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Grapes in beer, lbs/gal?

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t0rin0
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beers 72 º places 1508 º 15:42 Fri 8/3/2012

I just assumed 2 lbs per gallon to get something pretty strong like St Lamvinus but now I知 wondering if 10 lbs of grapes (in 5 gallons) is going to increase the volume a lot or increase the abv a lot.

Also, should I be pressing them and just adding the juice or does it matter if I add all the other junk too?

In case it matters I have Tempranillo that is ready to go and soon I値l have Riesling (supposedly, some wild grape from Germany that my friends dad brought here decades ago) and Chardonnay, and maybe (if it actually ripens) some Chenin Blanc and Cinsault.

 
JoeMcPhee
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beers 9004 º places 529 º 16:12 Fri 8/3/2012

I壇 add all the grapes - there痴 more there than just the juice. Your volume will change by about 4L (1 gallon) if you add 10 lbs.

 
Cletus
beers 6355 º places 233 º 16:13 Fri 8/3/2012

Crush them, but add them skins and all.

 
spacecoyote
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13:15 Sat 8/4/2012

Are you making a lambic-style, or an ale with fruit?

 
t0rin0
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beers 72 º places 1508 º 13:35 Sat 8/4/2012

Originally posted by spacecoyote
Are you making a lambic-style, or an ale with fruit?




Probably should have mentioned the style. Sour/"lambic" (so as not to offend anyone). But considering how much I値l have next year I値l probably experiment with other styles as well like my Berliners and saisons.

 
NobleSquirrel
beers 3438 º places 209 º 17:40 Sat 8/4/2012

Originally posted by t0rin0
Originally posted by spacecoyote
Are you making a lambic-style, or an ale with fruit?




Probably should have mentioned the style. Sour/"lambic" (so as not to offend anyone). But considering how much I値l have next year I値l probably experiment with other styles as well like my Berliners and saisons.


What kind of grapes?

 
t0rin0
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beers 72 º places 1508 º 18:43 Sat 8/4/2012

Originally posted by NobleSquirrel
Originally posted by t0rin0
Originally posted by spacecoyote
Are you making a lambic-style, or an ale with fruit?




Probably should have mentioned the style. Sour/"lambic" (so as not to offend anyone). But considering how much I値l have next year I値l probably experiment with other styles as well like my Berliners and saisons.


What kind of grapes?


I have Tempranillo that is ready to go and soon I値l have Riesling (supposedly, some wild grape from Germany that my friends dad brought here decades ago) and Chardonnay, and maybe (if it actually ripens) some Chenin Blanc and Cinsault.

Next year there might be some Cabernet and Zinfandel available.

 
Cletus
beers 6355 º places 233 º 13:43 Mon 8/6/2012

Originally posted by t0rin0
Originally posted by NobleSquirrel
Originally posted by t0rin0
Originally posted by spacecoyote
Are you making a lambic-style, or an ale with fruit?




Probably should have mentioned the style. Sour/"lambic" (so as not to offend anyone). But considering how much I値l have next year I値l probably experiment with other styles as well like my Berliners and saisons.


What kind of grapes?


I have Tempranillo that is ready to go and soon I値l have Riesling (supposedly, some wild grape from Germany that my friends dad brought here decades ago) and Chardonnay, and maybe (if it actually ripens) some Chenin Blanc and Cinsault.

Next year there might be some Cabernet and Zinfandel available.


If you have the time, saisons and tripels are excellent base recipes for beers that include chardonnay and/or riesling grapes.

 
rudolf
beers 2344 º places 104 º 14:07 Mon 8/6/2012

I added 5 lbs of concord grapes to 2.5 gallons of lambic. They sat for 8 months before bottling. The color & flavor is great - I might increase the quantity to 3 lbs/gal next time, but I知 really quite happy with it @ 2 lbs/gal.

Cheers,
Rudy

 
NobleSquirrel
beers 3438 º places 209 º 07:58 Tue 8/7/2012

I壇 also recommend reaching out to John Laffler with Goose Island as he has produced a number of beers with grapes, sours and saisons alike...

 
OldSock
10:31 Tue 8/7/2012

We did 8 lbs of frozen Cabernet Sauvignon in about 4-4.5 gallons on wine barrel aged lambic-ish sour. After four months it was beautiful. Great fresh berry (raspberry especially) in the nose, lovely pink-purple color. Took first in the first round of the NHCs this year.

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