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DonkeyShoes 02-23-2009 06:37 PM

Advice on Blueberry Ale?
 
I'm looking for somesthing a bit sweet with a lot of blueberry flavor, something the wife will like. Here is a recipe I've cobbled together from several different recipes, let me know what you think and give me any suggestions to make this better. Thanks!

9.00 lbs 2 row malt
0.50 lbs Vienna malt
0.50 lbs Crystal malt (10L)
0.50 oz Willamette hops (5.0%) 60 min
0.50 oz Willamette hops (5.0%) 15 min
1.00 pkg Dry yeast (American ale)
4.00 lbs Blueberries (canned puree or canned whole)

Mash at 152 F for 60 min

I'm considering adding the blueberry in the primary, but only after fermentation has stopped, then transferring to secondary a week later to clear up some.

I was also going to pick up some blueberry extract just in case there is not enough blueberry flavor at kegging time.

Thanks!

Cpt_Kirks 02-23-2009 07:35 PM

Do you want the flavor hops? Could they distract from the fruit flavor?

I would just rack the beer on top of the berries in the secondary.

The Blow Leprechaun 02-24-2009 12:10 AM

I'd drop the flavor hops, consider increasing the crystal to a full pound, and almost certainly increase the amount of blueberries... although if you're okay with the blueberry extract, 4 lbs is probably fine.

BaySideBrewing 02-24-2009 01:21 AM

Sounds pretty good to me...I'll tell you I had a really good Blueberry Ale called "Wild Blue" Might wanna look for it...

DonkeyShoes 02-24-2009 01:37 PM

Thanks for the help!

I was considering increasing either the Vienna or the Crystal. I will also increase the blueberries to as much as will fit in my fermenter. I guess this will be somewhat of an experimental batch and I will tweak it for next time.

I will be getting the ingredients on Saturday, so any other advice before then is welcome.


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