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I am going to make the Apricot Amber Ale for my wife. I can only find apricots in light syrup rather than heavy. Will this make a difference? Is there a type of sugar I can add so that the beer does not lose anything such as ABV? Thanks

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2 hours ago, Marius said:

I am going to make the Apricot Amber Ale for my wife. I can only find apricots in light syrup rather than heavy. Will this make a difference? Is there a type of sugar I can add so that the beer does not lose anything such as ABV? Thanks

@MiniYoda, didn't you post something last year about a fruit supplier?

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I must live in a city that is into healthy canned fruit. Could not find apricots in heavy syrup in a store. I ended up draining the apricots and using the heavy syrup from a can of peaches. So, I've brewed my first fruit beer. I'm not sure about Cardamom and cinnamon in a beer but I'm going to trust the Mr. Beer creators. 

 

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Bottled the Apricot Amber Ale today and still on the fence. I am hoping that conditioning mellows out the spiciness. A little taste at bottling worried me that the flavor is overpowered by the cardamom and cinnamon when I was hoping to get a more pronounced apricot flavor. I gather that when fruit is added in the beginning, much of the flavor gets eaten away. I will have to wait and see. I guess it's true, you brew and you learn.

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One teaspoon is way too much cardamom for me. This is the first beer that I would not serve to a friend. I cannot say that it is undrinkable, but the spice is overwhelming. However, I am not going to quit trying. Next time I might use a quarter if any at all. The fruit probably needs a little help to bring out the flavor. I would like to do something with mangos. Anyone have suggestions for a mango wheat ale?

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On ‎3‎/‎17‎/‎2018 at 2:42 PM, D Kristof said:

@MiniYoda, didn't you post something last year about a fruit supplier?

 

A long time ago I posted a link to Oregon Fruit, but it looked like they only sold wholesale from the web site.

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I used dried apricots, scaled in boiling water and whizzed in a blender to puree.. 1/2 lb got a good flavor in an LBK. I added after  1 week of fermentation.

You can figure the equivalent sugar by the sugar content in label so you can adjust other fermentables to suit.  I did get lots of bits in the beer though despite bagging it. But they tasted good. 

 

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