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pmack2899 08-02-2012 08:09 PM

Brewing with fruit
Want to brew a cherry beer and don't know how to add/incorporate the fruit. I have extract brewed a few times with my kit and any recipes are appreciated! Thinking cherry wheat and then a cherry stout... Thanks!!!!

HadesX 08-02-2012 08:21 PM

A secondary fermentation is best for a fruit beer. Do your beer as you normally would. After primary fermentation has completed, add some cherries (preferably a puree) to your secondary fermenter and rack the beer on top of the cherries. I would recomend a blow off tube for the secondary as well. As far as how much cherry, I'm not sure. If i had to guess, 3-4 #'s of a cherry puree should work just fine.

Or you could take an easier route and add cherry extract at bottling/kegging, but i always prefer the real thing.

rifraf 08-02-2012 08:29 PM

I put one can of Oregon fruit preserve in a secondary and rack on top of that, then throw half a small bottle of extract into the bottling bucket with my sugar water.

Works great for me!

clydo 08-02-2012 08:32 PM

I brewed this beer last year. Follow the link. It was awesome. Just try replacing the Raspberries with cherries.

Requiem Raspberry

35se 08-30-2012 01:32 PM

I also am wondering about making a cherry wheat. I have the NB wheat ale kit that came with the starter kit and I wanted to make a cherry wheat that tasted as good if not better than sam adams cherry wheat.

I guess my question is would just adding the cherries to the secondary be enough to do this? Or should I have maybe made some modifications to the boil?

Thanks for any help!

ArcticBear 08-30-2012 01:39 PM

I made a ten gallon batch of a chocolate cherry porter. When going to secondary, i split it in half and put one can of pregon cherry puree in one and two in the other half ( 3#s of cherry and 6#s of cherry). To over simplify everything, i was not happy with the results. The 3 lbs gave no flavor, the 6 lbs gave some, but the flavor didnt taste like cherry at all...i wasnt overlly impressed...i'll be going with fresh fruit going forward.

35se 08-30-2012 01:41 PM

Yeah the few people I have gotten info from say fresh fruit is better than or just as good as the puree and is also cheaper.

tjt_88 08-30-2012 02:34 PM

Make sure you boil the fruit for 2 mins. I have added fresh ingredients such as raspberries and I ended up with an infection.

35se 08-30-2012 02:38 PM


Originally Posted by tjt_88 (Post 4373641)
Make sure you boil the fruit for 2 mins. I have added fresh ingredients such as raspberries and I ended up with an infection.

oh really? I have heard freezing sanitizes them but havent heard to boil them.

tjt_88 08-30-2012 02:43 PM

I froze the peppers I put in and I still got one so I just boil them now.

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