crabapples

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corkybstewart
crabapples

I have a small crababpple tree that produces about 10-15 pounds of fruit every year. I usually use them to make cider but last year I brewed a Belgian blonde ale and added 10 pounds of crabapples and a dose of brett in secondary. After several months I racked the beer to a keg and let it sit another month for the brett to develop. The end result was a very crisp, dry beer with subtle apple flavor. The keg was finished in a month(fast for me).

denny
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How did you process the

How did you process the apples, corky?

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corkybstewart
I washed them, then put them

I washed them, then put them in the freezer.
I brewed 10 gallons of this beer in my conical, then split the batch into 2 6.5 gallon carboys. Before I racked the beer I put the frozen apples (whole) into one fermenter and frozen cherries in the other. The cherry beer was OK, but the crabapple was outstanding. I've got a great looking batch of crabapples again this year so I'll do it again, but maybe with a different beer.

denny
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So you didn't mash up the

So you didn't mash up the crabapples at all? Did they break down due to freezing?

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corkybstewart
Sorry Denny, the 11th was the

Sorry Denny, the 11th was the start of a very bad week, then we took off on vacation.
They turn to mush as they thaw so I have to get them into the carboy before they thaw. By the end of fermentation they were pretty well destroyed.
And the good news today is that I didn't actually finish the keg, somebody had just taken the beer line off of it. I still have a couple of gallons. It's amazing what you find when you clean out your kegerators and fridges.