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Old 02-11-2013, 04:38 PM   #281
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Entered this into local competition of 21 brewers. I didn't make the finals. Both judges (and a friend/fellow homebrewer) said it tasted more of rhubarb than strawberry, though the aroma they agreed was strawberry. Frozen berries were suggested as the likely culprit. Anyone else had this experience? Could it also have been a combination of the hops/beer flavor with the berries that created a more tart, rhubarb flavor? I taste strawberry, albeit slightly more tart than sweet, personally. I was thinking of adding a ton of honey malt next time to bring more sweetness to the party, too.

The manager of the local brewery suggested Oregon Fruit Products purees, though I can't seem to find strawberry in a manageable size. The company themselves wants you to buy two 42lb. boxes of it on a pallet...I searched for their consumer purees (in cans) for Nebraska and saw everything BUT strawberry showing up. Perhaps they don't make strawberry in a can? I've heard the flavorings taste quite fake, so I want to stick with real berries...

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Old 02-11-2013, 04:52 PM   #282
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Sometimes those Oregon preserves can be found in the wine section of homebrew websites. I have seen them in large cans, but that is still better than a pallet load for sure!

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My current kegged batch I would say is more tart than sweet. But with the blonde I made up which is slightly different than this recipe, it works quite nicely together. Everyone that has had a pint absolutely loves it. It's not too sweet so you don't chase off the guys, but not overly tart/tangy where you chase off the ladies. It's awesome. So awesome that I have another 5 gallons fermenting right now!

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Old 02-11-2013, 10:00 PM   #284
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My current kegged batch I would say is more tart than sweet. But with the blonde I made up which is slightly different than this recipe, it works quite nicely together. Everyone that has had a pint absolutely loves it. It's not too sweet so you don't chase off the guys, but not overly tart/tangy where you chase off the ladies. It's awesome. So awesome that I have another 5 gallons fermenting right now!
Don't get me wrong, everyone loves my beer, except the two judges of this comp. I'm coming to find though that beer that everyone loves isn't always the same thing as an award-winning beer. I'm definitely making more of this, judges be damned.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:14 PM   #285
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It's been 7 days since I racked onto the strawberries and I'm still getting a bubble coming through the airlock every minute or so. I opened up my bucket and the strawberries are floating on top, mostly white, but still some pink on the tops that sit above the beer. I'm wondering if I should give it more time for the yeast to strip every last bit from the berries or if I'm good to go to rack into tertiary. It smells delicious so I'm getting antsy to bottle!

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Old 02-12-2013, 08:32 PM   #286
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I'm starting to wonder if my use of Nugget hops, which impart more of an herbal, earthy character, affected the overall perception of the strawberry taste? Perhaps the herbal hops combined with tart strawberry led to a rhubarb-like perception? At this point that's where I'm at...I still think it's damn good.

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This brew sounds great. I'm going to brew it for a horse race coming up in about 2 months. Super refreshing sounding beer!

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You gotta figure the yeast will eat up alot of the sugars in the berries, leaving the tartness behind.
I have brewed this 4 times, the last batch with half strawberries and half peach. Never been a sweet beer to me. Just a massive berry aroma, and the tart berry taste. My wifey loves this brew!!

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Sounds perfect to suite the general beer drinker.

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Don't get me wrong, everyone loves my beer, except the two judges of this comp. I'm coming to find though that beer that everyone loves isn't always the same thing as an award-winning beer. I'm definitely making more of this, judges be damned.
For me, I don't send my brew to competitions. I personally see no point if I'm not trying to sell or open a brewery. Maybe there is added benefit that I'm just not getting? But I feel that quality is in the taste of the beerholder. I just want people to enjoy something that I love to create. If they don't care for it, I ask what they would like changed for the next time and I try and incorporate that. The only opinions that matter to me are the people actually drinking it!

I love this beer. i think it is one that will now stay on tap all the time. I have 10 gallons fermenting right now and still about 4-5 beers left in the keg. It's my family's new fav of mine.
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