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Old 11-20-2009, 11:28 PM   #1
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I started an experiment last Sunday evening with a well-past-expiration-date can of Brewferm Kriek that I thought I'd post about, since it seems to be coming along nicely, if the hydro samples are any indication. If you don't know about Brewferm kits, they're 3.3lb no-boil kits in cans that sometimes require additional sugar, other times just an addition of hot water. This particular recipe is for the Brewferm Kriek, a sour cherry beer, and it promised 10 liters of beer (just under 3 gallons).

I got this particular can at my LHBS for $10, because the best-by-date was late 2006, but I thought I'd take the chance. Instead of using the specified 500g (~1lb) table sugar, I used a pound of Light Pilsen dry malt extract, and then I replaced the yeast with a fresh packet of Safbrew T-58 (a Belgian-style dry yeast).

My OG was a bit higher than the specified 1.053 (I got 1.065), likely because of the DME, and the fact that I am fermenting in a Mr. Beer keg, so I could only put in 9 total liters of liquid. I rehydrated and pitched the entire packet of T-58 even though this was double-pitching according to Mr. Malty, mainly because I wanted to see if I could minimize the spiciest of the esters that Belgian yeasts tend to produce. The yeasties really took off within 6 hours. The average temperature started at 70 and is down to about 63 right now.

The official instructions call for sitting in primary until it hits 1.010, then 8 weeks in bottles to really develop the flavor. Because of my higher OG, I have changed up the schedule: When I get to about 1.020, I will rack to a secondary fermenter with some Oregon Fruit Company tart cherries, in order to increase the cherry flavor somewhat. It'll sit on the cherries for 2 weeks, then I'll bottle in small (7- or 8-oz bottles) - a little Kriek goes a long way, in my experience. From what I've read around the internets, this particular kit tastes good after at least 3 months in bottles.

By Tuesday evening, the SG was down to 1.036, and it was down to 1.024 yesterday. I expect to be racking it to secondary tomorrow and harvesting the yeast for another project - the T-58 really took off!

So, I guess the moral of the story is that this is an experimental beer. I'm only making 2.5 gallons of it, and if it fails, I won't feel like I'm out very much.

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Old 11-21-2009, 05:54 PM   #2
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I'm a big fan of Kriek and Framboise and was thinking about trying a kit for it. Definitely interested in how this turns out.

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Old 11-22-2009, 06:22 AM   #3
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I racked it out of the primary into a secondary today, where I added a can of Oregon Fruit Company tart cherries that I had crushed. The krausen is beginning to form again just 8 hours later, so obviously the yeasties liked the fresh sugar in the cherries.

It'll sit on these for at least 7 more days, then I'll take a reading and see where we are. I plan to bottle at around 1.016.

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Old 11-27-2009, 04:30 PM   #4
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Did you taste the Kriek after racking to secondary? Brewferm kits are pretty expensive here at more than $20 CDN for what amounts to half the volume of beer I'm used to brewing. There is an expired Kriek kit at my LHBS, which is only past due by about 8 months IIRC. It's half price and I'd love to try it if they hold up well past their "best before" date.
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