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Old 04-26-2013, 11:31 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

I am brewing Brooklyn Brew Shop's Peach Cobbler Ale (1 gallon), which calls for adding 2 ripe peaches (peeled, halved, and pitted) at the end of the boil, letting them steep in the hot wort for 20 minutes, and then removing them before cooling the wort.

Now comes my problem... I went to the grocery store (several, in fact) expecting to find peaches, and apparently NO grocery stores have any peaches right now! I ended up going to the organic section and picking up a 1 litre carton of organic peach juice / puree, which the carton says is pure pressed, no preservatives, not from concentrate, and no water or sugar added, and the ingredients says only "peach juice". Would I be able to use this instead of the 2 peaches the recipe says to use? And if so, how much should I use for a 1 gallon batch? Will I need to boil it first? Will adding it at the end of the boil be enough to "sterilize" it? This is my first time adding any kind of fruit juice to a beer... any advice would be great!

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Old 04-27-2013, 12:38 AM   #2
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Anyone??? im hoping to brew ASAP so i really need some advice on this

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Old 04-27-2013, 12:44 AM   #3
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My vote would be to skip the juice and just add peaches towards the end of fermentation like a dry hop. Assuming you can get some peaches in the next two weeks. I would soak them in a little vodka before adding them to the fermenter.

That's my totally unqualified opinion.

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My vote would be to skip the juice and just add peaches towards the end of fermentation like a dry hop. Assuming you can get some peaches in the next two weeks. I would soak them in a little vodka before adding them to the fermenter.

That's my totally unqualified opinion.
Or freeze them and make a puree. Supposedly it helps break down the cell walls from the freeze burst.
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:01 AM   #5
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So there's no way i could use this organic peach juice??? I don't know how long it'll be before there's peaches in the store again (or why there isn't right now in the first place), and the grain mixture has been sitting milled in a bag for about 3 weeks now losing freshness, so i kinda wanna brew soon... I don't know... :|

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Although I haven't tried it, I have heard that apricots leave more of a peach taste than peaches. Fwiw.

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So go for it. Might end up better than the original.

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Old 04-27-2013, 01:08 AM   #8
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Try the frozen foods section. I'll bet that they have peaches.

As far as the peach juice goes, I'd use about a cup (maybe more) of juice per peach, but add it after most of the fermentation is complete.

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The beer that I'm drinking right this minute is made with pineapple juice added at flameout. Haven't tried making a clone of it yet, but those in the know (who have spoken to the brewmaster) say that a half gallon of pineapple juice is good for a 5 gallon batch. I know it's not peaches, but my point is that you'll probably make a pretty tasty beer, even if you don't follow the recipe to the letter. Go for it!
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Definitely brew it! Since it is only a 1 gal batch...I'd do a cup at the end of the boil. Then, after primary is over taste it. If it is good, leave it. If it needs more peach, add it. If it is nasty, oh, well, it's only a gallon.

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