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Old 09-12-2009, 03:54 PM   #1
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Default Best flavor hop for a blueberry wheat?

Just starting to heat my strike water & I'm having second thoughts about what flavor hop to add to my blueberry wheat.

It's a 1.045 beer, 50% 2 row/50% wheat malt.

Bittering hops up to ~20IBU, no aroma hop addition. I want to add a 15 minute flavor addition, probably just .5 oz. The hop varieties I have are:

Leaf: Columbus, Galena, Willamette
Pellets: Northern Brewer, Mt. Hood, Sterling, Chinook, & Palisades

Gallon of blueberries will be added in secondary. What flavor hop should I use & why?

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Old 09-12-2009, 04:11 PM   #2
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Others may differ, but why add flavor hops? The hops character of a wheat should be low, and if the blueberries are the star of the show, leave it at 20IBU. That's smack in the middle of the American Wheat BJCP style guide.

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I would leave the hops to a minimum also. Just enough to balance the sweetness out a bit. Let the blueberries shime through!

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Others may differ, but why add flavor hops? The hops character of a wheat should be low, and if the blueberries are the star of the show, leave it at 20IBU. That's smack in the middle of the American Wheat BJCP style guide.

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+1. Just stick to the 60 min addition and leave everything else to the blueberry.
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The flavor of hops might detract from the flavor of the beer and the blueberries. Wheats typically don't have flavor additions (although I have made a really hoppy wheat), and if it's a fruit beer, you really don't want any hop flavor at all.

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+1. Just stick to the 60 min addition and leave everything else to the blueberry.
+1. The blueberry will be subtle. I have read many woeful reviews of blueberry beers that had very little blueberry taste. Good Luck.

(I have one all ready to go based on blueberry puree; can't wait; maybe next wkend; I'm concentrating on getting a bready malty sweet blueberry wheat beer and trying like hell not to overdo the hops; I know from past experience I can add more hops to the secondary by boiling some with a bit of water, but can't go the other way!).
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Blueberry is a fragile flavor, +1 on no flavor OR aroma hops. If you must, use Sterling. It's herbal and spicy, should work well with the blueberry. But just a 1/2 ounce or so.

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Been meaning to try blueberry again. Used in once before in a beer that went bad, but I don't think it was the berries. Wheat seems to be the best vehicle for fruit flavor, IMHO. I never really like barley-based fruit beers, and there's always a few pilsner-blueberry abominations floating around in the middle of summer.

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Coming to this party wayyy late, but I just happened to brew a wheat batch with anticipation of racking onto 3# of blueberry puree.

During a full-boil w/7 lbs wheat extract, I used .5 oz Northern Brewer (9.6%) at 60 minutes and .5 oz at 5 minutes. I'm looking at right around 22 IBUs (per Beer Recipator).

This was for the SWMBO, who fell in love with Sebago Brewery's (Portland, ME) Blueberry Wheat. Coinciding with many on here, I don't think a fruit/wheat beer, let alone blueberry, should be overly bitter - yet this one was nice and crisp - slightly bitter, without an overpowering blueberry flavor - served with about 10-15 blueberries at the bottom of a pint.

I'm approaching the close of my primary fermentation and I'll probably rack onto the 3# of blueberry puree this coming Sunday - leaving it for about 12-14 more days before kegging. I'll have to repost with the results shortly thereafter.

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