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a dry, tart, refreshing saison 13 34.21%
a malty, toffee-ish dubbel 4 10.53%
a 12% ABV Belgian Dark Strong to be consumed in the dead of winter 16 42.11%
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:36 AM   #1
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Default it's tart cherry season in the midwest -- what should I brew with them!

Gonna pick tart cherries on Sunday. What beer should I brew to use them in?

-a dry, tart saison?
-a malty, toffee-ish dubbel?
-a 12% ABV Belgian dark strong to drink at Christmastime?

or something else?

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Old 07-02-2009, 05:57 AM   #2
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Trick question, all of the above (plus a wheat)!

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Old 07-02-2009, 06:23 AM   #3
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how many pounds of cherries are appropriate in a 5-gallon batch? I've never put fruit in my secondary before.

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how many pounds of cherries are appropriate in a 5-gallon batch? I've never put fruit in my secondary before.
Depends on how much cherry taste you want. For a mild wheat beer, 3 to 5 pounds, IMHO.
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Be very careful when brewing with tart cherries. I used them once by accident (thought I bought sweet cheeries) and the tart flavor compeltely dominated a wheat beer. I used 2 cans pureed in the secondary and the beer was not bad, but I do not like tart flavor very much. I ended up giving them to a friend, and he enjoyed the beer.

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Be very careful when brewing with tart cherries. I used them once by accident (thought I bought sweet cheeries) and the tart flavor compeltely dominated a wheat beer. I used 2 cans pureed in the secondary and the beer was not bad, but I do not like tart flavor very much. I ended up giving them to a friend, and he enjoyed the beer.
I'm brewing a big wheat (5 gallons of cherry, 3 gallons of American) with the order you just sent me.

For cherries, I have 3 cans of Kroger tart and one can of Oregon fruit. I used 5.5 pounds last time, that was too much.
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Be very careful when brewing with tart cherries. I used them once by accident (thought I bought sweet cheeries) and the tart flavor compeltely dominated a wheat beer. I used 2 cans pureed in the secondary and the beer was not bad, but I do not like tart flavor very much. I ended up giving them to a friend, and he enjoyed the beer.
hmm... I think I would like the tartness. What was it that you didn't like about your batch? was it that you were expecting a sweet cherry flavor and it came out unexpectedly sour?
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I have only used raspberries and blueberries @ 36ounces/5gal in secondary for 5 days

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Im glad to see someone posting a thread in regards to sour cherries...I have a Cherry Porter recipe that calls for 5# of Sour Cherries or Choke Cherries...Im in Southern Indiana and Im not sure of what they are...Are the known as sour cherries or is it a different variety under a different name...Pardon my ignorance...lol...Thanks

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yeah, they're different from sweet cherries. tart cherries are the ones commonly used in cherry pie. they're relatively more rare, but in season right now.

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