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Old 02-03-2012, 01:57 PM   #101
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Just transferred this to secondary and racked onto 4lbs of halved frozen strawberries. Sample tasted good. Looking forward to this one this summer.

Fermented for 12 days at 68F. Hit target gravity of 1.1012. I used 1099 Wyeast Whitbread Ale Yeast.

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Old 02-03-2012, 07:44 PM   #102
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I have made two batches of this thus far and used fresh berries the first time and it turned out great.

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Any thoughts on using fresh-picked versus store-bought frozen strawberries? With strawberry season opening in early May I was thinking about making this with strawberries I picked from the local fruit orchard.

Do the frozen strawberries have an advantage?
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:21 AM   #103
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I brewed 10 days ago and my FG is 1.18 (taken two days apart), which seems high. I threw in the strawberries and stirred up the yeast. Think that will work to bring the gravity down further?

I do have to say that the beer pre-berries tastes pretty awesome already.

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Old 02-27-2012, 04:18 PM   #104
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First time brewing it this weekend. It looks like diareaha, lol. Is that normal due to the wheat?

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Old 02-27-2012, 08:06 PM   #105
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This looks like a great beer! I can't wait to brew it

Won't the strawberries mold though after sitting in the secondary for 3 weeks?

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Old 02-27-2012, 08:15 PM   #106
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The strawberries do look nasty when you pull them out, but not moldy. They just get all the color and texture leeched out of them.

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Do you push them down at all in the secondary during the 3 weeks? I mean with a sanitized spoon or paddle? It seems like you would need to to make sure all of the strawberries stay in full contact with the beer.

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I use a bucket, and a 5 gallon paint strainer bag to put the strawberries in. I tie the bag and put it into the bottom of the bucket, then I rack the beer on top. They float a bit, but I don't worry about them floating or try to push them down. They eventually find their way into the beer anyway.

I used the 5 gallon better bottle once, maybe twice, before I wised up...first time I had a massive strawberry beer explosion that painted strawberries all over my pantry's ceiling and walls. Second time I had lots of trouble getting those little seeds out of the finished beer. So, nowadays I like using bags to contain and filter hops, spice and fruit additions, and I like doing that in buckets because they are much easier to manage with the bags.

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Thanks for the info! This seems like it's going to be a tasty one. There's a pick-your-own-strawberry farm here in Monroe so I'll be heading out there to get my fruit. I don't understand the purpose of freezing the strawberries, though. What does that add that that thawed strawberries don't?

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Freezing the strawberries bursts the cells walls in the fruit so that you get more of the strawberry flavor extracted in a shorter amount of time.

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