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Title: The Strawberry Rhubarb Gauntlet
Post by: DrewG on July 12, 2012, 03:59:45 PM
Went to the local brewpub last night, and my girlfriend was giving me the business about never making a fruit beer. The brewer was behind the bar, overheard the conversation and piled on. End result, he challenged me to brew a strawberry-rhubarb beer using kolsch for the base.

I've never made a kolsch, or a fruit beer. I could start with the kolsch in BCS, beyond that....

How much fruit and how much rhubarb? When in process? He recommended using frozen, thawing it and then puree in a food processor. Rack on to fruit in secondary.

Anyway, any advice would be GREATLY appreciated.
Title: Re: The Strawberry Rhubarb Gauntlet
Post by: denny on July 12, 2012, 04:41:36 PM
The ROT is to use 1 lb. of fruit per gal.  Strawberries are pretty subtle and ferment out, so you may need a lot more than that.  Or use a strawberry extract to bump up the flavor.
Title: Re: The Strawberry Rhubarb Gauntlet
Post by: udubdawg on July 12, 2012, 04:48:54 PM
I agree with Denny.  You'll need a lot of strawberries.  I was underwhelmed by my strawberry rhubarb hefeweizen results but when I substituted raspberries it pretty much became a delicious liquid pie that was gone way too quickly.

on a side note, in your shoes I'd probably brew a "plain" Kolsch before I attempted to make a fruited version, but I'm sure you'll do fine.

cheers--
--Michael
Title: Re: The Strawberry Rhubarb Gauntlet
Post by: DrewG on July 12, 2012, 04:51:53 PM
So, maybe 2 pounds of berries per gallon, and 1 pd per/g rhubarb?

Would you guys agree with his recommendation on racking onto the fruit in a secondary?
Title: Re: The Strawberry Rhubarb Gauntlet
Post by: denny on July 12, 2012, 04:56:12 PM
Yes, rack onto the fruit in secondary.  And I'd still recommend you look into flavor extracts.
Title: Re: The Strawberry Rhubarb Gauntlet
Post by: DrewG on July 12, 2012, 05:10:15 PM
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And I'd still recommend you look into flavor extracts.

Found some natural strawberry extract on Northern Brewers site, I'll give it a go.
Title: Re: The Strawberry Rhubarb Gauntlet
Post by: weithman5 on July 12, 2012, 05:19:53 PM
i made a strawberry rhubarb and rye.  this was inspired by a strawberry rhubarb jelly and peanut butter sandwich on rye bread.  remember that the rhubarb does have some bitterness so expect that.  it tasted okay prior to bottling but i had some bottling issues and was ruined.  i used fresh fruit and rhubarb in the secondary fermentation. if i were to make another one i would put it in the end of the boil i think.  another option i am considering is the local farmstand has a strawberry rhubarb pie filling that she cans.  i just may throw this in the end of the boill.  hey its a hobby :o
Title: Re: The Strawberry Rhubarb Gauntlet
Post by: DrewG on July 12, 2012, 06:45:30 PM
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on a side note, in your shoes I'd probably brew a "plain" Kolsch before I attempted to make a fruited version, but I'm sure you'll do fine.

I'm not sure I want to fart around with lagering times on an experiment, so on second thought I decided an american wheat or a blonde ale base might be better.
Title: Re: The Strawberry Rhubarb Gauntlet
Post by: morticaixavier on July 12, 2012, 07:42:32 PM
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on a side note, in your shoes I'd probably brew a "plain" Kolsch before I attempted to make a fruited version, but I'm sure you'll do fine.

I'm not sure I want to fart around with lagering times on an experiment, so on second thought I decided an american wheat or a blonde ale base might be better.

you don't really have to lager kolsch. it helps but not 100% needed, a week or so at 46 will be fine. but wheat and strawberry rhubarb would be good to. the tartness from the wheat should highlight the rhubarb a bit.
Title: Re: The Strawberry Rhubarb Gauntlet
Post by: phillamb168 on July 13, 2012, 09:32:09 AM
2,000th post! Woo!

I think that raspberry rhubarb hefe just bumped the old style clone from top of the 'to brew next' list.
Title: Re: The Strawberry Rhubarb Gauntlet
Post by: kraftwerk on July 19, 2012, 04:33:42 AM
I think the sour category could really use a few rhubarb recipes. Somebody please make a rhubarb lambic!
Title: Re: The Strawberry Rhubarb Gauntlet
Post by: onthekeg on July 21, 2012, 11:06:19 PM
2lb of rhubarb in 5 gal of wheat is quite noticeable.  I don't have any strawberry extract right now, but it probably would be much better than real strawberries since it won't really ferment out. 
I did it on a whim, this will probably sit around in the kegerator for quite a while since the girlfriend don't drink much and is hardly ever here.