WE BREW BEER USING FRUIT PUREE AS AN INGREDIENT FOR OUR COMMERCIAL BREWERY. TO PROPERLY PRODUCE FRUIT BEERS WITH PROPER FRUIT CHARACTER, HOW MUCH PUREE SHOULD WE USE TO BREW WITH?
Our customers typically use 1/2 - 2 pounds of puree per gallon of finished beer. So, for a 7 barrel system (217 gallons), you could use 109 lbs. or all the way up to 434 lbs. Fruits with subtle flavors and esters such as Strawberry, Blood Orange and Red Tart Cherry usually require the higher 2 lbs. per gallon dosing. Stronger flavors like Raspberry, Sweet Cherry, and Blackberry can give great results at lower dosing levels (starting around 1/2 lb). It just depends on if you are looking for a strong fruit forward note, or more subtle fruit notes that produce more delicate fruit nuances.
HOW DO I CALCULATE HOW MUCH FRUIT PUREE TO ADD IF I HAVE BEEN USING WHOLE FRUIT?
Our puree is 100% fruit. We remove the seeds and pits from the fruit and aseptically pack the puree in 42 lb bag/boxes, 425# drums or 2,300# totes (custom and on demand). The seeds make up 12% of the whole berry by weight and pits make up 20% of the fruit weight. If you use 100 lb of fruit, the equivalent amount of puree is 88 lb (100 lb less 12 lb of seeds equals 88 lb).
HOW MUCH ACIDITY OR PH WILL THE FRUIT CONTRIBUTE?
Our fruit purees all have relatively low pH, which is natural for fruit grown in our region. With a small addition of fruit to your brew, you should not experience a significant drop in pH in the finished product, but the pH level of some fruits, (Passionfruit, Black Currant, Key Lime) will contribute a tartness to your finished beverage.
WILL THE FRUIT CREATE A HAZE IN MY BREW?
The natural occurring proteins in beer, extracted from malt and hops, can create a haze or reduce clarity of the beer. Each fruit contains differing levels of pectin, or proteins, that can also contribute to haze. Our aseptic process deactivates some of the pectins, but different products will have differing levels of pectin in the finished product.
WHAT IS YOUR MANUFACTURING PROCESS FOR SINGLE-STRENGTH ASEPTIC PUREE?
We only use fruit that has had the seeds and skins removed, that is heated in a kettle for a very short period of time which creates the first microbial “kill step”. The entire system is "sealed" allowing no contamination once the product reaches aseptic temperatures. We quickly cool the puree to protect the freshest fruit flavors and color for your finished product. Each batch is tested by a 3rd party lab to ensure our specifications are met before shipping to our customers.
WHAT ARE THE KEY ADVANTAGES TO ASEPTIC PACKAGING?
1. Consistent Quality - Oregon Fruit Puree provides quality, variety, and convenience. Expect predictable results with each batch. Tested to meet safety standards and packaged aseptically.
2. Easy Ordering - Ordering our purees is easy. Simply browse our puree and choose the box, drum, or tote size you need. Create an account for easy checkout and ordering!
3. Shelf Stable Storage - Our aseptically packed fruit puree arrives ready to use. The real fruit color, aroma and flavor adds complexity to beer, cider, mead, wine, kombucha, and spirits. Because they’re shelf stable in ambient temperature, you save refrigeration space and save on shipping costs.
HOW MANY GALLONS OF PUREE ARE IN EACH ASEPTIC 42 LB. BAG/BOX?
At a 10 Brix average, a box of puree will contain 4.8 gallons of puree.
WHICH CARRIERS DO YOU USE TO SHIP YOUR PUREES?
We ship our fruit purees with FedEx Freight as well as other common carriers. We have excellent relations with these freight providers, which translates to competitive freight rates that we pass on to our customers.
42 LB. ASEPTIC BOXES ARE TOO SMALL. DO YOU OFFER LARGER PACKAGE SIZES?
We also pack our puree in 425lb drums and 2,300lb totes.
DO YOU SELL CANNED PUREE TO HOME BREWERS?
Yes, we do. Our distributor for the home brewer market is Country Malt Group. Contact them for prices and details on canned fruit purees for home brewers.
HOW DO I OPEN THE ASEPTIC BAG?
The plastic cap on the aseptic bag is fitted with an easy open “peel away” tab. For tote use, we offer for sale a reusable custom tote valve. We also sell a handy quick disconnect set up that can be used to quickly snap onto a bag spout to a pump system to easily and quickly empty the 42# boxes or 425# drums.
WHAT IF I HAVE AN ISSUE?
Please contact Oregon Fruit Products immediately. Our customer service team will work with you to find the best solution to ensure your full satisfaction. We offer fast replacement options or credit options on future orders.