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Old 01-09-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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Hello everyone I was going to start a high gravity fruit infused ale. Something similar to soft parade i am just curious to know some good grains and Malts to use wit this an extract brew. I'm not set up for all grain yet.
Any info will help.



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Old 01-09-2013, 07:02 PM   #2
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Hello everyone I was going to start a high gravity fruit infused ale. Something similar to soft parade i am just curious to know some good grains and Malts to use wit this an extract brew. I'm not set up for all grain yet.
Any info will help.
A lot of it depends on what you like to drink. You can fruit just about any style of beer you want and there is some beauty behind that. I have never had access to Soft Parade but have heard of it. Start with a style you really enjoy and do some research on recipes then go from there. I recently added blueberries to a wee heavy and have yet to crack open a bottle. Good luck!


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I find fruit goes best with blondes and wheats. Anything darker and the fruit gets lost.

Make sure you add the fruit in after the primary fermentation.

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I've made a stout with 3 lbs of raspberry puree. The raspberry did not get lost; in fact, it pretty much dominated the beer.

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It depends on the fruit. For example raspberry has a strong upfront aroma and taste while blueberry's rather subtle. I once added 4 lbs of in season crushed blueberry to a 3 gallon batch of hybrid wheat and it came out very good after three months in the bottle.

Also, don't neglect the yeast flavors and how they interact with your fruit.



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