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Old 01-27-2008, 01:30 AM   #1
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I want to make a Raspberry Irish Red Ale coming up here, and I was wondering how properly to add the fruit. From what I understand I need to boil, freeze, then add to beer after primary fermentation is complete. This is correct, right?

Does anybody have suggestions based off their experience?
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Old 01-27-2008, 04:21 AM   #2
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Don't boil!!!! Boiling releases pectins, and you're trying to make beer, not jam My suggestion would be rinse really well, freeeze, then when you are ready to add the fruit to the beer bring some water to a boil, then kill the heat and add the fruit to pasturize it. Freezing will kill most of the nasties, this should kill the rest. I would suggest adding to the primary after initial fermentation has subsided, but others may advise adding to secondary. It's really a preference thing.

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Old 01-27-2008, 04:38 PM   #3
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buy frozen, un-sweetend raspberries at the grocery store. let them thaw abotu halfway.
then mash them up inside the bag by squeezing it all up.

then, sanitize the outside corner of the bag, cut the corner off, and then 'pipe' the raspberry mush into the secondary, like its a bag of fancy cake icing.

lastly, rack the beer on top of it, and let it go 2-3 weeks.

you might wanna put a filter of some type around the racking cane when its time to remove the beer from secondary. raspberries fall apart and are easy to rack by accident.
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Old 01-28-2008, 05:00 PM   #4
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What I have done in my experience, is buy frozen fruit (saves you a step), and then in a pot add just a little water, not even enough to cover the fruit. Turn on the heat and cover the pot. Bring to a temp around 160 and let it sit there for 10 minutes. Then cool, add to the secondary and rack the beer on top. Works like a charm.

How much raspberries you planning on using? I would go light if I was you. Raspberries can be quite strong. I wouldnt use any more than a pound if this is your first attempt.

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Old 01-29-2008, 01:59 AM   #5
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my LHBS told me to I could go with a puree. I am going to go to the secondary in a few more days and will let you know how it turns out

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Old 01-29-2008, 01:46 PM   #6
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I've always been told to use frozen when possible because when the fruit is frozen it destroys some of the cell walls of the fruit, giving off more flavor.

I'm interested to use fruit myself. I've used extract but wasn't too pleased with the effect. Probably because of my own doing though.

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Old 01-30-2008, 08:29 AM   #7
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No Irishman would waste raspberries in an ale. Get a life and eat your raspberries with ice cream and make your Irish ale like an Irsihman would.
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Old 01-30-2008, 04:13 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Fatgodzilla
No Irishman would waste raspberries in an ale. Get a life and eat your raspberries with ice cream and make your Irish ale like an Irsihman would.
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