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This is my second attempt at home brewing, my first came out very well. I added a couple of pounds of strawberries to my primary. After one month a racked to my secondary. I was not expecting to see such nasty looking strawberries. Most of it was clearly eaten bu the Yeast but the ones that remained were grey in color. To be safe I was extra conservative when racking and left a good inch and change at the bottom in order to take as little of the solids as possible. The beer in the secondary looks fine, a little cloudy but I expect that to settle. Has anyone ever done this before and had a similar experience? I want to make sure it is safe to drink etc.

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See this question with respect to whether or not it's safe to drink: homebrew.stackexchange.com/questions/6230/… –  Dustin Rasener Feb 22 '12 at 2:40
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Beer does tend to bleach out the strawberries, its perfectly normal. I make strawberry blond the same way every summer. The berries come out pretty scary sometimes.

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one of life's wonders I've yet to experience! scary strawberries! –  mdma Feb 22 '12 at 1:48
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Let us know how this turns out. In Radical Brewing, Mosher says that strawberries rarely live up to their promise of beautiful fresh aromatics and perfect balance of sweet/tart when added to beer. Pick up a beer thief though, or sanitize a turkey baster. The only way to ever know if fermentation is completed (or if your beer is ruined, aside from a bacterial pellicle) is to check gravity (and taste afterwards!)

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