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View Poll Results: How many 15 oz cans of blueberries to add?
1 can (15oz) 1 12.50%
1.5 cans (22.5oz) 1 12.50%
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Old 12-08-2005, 02:17 AM   #1
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I'm racking my blueberry wheat to the secondary tonight. The problem is, it's just a wheat beer right now. The blueberries are going to be added to the secondary.

the recipe:
6.6 lbs wheat malt extract (mix of 60% wheat, 40% barley)
1 lb 10L crystal
1/2 lb carapils
1 oz hallertauer @60 min
1/2 oz tettnanger @ 20 min
1056 - American Ale (dried, made starter)

I have purchased Oregon(R) Blueberries in Light Syrup ("BURSTING with NATURAL Antioxidants!") to use for my fruit. It's a quality canned product, so I am going to assume that it is suitably sanitary and just throw it into the fermenter as-is.

Here's where I need your help. I can't decide how much to add. I have two cans, 15oz each. I have been going back and forth all week trying to decide how much to throw win, and I give up. YOU can decide by voting.

I'm just getting ready to soak and clean my gear, so I've probably got one hour until it's GO TIME! I will check back in 1 hour and use whatever selection has the largest number of votes. I made it easy and only gave you a few options.

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Old 12-08-2005, 02:30 AM   #2
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Blueberries are kind of strong. I would guess no more than 3 lbs.

Wait to see what others say before you take my word for it.

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Old 12-08-2005, 02:36 AM   #3
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I've only got 1.875 lbs to work with anyway, so that should be easy.

Actually... according to the can, the weight of the BLUEBERRIES is 10oz/can (the other 5oz is blueberry flavored canning syrup - blueberry juice, water, and sucrose).

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Old 12-08-2005, 02:46 AM   #4
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the blueberry wheat i made one time, i added the 3 lb. 10 oz can of the oregon fruit puree to the secondary. go for the gusto and add it all. at least i would....

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i got one vote for each option.

but, hb99 says "not more than 3 lbs" and DeRoux says "got for it".

I gotta use it all.

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Worst case, it will taste like blueberry wine. And if you don't like it, send it to me!

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oh, I'm sure I'm going to like it. It smelled absolutely sinful while racking the beer onto the berries. I was nearly drooling on myself. I wish I had a third can of those berries... not for the beer, but I think I could sit and eat a full 15oz with a spoon.

I *did* have few issues with my siphon (note to self: never try to use the SHORT hose for racking) and I think I lost about close to a gallon of the beer. Whatever.... that will only intensify the blueberry taste.

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how'd you lose a gallon? mine started fermnenting more too once i racked on top of the puree, so watch out.

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i got one vote for each option. but, hb99 says "not more than 3 lbs" and DeRoux says "got for it". I gotta use it all. -walker
Well, if you like BB then I say go for it too! I prefer a hint of fruit flavor over mucho gusto.
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not trying to bum walker out, but i didn't like mine. not because of too much blueberry (because some of it fermented out of the secondary, so it mellowed) but because i didn't like that Oregon fruit stuff. i shoulda used fresh blueberries. just my preference. i hope you like yours!

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