I was wondering about a certain recipe a cousin of mine wants to brew up this weekend... I'm having trouble finding a store that sells puree'd apricots aside from the baby food kind (which Ive read is NOT a good idea to use) so I was wondering if I could simply buy my own apricots and puree them myself. Is there anything in particular I should look out for? Should I go organic or simply buy whichever ones I find since they'll be boiled anyway?
Any direction would be greatly appreciated as the apricots are the only ingredient I still need to find!
2.5-3 lbs. cracked 2-row Pale malt
5 lbs. Wildflower honey
6 lbs. Light DME
1 lb. apricot puree
1.5 oz. N. Brewer hop pellets 9.0% aa
.5 oz. Cascade hop pellets 6.8% aa
Re-pitched London Ale yeast from brewery
Mash Pale malt in 150-170 degree H2O for 90 minutes. Strain. Add honey, apricot and DME to boiling pot w/ water. Add N. Brewer hops at start of rolling boil. 45-60 minutes later turn off heat, add Cascade hops. Cover. Sparge into fermenter with water to make 5 gallons. Cool/chill until 80 degrees. Pitch yeast.Ferment. Either use 3/4 - 1 cup of corn sugar for priming, or force carbonate.
Recipe Type Partial Mash
Batch Size 5 gallons
Original Gravity 1.098
Final Gravity 1.033
Boiling Time 60 minutes
Primary Fermentation Glass 4-5 days
Secondary Fermentation Glass 9-10 days
Other Specifics Due to the high gravity and honey, the first fermentation will last from 2-5 days. Allow 9-10 days for beer to clear before bottling.
at 8.5-10% alcohol, there shouldn't be much convincing necessary! The ladies like the fruity character from mostly the honey, with a nice bitterness from the hops.
the website i grabbed it on is http://tastybrew.com