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Old 07-10-2009, 07:47 PM   #1
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We have a ton of tomatoes in the garden. Anyone done a tomato beer? I have mixed tom juice with beer, but never seen a tomato beer.

Would the acid from the tomatoes be too high for the yeast? They do not have a lot of starch, but do have a good bit of sugar when ripe. I do not think they produce pectin when cooked.

just off the cuff, I was thinking:

8# 2-row
1/2 # roasted
1/2 # 40L
5 # whole ripe tomatoes roasted in the oven at 250 for an hour or so, then into the fermenter.

1 oz chinook for bittering
3/4 oz Pearle? or ?? flavor
1/4 oz ?? dry.

Maybe some basil, or lemon zest?

thoughts?

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Old 07-10-2009, 07:52 PM   #2
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You would definitely want to look at PH when doing this. Mama Mia Pizza Beer comes to mind. It's the only beer that I outright refuse to drink.

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I gotta say.. I love tomatos and basil for that matter, but I dislike "red" beers (adding v8/clamato to beer).

I think if you went light on the tomato and basil, it might be an interesting beer to drink. Is it any more acidic then adding oranges to a brew? I say give it a shot.. im curious now!

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Yeast is good down to about a pH of 2. I am sure you'll be fine, although I have no idea how acidic tomato juice is.

I have had a clamato beer that was pretty good, if you like clamato. I am guessing it will end up tasting like a bloody mary.

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Hmm. maybe fresh horseradish in the secondary, and a bit of tamarind to give it a bit of bloody Mari flavor. My wife's name is Mari.

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I have heard good things about tomato wine, maybe give that a shot?

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f79/tomato-wine-52828/

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Hmm. maybe fresh horseradish in the secondary, and a bit of tamarind to give it a bit of bloody Mari flavor. My wife's name is Mari.
sounds like you have plans. j/k
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Tomato's and beer has always sounded terrible to me.

Good luck with your experiments though...

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Hmm. maybe fresh horseradish in the secondary, and a bit of tamarind to give it a bit of bloody Mari flavor. My wife's name is Mari.
Your wife tastes like tamarind?
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ummm...how about making normal beer and using the tomatoes to make pizza sauce from scratch....

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