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Old 09-19-2012, 04:50 PM   #21
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Just FYI, you don't have to post to subscribe. Just go to the Thread Tools menu at the top and subscribe there. Cleaner that way.
"Subscribed" in post, is a communication with the OP, somewhere between "You have piqued my interest" and "HOLY EFF YOU ARE A GENIUS!!!!!"

Either way positive and a contribution to the thread IMHO.



THAT BEING SAID.......

If SA can't make it work (not that they are the epitome of brewing, but they are solid and commercially answerable) I am safely content that cherry beer be a BAD idea.....at least to me.

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If SA can't make it work (not that they are the epitome of brewing, but they are solid and commercially answerable) I am safely content that cherry beer be a BAD idea.....at least to me.
My cherry barleywine is coming along quite nicely. I smoked about 5 lbs of cherries and added those plus another 3 lbs of non-smoked cherries (Ranier I believe) to the secondary. It's been sitting on them for almost 2 months now. I pulled a sample last weekend. The smoke flavor is strong but is definitely mellowing out. Fantastic cherry sweetness on the finish. I'll probably let it sit another 3 weeks before I either do a tertiary or keg it for carbonation.

http://imgur.com/a/26YtU for a few pics (sorry for the **** quality)


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My cherry barleywine is coming along quite nicely. I smoked about 5 lbs of cherries and added those plus another 3 lbs of non-smoked cherries (Ranier I believe) to the secondary. It's been sitting on them for almost 2 months now. I pulled a sample last weekend. The smoke flavor is strong but is definitely mellowing out. Fantastic cherry sweetness on the finish. I'll probably let it sit another 3 weeks before I either do a tertiary or keg it for carbonation.

http://imgur.com/a/26YtU for a few pics (sorry for the **** quality)
smoked cherries....I.......um.....dammit.....

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A ton of juice came out of them while they were smoking. I drank a cup of it. Absolutely amazing...smoked cherry juice...

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A ton of juice came out of them while they were smoking. I drank a cup of it. Absolutely amazing...smoked cherry juice...
My "SUBSCRIBED" to your smoked cherry idea was closer to the "you sir are a genius" end of the "subscribed" spectrum.

Damned. Do you have a thread on this barleywine?
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My "SUBSCRIBED" to your smoked cherry idea was closer to the "you sir are a genius" end of the "subscribed" spectrum.

Damned. Do you have a thread on this barleywine?
Ah nah, I'm too lazy.
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My "SUBSCRIBED" to your smoked cherry idea was closer to the "you sir are a genius" end of the "subscribed" spectrum.

Damned. Do you have a thread on this barleywine?
Dudes. Try this one. I've made it 5 times this summer. Smoked Cherry Ale. Everybody freaks out when they drink it. Even SWMBO's friends who DONT drink beer, won't shut up about it. Just sayin'. Here's what I do:

8lbs Marris Otter
3lbs Cherrywood Smoked Malt
1oz EKG/Fuggles/Willamette @60 mins
3-4lbs frozen cherries, thawed, sitting in a big mesh bag, in a big bowl. @10mins

Brew your beer. Do your thing. You'll know it's gonna rule when you smell your first runnings! Do your hop addition. At 10mins, add your cherries. The 10 mins is really to balance the kettle temp upon adding cherries. I like to boil the cherries for 5 mins, remove them in the bag into a clean tupperware WITH residual wort. So, lift that sack, dripping wort, into a Tupperware. Cool it and store, covered.
Ferment as usual. When things slow down, maybe a week later, toss the contents of that Tupperware into the fermenter with a little weight.
Note: I re-pasteurize the cherries before re-adding, just to be safe. Then I put a couple heavy bottomed pint glasses into the bag as a weight.
Toss that badass package right into your fermenter, I use buckets, shake gently, and watch a second ferment start up immediately.
I primarily use S04 for these brews. I personally really enjoy the dryness of the yeast with the cherries. This beer is a bit tart, a lil dry, a lil crispy and quite refreshing.
PS: I never secondary. I've repitched the yeast into different brews with great results. I really hate sweet beer, so I make this one to be dry & a lil tart. It may not suit you, but it's definately gets interesting feedback. Everyone seems to have an opinion on this one.
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So what is the best way to prepare cherries for the secondary? Thinking of making a cherry wheat soon as my first crack at a fruit beer.

Been seeing a lot of options, I'm hesitant to boil as I'm afraid that will leech out the flavours and sugars.

What does freezing do exactly?

Want to go with puree but wondering the best way to sanitize to ensure they don't contaminate my brew!



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