Cherry Beer

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  1. Jul 29, 2019 #1

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    Afternoon all, I did my first brew with a Grainfather recently and had good results with an American IPA, but looking to do something with fruit next. I've never done anything with fruit before but got the taste for a cherry Kriek that Tesco does and wanted to try and replicate that. I've been told it can take years to produce an authentic Kriek, which I don't really want to do, so was wondering if anyone had any suggestions, or recipes for a similar cherry beer that they'd had success with using a Grainfather?
     
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    You could kettle sour and add cherries during fermentation.
    Is the Tesco kriek a sweet one?
     
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    I've often used Lowicz Cherry Syrup in PA's and Lagers.

    It gives a discernible taste even after fermentation.
     
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  4. Jul 30, 2019 #4

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    Thanks, and at what part of the process is this added?
     
  5. Jul 30, 2019 #5

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    Sorry, you lost me at kettle sour, this isn't something I've heard of before?

    Relatively new to grain brewing, so not sure.

    The Tesco Kriek isn't particularly sweet, I've tasted sweeter, it's almost wine-like.
     
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    Which one is it? If it's the Bacchus Kriek that they have sold for a few years now, I would consider that very sweet for the style. The only other Kriek I have seen for sale in a supermarket is Boon Kriek in Waitrose. Even that is quite sweet, but far more tart than the Bacchus.
     
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    For what its worth, I am still umming and ahhing about the recipe but this is ml latest draft:

    Hold the Cherries
    Method: All Grain
    Style: Fruit Beer
    Boil Time: 60 min
    Batch Size: 13 liters (fermentor volume)
    Boil Size: 28.5 liters
    Boil Gravity: 1.028 (recipe based estimate)
    Efficiency: 75% (brew house)
    Calories: 196 calories (Per 355mL)
    Share: <EMBED>

    Original Gravity:
    1.060
    Final Gravity:
    1.011
    ABV (standard):
    6.51%
    IBU (tinseth):
    18.99
    EBC (ebcmorey):
    14.14
    1.5 kg Belgian - Pilsner 37 1.6 25.6%
    360 g German - Carapils 35 1.3 6.1%
    500 g Torrified Wheat 36 2 8.5%
    3 kg Cherry, Montmorency 3.55 0 51.2%
    500 g Belgian Candi Sugar - Amber/Brown (60L) 38 23.04 8.5%
    5.86 kg Total
    Saaz 2.5 Boil 60 min

    Yeast : Safale Belgian 256
     
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    you can make a low abv beer then pour a bottle of cherry brandy liqueur 20% in.
    or try brewferm kriek, it all depends on how much cherry hit you want?
     
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    It'd be good to find out which one.

    Kettle souring is a quick way to sour a beer (there's a few ways but one is to sour with lactobacillus before you boil) - the method is explained in this recipe https://beerandbrewing.com/sixth-street-sour-recipe/ (which his great BTW)
     
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    Yeah, it is the Bacchus one, I thought it was sweet, but not overly so, I have tasted sweeter cherry beers. Although, I'm sure our individual palates have a lot to do with it.
     
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    It's the Bacchus Kriek. Thanks for the info on this.
     
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    Many thanks for this. I'd be doing this in a Grainfather Connect, is there anything else I should be aware of and do you know how I could convert this to use in the app?
     
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    Thanks for the info, seems like a good alternative
     
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    To be honest mate Ive not brewed this yet and when I do it will be experimental - its just the work in progress of combining several ideas, thoughts etc.
     

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