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Watermelon beer, anyone tried brewing?

I am new to brewing and was thinking of trying to brew a fruit beer. I saw that there were watermelons for sale cheap at my local green grocers and wondered: At what stage I should add this to my ...
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Fruit beer: should I allow it to ferment out completely?

I have a wheat beer in secondary that has been on 5 lbs of strawberries for 6 days. The flavor is phenomenal right now, just perfect. The strawberries continue to ferment actively, and I want to ...
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stuck fermentation/lowering acidity

I am having trouble getting a batch of wine off the ground. Its a three gallon batch of Lemon wine and fermentation just wont start. My SG is 1.09, temp is stable at 75, acidity is at 3.0 using those ...
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How to add fruit to beer

What is the best way to add fruit to a beer? I'm afraid boiling it will break down the fruit too much (a muslin bag could fix this I guess), but I'm not sure how to add it to the fermenter without ...
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Sweetening a tart fruit beer?

So I'm doing a first attempt at a Blackberry Wheat beer, per a request from a co-worker. All seems to be fine and good, however before I went to bottle I tasted it and, not unexpectedly, it is a ...
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Where does the grape flavor/aroma come from in dark beers?

I did two different dark beers, a rauchbier and a imperial stout, and noticed a grape aroma and flavor in them. The fermentables that there're in common are: pilsen, flaked oats, caramalt and black ...
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Other fruit cider BJCP question

Good afternoon, guy! I've been planning to make a specialty cider and have been looking into "28B. Fruit Cider" of 2008 guide or "40B. Cider with Other Fruit" of 2014 version. One thing I don't ...
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How many pounds of frozen strawberries in a Strawberry blonde?

I'm brewing a 5 gallon all-grain strawberry blonde ale. I'd like to leave it for two weeks in primary, then rack on top of frozen strawberries in secondary. Would anyone have an estimate of how many ...
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Super fast fermentation?

I pitched Red Star Champagne yeast for a two gallon batch of Banana wine six days ago today when I went to siphon the must into the secondary I saw fermentation had stopped. Trying to figure out what ...
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How add authentic coconut flavor to a fermeted beer?

I have about 5 gallons of regular nut brown ale (in the fermeter now) that I plan to bring to a festival. Since it is going to be served at a festival and folks will only be drinking 2 ounces at a ...
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Are there any downsides to leaving beer on fruit in the primary?

I'm planning to brew the Winter Wassail from The Homebrewer's Garden. The recipe calls for adding 4 pounds of mashed cranberries and 2 pounds of ground apples at flameout, steeping them for 15-20 ...
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Making non-alcoholic sparkling cider

We are looking for the amount of potassium sorbate required for the shelf life of sparkling apple cider. We have a local brewery carbinating it for us. We are filtering it with a maple syrup plate ...
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Peach Wit- extract flavoring or not

I have a peach wit that is going to be brewed tomorrow. It was a last minute decision to brew this for an upcoming summer barbecue. My question is this. Should i use fresh peaches in secondary? I only ...
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Fruit for fruit beers

What are the best fruits for brewing fruit beers? Some fruits appear to be classics like cherries raspberries. Some fruits you rarely hear about like kiwi and papya. Which fruits have flavor ...
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Cherry vishnick

I've been looking for recipes for cherry vishnick and most of them involve just putting the cherries into a jar of vodka for several weeks. I'd been looking for a recipe that involves fermentation. I ...
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Yeast overdose?

So I'm new to the home-brewing scene, and I was a bit too excited to get started with my apple cider. I misread the instructions, and instead of using half a teaspoon for a 2lt bottle of juice.. I ...
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amber ale/cherry

I am going to make a dry amber ale beer that is low in alcohol, but am thinking about adding a hint of cherry flavor to it. I am unsure if I should use a cherry extract or real cherries. If I use real ...
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What can I learn from fruit beer gravity?

I just bottled a batch of a watermelon beer where the gravities going into and out of primary matched the predictions (OG 1.050, FG 1.012). I added watermelon chunks in secondary and when it finished ...
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Is there an Optimal Amount of Time to Leave Fruit in a Melomel's Primary or Secondary Fermentation?

I have read that some Mazers never let fruit sit in their fermenting wine or mead for more than two weeks while others will leave the cap for the entire time. Is there any measured science behind the ...
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Should I use lemonade or soda pop when making a summer shandy? [duplicate]

So I am making a wheat beer and am adding lemons and oranges into the second stage of fermenting. I have heard through the beer vine that shandy's are lemonade and beer. Can I just add the lemonade or ...
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Need advice on flavoring/sweetening my homebrew cider

I've just finished my primary fermentation and have produced a cider that is coming in at 5.2%. I am about to bottle my cider and add some priming sugar to give it a bit of a fizz. I would like to try ...
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So I want to make a summer shandy, can I just put fruit in the second fermentation stage instead of juice?

So I was told I can add lemonade or orange juice to my wheat beer to make a summer shandy, can I just put fruit in the second fermentation stage instead?
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Leftover Juicing Pulp in Beer?

I'm a very new homebrewer and this may be a really wacky question, but I'm curious nonetheless. Every time I've made fresh juice using a juicer, I'm at a loss for what to do with the leftover pulp, ...
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Starting out with fruit wine?

I have never brewed, but I am playing with the thought of starting to make fruit wines. While I can get very good alcohol of other categories, fruit wines are rare, and some types are not sold here at ...
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Is this a good pear for cider?

