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Old 12-21-2009, 03:42 PM   #1
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So, I was eating a banana for breakfast this morning and thinking about beer (as I often do). Being a sour beer lover in general, and having just recently tried the New Glarus Cran-bic, the idea of a "Banambic" popped into my head.

I know it's certainly not a traditional lambic fruit, but I was wondering what success (if any) people have had using bananas in beer?

I would be making a 1 gallon batch of this, as I don't want to go too crazy with such an experimental beer. Here's what I was thinking:

1.5 lbs Pale malt
1.0 lb Flaked wheat

0.25 oz of low AA hops (I'll have to see what I have, probably Willamette)

A cocktail of bugs and yeast

As far as the fruit, for such a small batch of beer, I was thinking maybe only 2 or 3 bananas, but I'm obviously open to any suggestions.

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Old 12-21-2009, 03:44 PM   #2
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I say go for it... I am about to bottle a mango lambic.

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Old 12-22-2009, 05:53 PM   #3
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**** is gross. Hopefully yours will be better.
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:09 PM   #4
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Maybe a bugged banana hefe. Sour, banana & clove notes sounds kind of tasty to me.

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Old 12-23-2009, 06:50 AM   #5
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**** is gross. Hopefully yours will be better.
That does indeed sound pretty gnarly. The benefit of making this beer is that if it turns out awful, it probably will cost less than a bottle of that stuff.


The idea of infecting a Hefe sounds interesting, but I think I may go with a "traditional" lambic type recipe and just add the bananas to it. Or, maybe pitch some German Hefe yeast along with the funky stuff.
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:51 PM   #6
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most if not all of the esters produced froma primary ferment will be broken down by the brett/bacteria in there so if you were to use a hefe yeast etc I dont think youd get much character from it

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Old 12-23-2009, 09:36 PM   #7
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Excellent point.

I plan on making this in the next few weeks. I just need to get my one gallon jugs--a Christmas present from the girlfriend--and have a little extra time.

Not as though that matters all that much, since this could end up being a 1-3 year project. I'll try to keep this thread up to day with any news, if I can remember.

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Old 12-23-2009, 10:52 PM   #8
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rather than having her buy 1gal jugs for ~$5 a pop, just go to a whole foods etc, and get a 1gal jug of apple juice

knudsen and other brands all bottle in them and they are about $6, so for an extra buck or so you get a gallon of apple juice

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They're already purchased and set to arrive tomorrow.

I considered doing something like that, but I'm not really the biggest fan of apple juice (or Carlo Rossi, etc.).

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make them into a cider or a cyser

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