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Title: cherries
Post by: Pope of Dope on March 11, 2018, 08:46:47 PM
I already read some previous posts about this topic, but I'll just ask: Brewing my first sour, planning a 5-6% abv with Safale 05, then in secondary add Lambic yeast and 12 lbs of frozen cherries (dumped right in) for 6 months or so.  Suggestions?   
Title: Re: cherries
Post by: Stevie on March 11, 2018, 08:54:41 PM
Keep head space to a minimum and punch down fruit if above the beer.
Title: Re: cherries
Post by: Pope of Dope on March 11, 2018, 09:00:32 PM
Okay.  And would you suggest tart or sweet cherries?  I know the answer is probably preference, but that's what I'm asking. 
Title: Re: cherries
Post by: denny on March 11, 2018, 09:32:35 PM
Okay.  And would you suggest tart or sweet cherries?  I know the answer is probably preference, but that's what I'm asking.

Tart is the norm.
Title: Re: cherries
Post by: klickitat jim on March 11, 2018, 10:36:23 PM
Tart for sours, but I like bings in dark normal beers
Title: Re: cherries
Post by: homoeccentricus on March 11, 2018, 10:44:40 PM
Never, ever put sweet cherries in lambic.
Belgium thanks you.
Title: Re: cherries
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 12, 2018, 12:01:20 PM
I prefer Balaton over Montmorency cherries, but that is my palate. Schaarbeek cherries are almost impossible to find in the US.
Title: Re: cherries
Post by: homoeccentricus on March 12, 2018, 01:14:05 PM
Schaarbeek cherries are almost impossible to find in the US.

Same in Belgium :(
Title: Re: cherries
Post by: ynotbrusum on March 13, 2018, 05:50:06 PM
If cherries are hard to find, I have had success with tart cherry concentrate.  Plus no messing with post ferment fruit pits and skins....some concentrates are pretty good these days.
Title: Re: cherries
Post by: Steve Ruch on March 15, 2018, 05:45:00 PM
I prefer Balaton over Montmorency cherries, but
that is my palate. Schaarbeek cherries are almost impossible to find in the US.

I gave up looking for sour cherries where I used to live and planted a couple of trees.
Title: Re: cherries
Post by: hopfenundmalz on March 15, 2018, 08:38:26 PM
I prefer Balaton over Montmorency cherries, but
that is my palate. Schaarbeek cherries are almost impossible to find in the US.

I gave up looking for sour cherries where I used to live and planted a couple of trees.
They grow a lot of eating cherries in the NW.

For some reason, Michigan grows about 75% of the sour/culinary cherries.

MIchigan State has a prof that has been trying to diversify the sour cherry varieties. There are many from Hungary and Poland that have never been introduced here.