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Old 03-12-2006, 02:14 AM   #1
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I was wondering why I have never seen an Apple Beer. Is it because barley malt and apples don't compliment each other? Maybe the beer part of it over-powers the apple flavor. Does the hop bitterness, flavor and aroma over power the apple?

I thought I'd ask in the Cider Discussion forum because you folks are the experts.
I'm sure it has been tried before but sense I've never seen it I will assume it just doesn't work.
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Old 03-12-2006, 03:41 AM   #2
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I'd probably say that because beer with a smell or taste of apple cider is a sign of contamination. This happened to my last batch. It smells like I added apples into the brew or something.
It would have been done before by somebody but I'm guessing most people wouldn't want to create a beer that tastes like it's been contaminated.

And take my word for it... the flavours of apple and malt don't mix as I experienced. Haha

 
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Old 03-12-2006, 05:53 PM   #3
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One advantage of kegging, you can try odd combinations: like an oz. of mocha porter and one of apple cider.
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Old 03-12-2006, 06:28 PM   #4
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Leinenkugel's (Chippewa Falls, WI) released an apple beer this past fall. Supposedly it is made with real apples and "spices".

I haven't had it but I plan to next month when I visit the cheese and beer state.

Personally i think it would be a good combo.
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Old 03-12-2006, 10:57 PM   #5
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Unibrou from Quebec brews an apple beer called Ephmere. It's a belgian whit style and it's awesome. They use green apples for it and the flavor is more of an aroma/aftertaste thing. They also make cranberry, raspberry, and peach, depending on what time of the year it is.
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:58 PM   #6
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Leinenkugel's (Chippewa Falls, WI) released an apple beer this past fall. Supposedly it is made with real apples and "spices".

I haven't had it but I plan to next month when I visit the cheese and beer state.

Personally i think it would be a good combo.

Don't bother trying it. Its sweeter and more artificial tasting than most wine coolers.

 
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Old 03-13-2006, 07:20 PM   #7
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Not exactly what you're talking about, but BYO ran a Jolly Rancher Lambic recipe:
http://byo.com/recipe/1330.html

Ultimately, that issue of weird beer recipes was a good read, but none that ever got proofed at the BvBB.

 
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Old 03-13-2006, 11:23 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RichBrewer
I was wondering why I have never seen an Apple Beer. Is it because barley malt and apples don't compliment each other? Maybe the beer part of it over-powers the apple flavor. Does the hop bitterness, flavor and aroma over power the apple?

I thought I'd ask in the Cider Discussion forum because you folks are the experts.
I'm sure it has been tried before but sense I've never seen it I will assume it just doesn't work.
Thanks!
Fruity/tart apple notes sound great, like honey, butterscotch, cherry, raspberry, etc etc have found their place in beer.
Hops and apple just don't work together. Why waste malt and hops on your apple juice? Just brew a cider!!!!

 
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Old 03-14-2006, 12:51 AM   #9
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I've been thinking of apple beer myself lately.

Does anyone have a guide for the OG of apple juice or apple cider? For those experimental types...
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Old 03-14-2006, 02:09 AM   #10
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Fruity/tart apple notes sound great, like honey, butterscotch, cherry, raspberry, etc etc have found their place in beer.
Hops and apple just don't work together. Why waste malt and hops on your apple juice? Just brew a cider!!!!
The reason I asked the question is that I am going to experiment with cider and I was wondering if you could add malt extract to boost the alcohol and provide yeast nutrients.
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