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apricot beer?
« on: January 28, 2014, 03:19:52 PM »
i was looking into brewing an apricot beer, but i tried one from Pyramid and it was really perfumy.  is there a way to make it so its not so over powering and taste like perfume? i want the flavor, the sweetness, but i dont want it to kick me in the mouth with floral. any good recipes out there or am i reaching?
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Re: apricot beer?
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 03:48:46 PM »
i was looking into brewing an apricot beer, but i tried one from Pyramid and it was really perfumy.  is there a way to make it so its not so over powering and taste like perfume? i want the flavor, the sweetness, but i dont want it to kick me in the mouth with floral. any good recipes out there or am i reaching?

you won't get the sweetness from any real fruit. any sugar you add that tastes sweet will ferment out. there are artificial sweeteners you can use that don't ferment out but they tend to leave unpleasant flavours as well as sweetness. There are un-fermentable natural sugars you can add (sorbitol, lactose) but they tend to be a lot less sweet than fermentables.

Apricots are pretty perfumy. I think that's the nicest thing about them. I don't know if pyramid uses real fruit, extract, or a combination but if you use real fruit the aroma and flavor will be somewhat more subdued. You also have control over how much fruit/flavoring to add so you can experiment and find a balance you like.
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Re: apricot beer?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 04:09:38 PM »
I've made many fruit beers for my wife and I think you'll get what you want if you leave out the little bottle of "flavoring" that brew shops love to sell. My understanding is that quite a few breweries and brewpubs that make fruit beers use fruit or fruit puree (often in secondary), but then reinforce the fruit flavor and aroma by adding these similar flavoring products at bottling or to the serving vessel. And apricots have a wonderful aroma as is - I think the flavoring bottles add a strong but artificial (go figure) flavor and aroma.
 I would take a basic American Wheat base recipe, add a can or two of Oregon apricot puree to a secondary fermenter, and leave as is. I've done it and my wife has loved it - and no artificial fruit character !  Good luck !
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Re: apricot beer?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2014, 08:56:54 AM »
I agree; using actual fruit alone lessens that perfume quality. No essence/extract/whatever at bottling.
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Re: apricot beer?
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2014, 09:49:42 AM »
This beer has won gold at GABF. They might be able to provide some pointers...

http://drydockbrewing.com/our-beer/apricot-blonde-2
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Re: apricot beer?
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2014, 03:04:42 PM »
Dry Dock is about 10 mins from my house and their Apricot Blonde is fantastic!  I'm not a big fruit beer fan, but this one won me over.  They add apricot purée 3-5 days after fermentation begins and adds apricot extract at canning/ kegging.  Northern Brewer has their recipe and kit on their website .
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Re: apricot beer?
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2014, 06:46:45 AM »
thanks everyone. i think i will play with it, definitely. i love fruity 'girly' flavors, but that one was too much. hopefully i can tone it down. :) i cant wait to try it.
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Re: apricot beer?
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2014, 08:41:51 AM »
Dry Dock is about 10 mins from my house and their Apricot Blonde is fantastic!  I'm not a big fruit beer fan, but this one won me over.  They add apricot purée 3-5 days after fermentation begins and adds apricot extract at canning/ kegging.  Northern Brewer has their recipe and kit on their website .

Interesting. I didn't get any of that fake/chemically extract flavor in their beer. I wonder what brand they use and how they are dosing it. I've seen the NB version but that doesn't mean the process in the NB recipe aligns perfectly with the brewhouse process.
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