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Old 08-02-2007, 05:35 PM   #1
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so Im going to be brewing with the wife & this is what Im working on.
she brewed my first extract batch with me about 4 years ago, but has had no interest in brewing sense, so Im going to show her an all grain batch tomorrow and I wanted to brew something she would be excited about. I normally brew darker beers and I think she is scared of a darker lovibond. So Im going to brew my 1st all grain wheat beer, please give me any ideas you have. Im milling the grain today right after I post so the grist cant change.

7.5 lbs two row base malt
6 lbs wheat malt
.5 lbs Munich malt

1 oz 5%alpha fuggles @ 60min
.5 oz 4% alpha hallertau @ 20min

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2oz blueberry extract for 1 week in the secondary
1-2 lbs frozen blueberries for a week or two

the mash-60min @ 153-154 with 1.29qt/lb
so 4.5 gallons of strike water, losing 1.5 gallons to absorption giving me 3.1gallons from the first runnings, batch sparging with 3.5-4 gallons to collect 6.5-7 gallons for the boil.

Im not sure about the fruit & extract but I have only used extract once and ended up with gushing bottles (years ago). That batch I added the extract at bottling and the article in byo that gave me the idea for this recipe called for the extract in the secondary and the frozen I thought with a bigger grain bill I might want a little more blueberry flavor, I dont want it to be too sweet but to have some noticeable flavor.

I am a little concerned about a stuck sparge, but I havent had any problems sense I started batch sparging.



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Old 08-03-2007, 03:23 AM   #2
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has any one ever used fruit in the secondary



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has any one ever used fruit in the secondary
I have strawberries in mine right now. One week and so far s good.

I just put in some info to my promash an it's telling me that there will be an IBU of 24.7.
That IMO is way to high for a wheat. I would knock the Fuggles down to a .5oz, putting me at 13.8. But that's just me. Not sure what a hoppy fruit beer would be like.
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I would put in the blueberries like you're planning, but I would add the extract to taste at bottling - put in 1/2 oz., taste it, if you want more, add another 1/2 oz.

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I agree with Frink. If you have to get more berries and do it in secondary, it's better than extract.

1#/gal is a good measure for really fruited beers. For 'just a hint' I would be around 0.33-0.5#/gal

Try a blueberry beer before you do this. 1 - I've never had a blueberry beer that tasted anything remotely good. 2 - It's REAL easy to go overboard with fruit, and overboard on blueberry isn't good. Sample Sample Sample! Be very wary of extract, as just a few drops can take it from "heavily fruited, but drinkable" to "oh my god what monstrosity is this?!?!"

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jezter you should try blue paw wheat by sea dog brewing company.

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I'm not into fruity sweet beers but 21st amendment's signature beer is a watermelon wheat that is quite popular. Also, Marin Brewing Company makes Blueberry Hill which SWMBO likes a lot. I knoe watermelon wheat is available in cans not sure if MBC bottles blueberry.

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You are going to need some rice hulls in your mash to keep from getting a stuck sparg.

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I this batch is in the secondary right now. Tomorrow I racking again on to 1lb of frozen blueberries with probably .5 oz of blueberry extract. I didnt have any lautering problems, I had a suprisingly smooth brewday.

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I don't usually chime in on the domestic gradoux, but I'm impressed that the SO wants to be a part of the process... I'm married to a scientist who knows chemistry inside and out and she is simply content to drink what I make, most of it anyway. I'm grateful for that, and I'm not sure I'd want her input on my brew sessions... More power to ya! -p



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