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Old 06-03-2008, 04:07 PM   #1
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A number of beer recipes include the use of fruit (typically wheat ales). Is there any risk of fruit causing some sort of infection or anything like that? Is there a way to sanitize fruit before using it in a beer recipe? Obviously if you were to add fruit to your boil you can kill off anything that might hurt the beer but the majority of recipes I've seen talk about just adding the fruit to the secondary when racking and some even just say to simply add the fruit (fresh or frozen) to the fermentor.

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Old 06-03-2008, 04:11 PM   #2
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In my experience, the alcohol that is present after primary fermentation prevents infection. When I use fresh fruit, I take it to the produce section and tell them what I am doing with it. Then I ask if they could spray it down again with their commercial fruit sanitizer and bag it in a bag that was rinsed with sanitizer. My local grocery store has always helped my with this, and I have not had an infection in my fruit beers yet. There are more ways to skin this cat but that is what I do.

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Old 06-03-2008, 04:14 PM   #3
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i do thaw freeze cycle to kill of MOST of the bacteria and whatever on the fruit. In my case of a rasberry beer which i just did, the fruit are prewashed and frozen. Some people use campden tablets to keep free of unwanted microbescampden tabs
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:28 PM   #4
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i've never gone with fresh fruit...always frozen, unsweetened fruit.

there's also sanitary fruit puree's out there you can use too.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:36 PM   #5
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This is how I did it.

Fermenting: Nada
On Tap:Cran Wit, Dr Pepper Dubbel, Cascadian Pale Ale, Dark Chocolate Stout, Imperial Stout, Brown Mild, Schwarzbier
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