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Title: Pineapple
Post by: steveonstone on March 23, 2010, 10:01:24 PM
Has anyone used pineapple in their beer recepie? I was wondering if the reason that I have not seen any recepies with pineapple is because of the presence of the protein digesting enzyme bromelain within it... anyone know if that is potentially a problem?
Title: Re: Pineapple
Post by: denny on March 23, 2010, 10:06:58 PM
I don't know about that, but another concern might be lowering the pH too much.  FWIW, I've gotten kinda mild pineapple esters from WY1084!
Title: Re: Pineapple
Post by: mikeypedersen on March 23, 2010, 10:23:20 PM
I know that Oskar Blues will sometimes do a Pineapple Pilsner on Firkin Fridays, but I always assumed that was a kind of dry hopped with pineapple beer.  I'll have to ask them what they do next time I'm in there....
Title: Re: Pineapple
Post by: Beertracker on March 24, 2010, 03:37:31 AM
Bromelain is the least of a brewer's worries using pineapple. The sheer acidity & fermentability can quickly leave a beer thin & seemingly unbalanced. I've made a couple of attempts, but now reserve pinas for the mead & winemaking side of my operation.  ;)  
Title: Re: Pineapple
Post by: brewmasternpb on March 24, 2010, 05:20:45 AM
I made a pineapple cream ale.  I added the pineapple (1 whole pineapple, chopped up, frozen and thawed out) to the secondary.  It was strange, but I grew to like it.
Title: Re: Pineapple
Post by: euge on March 24, 2010, 07:35:05 AM
...It was strange, but I grew to like it.

I've had a few experiences like that lol ;)

I can see it being added to a keg of weizen or light ale at racking time. Big chunks. Let sit for a "while". See what happens.
Title: Re: Pineapple
Post by: enso on March 31, 2010, 05:59:38 PM
Certain strains of bacteria (or wild yeasts?) will give a distinct pineapple flavor.  I know from experience, though I can't tell you what they are as I do not know where exactly I picked them up.   :-[

Was pretty tasty though I thought.  Tart and sweet and definitely pineapple flavored.  Might have been from the heather I "dry-herbed" with.  Never was sure.

 ???
Title: Re: Pineapple
Post by: dbeechum on April 01, 2010, 12:38:07 AM
Brett Claussenii is the classic one for throwing pineapple.
Title: Re: Pineapple
Post by: enso on April 01, 2010, 12:47:17 PM
Brett Claussenii is the classic one for throwing pineapple.

I thought it might be a form of Brett. but as I have no experience with it, I had no idea what it was for certain.  That's not to say there aren't other critters in there as well...