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Cherries in the snow
« on: April 16, 2012, 04:08:45 PM »
I am making this fruit beer tonight and I was wondering if I could get you opinion.  Essentially the recipe calls for 8 lbs of light extract syrup and 10 lbs of sour cherries.  The cherries I got come in some kind of sugar water, essentially red juice.  Should I allow any of that juice into the wort?  Should I rinse the cherries?  I was thinking of allowing one jar (1.5 lbs worth) to be poured in with the juice and the rest strained, not rinsed.

Let me know what you think

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Re: Cherries in the snow
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2012, 04:25:42 PM »
This is a Papazian recipe? I always wanted to brew it...

I'd do as you intend.
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Re: Cherries in the snow
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012, 05:12:14 PM »
yes it is a Papazian recipe.  Here is food for thought.  A fellow brewer just pointed out to me that if I took the liquid out, the weight would be significantly altered, that is to say  what I felt to be 10 lbs, might be a lot of liquid weight.  I might add a second jar of liquid just for giggles. 

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Re: Cherries in the snow
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2012, 06:21:06 PM »
My copy was lost nearly 20 years ago- would you mind posting the recipe? Purty please... :)
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Re: Cherries in the snow
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2012, 08:30:21 PM »
8.5 lbs Alexanders light malt extract syrup
1.5 Santiam or Tettnanger hop pellets 9 HBU
0.5 Santiam or Tettnanger hops (finishing)
10 lbs sour cherries

American ale-type yeast


O.G. 1.046-1.050 (11.5-12.5)
FG 1.011-1.017 (2.5-4)

Bitterness 33 IB, Color: Rose

Boil extract and boiling hops in 1.5 gallons for 60 minutes.  Remove boiling hops (rinse/sparge) these hops with hot water.  Add crushed sour cherries and finishing hops to boiling wort.  This should cool the wort to temp of 160 ( I got 179.8) .  Let steep for 15 minutes.  Do not boil. Then pour entire contents into fermenter bucket.  Pitch yeast and after 5 days, remove as much cherries and floating hops as possible and siphon into secondary and finish fermentation.

Probably more than you needed to know,

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Re: Cherries in the snow
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2012, 09:30:44 PM »
Thanks! At long last- I will brew it!
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Re: Cherries in the snow
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2012, 01:06:02 AM »
I would add the whole jar, liquid and all.  The sugar may lighten the body some, but I wouldn't worry about it.  There's going to be a lot of flavor in that juice.
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Re: Cherries in the snow
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2012, 03:27:56 AM »
+1

Add the whole jar of cherries with juice.

I'd like to try something like this with an all-grain recipe.  Maybe some wheat malt...but I also want to use the Dogfish Native Delaware yeast. 
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Re: Cherries in the snow
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2012, 09:12:39 AM »
Frozen cherries work great. Better than canned IME.
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Re: Cherries in the snow
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2012, 03:17:12 PM »
I did think of frozen cherries, but then they would not have been sour.  Whatever sour means... probably not candied?

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Cherries in the snow
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2012, 04:19:39 PM »
Oh yeah, good point. Those are generally sweet cherries. Would be nice if they would freeze sour cherries though.
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Re: Cherries in the snow
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2012, 07:20:50 PM »
I did think of frozen cherries, but then they would not have been sour.  Whatever sour means... probably not candied?

What you might do is make a simple syrup and macerate the frozen cherries in it for up to a week. Then drain and reserve the liquid. Add cherries as recipe states. Then use the cherry simple syrup as priming sugar for bottles or keg.
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Re: Cherries in the snow
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2012, 12:23:37 AM »
I get my frozen sour cherries from a local farm.  My tree doesn't get me enough . . . yet. :)
http://www.remlingerfarms.com/

You might have a farm near you that offers them as well.
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Re: Cherries in the snow
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2012, 12:38:20 AM »
I get my frozen sour cherries from a local farm.  My tree doesn't get me enough . . . yet. :)
http://www.remlingerfarms.com/

You might have a farm near you that offers them as well.

I believe the Remlinger brand is available to me if they supply Whole Foods.
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Re: Cherries in the snow
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2012, 12:49:17 AM »
I get my frozen sour cherries from a local farm.  My tree doesn't get me enough . . . yet. :)
http://www.remlingerfarms.com/

You might have a farm near you that offers them as well.

I believe the Remlinger brand is available to me if they supply Whole Foods.
I have seen them in the local WF, but I don't know about a TX Whole Foods.
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