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Old 05-01-2006, 08:55 PM   #1
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Default Siphoning off puree

First time I've used real fruit puree is with my apricot wheat sitting in the secondary. I plan on bottling this batch but have a question on siphoning off that puree. Unlike the syrup that just mixes in, I have 1.5" of this stuff on the bottom of the carboy. You treat it just like trub when racking to a bottle bucket? It's consistency being a bit looser than trub has me wondering how this stuff responds to an auto-siphon. Or are you better suited doing a tertiary before bottling?

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Old 05-01-2006, 09:13 PM   #2
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I used fresh cranberries and used a tertiary before bottling and it worked well. I dunno if this is the right way or wrong way, but it worked for me.

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Only bummer is I want this bugger bottled & carb'd up by May 20th so want to skip the tertiary if I can. That means bottling after only 10 days on the puree and 2 weeks for bottle conditioning. Heck, it's not my beer but the wife's and her friends so I'm not that picky .

Hey, a bottle bucket for 10 minutes could be considered a tertiary device now couldn't it.

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Hey, a bottle bucket for 10 minutes could be considered a tertiary device now couldn't it.
LOL! Of course it could!!
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Old 05-02-2006, 12:58 PM   #5
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After racking to the secondary I place a board under the rear of the carboy
so everything settles to the front. The auto-siphon sits real nice to the rear.
As it gets near the bottom inch or so I slowly settle it back till I see a
little sediment coming up and stop.

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FWIW, I use a clamp (the hand-spring-type)on my autosyphon tube to keep it from hitting bottom when the trub, or in this case, puree, is too deep.

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I've never used puree--did it mix in when you first added it, and then drop out of suspension later? I guess I assumed that it would stay mixed with the beer.

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I usually rack off of fruit sludge by holding the cane just above the sludge and stop when you start getting some like J-bass, it works well.
I wouldn't try to hurry a fruit beer, they can gurgle along for a really long time, and you may be making bottle-bombs.

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After racking to the secondary I place a board under the rear of the carboy
so everything settles to the front. The auto-siphon sits real nice to the rear.
As it gets near the bottom inch or so I slowly settle it back till I see a
little sediment coming up and stop.
I do this as well with regular trub. Works like a charm. Will siphon just like it's trub then. First time I did this, I used my wallet and have ever since; perfect thickness

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I've never used puree--did it mix in when you first added it, and then drop out of suspension later? I guess I assumed that it would stay mixed with the beer.
Imagine taking fruit to a blender; that's the way the apricot puree was. Orange goo. Some mixing, but a quick settle to the bottom.

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I wouldn't try to hurry a fruit beer, they can gurgle along for a really long time, and you may be making bottle-bombs.
gravity at rack was 1.008 and visually it looks quite complete. I might sneak out a gravity check to see where it's at along with the taste test.

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For my Strawberry Tart, I used a racking cane with the red filter/cap on the botttom. Syphon as usual, and when the peels got into the cap, it plugged up and stopped the flow. Perfect!

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