Peach Wheat Suggestions? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > Peach Wheat Suggestions?
Cool Brewing Giveaway - Supporting Membership Drive & Discount

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-08-2008, 03:37 PM   #1
jrhammonds
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
Oneonta, New York
Posts: 99
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts



So, I am making a peach wheat. As of now, I brewed one of my favorite american wheat recipes--and primary fermentation is just about finished. I plan on adding 10lbs of fresh white peaches that I obtained from the local farmer's market this weekend. I hope to freeze them--then blanche them by straining boiling water over them to get the peel off. Then I will pit them, quarter them, and run them through my juicer--adding all of the puree to secondary vessel and racking the beer on top of them. I was completely okay with this plan--but the more I read, I hear about people saying that 10lbs. isn't enough to detect peach flavor. I have roughly 5 gallons of wheat beer and thought 10lbs. would suffice. Does anyone have any suggestions and/or want to affirm that I am on the right track? Thanks!



 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2008, 04:19 PM   #2
cubbies
Tastes like butterdirt
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
cubbies's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2006
St Louis MO
Posts: 1,917
Liked 7 Times on 5 Posts


Wowzers, not sure who you talked to. 10lbs would be peach juice, seriously. I am sure it would taste good, but it would not taste like beer at all. I am not familiar with "white peaches", but if they are anything like a normal peach, I would tell you to use 5lbs, maybe less. My Peach Wheat got rave reviews, and I used 5lbs. Using 5lbs the beer needed over two weeks for the peach flavor to mellow out. I plan on making it again this year and I plan on using 4 lbs of peaches.



 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2008, 08:09 PM   #3
jrhammonds
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
Oneonta, New York
Posts: 99
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Okay--thanks for the heads up! Another quick question: heating the peaches. Some mention bringing the peach halves up to 160F for a while for pasteurization--others mention baking them in the oven for a while. Either way my question is two fold: (a) Is pastuerization necessary here; and (b) would baking them be advantageous for flavor development (e.g., changing the sugar molecules to make more unfermentable--as similar to dark belgian candy sugar or even crystal malts)?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2008, 02:56 PM   #4
cubbies
Tastes like butterdirt
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
cubbies's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2006
St Louis MO
Posts: 1,917
Liked 7 Times on 5 Posts


Well, I have no experience baking them, but I would imagine that it would add a different flavor.

You definitely need to heat them someway though, as there are plenty of bugs in fruit that would love to infect your beer. What I do is add the frozen peaches into a pot with just a little bit of water. Bring that mixture up to about 160 (dont go higher than this) and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then cool the peaches and add them to the secondary and rack your beer on top.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2008, 02:58 PM   #5
aekdbbop
 
aekdbbop's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2006
Nashville, TN
Posts: 2,634
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts


is there any need to heat them if you use a frozen bag from the store?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2008, 03:18 PM   #6
The Blow Leprechaun
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
Rockville, MD
Posts: 601
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by aekdbbop View Post
is there any need to heat them if you use a frozen bag from the store?
They're probably pasteurized before being bagged.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2008, 03:20 PM   #7
aekdbbop
 
aekdbbop's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2006
Nashville, TN
Posts: 2,634
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts


thats what i thought.. just wanted to dubbel Czech

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2008, 03:25 PM   #8
cubbies
Tastes like butterdirt
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
cubbies's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2006
St Louis MO
Posts: 1,917
Liked 7 Times on 5 Posts


I dont know about necessary, but that is what I use and I pasteurize them. It is one of those things that it takes 10 minutes. If I have to spend 10 minutes to protect something I spent weeks making, I will. But all in all, you would probably be safe.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2008, 03:34 PM   #9
aekdbbop
 
aekdbbop's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2006
Nashville, TN
Posts: 2,634
Liked 8 Times on 7 Posts


yeah, luckily if it goes bad, its only 1/2 gal.... kinda an experiment.



 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fruit Beer Peach Wheat AlphaPyro Specialty, Fruit, Historical, Other Homebrew Recipes 51 04-16-2016 04:28 AM
Peach Wheat cubbies Recipes/Ingredients 56 01-16-2015 03:28 PM
Peach Wheat DZzero15 General Techniques 0 07-06-2009 02:56 PM
Peach Wheat AG jbodkin Recipes/Ingredients 0 12-14-2008 01:04 AM
Peach Wheat FutureBrewer21 Recipes/Ingredients 6 02-04-2008 04:15 PM


Forum Jump