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Fruit Beer Recipes

Fruit beers have a long history, especially the Belgian lambic styles. Cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and peach are the most common additions to fruit beers.

Basic Fruit Beer Recipe

  • 4-pound can Alexanders pale malt extract
  • 1/2 pound light dry extract
  • 10 HBU hops
  • 1/4 teaspoon Irish moss
  • 2 gallons fruit juice (ie. apple, pineapple, cranberry, or raspberry)
  • yeast

  • Fruit Beer Making Process:
    This recipe was described in the Summer 1987 issue of Zymurgy. See the issue for procedural details. When I brew with fruit I do not add fruit to the boil, this will set the pectins to creating a haze. Instead add them after the boil and steep. I generally use a wheat malt extract to emulate a lambic frambozen. Try a Lindemann Framboise to see what you're shooting for. They use unmalted wheat in their beer. (Source: John Isenhour)

    Blackberry Stout Recipe

  • 1 can Mount Mellick Famous Irish Stout extract
  • 3 pounds M&F dark dry malt extract
  • 4 pounds frozen blackberries
  • 1 pound dark crystal malt
  • 1/2 pound black patent malt
  • 1/2 pound roasted barley
  • 1-1/2 ounces Hallertauer hops
  • 1/2 ounce Fuggles hops
  • ale yeast
  • corn sugar (priming)

  • Blackberry Stout Making Process:
    Start grains in brewpot with cool water. Remove when boil commences. Add all malt and Hallertauer hops. Boil 1 hour. Add Fuggles and boil 5 more minutes. Remove from heat. Add thawed blackberries and steep 15 minutes. Cool. Dump whole mess into primary. After a couple rack to secondary, straining out berries. (Source: Andy Wilcox)

    Strawberry Beer Recipe

  • 3.3 pounds M&F amber hopped syrup
  • 3-1/2 pounds dry light malt
  • 1 pound crushed crystal malt
  • 1 ounce Northern Brewer leaf hops, (alpha=8.0%) 1 hour boil
  • 8 pints fresh strawberries, washed, stemmed, pureed
  • 4 Tablespoons pectin enzyme
  • Ale yeast starter

  • Strawberry Beer Making Process:
    Make a yeast starter by boiling 1 cup dry malt extract in a quart of water and cool to below 90 degrees F. Add four of Red Star Ale yeast and agitate. Let set for two hours. Steep crystal malt in 1 gallon of water for a while, then "rinse" in another 1--1/2 gallons. (I preboil.) Add malt and boiling hops and boil liquid for 1 hour. Turn down heat to very low flame and add pureed strawberries, heat for 15-20 minutes. Remove hops then cool wort. Dump in primary fermenter and add cold bottled water. The temp should be around 65-70. Dump in the yeast starter. The next day or sooner, add about 4 tablespoons of pectic enzyme, right into the beer. Rack after 3- 4 days. Bottle with 3/4 cup corn sugar. (Source: Issue #659n)

    Cranberry Beer Recipe

  • 6 pounds extra light dry malt extract
  • 1 pound Munich malt
  • 1 ounce Fuggles boiling
  • 3 bags frozen cranberries
  • 1 ounce Fuggles as finishing hops
  • yeast

  • Cranberry Beer Making Procedure:
    I thawed the berries and blended with enough water to make a little over 2 quarts of slush. Meanwhile I did a normal extract brew using the Munich malt as a specialty grain (i.e., put in a double layered pair of clean panty hose and stuck in the pot while I bring the cold water to a boil). At the end of the hour of boiling I put in the finishing hops and poured in the cranberry liquid for the final minute or two as I turned off the heat. I bottled after a week. (Source: Dave Bonar)

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