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Old 06-16-2014, 02:29 PM   #1
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I'm really new to brewing and so far I've made a coopers lager from the kit. I'm just wondering how would I go about making a flavoured beer such as cherry or raspberry and could I still do it using on of these kits. Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-16-2014, 03:59 PM   #2
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A rough rule of thumb for moderate fruit flavor is 1lb of fruit per gallon of wort. I like to add it to a secondary or to the primary after the initial wort has fermented.

If you add it early in the fermentation, a lot of flavor and especially the aroma is lost.

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Old 06-16-2014, 04:04 PM   #3
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My advice would be to make a few batches straight up, so you understand the processes and how to adapt them. Only then, after you know what you're doing and have researched various fruit-beer recipes, should you attempt one.

Look, I understand where you're at - we've all been there. We've barely pitched yeast on our first batch and we're thinking about doing a chocolate cherry russian imperial barleywine. And when I say 'we', I mean 'me', except that I see a lot of inquiries like yours from time to time. My first batch was decent, my second was a cherry wheat (to please SWMBO) that was full of guesses and turned into a dumper. You gotta walk before you can run.

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I say "do it."

My second beer was a peach cream ale. Not bad but not terrific.

My third beer was a cranberry lambic. It was awesome.

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Old 06-17-2014, 01:41 AM   #5
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I'm new to the homebrew too. I've made 6 different 5 gallon batches. I know how you feel. You want some advice from a guy in your shoes? I'll tell you what I did and it worked very well.

Go to your local brew store. Ask to see the Brewers Best syrups. BB makes syrups that you can add to the secondary to get the desired flavor. They make cherry, strawberry, blackberry, peach, chocolate (for stouts!).

SO, make a wheat extract brew ( look in the forums) wait out the primary. Rack your booze to the secondary. Pour your self a glass of room tempature flat beer. You'll want that to remind your taste buds of your base line beer taste. Then shoot a little syrup in. Figure out what flavor works well.

Brace yourself too, because your purists are going to have a cow and say use real fruit and blah blah blah. The thing is we are pretty new to this and as previously mentioned walk before you run.

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Cheers guys some great advice. Just out of interest like I said I'm new to this how long would you leave the lager fermenting on the first fermentation the instructions say 6 days but a friend of mine has told me two weeks? Cheers

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Let it ferment until it's done. For me, that's a week to 10 days.

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