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Pick of the Season Cherry Ale

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Pick of the Season Cherry Ale

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Beer Style: Fruit Beer  (20A)
Recipe Type: extract
Yield: 5 US gallons

Fruit Beer


I decided to use lactose because several people thought Papazian's Cherries in the Snow was a bit dry.


  • 6 pounds, Laaglander light dry extract
  • 1/4 pound, crystal malt
  • 1/4 pound, lactose
  • 7-8 pounds, fresh sweet cherries
  • 1/2 ounce, Chinook hops (boil)
  • 1/2 ounce, Chinook hops (finish)
  • 1/2 ounce, Hallertauer hops (dry)
  • 1/2 teaspoon, Irish moss
  • Whitbread ale yeast

Additional Instructions

Primary Ferment: 2 days
Secondary Ferment: 6--8 weeks

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This recipe makes 5-1/2 gallons. Freeze cherries a couple days before brewing. Defrost in the fridge. While wort is boiling, remove stems and crush cherries. After boiling, pour wort over cherries in fermenter. Add cold water and pitch yeast. After a couple days, rack to secondary, straining out cherries.