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renwickme 05-31-2011 02:56 AM

Cranberry Wheat
I live in Central Wisconsin, a hot "bed" of the cranberry industry. *Some friends of ours work for Ocean Spray, so we get cranberries galore. *To utilize this abundance of fruit I use cranberries as an essential ingredient in my American wheat beer.

1. *Crack the grain.
2. *Steep the grain in a boiling pot of water (I use two kettles to avoid boil overs, see first attached photo).
3. *Add the malt, raise temperature to 160 degrees and boil & stir for 30 minutes. *
4. *Add .5 oz. of Tettnang hops to boiling wart and continue boiling & stirring for another 30 minutes.
5. *Add the remaining .5 oz. hops and stir.
6. *Take wort off burner and put the kettle into an ice water bath.
7. *Chop up a bag of cranberries and put them in a bowl (second attached photo). *Add at least 8 oz. of honey to the cranberries and stir.
8. *Put the cranberry/honey mixture in a cheesecloth (third attached photo). *Steep this in the cooling wort for twenty minutes.
9. *Once wort has cooled to room temperature, pour it into glass carboy and add three gallons of filtered or distiller water.
10. *Start yeast and pitch it into wort.
11. *Cap the wort and let it sit for 7 days in a dark, cool room. *
12. *Bottle it (add 1/4 tsp. corn sugar in each bottle) and let sit for at least another 7 days.
13. *Bottoms up!

jrobidoux 06-22-2011 09:00 PM

This sounds interesting! What kind of flavor do the cranberries impart when used like this?

renwickme 06-23-2011 10:45 PM


Originally Posted by jrobidoux
This sounds interesting! What kind of flavor do the cranberries impart when used like this?

Definitely a tartness if not a fruit flavor. Also adds a reddish hue to the color of the beer. Because cranberries aren't very sweet, I add honey to the brew. best comparison may be a Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic, with the fruitiness taken down a couple notches.

deggenbe 07-27-2011 01:24 PM

whats your grain bill on this? i don't see it listed

Fj3fury 10-23-2011 04:38 AM

I'm going to modify this recipe some to use a pale ale extract, and add an extra bag of whole cranberries to a re-ferment for an effect like kriek... I hope.

renwickme 10-24-2011 03:03 AM

I'd be interested to hear how the pale ale extract changes things. The pale ale/wheat combination seems to be popular right now.

renwickme 10-24-2011 03:04 AM

To deggenbe, are you referring to the amount I spent on grain? Otherwise I am not sure what you are asking, sorry for my ignorance.

deggenbe 10-24-2011 01:42 PM

i must be blind, i don't see any list of ingredients... i look and look and look, i'm trying to not miss it, but i fail to see any list, heh.
i see the description on what you do with it.
I see 5 gallons, i see the yeast, in the instructions i can gather how much hops you use, but not sure on the grains.

did it used to be there but now its gone?

Fj3fury 10-24-2011 02:47 PM

I ended up making six gallons of brew, but my secondary is five gallons. So I'll bottle about a gallon when the primary is done and put the rest in with whole berries and let them set awhile in the secondary. It'll make for an interesting comparison.

Fj3fury 11-03-2011 03:27 PM

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Ok got most of the batch in a secondary. I'm doing the berries along the lines of a kriek beer, though I did add some corn sugar to help. The cranberries were frozen but thawed to room temperature and washed before being added.

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