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Old 12-23-2012, 09:49 PM   #1
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I'm thinking of adding some strawberry syrup to my brown ale. Do you guys/gals think it will turn out disgusting on pretty good?

 
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:52 PM   #2
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I'm thinking of adding some strawberry syrup to my brown ale. Do you guys/gals think it will turn out disgusting on pretty good?
I'm thinking it'll taste amazing. I'm currently brewing a raspberry chocolate beer with brown sugar addition

 
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:53 PM   #3
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IMO, it won't be good. As a test, measure out a small amount and add it to a pint/measure of the brew when it's done fermenting and ready for keg/bottle. Figure out how much you plan to add, and use the same percentage/ratio in the smaller volume. But, I can't see this as a good thing for a brown ale.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:20 PM   #4
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I don't think this is a great combo. As golddiggie suggested, try small scale first but I'm thinking this is a bad idea with a brown.

 
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:27 PM   #5
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How would you add it? I would be afraid that any of the sweet you might hope to gain would ferment out and you would be left with this sharp tart 'funk'. Which, might be a little strange in a brown.

Definitely go with testing on a sample. Also, you might want to try and find some strawberry extract to work with.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:31 PM   #6
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How would you add it? I would be afraid that any of the sweet you might hope to gain would ferment out and you would be left with this sharp tart 'funk'. Which, might be a little strange in a brown.

Definitely go with testing on a sample. Also, you might want to try and find some strawberry extract to work with.
Def. go with an extract... A syrup will kick off another fermentation round which (as posted) can result in even less desirable results. Unless the syrup is made with a sugar type that will NOT ferment (highly unlikely).
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:35 PM   #7
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(Gag). Strawberry syrup is tricky, and I wouldn't use it. It'd be even worse in a brown ale when there is a bit of roast malt in it, but not enough to be chocolate flavored. It sounds absolutely terrible to me. But I'm not the one drinking it, so if it sounds good to you, I guess that's the important thing.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:12 AM   #8
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It seems like strawberry is a flavor that doesn't often work very in beers anyway. The idea is doubtful.

 
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:15 AM   #9
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Strawberry works fine in beers but in a heavy beer not so much. It is a delicate flavor and gets absobed and lost quickly even in lighter beers such as Blondes and Hefes so I would think with all the other flavors going on it wouldn't blend as expected.

I would do the test GD mentioned of dropping some into a pint to test it then add if you like it, just remember the flavor of strawberry fades rather quickly so what you taste today may not be anywhere near the same in a week from now.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:16 AM   #10
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If you were brewing a blonde ale I would say go for it, a brown ale I'm not sure. I'm not saying don't do it, haha, just saying your mileage may vary.

 
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