Back in July we had our Fruit Group Brew . Billy B and Robert brewed their own versions of this beer style.
Here are their notes on how their brews turned out:
Billy B.'s “Salty Gose the Margarita”
I had a blast brewing this beer because of all the crazy stuff I did with it. The challenge was to hit the unique profile I was targeting (basically a margarita beer) without going overboard on the exotic ingredients.
As a recap, I ended up using salt, coriander, acid malt, lactic acid, lime zest, and Tripel Sec as ingredients. The lactic acid was added a bottling because the acid malt didn't quite provide the sourness I desired, and the Tripel Sec was used in place of corn sugar for bottling.
Overall I'm very happy with this beer. I've tried one bottle and it went down very quickly which is exactly what I was going for. It needs more time to carbonate which should improve it 100%. High carbonation is crucial with this brew. The sourness isn't too intense, about the same as a Berliner Weisse, and the lime/salt/Tripel Sec combo certainly give it a margarita flavor. It is a thirst quencher for sure.
The abv clocked in at 3.7% before the Tripel Sec addition and I'm too lazy to figure out how much booze it adds, but it's still a low alcohol brew. I'll see how the beer turns out when properly carbonated but will likely brew this one again as a summer time session beer.
Robert French's “Tipsy Melons Watermelon Wheat”
I hit all my numbers right on and the brewing/fermentation went very smooth. I really enjoyed brewing this beer and tasting it with friends. Brewing with an ingredient such as watermelon invokes many ideas of what the beer would really taste like. A few people have tired and the results are a bit mixed. While some have enjoyed a few consecutive pints others have felt the flavor of the beer might be enjoyed better in moderation.
The beer is different that is for sure and over-all I'm happy with the results. The color is a light golden with a bright white head. The aroma is melon for sure, but there is an interesting “cucumber” aroma that seems to be more present as the beer loses carbonation. Over-all the aroma is very light. The beer finishs dry with a light bitterness. As it warms a bit there is a slight “rind” astringency, although no rind was used in the beer. The watermelon really comes though as the beer warms.
A few things I would consider if I chose to brew this again. I used White Labs WLP001 yeast which leaves a clean finish, I might consider using White Labs Cal V which would give a fruiter finsih. The Liberty Hops I feel were fine and don't really think they need to be adjusted. The fruit addition would be moved from the end of the fermentation and only used in the secondary.
How About You?
If you brewed a Fruit Beer with us, go ahead and let us know how it turned out down in the comments.
Thanks to eveyone who participated. See you at the next Group Brew.