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Old 11-28-2008, 05:30 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by alex_wilkosz View Post
I am an extract brewer wondering if anyone has a good Cranberry Beer recipe!

Thanks! Trying to find something the SWMBO would like that is not a regular beer

I looked in the threads and didnt find much info and was wondering if anyone could help me out here
I posted something a while back that had traces from my memory of a Cranberry beer recipe I made that turned out nice.

Originally Posted by UnaBonger View Post
Would you crush/puree the whole cranberries or drop in whole? I'm contemplating a Cranberry Kolsch and am stuck on how/when to introduce the cranberries... I'm also wondering if some sort of sweetening agent needs to be introduced as cranberries arent really all that sweet on their own...
I think the flavor is pretty minimal, so I pureed to increase the contact area. Also add either in secondary (after heating pureed cranberries to 160F for a bit to kill the bugs) or after shutoff and wort has cooled below 180F or so(don't want to make jellied cranberries in your wort). I think sweetening is a mistake - I believe the tartness/acidity you taste from cranberries is the main flavor they contribute and adding sugar will neutralize that, leaving little or no contribution from the fruit. I would personally add cranberries to a beer that would benefit from tartness yet is clean enough on its own that you will pick up the subtle flavor of cranberries, which is how I came up with a Cranberry Belgian Wit.
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:03 PM   #12
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Ive made a cranberry ale every xmas for the past 5 years and ive found that darker stronger ales are better than lighter beers, it seems to give a dry flavor to a strong sweetish recipe and the beer is much improved by it, the beer i make is based on 12 pounds pale malt, 6 oz choc malt 3/4 pound crystal malt, 1/2 pound of amber malt, 4 0z hops fuggles, 4ltrs cranberry juice, 2lb dark sugar, i normaly keg my brew but this i bottle in 1 pint bottles, needs about 2-3 months in the bottle, this is for 5 galls and if a good infusion is made you should end up with an O.G of 1065, the first cranberry ale i made was a bout 1085 but found this to strong.

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Old 11-13-2012, 07:34 PM   #13
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I did a cranberry wheat out of the Brooklyn BeerShop's Beer Making Book. I used frozen Cranberries and I doubled them for the recipe. It was a hit at my last party so you should search that out if you are still interested.

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Old 10-20-2013, 10:27 PM   #14
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I recently had Harpoon's seasonal cranberry ale. They put a slight but obvious cranberry taste on top of clean, sweet amber ale. It was definitely good for cranberry ale. It balances the cran tartness with sweet amber.

Last year I brewed a fall/winter pomegranate on wheat ale, and it was good after I let the bitterness die down for a couple of months (from the excessive white rind). But with cranberries this year, which are not very sweet to begin with, I'm searching for a better answer. Probably more to do with cran prep than with brewing tricks.
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:02 AM   #15
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Leinenkgals makes a decent Cranberry Ginger Wheat beer. From reading on here, the ginger may settle down the cranberry tartness. It's not a horrible beer and the SWMBO loves it. I was thinking it would be a bit better if it was a little maltier. I can find a cranberry recipe and a ginger recipe but not a cranberry ginger recipe. It might get the SWMBO to accept my "hobby" a little more if I can get this right. Any suggested recipes? If not, I'll just find a decent Wheat Lager, and add 2 oz ground ginger at the start of the boil and add some amount of cranberry extract before bottling.

I wonder if the cranberry extract has any fermentable that would require a reduction in bottling sugar? and how much of the extract should I use?

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