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Old 01-24-2013, 11:35 PM   #1
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Default Simple Hefeweizen with Banana

I am getting ready to start my third ever batch and I have decided that I want to use a simple hefeweizen extract recipe. On top of the recipe I use, however, I want to add fresh bananas to give it a nice banana flavor. My question is how should I go about adding the bananas (when, how much, ripeness) in order to get the best possible flavor from them.

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Old 01-24-2013, 11:38 PM   #2
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Sounds like a wonderful brew, I haven't had much luck with fresh fruit so I use flavorings, sorry I'm not much help.

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Old 01-25-2013, 01:34 AM   #3
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The yeast used to make Hefe will give off banana flavor.

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As Logan said those flavors come from the yeast.

Just did a quick search in the recipe database and found this.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f70/kick...eweizen-60754/

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Old 01-25-2013, 05:55 PM   #5
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Thanks for that link. I'm a pretty big banana fan so I'm not worried about "too much banana" but does the higher temp yeast yield the same flavor that any banana addition will? I might just try both and hope for the best.

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I've had some micro brewed heffs that had really nice clove and banana flavors from the yeast alone. Not overly strong but still present. Im not sure if higher temps will produce more of those flavors. Might be worth asking in the yeast forum here.

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I think 3068 is the one that gives off banana and clove.

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Old 01-26-2013, 02:28 AM   #8
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Is it the higher fermentation temp that causes this? Do you have a recommendation for how to increase fermentation temp without actually raising the room temp?

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In that case,you'd have to use a heat belt or something.
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I made a porter with bananas. I blended them and let them soak in some dark rum for a couple on hours. Then racked to secondary. It ended up with a small hint of banana taste and some aroma. Next time I make it I am going to add artificial banana flavoring as well. But because I want more banana taste.

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