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Old 01-13-2013, 08:12 PM   #361
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I will say that adding your raspberries to the secondary by wrapping the grain bag around the carboy neck and stuffing the berries inside with a funnel works great.

But, be sure to rack the beer normally into the secondary with little oxygen exposure, not on top of the raspberries. Mine still has a maturing raspberry flavor and I only have 2 bottles left. Don't want this batch to be gone.

This recipe highlights the raspberries. Frozen works fine also. Definitely will make again.
Good point...if you add the raspberries after the carboy is full, you won't be splashing your beer everywhere....then again it might be difficult to accurately gauge how much space is needed for them?

It's the bit about siphoning over the suspended berries I don't agree with.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:35 PM   #362
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Yeah, Ive done it both ways and it really does work well either way and have also used fresh and frozen berries, mixedberries also work well. I used to just dump the berries into the carboy but for ME putting the berries in the grain bag is just a better method, you get all the berry flavor with way easier cleanup and did I mention no seeds in your KEG

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Old 01-14-2013, 06:21 PM   #363
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Just a random thought. I have cranberries sitting in my freezer. You think that replacing the rasberries with cranberries is a good idea? Maybe a bit bitter

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Old 01-14-2013, 06:32 PM   #364
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Just a random thought. I have cranberries sitting in my freezer. You think that replacing the rasberries with cranberries is a good idea? Maybe a bit bitter
maybe with a few sweeter malt additions it will balance out? Honey malt maybe?
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:57 PM   #365
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Sounds like a good plan.

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Old 01-15-2013, 10:13 PM   #366
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maybe with a few sweeter malt additions it will balance out? Honey malt maybe?
Why would you assume that cranberries would require sweeter malts? Once the sugar from raspberries has been fermented out, the remaining compounds from the fruit are quite sour/acidic. I don't see the logic behind what you are suggesting. It would seem to me that cranberries are likely quite similar to raspberries in terms of the flavor they would lend after fermentation.

Furthermore, you would need unfermentable sugars to increase the sweetness of your beverage...it would be best to add maltodextrin after fermentation if you wanted to sweeten things up, allowing for greater control of sweetness. Again, I don't see why you would want to sweeten this recipe due to the use of cranberries.



There's only one way to find out...either way the unfermentable sugar content of raspberries is negligible. Other compounds such as acids would have more of an impact on flavor...

If you cant find #/gallon ratio guidelines for cranberries you'd have to do some experimenting.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:53 AM   #367
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Hmm. So is this beer a bit sour or is it a bit sweet?

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Old 01-24-2013, 01:24 AM   #368
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OK I'm new to using beerSmith2 anyone know how to add fresh/frozen fruit (raspberry) as a ingredient? All I get is the extract

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:40 PM   #369
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OK I'm new to using beerSmith2 anyone know how to add fresh/frozen fruit (raspberry) as a ingredient? All I get is the extract
Raspberries will not affect you ABV% to any significant degree, because of their Brix content.

In other words, they have some sugar, but they also have enough water, that it's not going to increase the strength of your beer. It's as if you are adding more sugar, and diluting, simultaneously. Just don't worry about it.

That being said I think you can add fruit somewhere in the program...check the beersmith forum, this is what I did. There's a simple way to download extra ingredients lists directly from the program itself. Not sure if raspberries are available as an ingredient...but again, it would not affect ABV%, and the color contribution couldn't be accurately gauged since this is highly variable between raspberries...so there is no point in bothering with it.
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:57 PM   #370
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Eschatz, would these work ?
http://www.target.com/p/mp-fruit-40o..._qi_detaillink

Do you put any rasp in the boil or primary? or just once in the secondary for 5-7 days?

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