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troy
06/21/08 12:13 AM  
Cherries
I moved in January and I now have a cherry tree. The most expert opinion I can get is that they are of the Rainier variety (I am in SE Washington). There are way too many to eat, so I must make beer with them.

How do you make a good kriek?

BPotts
06/21/08 10:03 AM  
Re: Cherries
Pick em off the tree, freeze them and then thaw out, and add to secondary of desired bug beer!
BPotts
06/21/08 10:03 AM  
Re: Cherries
Oh yeah, go for around 1 lb. per gallon, if not more.
troy
06/22/08 09:43 AM  
Re: Cherries
Can anyone give some advice on a good base beer to go with the cherries?
SteveG
06/23/08 09:07 AM  
Re: Cherries
What do they taste like?
Mike T
06/23/08 09:54 AM  
Re: Cherries
"Can anyone give some advice on a good base beer to go with the cherries?"

Cherries do well in just about any funky/sour style. Iíve added them to a pale 100% Brett A beer, and a Belgian Strong Dark with Brett. You could always go classic with a Lambic or Flanders Red as well. If you really want to go off the deep end try them in a dark lager, I made a tasty doppelbock a few years back that sat on a few pounds of cherries for a month before lagering. Good luck

Luber
07/03/08 07:08 PM  
Re: Cherries
On a non-Belgian note, a sweet porter or stout works great with a lot of fruits - I've done sour cherry, blueberry, raspberry and black currant - all good.
n'ej
07/03/08 07:26 PM  
Re: Cherries
This year's Rainiers taste pretty sweet to me, as they generally do.

Can you skip those, and add a sour "pie" cherry to a decent sour-beer, of at least 1-summer's age?

BPotts
07/03/08 07:44 PM  
Re: Cherries
Why not? I think sour cherries/less sweet varities are better in the first place. From what I understand Ranier's have a high sugar content which isn't necessarily a good thing.
 
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