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Old 01-30-2014, 10:44 PM   #1
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I'm brewing from Munton's hopped Pilsner LME and planning on using blueberries for a secondary fermentation.

The primary fermentation is almost done. Maybe 1 or 2 days left.

I plan to rack the beer over the blueberries on Monday. My question is, should I discard the sludge at the bottom of the primary? Or include it with the blueberries??


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Old 01-30-2014, 10:55 PM   #2
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The sludge is yeast part of the point of racking is to leave the yeast and trub behind. I strongly recommend sanitizing the blueberries to avoid infection.

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Yes, what One said. Leave the trub, sanitize the berries.

I've heard of people freezing fruit before adding it but I don't have any direct experience with adding fruit.

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Yes, what One said. Leave the trub, sanitize the berries.

I've heard of people freezing fruit before adding it but I don't have any direct experience with adding fruit.

My understanding was that freezing the fruit + the alcohol already present in the beer would kill any bugs left after freezing... Is this right?


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I've never sanitized fruit, but I do freeze it. It helps break down the fruit's cell walls for better/faster extraction of flavors.

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I've never sanitized fruit, but I do freeze it. It helps break down the fruit's cell walls for better/faster extraction of flavors.

So that's all you personally do? Just freeze it and it's good to go?


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So that's all you personally do? Just freeze it and it's good to go?


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Yeah. It hasn't been any issue the few times I've used fruit. I suppose if you're concerned you could dip it in some star san.
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