Originally Posted by Devo9
I've been told you want to freeze your fresh berries to help break down cell walls to allow for better fermentation. So frozen blueberries should be fine.
I personally wouldn't blend them due to the fact that they are easier to rack off of if they are whole. (but I'm still a bit of a n00b myself)
I was just figuring I'd learn by trial and error. I did the freezing and thawing bit too. I figured by blending the fruit there would be more reactive surface area.
Had a Chem class a few years ago, increasing reactive surface area decreases reaction time. I guess I should have thought about the bitterness of seeds. Oh well, I find out eventually what the result is! Either way, I am a 'stubborn old goat' as SWMBO claims, so I'll drink every bitter swallow!
Never thought about the racking off the fruit bit. It should be interesting, maybe have to rack a few more times to clear. Good call on that.
metalpysko - I would probably not blend them - if I had the choice to do it over again.