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Old 06-08-2011, 12:04 AM   #1
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Took me about three hours to to de-stem, de-pit, and puree four pounds of fresh cherries. I don't know if I'll put that much effort in again, unless this brew turns out phenomenal. I was suggested to freeze the puree and thaw it out when I'm ready to rack onto it. Does that sound about right to you guys?

 
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Old 06-08-2011, 01:27 AM   #2
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Yes it does.

 
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:09 AM   #3
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Okay!! lol

 
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:28 PM   #4
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You can buy Oregon Fruit Puree at homebrew stores.

 
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:35 PM   #5
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I made a cherry wheat a few summers ago and I just de-stemmed the cherries and then froze those (to break up the cell walls), let them thaw and added them to the beer.

I did not notice any weird flavors from the pits as I read I might. That beer was one of my best.

I bet all your hard work will pay off.

 
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:38 PM   #6
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The freezing and thawing to to rupture the cell walls to release maximum flavors. Hope it turns out great for you.
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Old 06-09-2011, 12:29 PM   #7
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Took me about three hours to to de-stem, de-pit, and puree four pounds of fresh cherries. I don't know if I'll put that much effort in again, unless this brew turns out phenomenal. I was suggested to freeze the puree and thaw it out when I'm ready to rack onto it. Does that sound about right to you guys?
I use one of these:
http://www.lehmans.com/store/Kitchen...Pitter___17106
It works great! After washing & destemming, I was able to pit 20lbs of cherries in about 1.5 hrs; one of the best investments I ever made.
Regards, GF.

 
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:14 PM   #8
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Cherries have been in the grocery ads here in Phoenix for a few weeks and they were down to $1.77lb so I figured I'd get 4lbs to make a puree for my next wheat brew. I'm probably going to start the brew itself this week and then rack it onto the puree and let it hang in secondary awhile. I'm not sure how much malt to use though, knowing that the fruit will increase my ABV% at any given amount the fruit so chooses.. Don't want the alcohol to overpower the cherry.

 
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:14 AM   #9
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My wheat brew dropped down around the gravity I've been waiting for so I racked it onto the cherry puree today. Hoping theres not an excessive amount of fermentable sugars in the puree to overpower the brew with alcohol. I made sure my OG on the brew itself was only 1.030 to leave room for the cherries to fill out the rest of the ABV%.

 
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:35 AM   #10
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Hmmmm. I was expecting a harder fermentation once I racked onto the cherries but it has been pretty average going. I'm going to wait a full two weeks before even opening this secondary to take a peek and see if I should rack to my bottling bucket.

 
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