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Prickly Pear Saison?
« on: April 23, 2014, 09:46:39 PM »
Has anyone used prickly pears in a beer? They opuntia will be loaded with them soon.

Last year at the Firestone beer festival I tried a prickly pear Saison from New Belgium that I really liked. 

When I was in college we used to steep them in spiced cider and drink it warm with early times whiskey when camping on the Channel Islands.

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Re: Prickly Pear Saison?
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2014, 07:36:29 AM »
I have a bunch forming on my cacti. If I can get to them before the critters do a Saison sounds like the ticket!
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Re: Prickly Pear Saison?
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2014, 01:00:01 PM »
That has been my plan for a while now. I just have to get the prickly pears when they are in season. It requires a lot of them to get much flavor.
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Re: Prickly Pear Saison?
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2014, 02:05:58 PM »
Isn't prickly pear sort of tart and pinkish/red ?  I was thinking it was. If so, that'd be great in saison.
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Re: Prickly Pear Saison?
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2014, 02:08:16 PM »
It is. Not a ton of flavor. I was thinking about 2 lbs per gallon

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Re: Prickly Pear Saison?
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2014, 02:09:41 PM »
That sounds like a nice match with saison. And the added color would be a bonus.
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Re: Prickly Pear Saison?
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2014, 01:14:29 PM »
Yes, I was thinking 2 lbs per gallon as well. Maybe have it ready for Valentine's Day.
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Re: Prickly Pear Saison?
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2014, 08:44:19 PM »
Just harvested about 100 prickly pears yesterday.  Processed them today, flamed off the glochids,  peeled and pureed, strained the seeds out.  I got about 1 gallon of juice.  I will add some to the boil and some in secondary.  I tried a little in my agave wheat  tonight and love it. I decided to brew my agave wheat substituting local cactus honey for the agave nectar and adding the prickly pears.  I will brew next week.  Froze the juice tonight. 
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Re: Prickly Pear Saison?
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2014, 08:46:18 AM »
I would skip adding it to the boil. You will set the pectin and lose a lot of flavor and aroma
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Re: Prickly Pear Saison?
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2014, 08:49:43 AM »
Thanks for the tip.  I will not boil it
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Re: Prickly Pear Saison?
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2014, 12:52:53 PM »
I would skip adding it to the boil. You will set the pectin and lose a lot of flavor and aroma

+1.  I'd add it to secondary and rack on top of the puree. The turbulence of primary fermentation can drive off more of the fruit character with the CO2 than in a gentler secondary fermentation. I look forward to hearing how it comes out. Sounds really interesting in a saison.
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Re: Prickly Pear Saison?
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2014, 11:38:18 AM »
This sounds interesting. How is the taste when used in a beer? The one time I tried prickly pear fruits (tuna) I thought it tasted like cotton candy/bubble gum. Plus, it had a lot of gelatin consistency. I would like to attempt a mead with them.