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Old 03-08-2012, 04:56 PM   #221
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Have seen some other posters using a solution with a half pound of lactose at the same time as the strawberries to mellow the tartness without turning it too sweet. I just did this yesterday with my 8 lbs of berries. Will know how it turns out in a few weeks.
I will 2nd this post. I do a recipe very similar to this (just a slightly different blonde recipe) and always add a half pound of lactose into the secondary when I add the strawberries (I use 6 lbs of Strawberries) I don't find the final product to be tart at all, so I would suggest trying that.
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:34 AM   #222
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When you guys talk about adding lactose to the secondary do you just dump it in or do you add water to it and boil it into liquid. I haven't used lactose for brewing yet. I just brewed this tonight and put it into the primary. I want to have everything ready for next weekend to rack onto berries and possibly lactose to take care of tartness.

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Old 03-17-2012, 07:52 PM   #223
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When you guys talk about adding lactose to the secondary do you just dump it in or do you add water to it and boil it into liquid. I haven't used lactose for brewing yet. I just brewed this tonight and put it into the primary. I want to have everything ready for next weekend to rack onto berries and possibly lactose to take care of tartness.
For mine I treated it just like priming sugar. Boil a couple of cups of water, let it cool into the 180-190 range and stir in the lactose. I had to warm the water a bit to get everything completely dissolved. By the time everything was ready the mix had spent a good amount of time at 180+. Then I added it with the frozen berries and racked over it.

Just bottled Friday so I can't comment on how it worked yet.
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:23 AM   #224
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ok, that's what I thought would be the proper procedure for adding the lactose. Thanks

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Old 03-20-2012, 07:01 PM   #225
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I really like this recipe. My wife has been wanting to try a fruit type beer.

I have a question about using a tertiary. I have never done that and I'm a little confused on the steps. So I would go from the primary to the secondary and let it ferment with the strawberries for a few weeks. Then after that siphon from there into another bucket which would be the tertiary right? Could I use my primary bucket for that? Just confused on what the tertiary is I guess. And then from the tertiary to the bottling bucket right? Sorry if this sounds confusing. I'm a little confused myself.

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Old 03-20-2012, 08:13 PM   #226
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I really like this recipe. My wife has been wanting to try a fruit type beer.

I have a question about using a tertiary. I have never done that and I'm a little confused on the steps. So I would go from the primary to the secondary and let it ferment with the strawberries for a few weeks. Then after that siphon from there into another bucket which would be the tertiary right? Could I use my primary bucket for that? Just confused on what the tertiary is I guess. And then from the tertiary to the bottling bucket right? Sorry if this sounds confusing. I'm a little confused myself.
Tertiary is just a 3rd step. Rack from primary onto the strawberries in a second vessel. Rack from second vessell off of strawberries into a third vessell. Rack from third vessell into bottling bucket or keg. Use any vessel you want as long as it is clean and sanitized. Oh and empty of course! Nothing to it. Good luck!
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:15 AM   #227
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Thanks for the info! I'm still learning so the help is much appreciated. Hopefully I have time to brew this weekend.

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Old 04-07-2012, 11:03 PM   #228
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Have seen some other posters using a solution with a half pound of lactose at the same time as the strawberries to mellow the tartness without turning it too sweet. I just did this yesterday with my 8 lbs of berries. Will know how it turns out in a few weeks.
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8 lbs of frozen strawberries under a blonde recipe with 1/2 lb of lactose at the same time as the berries. 3 weeks in the bottle and it is still very tart. I love it but it would still be too tart for anyone not expecting a "real" berry flavor. I will probably go with a full pound of lactose the next time I do a strawberry blonde just to see how much difference that makes.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:39 PM   #229
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Getting ready to rack a modified batch of this beer off of the strawberries this weekend. Wondering if it would be best to leave the strawberries in the bucket and rack the beer or if I should pull the strawberries out (I have them in a large nylon bag) and let the beer drain off. I don't want to have the possibility of adding too much oxygen to the beer at this point so is it safe to say option 1 would be the way to go?

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Old 04-19-2012, 03:53 PM   #230
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Dole frozen whole strawberries or sliced?

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