John Watson of Southbury, CT, member of the Underground Brewers Club of Connecticut, won a gold medal in Category #20: Fruit Beer during the 2008 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Cincinnati, OH. Watson’s Fruit Beer was chosen as the best among 114 final round entries in the category.
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It’s All Mine So Keep Back Berliner Weisse | Sour Ale
- 9.0 lb (4.5 kg) Weyermann wheat malt
- 11.0 lb (4.99 kg) Durst pils malt
- 5.0 lb (2.27 kg) sour cherries
- 1.0 oz (28 g) Hallertau whole hops, 3% a.a. (30 min.)
- Wyeast No. 3191 Berliner Weisse ale yeast blend (500 mL starter)
- Original Gravity: 1.034
- Final Gravity: 1.01
- ABV: 3.15%
- Mash in at 150° F (60° C) and hold for 60 minutes. Rack fermented beer on to cherries.
- Primary fermentation for 15 days at 70° F (20° C) in glass.
- Secondary Fermentation for 10 days at 70° F (20°C) in glass.
- Tertiary Fermentation for 30 days on fruit at 70° F (20°C) in glass.
- Forced CO2 to carbonate (3 vol).