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Olddog 03-05-2011 06:11 AM

Cherries in the Rain
This recipe is based on the "Cherries in the Snow" recipe in Papazian's The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. That recipe was extract so I converted it to all-grain and changed up the hops. My wife has bugged me to make this ever since she saw the recipe a few years back but I haven't been able to find tart cherries here (Oregon seems to only grow sweet cherries). Luckily, I was able to find local tart cherries in IQF form.

8# Maris Otter
2# Vienna
1# Honey Malt
1.5 oz Willamette (60 min)
0.5 oz Willamette (Flameout)
10# Tart Cherries
WLP001 California Ale yeast

60 minute mash at 152 degrees and batch sparged.

As per the recipe in the book, I removed the boiling hops and added 10 pounds of tart cherries along with another .5 oz of Willamette hops and let that steep for 15 minutes. After that I cooled the wort in an ice bath because I didn't want to stick my immersion cooler in the wort after I put the cherries in it. At this point the wort literally smelled like a cherry pie.

I then dumped the entire pot of wort, cherries and all into my sanitized bucket and pitched the yeast when it cooled down a little more.

I'll update my progress as I go.

RyanK2 03-18-2011 03:21 PM


Olddog 03-25-2011 12:33 AM

Sorry, got busy. Here's an update on this: I just bottled it with 4 oz of corn sugar. FG was 1.012. It has a very sour, winelike taste at the moment. It's not bad but I hope it mellows over time.

LowBatteryDave 04-22-2011 06:03 AM

looking forward to seeing how it ages. Cherry beers are the house favorite here, and my first batch tonight is a cherry wheat blend from a local brew store.

lemmylou 04-28-2011 10:59 PM

Let us know how it turns out. Doing first cherry brews next weekend. Going to try to split wort into a kriek and a cherry wheat.

Olddog 05-01-2011 11:34 AM

My wife and I sampled a couple the other day and it was still a little under carbed but tasted fantastic. The color was a little darker than I wanted it though so I might change up the grains a little the next time I brew a batch. I'll try and post a picture the next time I sample one.

Olddog 05-15-2011 03:46 AM

This brew has been entered in the competition at the 29th Oregon Homebrew Festival. I'll post the judges comments when I get them. :mug:

LowBatteryDave 05-15-2011 06:52 AM

Astringent...but my first time...going to use a different cherry blend next time...the extract was like cough medicine...

Olddog 05-15-2011 07:25 AM

I'm not a fan of the cherry extract. Like you said it tastes like cough medicine. I definitely recommend real fruit for this recipe.

Olddog 05-24-2011 01:08 PM

Took 2nd place in the Fruit Beer category. I'll post judges comments when I get them.

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