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Old 03-31-2006, 12:22 AM   #1
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Default Real fruit or "flavorings"

Interested in others opinions on this.
I would like to do a fruit/wheat but I would rather use real fruit products as opposed to just flavorings or/extracts.
Boiling/reducing the rasberrys/cherries whatever just seems like it would taste better than a few ounces of Shilling cherry flavoring.
I don't meen to come off as elitest or anything, I just am wary of "fake" stuff in my beer.



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Old 03-31-2006, 12:24 AM   #2
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i'm sorry....what's your question?



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Just peoples opionions/preferences on what they think works best or tastes better.
What are the advantages of either?

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My preference is REAL fruit only! Some of the flavorings - peach and apricot tastes like soap and the raspberry tastes yech!

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Flavorings are cheap, easy & vile!

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Real fruit!! Add it to the secondary and leave for two weeks. Then rack to a clean carboy and leave another week. MMMMM

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It's all about the real fruit. For my raspberry wheat 3 pounds frozen berries in primary then 3 pounds in the secondary. Mmm… mmm… Good.
Drinking it now

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I used Cherry PUree from Oregon in my Cherry Wheat. Very happy with how it taste. Innicially though I thought I did not taste the cherry much and then I let it age a bit longer. Came out great!

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Default Fruity Wheats

Last Christmas I did Cherry, Peach, Apricot, Dutch Apple, Blueberry, Raspberry and Strawberry Wheats The raspberries were from Orgeon Fruits, The peach and Apricot was from Delmonte (watch the lable for no preservatives) and rest were frozen.

The frozen fruits had a stronger fruit flavor than the canned fruits. I thought the raspberry, peach and apricot was awsome. The apple was tart and blueberry tasted like wine to me but he ladies loved it.

ALWAYS try to stick with fresh fruit when in season, frozen if it's not and canned if it's your only other source. Do you really want to put all that effort into your beer and risk it to extracts? Do yourself a favor and save the extracts for the kids soda pop!

Also I put half of my fruits in the primary after it cooled to about 150 degrees f and left them to ferment. The second half I put in secondary. Don't forget the irish moss! They alll came out clear as crystal although the blueberry and raspberry looked like wine.

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Originally Posted by Indiana Red
Interested in others opinions on this.
I would like to do a fruit/wheat but I would rather use real fruit products as opposed to just flavorings or/extracts.
Boiling/reducing the rasberrys/cherries whatever just seems like it would taste better than a few ounces of Shilling cherry flavoring.
I don't meen to come off as elitest or anything, I just am wary of "fake" stuff in my beer.
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On the Subject.. My Cherry Tree is about to start its spring growth.. Do I need to consider the natural sugar in the cherrys? Also Do you sanitize them, pit them or just drop them bad boys in?

My Wife and I normally use Grain alcohol, Rum, and Gin to make Christmas booze with the cherrys.. you basically put the Cherrys, Raw Sugar, and the alcohol in jars.. 6 months later you have a cherry flavored drink that has no alcohol "bite" but one small glass will knock you on your butt. The grain alcohol one we never give away because it has no bite at all and is like cherry flavored pure alcohol (we fear having someone die by drinking it un-mixed)

Anyway back on.. this year I'm going to use some in beer.



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