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Old 03-25-2011, 08:39 PM   #11
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also, i did my recipe a little differently if you're interested its

6lbs pilsen lme
8oz clover honey
8oz carapils
1 oz saaz at 60
1 oz saaz at 5
yeast is white labs 001
also plan on using about 5 pounds of cucumbers in secondary
should be around 18 ibu and 5% abv

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Very nice.

I was just thinking of including cara-pils. I have a pound of it here, so hey, what the hell? I may just go with that, too.

I am also going to use about a .5oz of crushed coriander at the 10 minute mark...

I ate some seeds a bit ago, and I think that subtle fruity flavor along with the freshness of the cukes could make one hell of a summer beer.

Still, I am worried about sanitization of the cucumber. I imagine it would be fine just rinsing and dumping, but I don't want to take the chance. I also don't want to add a fifth of vodka to the secondary either.

Any other sani-lutions?

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Old 03-25-2011, 09:58 PM   #13
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Before you brew this, I just want to ask if you've tasted a cucumber beer before.

I tasted one at a brew fest, and if it had been a little later in the day, I would have barfed up a belly full of beer right on the spot.

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Old 03-25-2011, 10:49 PM   #14
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Before you brew this, I just want to ask if you've tasted a cucumber beer before.

I tasted one at a brew fest, and if it had been a little later in the day, I would have barfed up a belly full of beer right on the spot.
Really? I mean, I'm not going for a cucumber beer, per se, rather a light beer with cucumber tones. lol.

How cucumbery was that beer? And do you like cucumber OUT of beer?
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:46 AM   #15
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like the man said, im going for more cucumber in the background then in the front, to add some sort of complexity to the refreshing quality that this recipe would have anyway. and hey, if it tastes bad i learned what not to do next time

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...and hey, if it tastes bad i learned what not to do next time
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Very nice.

I was just thinking of including cara-pils. I have a pound of it here, so hey, what the hell? I may just go with that, too.

I am also going to use about a .5oz of crushed coriander at the 10 minute mark...

I ate some seeds a bit ago, and I think that subtle fruity flavor along with the freshness of the cukes could make one hell of a summer beer.

Still, I am worried about sanitization of the cucumber. I imagine it would be fine just rinsing and dumping, but I don't want to take the chance. I also don't want to add a fifth of vodka to the secondary either.

Any other sani-lutions?
I'v made wine with fresh fruit and using campden tablets but I believe you done the campden the day before you pitched the yeast also the directions said you could freeze the fruit to kill the natural yeasts and things. You might try chunking up your cukes and freezing them for a few days while the wart was in primary.
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I'v made wine with fresh fruit and using campden tablets but I believe you done the campden the day before you pitched the yeast also the directions said you could freeze the fruit to kill the natural yeasts and things. You might try chunking up your cukes and freezing them for a few days while the wart was in primary.
Hmmmm. I wonder though, sometimes when you freeze things they lose some of their flavor characteristics. I suppose if it was only frozen for a day or so it should remain pretty intact, though. I may have to try this.
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i'm just gonna be ballsy and throw it right in, and you can freeze it and if i get an infection i owe you a beer for being smarter

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i'm just gonna be ballsy and throw it right in, and you can freeze it and if i get an infection i owe you a beer for being smarter
Just read a bit ago that freezing doesn't necessarily kill bacteria, it just causes them to go dormant... Maybe long enough to give an alcohol a head start on killing it before it goes to work on your brew? lol..

I think I'm just going to toss it in as well.. Maybe run some 100 proof liquor over it or something for a few minutes... lol.. Who knows?!
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