Cherry Wit

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rdwj

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Recipe Type
Extract
Yeast
Belgian Wit
Yeast Starter
Yes
Batch Size (Gallons)
5 gallons
Original Gravity
1.043
Final Gravity
1.010?
Boiling Time (Minutes)
70
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp)
10 days
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp)
10-14 days
Additional Fermentation
3-5 days to clear
Cherry Witbeer

5 gallons, extract and specialty grain
Expected OG = 1.043

Ingredients:
3 lbs. unhopped weizen extract syrup (about half wheat, half barley)
2 lbs. unhopped extra-light dry malt extract
1 oz. Saaz hop pellets
1/3 lb. flaked wheat
1/3 lb. flaked oats
0.5 lb. cara-pils
Belgian wit yeast
2 lbs. Frozen sweet cherries

Step by Step:

Brew Day
1. Steep grains at 155° in 1 gallon of water for 45 minutes
2. Begin to boil 5 gallons of water
3. Add steep water to brew pot and bring to a boil
4. Add extract @ 60 minutes
5. Add .5 oz saaz @ 45 minutes
6. Add .5 oz saaz @ 5 minutes
7. Add cooled wort to primary and pitch starter

Post Brew Day
1. Ferment at 65° F for seven to 10 days
2. Rack onto pasteurized cherry slurry in secondary for 10 to 14 days
3. Rack to tertiary fermenter for 3-5 days
4. Keg
 

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How was this? I like that you used frozen sweet cherries because those are easy to find, but most cherry beer recipes I've seen use tart cherries (which I can never find). Was yours on the sweet side then?
 
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It had a very mild cherry flavor, but it was there. I wouldn't call it sweet, but certainly cherry. If you're looking for a BIG cherry flavor, I'd double the cherries in the recipe, but that would be too much for me.
 

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I made a cherry beer, but the cherry juice fermented too and added a big "winey" taste to the beer. I want a beer that has cherry flavor, not a cherry wine/beer blend. How would you say this one was in that regard?
 
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It wasn't winey, that's for sure. How do you carb?

If you use CO2, you could probably use camden tablets to kill off the yeast and then add the cherries.
 

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Awesome - thanks! That's a great idea. My previous recipe had me adding the cherry juice at flameout.
 

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well what did you come up with on the cherry juice... how was your final result??? I have a cherry flavored ale going right now and added frozen dark sweet cherries to the "tertiary" bucket after fermentation subsided...
 

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I'm working on this one right now; threw the cherries in a blender and used the resulting slurry in the secondary. It went from amberish to dark red. Though, it appears the cherry juice is fermenting, too :confused:

We'll see how it turns out.
 

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what is your process for pasteurizing the cherries? i am getting 2 lbs of fresh cherries from my parents trees and would love to make this but im pretty sure i need to pasteurize them to kill all the nasties
 
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