Last Christmas I did Cherry, Peach, Apricot, Dutch Apple, Blueberry, Raspberry and Strawberry Wheats The raspberries were from Orgeon Fruits, The peach and Apricot was from Delmonte (watch the lable for no preservatives) and rest were frozen.
The frozen fruits had a stronger fruit flavor than the canned fruits. I thought the raspberry, peach and apricot was awsome. The apple was tart and blueberry tasted like wine to me but he ladies loved it.
ALWAYS try to stick with fresh fruit when in season, frozen if it's not and canned if it's your only other source. Do you really want to put all that effort into your beer and risk it to extracts? Do yourself a favor and save the extracts for the kids soda pop!
Also I put half of my fruits in the primary after it cooled to about 150 degrees f and left them to ferment. The second half I put in secondary. Don't forget the irish moss! They alll came out clear as crystal although the blueberry and raspberry looked like wine.
If you want a real beer you make it yourself ... If you want imatations you go to the store and buy it!
Originally Posted by Indiana Red
Interested in others opinions on this.
I would like to do a fruit/wheat but I would rather use real fruit products as opposed to just flavorings or/extracts.
Boiling/reducing the rasberrys/cherries whatever just seems like it would taste better than a few ounces of Shilling cherry flavoring.
I don't meen to come off as elitest or anything, I just am wary of "fake" stuff in my beer.