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Secondary fermentation from fruit
« on: September 16, 2015, 12:38:55 AM »
So I just added 3.6 lbs of semi frozen  wild huckleberries to5 gallery of a blonde ale. I let primary go for 2wks and it reached its expected fg. Should I expect any significant fermentation now, with the new juice?
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Re: Secondary fermentation from fruit
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2015, 12:48:52 AM »
You will get a secondary fermentation from the fruit, even though most of the additional alcohol will be negated by the water in the fruit in terms of overall abv%. I'd give it a couple weeks after adding the fruit ,then verify FG.
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Re: Secondary fermentation from fruit
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2015, 12:53:00 AM »
Ok thanks
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Re: Secondary fermentation from fruit
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2015, 04:25:27 PM »
You will get a secondary fermentation from the fruit, even though most of the additional alcohol will be negated by the water in the fruit in terms of overall abv%. I'd give it a couple weeks after adding the fruit ,then verify FG.

+1  on tap at my house now is a mosaic IPA that i racked onto 3lbs of blueberries in the secondary.  FG when i added to the secondary was 1.014.  After two weeks on the blueberries I racked to a clean carboy and cold crashed before kegging(wanted a clear pretty beer on tap) and final gravity dropped from 1.014 to 1.012- although I only kept it in the primary for 7 days...

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Re: Secondary fermentation from fruit
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2015, 04:32:34 PM »


3lbs frozen bluebrerries

You can see a tiny krausen on the berries in the carboy photo
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Re: Secondary fermentation from fruit
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2015, 04:34:10 PM »
Pretty beer !
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Re: Secondary fermentation from fruit
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2015, 07:44:27 PM »
Yep.  I usually give my fruit beers 2-4 wks to ferment and condition again after adding the fruit.  This allows the extra fruit sugars to be fully fermented and allows the beer to clear a bit as well before packaging.