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Old 08-11-2006, 05:33 AM   #1
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Went out to eat dinner tonight and had me a Spotted Cow. I couldnt place they style of it so I figured whenI gothome I'd look it up (farmhouse ale wasntmuch of a help, I'm guessing like a cream ale or someting /shrug)

So I was looking at some of their other beers and came across this . . .

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Wisconsin Belgian Red
Our International World Champion Specialty Beer is a true winner. Brewed with whole Montmorency Cherries, Wisconsin Wheat and Belgian roasted barleys. Over a pound of Door County cherries in each bottle. Ruby red in color, a medium body, highly carbonated and intense with cherry flavor and bouquet.
OK now when I make a 5 gallon batch I get about 54 bottles give or take . . . are they trying to tell me they are using 54ish lbs of cherrys per 5 gallons?

I though MAYBE it was a typoe so I clicked the link (in the quote above) and saw this . . .
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Wisconsin Belgian Red
You hold the marriage of wine and beer. Belgian Red is a tapestry of flavor. This beer is brewed with whole Montmorency Cherries, Wisconsin farmed wheat and Belgian roasted barleys, lagered in oak tanks and balanced by Hallertau hops we aged in our brewery one full year.
Over a pound of Door County Cherries in every bottle makes this beer uniquely “Wisconsin.” So unique, in fact, that we applied for a patent. Expect this beer to be ruby red, with a medium body that is highly carbonated and intense with cherry flavor and bouquet. Serve your friends Belgian Red in a brandy snifter or champagne flute and toast life with beer from the land of Wisconsin.



StyleWisconsin Cherry Ale
FlavorHighly carbonated and intense with cherry flavor and bouquet.
Alcohol5.1% by volume
Available in 750ml and 1/2 barrels; 1/4 barrels by special order)

Um . . . .a pound per bottle? OK even a 750ML bottle makes me kinda think twice butredid the math and came up with about 2.5 12oz bottles per 750ml thats still almost half a pound per 12 oz bottle so were down to 27lbs per 5 gallons?

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Old 08-11-2006, 05:41 AM   #2
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Old 08-11-2006, 05:53 AM   #3
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I dunno, Papazian's 'Cherries in the snow' calls for 10pounds of cherries and it's a regular beer. Their figure may not be too far out to lunch for a cherry kriek - which I am assuming is what that is.
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Old 08-11-2006, 10:30 AM   #5
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I thought a spotted cow was called a holstein?

 
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Old 08-11-2006, 12:42 PM   #6
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I've had that Wisconsin Belgian Red once. I don't know how many pounds of cherries are in it, but it tastes and smells like cherry juice with a little beer added. Kind of like a bad cherry wine with beer flavor. I dunno- maybe they weigh the cherries with pits and stems, then destem and pit and crush. I'm not great at math, but when I make fruit wines, I usually use 3-5 pounds per gallon depending on the fruit, and it doesn't really taste like the fruit I'm using if that makes sense. For example, rhubarb wine doesn't taste much like rhubarb at all, grape wine doesn't really taste like grapes, etc. But if I used a pound of that fruit per bottle, it'd be like- holy s***, that's rhubarb! That's the kind of effect you get with that cherry beer stuff.

By the way, how did you like the Spotted Cow? We drink that occasionally in the summer, and it's ok for us. Nothing spectacular, but better than Bud.

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Old 08-11-2006, 03:14 PM   #7
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Maybe they mean they use the juice from a pound of cherries, lightly crushed, in each bottle? Maybe they use the FLAVOR of a pound of cherries in every bottle. There's a broad and vague area there. Kinda like the Keebler Elves. We know elves aren't actually making those cookies, just a bunch of midgets that live in a tree. From a marketing standpoint, elves sound a hell of a lot better. They wouldn't be the first brewer to use misleading advertising.
The Steel Brewing Co. website claims they use " Extra malt and extra hops for a higher gravity beer". Didn't know hops added to the gravity reading that much.

I'm just saying, that's all......
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Old 08-11-2006, 05:26 PM   #8
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I say give em a call and just ask. Buy 1# of montmercy cherries and crush them to see how much juice you get. That'll be your answer I think.
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By the way, how did you like the Spotted Cow? We drink that occasionally in the summer, and it's ok for us. Nothing spectacular, but better than Bud.
It was OK. A decent lawnmower type beer but nothing I would go out of my way to clone or buy. I guess my biggest complaint is it was thinand I like very thick brews, a good many of the beers I make have legs.
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Old 08-12-2006, 04:30 AM   #10
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I thought a spotted cow was called a holstein?
No they're not...they're called Dalmation Cow's ...they just take longer to get on the fire truck since they have short legs...
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