I now that fruity beer isn’t for everyone, but I have always loved Pyramid’s Apricot Ale. For Christmas I got some Brewcraft apricot natural fruit flavor so I tried it in this batch. OMG, it is YUM! So easy too. Perfect for summer (although it is cold and rainy now. Brrr.) The color is really nice too.
I haven’t tried this yeast before. It is hard to tell how it affected the flavor since I added the apricot. It certainly fermented nicely and left no strange flavors. This recipe is for a three gallon batch.
- 1 lb. Belgian Pilsner malt
- 3 lbs. light malt extract
- .75 oz. Fuggle at 60 minutes and .25 oz. at 5 minutes.
- WYeast 1056 American Ale
- 3 oz. Apricot Brewcraft Natural Fruit Flavor added before bottling (right in the bottling bucket)
- 2/3 cup priming sugar
Due to both fear of contamination and pure laziness, I stopped measuring the alcohol level in my beer (and yes I have gotten grief about this.) I would say that this particular beer is stronger than my normal brews. Maybe I should use a bit less DME next time to get a lighter beer. I can’t drink more than one of these. But I want to.