Vintner's Harvest Raspberry Puree
Sterile raspberry puree can be added directly to the primary or secondary fermenter - do not boil.
Vintner's Harvest Purees can be used in any beer or wine recipe that calls for fruit. The purees contain no seeds and have been commercially sterilized. Because the seeds have been removed, purees are slightly more concentrated than whole fruit. Use 10-15% less raspberry puree than called for by recipe. Contains 3 lbs, 1 oz of puree.
I used this with the 5 gallon American Wheat Ale extract kit and the Omega Hothead yeast (Alabama temperatures being uncertain in the spring). I used the entire can of raspberry purée in the batch during a secondary fermentation period after transfer. Bottled after about 2 weeks in secondary and conditioned about 3 weeks. I like it. It’s light & fruity with just enough raspberry tartness. That said, next time for fun I may add a bit of Brett along with the purée during secondary for my spring beer or perhaps use an amber malt for more body allowing the raspberry to act as a more subtle part of the brew for cooler weather. It should be fun experimenting with different variations.
I was nervous to add the cost of this to one of my brews, but I'm glad I took the leap. It came out awesome! I enjoy brewing beer, but I've branched out to hard ciders and lemonades. I added the raspberry purée to a hard cran/raspberry juice and it might be the best thing I've made. Slightly tart, but I added lactose to sweeten it. This is a first with both products and the early results are promising. Just bottled it and I can't wait to try the carbonated version.
I read the other reviews on this puree and I should have heeded the warnings of how intense the flavor is in this puree. I got lazy and used the whole can. I didn't want to take the time to measure it out to only add half or so at first and add more if it wasn't enough. Added it to 2ndary for 1 week and tasted before I racked it over again to clear out. It was a strong raspberry flavor, at least for me. Everybody's taste is different, but I really suggest starting with half a can or so at first. Good tasting product.
Great product. I used this in my wheat beer.and it came out great.