Priming with Pear (or other fruit) juice

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by beerinNV, Apr 25, 2013.

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  1. beerinNV

    beerinNV Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 Nevada

    I wanted to get the communities experiences/opinions on utilizing pear juice for bottle carbonating as opposed to corn sugar. I know Logsdon does it quite successfully, and am wondering if it's something I might like to try.

    Does it work well for them because of the styles of beer they make?
    What are your thoughts about an IPA (or double or triple IPA) primed with pear juice? How about a big stout?
    In that same vein, is there a good source for organic (read non GMO) grains, malt extracts (dry or liquid), etc.

    Looking forward to your insight
     
  2. beerinNV

    beerinNV Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 Nevada

    I'm guessing by the crickets this is not a common practice. Also wondering what an appropriate amount of juice would be for say a 5 gallon batch...
     
  3. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    The appropriate amount would vary depending on the desired amount of carbonation you want. If you read the nutrition label you can see how many grams of sugar are in the juice then use the calculator to determine how many grams you need for your batch. I don't know the sugar makeup of each fruit, but I think using the sucrose measurement would get you in the ballpark.

    http://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator/
    http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html

    Google is another good resource too. This topic has been discussed on other forums.
     
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  4. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Initiate (0) May 11, 2007 Minnesota

    The quantity is probably low enough that you would not detect the juice in the finished product.

    But, if you do this and figure it out please report back. I would be interested to hear your findings.
     
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  5. NiceFly

    NiceFly Aspirant (275) Dec 22, 2011 Tajikistan

    I agree with mnstorm99 that the amount of juice probably would not impact the flavor.

    Hovever, no reason not to try if you want. I would take a gravity sample of the juice and consider that 100% fermentable. Calculate how much juice for your desired carbonation level and go for it.
     
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