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Old 05-01-2009, 04:52 PM   #1
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Im a beginner brewer with a couple batches under my belt, I really want to make a fruit beer for the summer...any tips on what types of beers are best for this and techniques used to add fruit into my batch. Thanks.

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Im a beginner brewer with a couple batches under my belt, I really want to make a fruit beer for the summer...any tips on what types of beers are best for this and techniques used to add fruit into my batch. Thanks.
Wheat beers are a very popular summer beer to add fruit to.

To prepare the fruit it must be pasteurized to avoid infection. This is easy to do. Place the fruit in a sauce pan with a little water and heat to 160F. After 60 seconds remove from heat and cool.

You can add the fruit during secondary or in the primary after fermentation has stopped. This will cause a secondary fermentation.
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To prepare the fruit it must be pasteurized to avoid infection.
Just wanted to throw my $0.02 in here. As it's been discussed thouroughly, it isn't necessary to pasteurize (if you don't want to go that route). I HIGHLY recommend doing a search, if for nothing else not to stir the hornet's nest again.

As far as styles, fruited stouts are common, too, but need to be approached somewhat differently than wheat beers, as stouts are a much stronger flavored beer.
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Thanks alot. We're from the same area what LHBS do you use? I go to the one in Northampton.

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I used the one in Northampton for my first few brews but have switched to AHS.

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Just wanted to throw my $0.02 in here. As it's been discussed thouroughly, it isn't necessary to pasteurize (if you don't want to go that route). I HIGHLY recommend doing a search, if for nothing else not to stir the hornet's nest again.
Add your fruit to 2ndary and rack the beer on top. Already alcohol in the beer, so it will kill germs. Heating drives off flavor and aromatics.

Do crush and freeze your fruit first though. It breaks down the cell membranes and lets more flavor out.

I'm a big beer fruiter. PM with any specific ???s.
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Do you crush, freeze and then thaw, or do you freeze, thaw, then crush?

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Always add your fruit to a brew AFTER you know the beer is good.

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I'm relying on the raspberries to make this fruit beer what it will be. My recipe was very simple. Just .75lb of Carapils, Extra Lite DME, Clear Candi Sugar, and some yeast nutrient. Fermenting with WLP001 Cali Ale. OG was 1.056 I am going to take a reading tonight (8 day in primary) and If I am at or near Estimated FG I will take another hydro on Sunday. If there is no change, Sunday night I will rack onto fruit and secondary for 10more days. After 10 days I will monitor the SG for satbility and then rack over to tertiary for another 10. Bottle and wait at least the "required" 21 days befor serving it to SWMBO.

This recipe was very simple, I hope it is not bland, I use Biess DME and I know their Extra Light DME has some carapils init, but I wanted to ensure good head retention and have some mouth feel to it, the Candi Sugar was to "crispen" and raise the OG a little.

I am hoping the Raspberries impart a nice tartness to this brew.

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I'm doing a berry beer now. 6 pounds combined of blackberry, blue berry and raspberry.

After making the wort (3 pounds extra light DME and 1 cup course brown sugar) and being in primary for 2 weeks, I pureed my thawed* berries and poured them into my secondary with 1 pound of brewers honey. Racked the beer on top.

What I should have done was made sure primary was really done. It wasn't. Secondary was explosive. Literally. I used a blow off tube and berry slurry plugged it up. Explosion #1. After unclogging it, berry slurry filled the beer bottle I was using on the other end. Explosion #2.

After 10 days of that, I'm in thirduary** for a week now.

*The berries were bought fresh. I froze them for keeping till I was ready.

**I totally just made up that word.

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