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Offline lizaambler

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Pear Saison
« on: June 26, 2017, 12:38:37 PM »
Yesterday, I brewed a Saison, to which I plan to add some pear. It's a three gallon batch, and I'm not sure of the best way to get the pear flavor. I also don't know how much to add, and when. I'd like to avoid doing a secondary, but it's not totally out of the question. Any advice? Thanks!

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Re: Pear Saison
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2017, 01:59:10 PM »
I have added pureed pears directly to the fermenter after activity slows. The flavor didn't carry through much to the end of the beer but it did give it a cidery (perry) type character. I think for a 5 gallon batch I used three 16 oz cans of pears in juice.
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Re: Pear Saison
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2017, 02:40:31 PM »
So you pureed the pears yourself before adding them? Three 16 oz cans is more than I expected.

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Re: Pear Saison
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2017, 02:46:16 PM »
So you pureed the pears yourself before adding them? Three 16 oz cans is more than I expected.

Yes pureed them myself in a blender then added the contents directly to the fermenter. 3 cans in 5 gallons is just what I used as a reference point however it was not a saison. I don't think pear is a very assertive flavor and to me it gave it move of a cider type character. When using fruit I shoot for it as a subtle flavor component without creating what I consider to be a 'fruit beer'.
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Re: Pear Saison
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2017, 03:22:18 PM »
Plan on using 1-1.5 lb/gal of pears.

I've never been a big fan of canned fruit in beer. I would use fresh and cut off the core. You would need to buy a lot more than the weight you need in the beer to account for the weight of the cores.
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Re: Pear Saison
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2017, 03:32:17 PM »
I agree that fresh, very ripe fruit, and lots of it is the way to go, especially with something as subtle as pear.
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Re: Pear Saison
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2017, 05:40:52 PM »
A while back I was planning on brewing a Belgian Golden Strong Ale with half the batch getting some pears on it.
I was going to attempt to use good organic pear juice for this. May be something to consider.

(never did get around to this one unfortunately)

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Re: Pear Saison
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2017, 07:18:58 PM »
Running pears through a good juicer is another option.
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Re: Pear Saison
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2017, 04:11:44 PM »
Last night I had a beer that supposedly contained pears. I couldn't taste them at all. Now I'm thinking peaches. I would assume the same preparation would apply?

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Re: Pear Saison
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2017, 04:22:10 PM »
Last night I had a beer that supposedly contained pears. I couldn't taste them at all. Now I'm thinking peaches. I would assume the same preparation would apply?
Yes, peaches are subtle too but not as subtle as pears. They benefit from a bit of acidity that seems to bring out their flavor IMO. If your saison is already a bit tart that might be enough.
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Re: Pear Saison
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2017, 08:15:56 PM »
You may want to consider apricots, rather than peaches.  I have tasted some beers with apricots and they tended to be pretty "peachy".  Just a thought - Cheers.
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Re: Pear Saison
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2017, 10:32:26 PM »
OK folks, it's time to add my pears. This is my latest thinking. I'm going to soak the pears in some cheap French wine with a Campden tablet, and add the liquid on Sunday. I have cut up a pound of fresh pears for a 3 gallon batch. I hope this works.