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Old 09-12-2008, 12:04 PM   #1
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I recently made the Raspberry Wheat kit from Austin HB. The beer turned out really good but I wanted to make it better the next time I brewed it.

The kit uses 2 oz of a Raspberry Extract and I wanted to replace it with Oregon Raspberry Puree. I am looking for some guidance on how much puree to use, It comes in 3lb 1oz cans.

I will be adding the puree to a secondary fermentor then racking the beer from the primary on it after fermentation is done.

Any ideas?

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Old 09-12-2008, 02:22 PM   #2
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I did an apricaot black berry wheat this past summer and I used a little over 5lbs of fruit. It came out pretty good but a little tart. However I was gona try it again and get the oregon puree but use two cans.

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Old 09-12-2008, 02:24 PM   #3
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I did a raspberry wheat and added one 49 oz can of the raspberry puree (Oregon) to the secondary. Turned out great.

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My Apricot Blond, and now my Sour Peach beer both use a full can of the puree on or about day #3 of the ferment, and then add the extract at bottling. It's a really nice mix between beer and fruit.

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I did a raspberry wheat with a can of raspberry puree in the primary. I don't know how it compared to yours, but it was a huge hit and my buddy who judged the fruit beers at the state fair said it would have blown all of the entered beers away.

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Old 09-12-2008, 10:29 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies, I think on my next batch I will add a full can in the secondary, and possible have some extract on hand to maybe add a little after It's kegged and I taste it. I have heard that the extract can really help with the aroma.

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Definetly add the whole can and maybe an oz or two of extract at bottling to "brighten" up the taste. I did about 2/3 of a can with no extract and found the results a little lacking. However, I think I was also hamperred by some old puree.

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Can't speak on raspberry, but the peach ale I did a while back had 5lbs. of fresh peaches in secondary. It would have been less after skins and pits were removed, but this "subtle" fruit was overpowering, IMO. No one that tried it thought it was too much, and they couldn't get enough of it. I've never used extract, and don't plan to. I don't think that you can over or under do it with fruit for the masses, and that is what I make a fruit beer for as I could take them or leave them. But, it keeps SWMBO happy.

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I just dumped a 1 lb bag of frozen raspberries into the secondary while making a plain (no-fruit-intended) BB wheat beer kit. I thought it turned out pretty good. Good enough to try the same thing today with cherries to appease SWMBO. Not sure what the relative cost is on frozen vs. puree vs. extract.

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It seems no one likes the 2 oz fruit additives. Can someone tell me why? I plan to go nuts with them and make a whole mess of Wheat beers.

My previous research says that adding real fruit costs a ton, is a mess, and does not produce a very impressive fruit taste.

I don't really know what a puree is. Is that something you buy at the grocery store and looks like a can of frozen orange juice concentrate? Is that cheaper that using real fruit?

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