Cherry Tart

Cherry Tart is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 23.
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Crisp, clean and tart, with the combined flavors of cherries and lime perfectly meshed with our pale rich malt base. Time to pull up a stool and take a break for a while.


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    What You Get

    1 Can American Lager Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

    1 Packet of BrewMax LME Pale

    2 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    Your Provide

    2 Cans of Red Tart Cherries in Water. These can be found at Walmart or any national grocery store.

    Juice and Zest of 2 Small Limes (about 2 oz.)

    For Fans Of

    Samuel Smith Organic Cherry Ale

    Founders Brewing Cherry Ale

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Fruity

    Original Gravity: 1.046

    Final Gravity: 1.0010

    ABV: 4.9%

    SRM: (Color): 4

    IBU: (Bitterness): 17

    STEP 1: Sanitizing

    Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

    1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2.Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3.To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close.

    4.Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

    5.After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


    Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

    1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened can and BrewMax LME in hot tap water.

    2. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring this mixture to a boil, then remove from heat.

    3. Open the can of Brewing Extract and BrewMax LME and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

    4. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

    5. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

    6. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk.

    7. Sprinkle the gold yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F (20°-25° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 21 days.


    Adding extras is the process of adding additional ingredients to a beer which will impart more flavor and aroma in your finished brew.

    1. At day 7 of fermentation you will add the pureed fruit to your fermenter. Use the second packet of No-Rinse Cleanser to sanitize your blender and lid. Add in both cans of Tart Cherries and blend. Gently pour this mixture into your fermenter and add the lid. Allow to ferment for another 14 days.

    STEP 4: Bottling & Carbonating

    After 21 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (24 total). At this point it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

    1.When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use.

    2.Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw on caps (or cover with metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solution into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.

    3.Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide

    4.Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

    5.Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

    6.Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow to sit for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 

    Tip from our Brewmasters

    After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

    This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer.

    Rated 5 out of 5 by Yancey Summerour from Brewing a batch of Cherry Tart The brewing of this batch went pretty well. The only problem, or semblance of a problem, was the spigot of the brewing keg getting clogged somewhat with blended cherries as the solution was almost finished being bottled. Fortunately I was able to use a 2 gallon plastic jug that was handy for that purpose. That enabled me to fill up a bottle or two that otherwise I would have been unable to. It was good that I read the comments as one of the commenters said he'd wished that he'd been prompted to use some cheese cloth to hold the blended cherries while brewing. I bought some of this to use for that purpose previously.
    Date published: 2021-07-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by CTKev from Not Quite What I had Hoped For This sounded like a nice brew, especially for the warm weather months. Mine came out with just a hint of cherry flavor but a lot of lime that seemed to overpower the cherries. Next time I will try it using just 1 small lime and see how that turns out. Overall it's a light, clean, refreshing brew.
    Date published: 2017-10-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Sdhorner from Very good. Would have been nice to know that I needed to put the fruit in a cheesecloth, I ended up losing probably 2 bottles because the spigot got plugged. Otherwise, the taste is what I had hoped for, I really like it. I am looking forward to making other beers with fruit. There is a good thick head on the beer also. Disappointed that I lost a few bottles.
    Date published: 2016-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Jamiec0966 from Fantastic First time with the fruit. Tried the sample before bottling. Not what I expected. It was much better. Tasted like flat beer, bit tasted fantastic. Like a sweet and sour mix. Could taste the cherries. And I used the tincture method with the lime zest and juice. With that being said, a must try. If you like cherry, lime drinks, this is for you.
    Date published: 2021-07-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Cherry not too sweet I have brewed several now. My faves are between this and the Bavarian wiess. Crisp, not bitter, can taste the cherry and lime. Fruity, but not too sweet. I let it carbonate a little longer and the longer it sits, the better. Goes great with a grilled brat or just sitting by the pool with a good cigar. If you like a fruity beer, gotta try it.
    Date published: 2021-07-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Litlehed from Great taste smooth I brewed this been 2 months ago just had my first yesterday and was very pleased with the outcome very smooth great tasting this will be a great summer beer will definitely brew again
    Date published: 2017-04-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Lisa from tart, not sour This is an excellent beer with a light flavor. I was a little worried, because I don't like sour beer, but this is not sour. It's just good.
    Date published: 2021-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by MarkB from Tart but delicious Good tart but smooth flavor. Just as I thought it would be. Very good. Just had a little problem with the sediment.
    Date published: 2023-03-20
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    when do you add lime juice and zest? do you blend it up with the cherries?

    Asked by: bink74
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