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When does a beer become a fruit beer?
« on: June 23, 2012, 02:08:35 AM »
When does a beer become a fruit beer for judging purposes? Is it the addition of one piece of fruit, something that obviously has fruit in it or is it a big giant grey area?
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When does a beer become a fruit beer?
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2012, 05:34:45 AM »
It's when it has the flavor and aroma of added fruit. A beer entered as a fruit beer but having no fruit character won't get very far, regardless of how much fruit was added.

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Re: When does a beer become a fruit beer?
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2012, 03:08:53 PM »
It's when it has the flavor and aroma of added fruit. A beer entered as a fruit beer but having no fruit character won't get very far, regardless of how much fruit was added.

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Re: When does a beer become a fruit beer?
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2012, 10:30:37 PM »
It's when it has the flavor and aroma of added fruit. A beer entered as a fruit beer but having no fruit character won't get very far, regardless of how much fruit was added.

+1 but I gotta ask, why put fruit in a beer if you do not want the character?
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Re: When does a beer become a fruit beer?
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2012, 12:05:56 AM »
Oh I want the fruit flavor but was just curious about when it becomes a fruit beer. I did a 5 gallon batch of a light coloured bitter with one pound of cherries in the boil and now it is in secondary on 2 more pounds. I know i could have added more fruit but wanted to have a baseline of where it can go from here.
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Re: When does a beer become a fruit beer?
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2012, 12:12:36 AM »
except for in competition, in which case ajk's point stands, if there is fruit in it it's a fruit beer. sounds kinda good!
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Re: When does a beer become a fruit beer?
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2012, 04:03:08 AM »
except for in competition, in which case ajk's point stands, if there is fruit in it it's a fruit beer. sounds kinda good!
No, you are right, add fruit, its a fruit beer, if the fruit character doesn't stand out or overwhelms, then its a "not very good fruit beer".

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Re: When does a beer become a fruit beer?
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2012, 04:17:34 AM »
except for in competition, in which case ajk's point stands, if there is fruit in it it's a fruit beer. sounds kinda good!
No, you are right, add fruit, its a fruit beer, if the fruit character doesn't stand out or overwhelms, then its a "not very good fruit beer".

This is where I am hoping it ends up, somewhere in the middle. It has a nice aroma coming out of the fermenter.
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