Adding fruit to beer

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razorblade
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Adding fruit to beer

Post by razorblade » 2 years ago

In the process of fermenting a "Vanilla cherry cream ale."

In my 6 gal pail, 3 weeks into fermentation (I do primary only) I'm going to put in about 1/2 cup of vanilla extract.
The question is about the cherries.

1. Dried / frozen / extract?
(in a steeping bag, of course.)
2. How long?

And after thats done, how would I introduce cold crashing and kegging into this process?

razorblade
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Re: Adding fruit to beer

Post by razorblade » 2 years ago

ADD to previous post, this is the process I've settled on :

1. Primary for 4 weeks
2. Campden tablets to kill some yeast
- wait 24 hours min. -
3. Add dry hops, and fruit (dried cherries or frozen bluberries, in this case)
- wait 5-7 days -
4. Siphon to keg.
5. Cold crash, 2-3 days
6. Add gelatin
- wait 7 days, while gelatin does its thing and force carb alongside at 12psi -
7. Drink.


This is the best I could gather, but it feels painfully long to wait for the beer lol. What do you guys think? Any way to improve the process and/or expedite it?

(I'm using the gelatin because I want the fruit to show, so I'm not taking that step off for this beer. Try something else!)

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Re: Adding fruit to beer

Post by brhenrio » 2 years ago

As long as you are kegging you should be fine doing it this way.
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Re: Adding fruit to beer

Post by razorblade » 2 years ago

Thanks. Open to suggestions if anyone has any!

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Re: Adding fruit to beer

Post by Lead Loader » 2 years ago

freeze, then add in.
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Re: Adding fruit to beer

Post by Winger » 2 years ago

I did a strawberry ale last summer that turned out great. I would suggest using pectic enzyme to help clear. I also heated the frozen berries to 180 F for 5 min and cooled them before adding to the secondary in a bag. Good luck.
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