I want to make cider from pears. Right now I'm looking at buying a few kg of Abate Fetel (I think that's what they're called), because those are the cheapest pears by a factor of 3-4 right now. The ...
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What hops provide the guava-like taste of some IPAs?

IPAs like Bear Republic's Racer 5 and Coronado Brewing Company's Islander IPA have a distinct guava-like scent and flavor character. Is there a particular variety of hops that produces this, or is it ...
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what to use to top off blueberry wine?

What should I use to top off my carboy of blueberry wine? I don't want to add water if I can help it. Adding more juice will just start fermenting again. Any suggestions on an acceptable wine to ...
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Calculating Mash Water Volume When Brewing with Pumpkin

Okay, so pumpkins are not in season and I'm substituting winter squash (acorn/butternut) for my pumpkin ale recipe, but the concept remains the same as if it were pumpkin. I've never brewed with ...
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Adding cherries to an imperial stout

I'm looking at this imperial stout recipe, and planning on adding cherries (perhaps bourbon-soaked) to the secondary. I'm pretty new to extract brewing, and have only done one batch previously (only ...
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Is this a reasonable Frambozen tactic?

I am considering making a frambozen for my next brew, as it should be a crowd-pleaser. My plan for the raspberries is as follows: Blanch raspberries Pulp Raspberries (in a blender probably) Separate ...
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Berry cider using only berries

I have an abundance of fresh black raspberries available and would like to try my hand at a cider using only black raspberries. I'll be starting with a one gallon batch. I am not sure how many ...
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When should I add orange peels to my homebrew?

I've been planning to experiment with orange peels for a while now, but I don't know when to add them, when should I throw them in? Last 15 minutes with the aroma hops? At flame-out? After primary? I ...
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1 Gallon Secondary

I am attempting to add fruit to my 1 gallon brew: Bavarian Hefewaizen + Raspberries. My research said to use 1 pound of fruit per gallon of beer and to add it after a few days of fermentation. I ...
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White Stuff — is it bad?

I just brewed a raspberry wheat w/ ~2.5 lbs of frozen (organic) raspberries added to the secondary. I waited about 23 days after adding the berries to bottle, and when I went down to the basement to ...
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How do I measure the alcohol of a fruit beer?

According to some recipes I have seen, a simple way to make a fruit beer is to make a regular "base" beer, and then rack it on top of the fruit after about a week of fermentation. In that case, how ...
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Stir fruit in cherry wheat?

My first fruit beer... I have just racked a wheat beer base onto a secondary of food blended frozen cherries. Am I ok to give this a bit of a stir now and again? Im aware introducing too much oxygen ...
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Do I need to rack to a new vessel for a secondary (fruit) fermentation

Planning on adding 5 lbs of frozen, thawed cranberries to a saison. Can I just dump them (gently) into the primary? I was planning on some sort of tertiary/bright vessel afterward for clearing it up ...
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Recommendations for a beer style w/ Cherry Extract

This summer I bought some fresh tart cherry extract from the area I grew up in Northern Michigan, and I've been excited to use it in a recipe. Any recommendations on what style would be good with ...
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When should I add apricot puree to a Belgian beer?

I'm brewing a Belgian dubbel tomorrow and have a 3-lb can of pureed apricot. I don't know if I should add it into my primary after a few days of initial fermentation, or if I should wait a couple of ...
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Apricot ale alternative?

I have the following recipe in my primary fermenter and had planned on making an apricot ale. I have since realized that apricots are far out of season and my two apricot alternatives are A) make a ...
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Raisins in basic wine recipe

Would the very small amount of oil that is added to store raisins cause a problem with basic wine recipes? I was going to make a Strawberry + Raisin recipe but noticed that all the available raisins ...
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Did I correctly add fruit flavour to my beer?

On a whim, I decided to make a raspberry flavoured IPA. I bought a pre-made wort and some liquid malt extract. Basically, I boiled about 1.5L of water with some raspberries in one of those hop mesh ...
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Infusing a beer with grapefruit

I was recently at a beer festival and one of the breweries (Fulton) had a delicious pale ale that had been infused with grapefruit. I asked the brewer how they did it and he told me that the night ...
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Adding strawberries to half of a batch - too much oxidation in carboy?

I am currently fermenting a blonde ale, and I was thinking of adding strawberries after primary fermentation. However I don't want a full batch of stawberry ale, so I plan to rack only half of the 5 ...
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Can I make urwagwa?

Urwagwa is a popular beer in Rwanda made from bananas, and I'd like to brew some myself. The recipes and methods I've read online have some very traditional methods (e.g. Bury the bananas for a ...
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Strawberry Blond

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 ...
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What's the best way to rack beer off of fruit?

I recently brewed a 5.5 gallon batch of witbier. After primary, I bottled 3 gallons of it and racked the other 2.5 gallons into a 3 gallon carboy atop 24 ounces of raspberries. After the secondary ...
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Can you mash bananas?

I've been thinking about making a wheat-beer with bananas and a little bit of chocolate malt. My question is can you mash bananas in the mash-tun to convert the sugars/starches and get more banana ...
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Fruit Beer—Hard Time Finding the Correct Fruit

I'm trying my hand at making an apricot wheat beer (my first fruit beer). The recipe I'm using instructs me to add apricot puree after the wort has fermented for approximately 3 days and recommended ...
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Prickly Pear Beer Experiment

I have 1.5lbs of prickly pears and want to make a 2gal all grain batch from them. My question is how should I add the prickly pears? Should I smash them and only add the juice? or maybe Cut off ...