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Old 07-10-2009, 05:06 PM   #1
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Hoping to get some opinions from you guys regarding a base beer. I'm going to be attempting a blueberry beer somewhat similar to Wild Blue. Although I'm not a huge fan, the SWMBO is. I personally prefer Bar Harbor's Blueberry Ale. Anyways, the Wild Blue is actually a lager so I'm thinknig I want a nice clean, crisp base beer.

Recently brewed the Cream of Three Crops and the SWMBO loved it. Do you think that I should try this as the base, or should I go for a more wheat type of beer? I like the cleanness of the crops, but a wheat base with possibly some biscuity flavors would go good too. Kind of like a stack of blueberry pancakes.

If I did go with the Cream of Three Crops, I was also planning on cutting down on the bittering hops and have that be my only addition to help accentuate the blueberry. Any suggestions, comments...?

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I was thinking more of a simple Blonde, like Biermunchers Centennial Blonde.

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Funny, I was going to do the same thing this weekend. Even picked up the blueberry puree.

I was going with a 50/50 split between 2-row and wheat. Then, another # or 2 of victory malt to give it some crust. I was going to throw a few tblspoons of vanilla extract in there because I really like a scoop of ice cream next to a hot slice of blueberry pie.

I am not a big fan of fruit beers, but I have had bar harbor's and thought it was pretty good. I suspect they use a blueberry flavoring (perhaps artificial) since there is not even a hint of blue in that beer.

Wild Blue is wacky purple, high ABV though not detectable, and tasted like grape nehi soda. They clearly are dumping a bunch of puree in their beer, and maybe even a some sugar near the end of fermentation to push the abv up without adding maltiness.

I can taste the corn in my CO3C, so I wouldn't use that. But then, I think I had some other problem there. I probably need to make that one again since it seems to be such a favorite on this board.

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Thanks for the thoughts guys. Pawn, definately let me know how your brew came out. I slightly modified the CO3C recipe to bump the ABV% just a bit by adding more 2-row. Also brought the hops additions down by 15% to bring in some of the maltiness.

The Centennial Blonde also may be a good base for this brew. I actually brewed it a while back and would for sure have to cut down on the hops. They came through way too much for a fruit beer, but DAMN I love that beer!

I think this may be an ongoing experiment for me as there is not much information out there regarding blueberry beers. Not one of the favored fruits due to its serious subtleness. I'll keep you posted as to how it came out.

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Twice I've made a blueberry wheat. 8ish lbs of blueberries, 7lbs Wheat malt extract and 1010 am wheat yeast by WYeast. AWESOME beer. Not too much blueberry taste but enough to know it's there. It's so good.....

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Thanks for the thoughts guys. Pawn, definately let me know how your brew came out.
I made an Irish Red Ale instead. I'll probably make the blueberry in two weeks.

BTW, Jamil, in his fruit beer podcast, highly recommends using Oregon puree for fruit beers. That is what I am going to do.
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Funny, I was going to do the same thing this weekend. Even picked up the blueberry puree. .

I am not a big fan of fruit beers, but I have had bar harbor's and thought it was pretty good. I suspect they use a blueberry flavoring (perhaps artificial) since there is not even a hint of blue in that beer.

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Bar Harbor does not use artifical flavor.

I juiced mine.
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I juiced mine.
Was it purple? What did the juice do to the color? Thanks.
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funny, I was just going to post a thread almost exactly like this

Yesterday I made an American wheat 6lbs wheat, 6lb 2 row. I was wondering how much blueberry to put in it.... if 8 lbs is just enough maybe ill go to 12..... I want BLUEBERRY. any thoughts on negative effects of using too much?

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Also, my plan is to ferment for 2 weeks, then chuck in the blueberries.... how long should I let it go with the blueberries? 2 weeks? month?

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