# Writer: Mick Spencer

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## Ciphering Fruit Beers

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Calculating the impact a fruit addition will have on a beer’s ABV is tricky — so much so that even commercial brewers have gotten in trouble for miscalculating their influence on gravity. We take a closer look at the math required to get it right.

## Boysenberry Crème Blonde Ale

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Boysenberry Crème Blonde Ale (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain) OG = 1.065  FG = 1.024IBU = 15  SRM = 5   ABV = 5% This fruit beer straddles the line between decadent and quaffable. The OG and SRM are for the base beer. The FG and ABV include the impact of the fruit addition.  Ingredients4.9 lbs. (2.2

## Blood Orange Hefeweizen

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Blood Orange Hefeweizen (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain) OG = 1.053  FG = 1.013IBU = 9  SRM = 4   ABV = 5.2% Blood orange is a perfect match for the banana and clove of

## The Lacto Lounge

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Lactic acid-type sour beers (Berliner weisse, Gose, and the like) can be produced by several methods, all of which involve fermentation with at least one bacteria (usually a Lactobacillus species) and at least one yeast strain. The bacteria sours the wort or beer by lowering its pH, and the yeast produces all or most of

## Berlin Smoothie

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Berlin Smoothie (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.032  FG = 1.005IBU = 0  SRM = 3  ABV = 4% This take on Berliner weisse forgoes any hop additions and incorporates two fruits not often seen together in beer, but it works beautifully. The blueberries and pineapple add a lovely deep claret color that’s unclassifiable. The

## Raspberry Gose

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Raspberry Gose (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.046  FG = 1.009IBU = 0  SRM = 3  ABV = 4.7% The OG is prior to souring. The FG and ABV include the impact

## Mango Habanero Cherry Bomb Sauce

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This recipe can be adjusted for heat, consistency, or flavor. One adjustment I have made is substituting raspberries for some of the mango (pictured above).  Mango Habanero Cherry Bomb Sauce (Approximately 60 fluid oz. (1.75 L) finished hot sauce) Though not a beer recipe, this hot sauce made with Lactobacillus-fermented hot peppers is another use

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How good is your homebrew? How would you know? Some homebrewers just want to know if they’re truly making good beer, and how to improve it. Others would like to know how their brews stack up against some sort of average. In this article we’ll examine some ways to approach answering these questions, including the