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Old 03-27-2008, 04:18 PM   #1
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I am exploring using some Rasin Juice Conentrate / Puree in a Blegian beer. Anyone have experience trying something like this? Im trying to figure out approximately how much I would use in a 5 gallon batch. How much sugar might be fermented out.

Here are some details on one i found. Any ideas?

Raisin Juice Concentrate
Characteristics

Color: Amber to dark brown
Flavor: Inherent fruity flavor
Viscosity: 260-500 cp at 21C (70F)
Weight: 1.35 kg/liter (11.25 lbs/gallon) at 70 Brix
Specific gravity: 1.348
pH: 2.0 to 3.5
Because of its low pH, high sugar and soluble solids content, raisin juice concentrate is self-preserving. It is recommended that it be stored at temperatures between 15 and 21C (60 to 70F). Extended storage may affect its color and flavor, however, this change is slow.


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Old 03-27-2008, 04:20 PM   #2
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Have you tried using Special B malt yet?


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No clue, sorry, all I know is this raisin puree idea is used in the Lost Abbey Lost and Found. Maybe they have some info on their website?
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i havent tried using just Special B to get the rasin flavor. I wanted to use the rasin "juice" in place of Candi Sugar.
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Lost and Found uses both Special B and raisins... FWIW, here is their ingredient list. No help on the amount, but I'd start small the first time and work your way up...

Malts- Two Row, Wheat, Medium and Dark English Crystal, Special B and Chocolate
Hops- German Magnum and German Tettnang
Yeast- Proprietary Belgian Ale Strain
Adjunts- Dextrose and Chef Vince’s Raisin Puree.
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Thanks! that will help. In your opinion, when you say small....you think 1 - 1.5 lbs?
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It would really just be a guess on my part, but I think 1-1.5lb would probably have a noticable impact upon the end product without being overbearing...

I mean, heck, some people use 4-6lb or more of fruit to fruit a beer and sometimes its not very noticable... I think if i personally had to do it, I'd go 1.5lb or so and increase or decrease if necessary in future batches.


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