Fruit in beer ratio question

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Dale Wheeler
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Fruit in beer ratio question

#1 Post by Dale Wheeler » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:34 am

I've got an extra 2 gallons of hefe still in the primary after 2 weeks, and want to throw some fruit on it then keg in another week. Planning on mango. This will be fresh diced, not pre-frozen.
Question: How much fruit per gallon? I've read 1 lb per gallon, does this sound about right?
Also, if I use a mesh bag to keep it contained, will that affect anything?
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Re: Fruit in beer ratio question

#2 Post by Joe Yoder » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:55 am

From our limited experience with adding fruit to beer, I would say that a pound per gallon is about right, but certainly depends on the amount of flavor that you want and the amount of flavor available in the fruit. Using a bag would limit the amount of flavor transferred to the beer.
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Re: Fruit in beer ratio question

#3 Post by Ace » Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:24 pm

I would add that you might want to puree it, as its all about surface area.

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