It's outside of fresh apricot season and I'm itching to make an apricot IPA for the spring. That leaves me with canned and frozen peaches as options.
Bad financial times have led me to commit to keeping my beer ingredients at or below $30/5 gallon batch, and I'm already in $28 for grains and hops (and have plenty of the house yeast).
The Vinter's and Oregon Apricot 49 oz canned fruit purees generally run around $20 once you factor in shipping. Our LHBS has them at $20. Given that takes the batch up near $50, it's too high and I'm sticking to my guns (with the help of a persistent wife of course).
In the grocery store the other day, my wife pointed to a regular old 15 oz can of apricots that was $1.49. It was in extra light syrup and she pointed out it had no preservatives--just water, sugar, and peaches. If I rinsed 4 cans of these peaches and pureed them in the food processor, I could have the equivalent of the Oregon product for only $6. The wife thoughts this was acceptable, which is a plus. And really, so long as there are no preservatives, canned apricots are canned apricots, right?
I'm interested in your opinions, and wondering whether anyone has experience with this? I appreciate any input you can offer, as I hate to ruin a good IPA with bad canned fruit...