I have an idea for a beer I’m entering into a small local competition. It’s a pretty cool comp. The idea is this. The head brewer at a local microbrewery is doing 2 mashes with 100% pilsner malt for a golden barley wine. He will only use the 1st runnings from both mashes since he needs a very high gravity, but there’s plenty of sugars left in the second runnings. So, my brew club broke up into 20 teams. Each team shows up at the brewery this saturday with a sanitized bucket to get 5 gallons of second runnings wort. We need to use this wort to make a different, interesting beer. The deal is we can only add 2lbs of base malt (pils, 2-row, MO, munich, etc) or extract. And we can add as much specialty/roasted malts and adjuncts as we want. Including fruits, spices, whatever. The head brewer, a member from our club and a few local beer bloggers/writers will be the judges in 2 months. The idea is to come up with something different and to be creative.
So, my idea is for a Hawaiian LuALE beer. I’m thinking smoked malt for that smoked pork flavor and adding pineapple and cherry to the secondary. My question is, who’s added pineapple and/or cherries to a beer? What type of recipe was it? How much, what type, and when did you add it? I’m thinking of adding the fruit to the secondary so the sugars don’t all ferment out. I’ve never used fruit (outside of some zest in the boil) and I’d love to get some input from the more experienced. Thanks for any input!