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Old 03-24-2010, 09:21 PM   #1
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Well, i got my order from northernbrewer today. I plan on starting my first beer this weekend. One of the kits i got is the raspberry wheat ale. I figured it would be a good summer beer. It came with 4 oz. of raspberry flavoring. The directions say to add at bottling time. Im going to be kegging, so i guess ill just pour it in to the bottom of the keg and then siphon the beer in?

Also, has anyone made this kit? I think adding all 4 oz of the raspberry flavoring would make it too sweet/fruity to me. I just want it to have a hint of raspberry in it. Hopefully someone else has made it and will have some insight!

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Old 03-24-2010, 09:30 PM   #2
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I have made this and added the whole 4 oz to my keg and everyone comments how good it is and that the raspberry is very mild and not overpowering.


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Old 03-24-2010, 11:06 PM   #3
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nice! thats good to hear.
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Old 03-25-2010, 03:53 AM   #4
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I also made this kit. Bottled it instead of kegging. I added all 4oz of flavoring, and I have to say I would of liked a bit more. It seems after aging the raspberry flavor goes away pretty quickly.

If kegging I would think the 4oz would be more than enough, not overpowering in my opinion at all.
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Old 03-26-2010, 01:46 AM   #5
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Sounds like a great kit. I want to try it, now.

So, if the raspberry syrup isn't potent enough in bottled beer how can one compensate? Is the raspberry syrup a particular brand and easy enough to come by either with a brew supply store or grocery?
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Well don't get me wrong up front it taste excellent, but after letting the bottles age for six plus months I almost taste no raspberry now.

I believe the Raspberry is artificial and not from actual fruit. I could be wrong because it has been a long time since I brewed this kit. Maybe using real raspberries and not extract or syrup would be better?
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I think you are on to something there.

A local brewery makes a raspberry wheat with real raspberries. It was seasonal until sometime last year they made it a year long offering. It is amazingly good. So, real raspberry is definately the trick. I have seen homebrewers use raspberries in their secondary fermentor... unfortunately I do not know what this brewery's process is...
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Problem is the cost of the raspberries. Takes an inexpensive kit and probably ups the cost considerably.
Whats the value of good beer though :-)
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IMHO use real raspberrys instead. I cant stand the extract stuff. Use about 4 pounds, and it should make a great beer.
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IMHO use real raspberrys instead. I cant stand the extract stuff. Use about 4 pounds, and it should make a great beer.
What should it be added to: primary or secondary fermentation? Is this per 5gal batch of beer?


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