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My first look into this site and a novice at brewing, at the moment I have only tinkered with replacing honey with sugars with the shop bought beer kits in the can, all the experiments have worked really well so far.

I've been wondering for a while now if I can add mashed bananas in a muslin bag to the fermenter for a 1 week in the fermenter brew? if so do I need to adjust the sugars to suit?

cheers Paul

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There's an African beer made with half bananas and half millet (a grain commonly fed to pet birds here in the US). I can't vouch for the flavor, but it sounds interesting enough! –  Graham Dec 2 '11 at 19:27
    
I have a recipe for that somewhere. It's on my ever-growing list of things to try :) –  JoeFish Dec 5 '11 at 15:36
    
I havent tried bananas, I usually use peaches, but bananas are my next batch –  user2813 Nov 2 '12 at 23:48
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Sounds yummy :) I might boil the mashed 'nanners with some water to sterilize them first. Raw fruit can harbor beer-spoiling bacteria. If not boil, at least hold at pasteurizing temps for a time. According to MicroMatic, for beer...

The process involves running the package through a hot water spray (approximately 140 degrees F) for two to three minutes.

I would probably hold it at 150-160F for 10 minutes for my peace of mind.

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Just get a high fruit ester producing yeast to help with the banana flavor but this will be hard to control at first but it will taste more like banana than real bananas might in the end. But I have never tried the brew that you guys have talked about here.

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I've used bananas while brewing before.

In my experience, it's hard to get any flavor out of them. Fermented bananas, don't leave much banana flavor. This is very similar to how wine, doesn't really taste like grapes.

If you just want the flavor from them (and not the fermentable sugars) here's what I'd suggest. I'd mash & sanitize them.. put them in a grain bag... then add them to the secondary. Sample every other other day.. remove them after a week. If you still want more flavor, get fresh bananas and repeat the process.

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bananas are a decent source of dextrins but they're not going to leave much in the way of flavor in your beer unless you use a lot of them. They will help give your beer some more body though.

I usually toss a banana into my fermenting wines to add some body to the finished wine (especially if the wine is made from canned concentrate).

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