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Title: Cranberries in American Brown Porter
Post by: kramerog on November 29, 2012, 08:26:01 PM
I got about 2 lbs of cranberries leftover from Thanskgiving sitting in the freezer.  I was thinking of adding them to 5 gallons of American Brown Porter (American here means more alcoholic and Cascade flavor hops, clone of Flossmoor Station's Pullman Brown).  I'm planning to add a 1 lb to the secondary, tasting it after a couple of days, and possibly adding more cranberries depending on the taste.

Questions:  Is it possible that 1 lb of cranberries would be too much as an initial addition?  Should I run the cranberries through a blender in addition to the freezing?

Thanks
Title: Re: Cranberries in American Brown Porter
Post by: weithman5 on November 29, 2012, 08:46:22 PM
that sounds awesome.  doubt too much. typically 1 pound per gallon of fruit.  i would blend them or mash them up. may want to think about boiling them as well prior to addition
Title: Cranberries in American Brown Porter
Post by: denny on November 29, 2012, 08:48:02 PM
If you boil them you could set the pectin and end up with porter jello!
Title: Re: Cranberries in American Brown Porter
Post by: jeffy on November 29, 2012, 08:50:55 PM
that sounds awesome.  doubt too much. typically 1 pound per gallon of fruit.  i would blend them or mash them up. may want to think about boiling them as well prior to addition

I think boiling them would be a bad idea because of the haze formed from pectin, but then again it's a pretty dark beer anyway.  Mashing or blending the berries should accelerate the flavor extraction.  One pound is very little in 5 gallons.
Title: Re: Cranberries in American Brown Porter
Post by: dak0415 on November 29, 2012, 09:33:03 PM
If you boil them you could set the pectin and end up with porter jello!
...and that's a bad thing - why?