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12-27-2006, 12:46 PM
In the process of infusing some currants into a beer. Few questions for those who might have some info on usage.

Black or red currants?
Usage, pounds per gallon/bbl?
Time/temp in contact?
Currants whole,pureed?

Any help from those in the know would be appreciated.

Greg Quinn
12-27-2006, 06:45 PM
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Greg Quinn
Ther Currant Company

12-28-2006, 04:07 PM
These very nice folks grow real black currants on a large scale in Vermont... they sell in various forms (puree, etc.).

Cherry Hill Farm

good luck!

12-29-2006, 08:59 AM
Thank for the info on sources...but... what I really need is what I asked for in the way of usage, pounds per gallon/bbl? Time in contact with the beer, temperature the contact happens at. Currants whole or pureed??? This info is what I really need, anyone out there who can help?

Anyone? Bueller?

12-29-2006, 11:43 PM
hey mike -

it is obvious that you are thinking of adding this fruit during some point of the hotside - but why don't you consider adding them into the conditioning post-fermentation? just like anything else - i suppose you could start out with a pound per BBL and keep adding to taste in the conditioning tank...? perhaps you could add some directly into the primary and allow it to ferment out a bit... it all depends on how much flavor/accent you were looking for! perhaps contact gerhart or selders at dogfish [au currant] and ask them for some input...
lead the way, mike.
good luck...
shaun e.

12-31-2006, 11:18 PM
Actually Shaun I have no intention of adding into hot wort. My apologies for not being clear on that. I'm adding it post primary fermentation, the question about time and temperature was questioning what temperature they should be infused at and for how long they should be allowed to be in contact with the beer.

So does anyone have any info on currants?

03-10-2007, 06:28 PM
I just purchased a pound at the local Whole Foods store fresh. I tasted a few and froze the rest I am planning to add them to the secondary right before kegging for a 5-10 gallon batch. I am thinking of a slightly sweet beer the red currants were pretty bitter. I am no expert on how much to use but I would try pureed in the BBT. Good luck ...