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Old 01-02-2012, 06:09 PM   #1
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::updated on 1/07/12::
I recently decided, with the influence of the wife, to make a "banana" beer. So after some wandering the boards this is what i came up with.

I will be updating regularly.


Grains & Adjuncts
Amount Percentage Name Time Gravity
10.00 lbs 71.43 % Briess 2-Row Brewers Malt 60 mins 1.037
1.00 lbs 7.14 % Oats, Flaked 60 mins 1.037
2.00 lbs 14.29 % Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L 60 mins 1.035
1.00 lbs 7.14 % Briess Corn, Flaked, Yellow 60 mins 1.039

Hops
Amount IBU's Name Time AA %
1.00 ozs 12.42 Saaz 60 mins 4.00
0.50 ozs 2.25 Saaz 10 mins 4.00

Yeasts
Amount Name Laboratory / ID
1.0 pkg California Ale White Labs 0001

Additions
Amount Name Time Stage
5.00 lb Bananas 21 days Secondary
8.00 oz Dark Rum 21 days Secondary
2.00 cup Dark Brown Sugar 20 mins Boil
2.00 each Vanilla Bean (split) 20 mins Boil

Mash Profile
Medium Body Infusion In 60 min @ 152.0F
Add 16.40 qt water @ 166.0F
Medium Body Infusion Out 15 min @ 168.0F
Add 10.97 qt water @ 196.0F


I was able to achieve 1.070 post boil and after 7 days the gravity was 1.010. I just racked the beer onto rum/banana puree, or as i like to call it adult baby-food, where it will be hanging out for about another 20 days.



24 hours after yeast was pitched



3 days after pitch...i switched to blow-off tube



7 days in primary



5lbs of sliced banana + 8oz of vanilla infused Sailor Jerry Rum hit the blender.





funnel into sterilized secondary



pureed banana floats!



put away and within the hour it already started bubbling

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Old 01-02-2012, 06:12 PM   #2
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That sounds awesome! Can't wait for the results.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:11 PM   #3
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the secondary is still ticking away at about a bubble a second on the blow off. The krausen peaked high again, and is starting to lower down a bit. I never took a gravity reading after the banana addition, not to worried about how much more alcohol will be gained from the banana. The beer already clocks in at 8.12abv
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:51 PM   #4
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Subscribed. Cant wait to see how this turns out
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:10 AM   #5
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Sounds really appetizing!

1 question though.

Did you sanitize the bananas? If so, how? campden tablets?

 
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:59 AM   #6
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Agreed, this sounds amazing. I'll be watching as well. Subscribed

 
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:07 PM   #7
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Sounds really appetizing!

1 question though.

Did you sanitize the bananas? If so, how? campden tablets?
They went straight to the freezer, after a spritzing of starsan, the day I purchased them. Then after a week I peeled, sliced them on a sanitized cutting board then tossed right into a bowl with rum. I know this doesn't sanitize completely, but I have had great luck with fruit in secodary. The alcohol is pretty good at fighting off infection, especially an 8%abv secondary.
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Old 01-05-2012, 05:20 PM   #8
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They went straight to the freezer, after a spritzing of starsan, the day I purchased them. Then after a week I peeled, sliced them on a sanitized cutting board then tossed right into a bowl with rum. I know this doesn't sanitize completely, but I have had great luck with fruit in secodary. The alcohol is pretty good at fighting off infection, especially an 8%abv secondary.
Actually alcohol does a pretty damn good job at sanitizing. Between freezing, sanitizing, slicing on a sanitized surface, and soaking in alcohol that only thing you could have done more is cook them. You'll be fine
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:22 PM   #9
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Banana is no longer floating on the surface.

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Old 01-05-2012, 06:27 PM   #10
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Question: Why did you freeze the bananas?

 
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