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Old 03-05-2011, 08:38 PM   #1
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Airght, so I'm trying to put together a clone of Abita's strawberry harvest. Not sure how many people have had it, but this is what I know about this beer.

SRM 5
IBU - 12
ABV - 4.2

It's a "wheat lager", which has always seemed a bit anti-intuitive to me. This is what Abita says is in this beer...

It's a lager with a mixture of wheat and pilsner malts, mt. hood hops and strawberry juice added after filtering.

From these specs I'm trying to formulate my recipe. I was thinking something like the following..

4 lbs wheat LME
2 lbs pilsen LME

.5 oz mt. hood @ 45
.5 oz mt. hood @ 15

Pilsner Lager yeast from WL??

5 or 6 lbs of strawberry's pulvarized and pasteurized to a sort of "pulp" or juice for and added to secondary for 1 week before kegging.

I think the ingredients will get the beer part pretty close, but I'm not sure how to brew this to get the haze in the beer while still lagering. Also, when and how much strawberry to add?? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!!

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Do you have some smaller fermenters to try a pilot batch? I would try this in a 2.5g batch before a 5g.

If you are using fresh strawberry you may try this method.

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Thanks for the info sammy. I don't have any 2.5 gallon fermenters, but if I don't get it right the first time, oh well, I still have beer. Does anyone know if I can lager this beer and still get it looking cloudy?? I may just brew this as an ale and use an american hefeweizen yeast. Not sure??

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After doing a little a little reading, if I boil the strawberry pulp I can get some pectin haze in the beer. Does this give any off flavors??

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I absolutely LOVE Abita strawberry. It's what im drinking now. Let me know how it turns out!

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If the strawberry juice is added after filtering in the commercial example then that means that they don't want the strawberry to ferment out. Which makes sense as fruit is highly fermentable.

So I would recommend brewing the beer and fermenting without the juice. Then adding campden tablets and potassium sorbate to stop the yeast, then add the strawberry juice.

Of course this will only work if you're kegging as you would no longer be able to bottle condition.

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I will be kegging, however that gets me thinking. that's probably why they lagered this beer. After primary fermentation at lager temperatures, I can transfer to secondary, where the temps are colder. This would render the yeast inactive and the strawberry will never ferment out.

However, the campden tablets are probably a better idea. Anyone who has experience with strawberry have any suggestion on amount of strawberry to use? I was thinking 5#'s, pulvarized, boiled, then the juice strained out into secondary for 1 week before kegging.

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I wouldn't boil as you will set the pectin and end up with a hazy beer.

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Strawberry harvest is a hazy beer, looks like a hefe honestly, although they claim to lager it. If I lager it, I'm afraid it will drop clear. My plan is to introduce pectin right before kegging so the haze comes back. Does pectin have any negative effects on taste. If not, that's my plan for now.

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Subscribed to this thread. Tmurph, how is this brew coming along?

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I went out the other day and bought another 6 pack of strawberry harvest to do a little more testing. The 6 pack I got was quite clear, so I'm going to go ahead and lager it with pilsner lager yeast. I have a few brews I need to make before this one so I'll update in coming months.

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