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Old 09-28-2010, 02:48 AM   #1
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Was thinking of making my own puree using oregon red tart cherries in water (14.5 oz can) (110z of cherries). anyone else done this before by making a puree and adding it to the secondary? are these already pasteurized and how many cans should i use in the secondary?

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Old 09-28-2010, 12:42 PM   #2
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It shouldn't be an issue as long as you sanitize whatever you are using to make the puree. That said, I find purees harder to deal with, I like using whole fruit because it is much easier to get the beer off the fruit.

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Old 09-28-2010, 02:03 PM   #3
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I added the whole cherries to the secondary before and it worked great. I wanted a lot of flavor for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and added 5 cans for a 2.5 gallon batch. It was very nice but less than subtle.

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Ya i was thinking about using 8-10 cans for a 5 gallon batch...this is an all grain wheat brew....12 lbs wheat, 8 pounds pale malt, and 2 lbs rice halls.....i split the boil volume into 2 primary fermenters and doing an apple wheat in one and cherry in the other. so using the cherries as whole works just as well as a puree? and do you think 8 cans of 11oz oregon tart cherries should be about right for the secondary fermenter? i dont want an over powering cherry taste, but i want it noticeable.

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Your best bet is to add maybe 3 cans, give it a week, draw a sample and see if you want to add more. It's a better idea to do it a little at a time so you don't over do it. My beer was very strong with a lot of flavor so I added a lot. In a wheat ale the cherries would be far more noticable, I think.

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Old 09-28-2010, 07:27 PM   #6
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after hearing peoples responses i think im going to go with 5-6 cans of the tart cherries....boil them and then add them to the secondary....going to be at about 5.5-6 gallons in the secondary. I am not going to be racking till tomorrow night so any more input today and tomorrow will be greatly apreciated.

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Just dump the cherries and water in the secondary. No need to boil them, they are already sanitized. I used 10 cans of them in a Cherry wheat and it was awesome! Good stuff.

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