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Old 10-09-2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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Hello all im making a blackberry stout for my wife after some reading my stout is done with primary and im ready to add it to my secondary to the black berries.

now my question i have is whats the best way fro the blackberries to be prepared. Should i boil them all whole and leave them as such in the secondary or should i puree them after the boil.

any help is appreciated and if i ve got it wrong please say so i like the learning thanks all.

 
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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I do a fresh blackberry hefe once a year. What I do is freeze my blackberries, thaw them, mash them up, then add them to primary, and let it sit for another 2 weeks. This year I upped the blackberries from 5 to 8 lbs. Very tart.

 
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So mine are frozen right now have been for a few weeks are they ok to add right from the freezer?

 
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:56 PM   #4
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I'd thaw them out, and mash them up a bit before adding them. Otherwise you're basically adding a bunch of ice cubes to your stout, and the yeast might get sleepy. If you want to speed up the thaw, run some hot water over them, can't hurt to rinse off some wild yeast.

 
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:57 PM   #5
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I pasteurize all my fruit additions. It all tends to get mushy doing this so I don't mash them up much more than that.

 
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I'd thaw them out, and mash them up a bit before adding them. Otherwise you're basically adding a bunch of ice cubes to your stout, and the yeast might get sleepy. If you want to speed up the thaw, run some hot water over them, can't hurt to rinse off some wild yeast.
Ok so I take it you just muddle them send them add to the secondary

 
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I pasteurize all my fruit additions. It all tends to get mushy doing this so I don't mash them up much more than that.
How do you pasturize them?

 
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:15 PM   #8
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Ok so I take it you just muddle them send them add to the secondary
Straight to primary. It's one batch I never reuse the yeast after making it.

 
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:23 PM   #9
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Ok I'm racking on to secondary but thanks I'm glad I don't have to puree the crap out of then

 
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:27 PM   #10
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Pasturizing is putting them in a pot and raising the temp up to 161 degrees for a very short time. A minute or so should do. Kills the nasties

 
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