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Old 04-23-2011, 09:06 PM   #1
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I brewed a strawberry ale last week and I transferred it to the secondary today. It had 7 days in the primary so primary fermentation should have completed...I think.

I added the 6lbs of pureed strawberrys and there is some violent fermentation occurring right now. I mean full on blow-off-tube-clogging fermentation. I basically want to know if this is normal...so is it normal? And is it actually fermentation?

5gal batch 1 hour boil OG 1.064
6lbs pilsner dme
1lbs wheat dme
1lbs carapils grain (steeped 30 min @ 155)
1oz centinneal (60 min)
1oz saaz (15 min)
1oz saaz (4 min)
Irish moss and yeast nutrient (15 min)
Wyeast 1252
6lbs strawberrys

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Old 04-23-2011, 09:11 PM   #2
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It is completely normal. You added a bunch of sugar (in the strawberries) so the yeast is fermenting it.

Also personally I do not recommend pureed strawberries, although if you are fermenting in a carboy you may not have a choice. In my experience, it is nearly impossible to avoid getting little bits of strawberry in your beer with pureed strawberries.

I recommend using a bucket for secondary, washing, halving and freezing the strawberries in a sanitized container, and then putting them in a paint strainer or hops bag and racking onto them in the bucket. It is all around a lot easier to deal with them in a self-contained bag like that.

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Old 04-23-2011, 09:21 PM   #3
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Damn...never thought about the puree getting transferred to the bottle...

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You might want to rack it to a tertiary after a while and give it a good long while to settle out before bottling.

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Will cold crashing it cause the strawberry particles to fall out of suspension?

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Old 04-23-2011, 11:40 PM   #6
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If you add gelatin, that would probably help drag the seeds and particles out.

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