From the HBD Archive
From: Mike Fertsch <FERTSCH@adc1.RAY.COM>
Subject: Re: Pineapples in Beer
Date: 1989-09-22 14:33:00 GMT

Mike Meyer ( recently discussed:
> a Christmas Ale last year which used Pineapple Juice as an adjunct.
> It was pretty good, the pineapple juice leaves a pleasant, but not
> blatant flavor -- hard to identify, especially in concert with the
> usual spices and stuff. It was a real "mystery ingredient" for those
> of us tasting it, until the brewer owned up.

A long time ago, I heard bad things about pineapple juice in beer. The
details are fuzzy, but I recall that pineapples have lots of funky enzymes.
The story goes that the pineapple enzymes will degrade proteins, starches,
or other essential ingredients in wort. In addition to fermentation
problems, I suspect that this degradation would leave the beer cloudy.

I have never tried to brew pineapple beer, so I could be all wrong on this.
Can anyone confirm my story?

Mike Fertsch

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