Fruit Beer with 3.81% ABV, 13.8 IBUs, and 3.2 SRM. Broad category for virtually any style of fruit flavored ale or lager. ENTRANT MUST SPECIFY UNDERLYING BEER STYLE AS WELL AS TYPE...

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A clone of the refreshingly pink ale from McMenamins brewing in Portland, Oregon.

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Single infusion mash around 150.

After primary fermentation, add a few pounds raspberry puree. This is what gives the beer its final color and unique taste. It also bumps the available sugars  and feeds the yeast resulting in a lower FG. Final ABV will be closer to 4.4%

How many Raspberries?

This is the tough question… McMenamins uses 42 lbs of Aseptic Red Raspberry puree from Oregon Fruit per 200 gallons. This works out to only about 1 lb per 5 gallon batch. However, typical fresh or frozen raspberries will have a considerably lower sugar content.

Homebrewers have produced great results using 3-6 lbs of fruit per 5 gallons. Fresh or frozen fruit should be  cooked and smashed. This will maximize the color and lower the chance of wild yeast contamination. Avoid chopping the seeds, which can add a bitter flavor.

Finally, consider the addition of pectic enzyme to reduce the haze in the final beer.


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