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Old 11-13-2012, 08:48 PM   #11
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Everyone has a different process. I use glass carboys (don't dig buckets much) so yes, for me it is a giant pain and one more additional and unnecessary step. Therefore, they don't make any sense for my process. Ive added numerable items to the secondary without bags with no issue, ever. I can understand how they would be useful if you use buckets to ferment though; Different strokes I reckon...
I use carboys for everything else, I only use buckets for fruit beers. using whole fruit makes a difference, and it is much easier to do with a bucket.



 
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:43 PM   #12
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Well, I tasted it a couple of days ago. It isn't fully carbed yet, but I can't taste the cherry other than a sort of bitter/tart aftertaste that I don't really like.

I undershot my mash temp on this brew, so it is a little thinner than I'd like (going for 152, but could only get to 150F).

I'm wondering if I should wait three or four weeks and see if the flavors meld together a little.

Also, thinking of adding half a pound of lactose to add some body and sweeten it a little to work on that tart aftertaste.



 
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:12 PM   #13
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In the future, tart cherries will give you much, MUCH more flavor than sweet cherries, which will ferment out very dry and leave you with that tartness you're experiencing.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:34 PM   #14
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In the future, tart cherries will give you much, MUCH more flavor than sweet cherries, which will ferment out very dry and leave you with that tartness you're experiencing.
Yep, completely agree here. Sweet cherries don't actually have a lot of flavor once you take the sweetness away.

 
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:52 PM   #15
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Anyone know of a good source for tart cherry puree?

 
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:53 AM   #16
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Anyone know of a good source for tart cherry puree?
I've seen tart cherry juices and syrups, but never purees.

 
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:04 AM   #17
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No bag. It will settle out no problem

 
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:26 PM   #18
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Anyone know of a good source for tart cherry puree?
It's easier to find whole frozen fruit than purees. I've also seen juices, which I believe can be found in some grocery stores.


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