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Ingredients / Popping My Cherry Cherry
« on: October 03, 2013, 06:50:49 AM »
I am preparing to brew the Chocolate Cherry Stout recipe that was one of the commemorative beers brewed for the NHC in San Diego.  The recipe calls for five pounds of dark cherries in the secondary but offers no other details. I have never used fruit in a recipe so I have a few questions:

1)  I've found a variety of cherries on the net: Bing, Sweet, Tart.  Which of these would be equivalent to the "Dark" variety called for?

2)  I'm found canned varieties packed in sweetened whole syrup or in water.  I know the water packed would be preferable but it seems the syrup packed are much cheaper.  The question is could I get the syrup packed cans and just rinse them off or would the syrup alter the desirable cherry-ness too much?

3)  Does it matter whether they're fresh, frozen or canned?  Which would be preferred?

4)  Do the whole cherries need to be processed in any way prior to adding to fermenter?

Any other friendly advice would be greatly appreciated as well.

Thanks in advance for the help.


General Homebrew Discussion / Are First Round Results Posted?
« on: April 28, 2010, 11:11:44 AM »
I see form reading some of the other posts that some folks have gotten their scoresheets and still others know whether or not their beer has advanced to the finals.  I have checked the homebrewers associtation web site and can't find where any results have been posted.  Am I missing something?

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