting as far as flavors go. Think of it as a goumet " red beer". I think that you could have issues brewing it, as a store bought sundries tomato is going to have 1.5 ****loads of salt in it. (Salt kills yeast.) The other issue is that tomatoes are high in citric acid, and this will kill yeast as well. I suppose you could cook up a batch of wort, allow it to ferment, and then add it in the secondary to allow the flavor, ( and the color) of the tomatoes to steep. Then, put the batch in a keg, and force carbonate. HTH, Jeff

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I think you're going to need a decent amount of tomatoes to be able to taste anything in a batch of beer.

I'd do some tests with half gallons of water. Boil certain amounts of the tomatoes and taste to see how many toms it took.

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The intense flavors of sun dried tomatoes depends on them being dried. Once you re-hydrate, you've lost that. I think this is a little like adding chocolate to ales, sounds great, but making it work would be tough.

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I think I'll just add some chili beer to a bottle of salsa and call it a day...

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