Red-Currant Beer? Think Again

Written by Damon on August 19, 2008

When you add experimental ingredients to your beer, sometimes you’re going to have some heroic failures.

I made a red-currant wheat beer last summer that I’d call a heroic failure. I added about 2 lbs of red-currants to a wheat beer that I fermented with hefeweisen yeast.

The final product was terrible. Fermenting removed some essential element from the red-currant. I can’t think of anything to accurately compare the comparison that really does it.

Anyway, I wanted to share this so that anyone considering a red-currant beer would be saved the trouble.

Have you tried any ingredients that didn’t work? Please share your experiences.

Posted Under: Fruit Beers

4 replies to “Red-Currant Beer? Think Again

  1. Tikigirl

    I’m considering making a currant beer or maybe a lambic. I collected several pounds of wild currants over the weekend and am in the process of drying them. I’m hoping that, like raisins, the sugars will be more concentrated in the dried berry.

  2. Post Author Damon

    Hi Tikigirl,

    Have you considered syphoning off a small portion of the beer after secondary fermentation and using that to make the Lambic? It’s a great way of trying different things without risking a full batch of beer.

    Let me know how the dried fruit works out. Hmm, I’ve got some dried cherries…

    I’ll also ask the Dix brewer about his currant-wheat beer the next time that I see him.

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