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Old 11-02-2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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I brewed it this past weekend. OG was just about dead on at 1.064. Since this is my first beer I have a couple of questions about fermentation. My plan is to rack on the fruit puree in the secondary after it reaches fg. I'm taking my first hydro reading at 7 days (tonight). Is it correct to wait until primary is completely finished? Also, is it necessary to move it to a third carboy for clarification ?

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Old 11-04-2012, 02:59 PM   #2
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Your porter is going to be dark enough that clarification would be a misnomer. So long as you are careful racking and have no solids in your beer you are done. I'm curious how this will turn out because I just finished a "Strawberries n' Cream Stout" and the strong flavor of the stout totally overrode the berries. I imagine this may suffer the same fate.

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I'd imagine the acidity of the raspberries might be more pronounced, especially in a porter instead of a stout. Strawberries are fairly light in flavor.

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I'd imagine the acidity of the raspberries might be more pronounced, especially in a porter instead of a stout. Strawberries are fairly light in flavor.
Maybe, which is why I used twice as much as suggested in "Designing Great Beers"
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I'm using the suggested 3 lbs of raspberry puree called for in the recipe. I'm hoping the fruit balances the dark, roasty grains and that I don't get a super raspberry beer. Does 3 weeks on the fruit sound right?

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I'm using the suggested 3 lbs of raspberry puree called for in the recipe. I'm hoping the fruit balances the dark, roasty grains and that I don't get a super raspberry beer. Does 3 weeks on the fruit sound right?
I used three lbs in my recipe earlier this year. It took several months of aging before it was balanced. Very sweet and mostly raspberry when young. It did develop into a very good raspberry porter after several months, though. I also dropped in some lactose sugar and cocoa nibs for the ladies.
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