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Old 08-31-2008, 12:44 PM   #1
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So I have taken a few bottles of a strawberry blond that I made to the last two parties that I have gone to. I only brought a few thinking that it was going to be more of a novelty beer. It has gone over so well. My friends wife (who doesnít like beer very much) wants to pay me to make her a full batch of it. Even a lot of the guys liked it, and itís really easy to do.
Props do have to be given to the base recipe creator, cant have a good beer with out a good base.
If any one wants to here is what I did:

Make BMís Centennial Blonde
Omit the late addition hops
Add 6# thawed, pasteurized strawberries to the secondary fermenter. I got these at the local wholesale club.


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Strawberry beers can be a real challenge. The flavor has to be balanced with some sweetness. Sounds like you hit it first try.


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So I have taken a few bottles of a strawberry blond that I made to the last two parties that I have gone to. I only brought a few thinking that it was going to be more of a novelty beer. It has gone over so well. My friends wife (who doesnít like beer very much) wants to pay me to make her a full batch of it. Even a lot of the guys liked it, and itís really easy to do.
Props do have to be given to the base recipe creator, cant have a good beer with out a good base.
If any one wants to here is what I did:

Make BMís Centennial Blonde
Omit the late addition hops
Add 6# thawed, pasteurized strawberries to the secondary fermenter. I got these at the local wholesale club.

6#'s of berries for a 5.5 or 11g batch? I'm looking at a 5.5g batch but that sounds like alot of strawberries.
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Old 08-31-2008, 03:48 PM   #4
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Generally it's 1.25lbs of fruit per gallon of beer. I have 6lbs of blended nectarines going into primary for a blonde.
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Old 08-31-2008, 04:34 PM   #5
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Sounds goood.. I'll be making this one next weekend.
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The amount of fruit you are going to use is going to be different depending on what the fruit is, and how strong the taste it and how strong you want the taste to be. I had a very precise method to determine the amount of strawberries I used, it came in a 6# bag and I didnít want any leftovers. It was a 5.5gal batch and yes it is dominated by strawberry flavor. But it turned out good.
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My Strawberry Blonde is in the primary right now. You simply let the strawberries thaw out, then dumped them in the secondary and racked on top? You didn't pasteurize them yourself?

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commercial bought frozen strawberries should already be pasteurized. Check the label it should say they are pasteurized.
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I did pasteurize them before I tossed them in. I put them into a big pot with a little water and let them thaw and heat up. Once they got soft I mashed them up a bit for good measure. Just a FYI if you use all 6# it added about another gallon to the volume. Because I didn’t have another 6 gal fermenter I just added them to the primary bucket.
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I did pasteurize them before I tossed them in. I put them into a big pot with a little water and let them thaw and heat up. Once they got soft I mashed them up a bit for good measure. Just a FYI if you use all 6# it added about another gallon to the volume. Because I didnít have another 6 gal fermenter I just added them to the primary bucket.
I've only got 5 gallon secondaries, so adding them to the primary may be my best bet. How did you do that without splashing?


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