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Old 01-06-2013, 08:19 PM   #1
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So last week I had my first brew day an APA and added a bit too much water. My OG was about 1.040 and has since dropped to 1.010. It has been in a primary for almost 2 weeks (it will be 2 weeks on Monday). I tested gravity today and the beer tastes great its just a bit watered down. Since it is watered down I am going to attempt to add fruit to a secondary in an attempt to mask this mistake.

I'm thinking Pineapple, Apricot, or Peach. I don't want it to overpower the flavor of the original beer but compliment the flavor.

I've seen various methods for adding fruit flavor. I wouldn't mind the additional alcohol content as well but its not a biggie. Is it best just to buy frozen fruit, thaw out and rack on top of it? I saw a post about cooking the fruit on the stove as well.

What have you guys had success with.

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You will not want to heat the fruit because it will release the pectin's. I just add the frozen fruit right from the bag to the secondary and I have never had any issues with this procedure.

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I just did a raspberry wheat. I got fresh raspberries washed them, dried them then froze them for 2 days. Pitched them to secondary and rack beer ontop of them. I just bottled that batch tonight. Smelled and tasted great.

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How much fruit should I use? I am leaning toward the Pineapple idea.

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I did a strawberry wheat about six months ago.... four pounds of frozen berries blended and added to secondary for two weeks.... very berry flavor. Might try three pounds to five gallons

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Would it be beneficial to cold crash before I rack into secondary?

Sorry for all the questions, just trying to get the best result.

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I used about 2 lbs of fruit and a half of a 4 oz bottle of raspberry extract. As far as a cold crash, I would just let your activity fermentation end and rack ontop of your fruit to soak up the goodness.

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I cold crashed my beer. I used 4lbs of fresh strawberry's for my strawberry blonde. I washed the strawberries before I sliced them. Then I froze them for a few days before adding them to the secondary. Cold crashed at about 40 degrees.

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