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rodwha 12-30-2012 07:35 PM

Cherry Wheat
SWMBO wants me to make her a cherry wheat for spring. I've read a little about how some have added the cherry flavor. Some use 4-8 oz of cherry extract in the bottling bucket, and some will dry hop with them for a week. I've also seen in the brew calculator that pureed cherries would be steeped.

I've heard that some have had problems with fruit floating in the beer, that because it's exposed it can grow nasty stuff on it. That disturbs me.

SWMBO has a bunch of cherries that she canned and froze. And that sounds better to me, but it seems as though you may need a lot of cherries (7-10 lbs). That seems a bit much to me. I believe that was with the dry hopping version.

Is steeping 3 lbs of pureed cherries enough? Will it give a cherry flavor?

I had come up with 4 lbs Bavarian wheat DME, 1 lb light DME, 3 lbs pureed cherries steeped, 1 oz Willametter, and WLP 320 in a 4.5 gal batch.

RandomBeerGuy 12-30-2012 08:20 PM

This is what I do im sure it can be done many ways. I've made a cherry wheat that got first place at a comp. I used a puree and added it during the last 3 mins of the boil. It creates a reddish like tint to the brew and adds a very small amount of tartness then during keg/bottle I add the natural flavoring you get from your LHBS. Its always a hit with the ladies.

rodwha 12-30-2012 08:37 PM

Do you get much cherry flavor from the puree? Or is that why you are adding extract before bottling?

RandomBeerGuy 12-30-2012 08:45 PM

Puree is not adding that classic "cherry flavor" it adds more of a tartness like a cherry would if you ate one. The flavoring gives it the "cherry flavor" your looking for .

rodwha 12-30-2012 08:48 PM

SWMBO has 2 oz of cherry extract. She also has a lot of cherries canned/frozen. Would the 2 oz of extract be enough to give it some cherry flavor? And should I steep some pureed cherries as well?

RandomBeerGuy 12-30-2012 09:11 PM

Extract go 4oz, 2oz would just be a tease unless that's what you want to go for. As for the puree not 100% on steeping I only do 3 min boil for the "real" fruit. So that is up to you. Its not going to hurt your brew to toss it in at the end of the boil. If I was going to steep I would do it at flameout.

rodwha 12-30-2012 09:14 PM

I'll have her get more extract and skip the cherries.

Thanks for your help!

dadshomebrewing 12-30-2012 09:16 PM

be careful with the real fruit

i recently made a cranberry pale ale with actual cranberries.

worst beer i've produced to date... will be a very long time before i put fruit in a beer again

RandomBeerGuy 12-30-2012 09:20 PM

Adding real fruit is ok as long as you dont overdue/boil it. I too would say a fruit pale would be nasty stick with a wheat base.

rodwha 12-30-2012 09:24 PM

I don't care for cherry whatsoever. Wheat beers I am somewhat particular about. This is all for her!
I had a friend's cherry wheat and I passed the rest on to SWMBO. His were very mildly cherry flavored.

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