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Old 06-25-2010, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default Cherry Flavoring for Cherry Ale

I am using cherry extract flavoring for a cherry ale that I am planning on brewing today. I know many people have different techniques on when to add the flavoring but I just wanted to see what everyone says. I am thinking I am going to add it during secondary fermentation but what do you do? Let me know...I know adding it during the boil will burn off most of the flavor.

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Old 06-25-2010, 04:54 PM   #2
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Secondary, or at bottling. Be aware that everything I've ever read about cherry extract is that it makes your beer taste like cough syrup. Use real cherries in secondary if at all possible.

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Hmmmm....that might be worth the investment. I definitely don't want beer tasting like cough syrup

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If you use too much extract, it will taste like Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

Go light. Try 2oz of extract at bottling/kegging.

If you are kegging, it is easy to add more, if needed.

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I tried cherry extract for the first time a couple weeks ago. It was a 4oz bottle and the instructions said to use the entire bottle for 5 gallons. I didn't trust this so I poured 1 cup of the beer into a measuring glass and started adding drops of extract in with a small pipette. I put 10 drops into the 1 cup of beer, stirred, and it tasted like nasty cough syrup. I decided to use half that amount for the beer I was about to bottle, so I did the math and actually counted out 438 drops that I ended up putting in the beer. I measured the cherry extract prior to dumping in the beer so I would know how much to use next time, and it turned out to be 2tsp for a 5g batch. This does not give a strong cherry flavor - it's subtle, but it does not taste like cough syrup.

FYI - 2 tsp barely makes a dent in a 4oz bottle - I could probably use the entire bottle for 20 batches.

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