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Old 01-11-2012, 01:28 AM   #1
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Has anyone attempted to make fruit-flavored beer by starting with flavored water? I've read a number of articles and posts, most of which say it's pretty difficult to make certain flavors of beer (such as lime) and I started wondering if it was possible to make--for example--raspberry flavored beer beginning with raspberry flavored water. Would the flavor get lost in the other ingredients? change the chemistry? etc. Just wondering mostly...

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Old 01-11-2012, 01:31 AM   #2
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Most of those fruity waters are artificially flavored with artificial sweeteners. I'd tend to say no.
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Old 01-11-2012, 02:21 AM   #3
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Those flavored waters also tend to be very light in the flavor so it would most definitely get lost.

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If I were going to attempt a fruit beer, I would most certainly add real fruit to a secondary after fermentation is complete.

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Yeah, even if you made your own naturally-flavored water, I think the flavor, if it didn't boil off, would be lost in primary. I would look to add flavor in secondary or at bottling.

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I have had good luck adding fruit to primary after heating it in a small amount of water to 160F and letting it cool in a closed container. Heating it to 160 kills the microbes and is not hot enough to destroy the fruit flavor.

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