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Old 10-05-2012, 08:52 PM   #1
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I have 5 pounds of blackberries. Can I put them directly in the keg? I wonder what it will do to the final gravity. Should I put them in the primary to ferment some? Need advice...thx

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I normally use a secondary when aging on fruit. I did a wheat last year on berries, aged half for 2 weeks and half for a month. The longer aging helped a lot. I would not put them in the keg unless you like clogged dip tunes.

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What it will do is clog the tube. Put them in the primary and run the beer through a sanitized nylon into the keg. Those little fibers on the berries can form mats and clog the tube just as well as the seeds or skin. I have a keg with a screen on the tube that I use for berried beers or ciders.

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I have 5 pounds of blackberries. Can I put them directly in the keg? I wonder what it will do to the final gravity. Should I put them in the primary to ferment some? Need advice...thx
5# is alot of berries. I used three pounds in secondary and the flavor was overwhelming. Aging helped out quite a bit. Several months before it was palatable. How about some cobbler?
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5# is alot of berries. I used three pounds in secondary and the flavor was overwhelming. Aging helped out quite a bit. Several months before it was palatable. How about some cobbler?
in 5 gallons?
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in 5 gallons?
Yes, five gallons. It was a porter. I'll admit that after it aged for awhile, I was quite impressed. If you add 5# all at once, you are stuck with the results. I would advise transferring to secondary and add berries to taste. Shooting from the hip will mean either hit or miss. Most often times, I've missed.
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