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Old 07-21-2009, 02:59 PM   #1
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I've searched for "blueberry' and "blueberries" but didnt get too much info on when to add them to the beer? During boil? during chilling? during secondary?

My relatives own a blueberry farm and i have access to alot of berries so I would like to make a blueberry wheat for all the people that dont like anything else I brew.

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Old 07-21-2009, 03:09 PM   #2
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I added Oregon fruit in secondary. Tasting this after a couple of months I thought I will not make this again. Six to nine months later this one of the better beers I've made.

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Old 07-21-2009, 03:10 PM   #3
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Pick them, rinse them, dry them, freeze them.

When you're ready to move your beer from primary to 2ndary, thaw them.

I'd line my 2ndary bucket with a nylon grain bag... Then dump the thawed blueberries in. Use a potato masher to squish 'em up and then tie off the bag. Rack beer on top.

Notice: No boiling or heating. The alcohol in your beer will protect.





I used 3 lbs of blueberries in Biermuncher's Centennial Blonde recipe and it's fantastic!!!


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i'd put them in the secondary. you'll probably want to wash them, then put them in star san, which should get anything off the outside, then freeze them. this will break some of the cell walls and let the flavor out more. might also want to smash them rather than put them in whole to make the flavor extraction easier.

i'd use a lot too, as blueberry is a bit of a delicate flavor.

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Thanks. I just weighed out and rinsed 3lbs of some nice looking blueberries. I'm gonna brew the American Wheat recipe from brewing classic styles for the base beer.

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I brewed that recpie... Im gonna split it into 2 secondaries on sunday, and put 3 lbs in one and 7 in the other! then I can find out how much is good

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I brewed that recpie... Im gonna split it into 2 secondaries on sunday, and put 3 lbs in one and 7 in the other! then I can find out how much is good
I will want to know how each turns out.
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Im excited! I hope its good

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Man, if I had free blueberries, I'd be making wine. Had rain at blossom time, so no berries or apples this year.

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ok, so last week i got lazy, I racked (my American wheat) off the yeast, and all 5Gs went onto 6 lbs of frozen costco blueberries.... the beer is back to 1.000 and has a GORGEOUS red color, but there is nary a hint of flavr! ill give it another week, maybe carb or cold will help the flavr?

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