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Old 06-15-2013, 12:19 AM   #1
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It's time for my office annual brew competition. Last year we won with our 10-57 Georgia Honey Wheat - (look up police codes) and the challenge was to brew with local honey. This year we have to use a fruit or nut grown in Georgia. Kudzu definitely won't work, but we were thinking one of the following four:

1. A Pecan Imperial Porter - "the Georgia nut king"
2. A Pecan Brown Ale - "Georgia Pecan Tan"
3. A Peach Saison - "Peach Saisweeeeet"
4. A Peach Whit - "10-58 Georgia Peach"

What do you think will turn out the best!!

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Old 06-15-2013, 12:39 AM   #2
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I think my ten codes up here in PA might vary from you guys down South. Missing Person Georgia Honey Wheat?

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Saison would be good, but it'll be dry and spicy, so I'm afraid the peach will get buried. That said, as a proud saison brewer I'd go for it. I think the peach wit might be easier to pull off. Pecan beers are usually pretty tasty, but from previous threads it seems like a hassle to prepare them.

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Peaches are known to give not much flavor in beer. Plus most peach production has moved to California and South Carolina. I'm not sure which of those is worse to a Georgian. I think you should try to pull off Vidalia Onions, but I'll understand if you don't.

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Old 06-15-2013, 03:23 PM   #5
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It's time for my office annual brew competition. Last year we won with our 10-57 Georgia Honey Wheat - (look up police codes) and the challenge was to brew with local honey. This year we have to use a fruit or nut grown in Georgia. Kudzu definitely won't work, but we were thinking one of the following four:

1. A Pecan Imperial Porter - "the Georgia nut king"
2. A Pecan Brown Ale - "Georgia Pecan Tan"
3. A Peach Saison - "Peach Saisweeeeet"
4. A Peach Whit - "10-58 Georgia Peach"

What do you think will turn out the best!!
Plenty of great fruit to choose from. Blackberries, mayhaws in south Ga, apples, blueberries in north Ga. I made a grits cream ale( I know not a fruit or nut, but what says Ga more than grits) and its great if I do say so my self.
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Old 06-15-2013, 03:55 PM   #6
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Why not use both? Shiner makes a great holiday beer using peaches and pecans with a dunkelweizen base. There is even a clone recipe for it somewhere around here for inspiration.

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something mawhaw based would be really cool

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I would expect peaches to be the obvious choice and thus you need to nail it to stand out. I like Kingwood Kid's Vidalia suggestion. Maybe caramelize a bunch to add in an English mild or brown ale. Would a vegetable be disqualified?

If going with pecans I'd shirk convention of a dark beer and go a Saison yeast and grist route. Keep the grist simple such as only Belgian Pilsner and rye, so it exposes mainly yeast and pecan character.

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I just brewed a peach and ginger wheat that I lovingly refer to as "Georgia redhead." Here's the skinny:

10 gal batch

10# red wheat
7.5# two row
2.5# munich

Hopped with citra and mosaic. Threw 7# peaches in at 15. I started with 10# whole, fresh peaches, pitted and sliced them. Froze them, thawed them. I highly advise you to throw the peaches into muslin bags. They made a total mess of my boil kettle. I threw 2-3 oz fresh sliced ginger in @15 as well. Used us-05. Finished super dry at 1.005. The peaches melded really well with the hops. The ginger is pretty mild, which is exactly what I was aiming for. I haven't carbed it yet, but every gravity sample has been delicious.

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I wondered how to caramelize the onions without oil. God bless you Google, there's a way: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/cara...-fat-5030.html But it involves about a teaspoon of salt per large onion. If you brew a Vidalia Gose, I'd be really impressed. Maybe I'll brew a 1-Gallon batch of 1015 Gose. On more conventional lines, blackberry beers are awesome, and will work with almost any low-hopped style.

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