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Old 07-10-2012, 01:58 AM   #1
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Default Blueberry Beer Hops

I want to make a basic blueberry beer but dont know what hops to use

Heres my recipe (critique if you like)

5 Pounds Light Dry Malt Extract
2 Pounds Vienna Malt
4 OZ Caramel/Crystal Malt

Us 05

5 lbs blueberry puree in secondary

Thanks for the help

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Old 07-10-2012, 02:21 AM   #2
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I used Saaz in a berry beer I made for my wife. The hops stay out of the way and let the berries dominate, which is what she wanted.

On a totally different tack, I've been thinking that Sorachi Ace would make for an interesting combination with blueberries.

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Old 07-10-2012, 02:24 AM   #3
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^ I agree with this. My best fruit beers have been with Saaz. My attempts to mix a fruitier hop with actual fruit has created a sort of clashing flavor. I'm not the best recipe formulator so I'm sure it could be done much better but I like a bittering charge and a 15 minute Saaz addition so far.

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saaz sounds good thanks.... what kind of hop schedule would you use... i wanna keep it light... it for my GF

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I used half an ounce at 60 minutes and the other half at 15 minutes, resulting in a whopping 11 IBUs. It was in a 1.048 OG wheat beer with 1.5 pounds of mixed raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. The berries are definitely dominant.

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I brewed a blueberry beer in April. Used sorachi ace as a FWH, and 15, 5, 0.

It lends an awesome lemony character to both aroma and flavor. And not to heavy on the ibus

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motley, did you ever experience a buttery/ lemon cream flavor from the Sorachi? I did a wheat beer with about 5% honey malt and about the same hop schedule as yours and it tasted like diacetyl. But I've almost 100% ruled that out and see a few references online to a creamy/buttery flavor. I liked the lemon but on the whole it was unpleasant. I'd love to know how to prevent that because otherwise I'm just too scared to try it again.

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motley, did you ever experience a buttery/ lemon cream flavor from the Sorachi? I did a wheat beer with about 5% honey malt and about the same hop schedule as yours and it tasted like diacetyl. But I've almost 100% ruled that out and see a few references online to a creamy/buttery flavor. I liked the lemon but on the whole it was unpleasant. I'd love to know how to prevent that because otherwise I'm just too scared to try it again.
I didn't experience any buttery flavors. Not sure what would have caused that. I haven't heard of that happening with sorachi. Sorry I can't help
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thanks for all the input... i guess my options are saaz and sorachi ace.... gonna do a bit more research tonight.... thank you for all the input

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I made a blueberry beer a few months ago. I used 1.5 oz hallertau at 60, 0.5 at 30 and 0.5 at 5, and fermented along with notty at 60f. It turned out pretty darn good. It had a floral aroma, but you could smell some blueberry. It tasted the same way (complex and floral) with the blueberry coming through nicely but not too much where it's all you can taste. I used blueberry extract.

BTW my recipe although all grain looks almost exactly like yours. The only difference I made is to add 1/2 # honey malt for a slightly sweeter flavor.

Next time I plan using the same recipe with kolsch yeast.

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