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PhelanKA7 05-07-2011 04:36 AM

Belgian Strawberry Blonde - "Evil Charlie's Dog Drool"
 
(EDIT: ^ Tasting note should read "Citrusy with a hint of strawberry that lingers on the back end")

Here's a crowd pleaser for the summer. The ladies love it too as I came up with it from toying with BierMuncher's classic SWMBO Slayer. I call it "Evil Charlie's Dog Drool." Long story behind the name which I won't get into.


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5 gallon boil
O.G. - 1.062 (OG is based on calculator usage. I never measured the OG when I first brewed it, being the second beer I ever made. Haven't checked it ever because I don't want to jinx a batch by getting too sophisticated. 1.062 does sound pretty close to the results I get however.)

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Fermentables
* (1) 2.00 lbs Flaked Wheat steeped in for 60 minutes BEFORE boil @ 150F
* (3) 3.00 lbs Light Pilsen DME for 60 minute boil
* (4) 3.30 lbs Bavarian Wheat LME for 60 minute boil

Hops
* (8) 1.2 oz Willamette (4.7% Alpha Acid) for 60 minutes of boil

Yeast
* (2) Wyeast 3944 - Belgian Wit yeast

Misc
* (5) 0.50 lbs Dark Belgian beet rock candi @ the start of the boil
* (5) 0.50 lbs White Belgian rock candi (Yeah, I mix em. It's just what I do.)
* (7) 1.00 oz Sweet orange peel added @ 30 minutes of boil
* 4.00 lbs of frozen strawberries added to secondary fermentor before racking

Notes:
*Honestly I don't really worry about the gravity readings at this point anymore. I just brew it and it comes out pretty dang good every time. IIRC it's about a 6% ABV beer. Just make sure to do the primary fermentation with a blow-off tube or you will have a potential yeasty/grainy mess the next morning after brew day. Fair warning.

*Blanche the strawberries after thawing them properly. Blanching involves putting the strawberries into boiling water for 2 minutes or so. This has the desired effect of both pasteurizing them and softening them up to get them to release their sweet, sweet nectar.

*I typically do the primary fermentation for 2-3 weeks before racking to secondary on top of the strawberries. Then I let them sit with the strawberries in the secondary fermentor for a single week. This is a quick beer and honestly it is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. This is a beer for the impatient brewer. I have seen this beer be fully carbed after a mere 4-5 days after bottling.

*I use .5 lbs of the light candi and .5 lbs of the dark candi mostly for color reasons. Belgian candi is the same amount of fructose/sucrose no matter the color IIRC. Feel free to do a full lb of either color if you want to save money. Because I brew this beer on a regular basis it doesn't matter if I am buying 2 lbs of candi to only get 1 lbs per batch because I will use the left over .5 lbs out of each bag the next time.

Here is what the final product looks like:
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As you can probably tell, this is a hazy beer because of the pectins from blanching the strawberries. If you don't like hazy beers, don't bother :D

paraordnance 05-26-2011 08:56 PM

Interesting, I'm in process making something similar. I brewed stronger version (6.4%) of SWMBO Slayer with WLP400 and planning to rack my beer on top of frozen strawberries. Do you say 4 lbs is enough to have strawberry aroma and flavor in beer? Did you find that fermentation re-started in secondary? I was thinking to keep it really cool (below 40F) after initial ferment for the whole time to avoid secondary fermentation. My SWMBO Slayer turned out dry as is, so I'm not looking for strawberries to ferment out

PhelanKA7 05-30-2011 05:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by paraordnance (Post 2957109)
Interesting, I'm in process making something similar. I brewed stronger version (6.4%) of SWMBO Slayer with WLP400 and planning to rack my beer on top of frozen strawberries. Do you say 4 lbs is enough to have strawberry aroma and flavor in beer? Did you find that fermentation re-started in secondary? I was thinking to keep it really cool (below 40F) after initial ferment for the whole time to avoid secondary fermentation. My SWMBO Slayer turned out dry as is, so I'm not looking for strawberries to ferment out

The strawberry flavor is there but not in a sweet candy sort of way. It's a little bit on the tart side, but not lip-puckeringly so. As I said in the recipe it is definitely citrus up front (ruby red grapefruit) and a swallow finishes with a lingering wild strawberry flavor.

Fermentation kicked back up very slightly after 3 weeks in primary and racking to the secondary, but only by 2 gravity pts after 7 days in secondary. And I think this was also likely due to the a fresh supply of oxygen to the yeast coupled with the addition of a little bit more sugar from the strawberries. I dunno. But no, I don't think the strawberries will dry your beer out. Oh, and another word of warning... After 7 days in the secondary those strawberries will look really gross. A very pale pink to white mass of what looks like brains or something equally gross. Don't worry. Your beer isn't infected as long as you properly blanched the berries and racked 6% ABV beer on top of them :drunk: (EDIT: Based upon appearances my first reaction to the sight was that mold had set in but it wasn't the case. The juice drains out of the berry and leaves it pale in color. The beer itself has a very, very slight hint of rose color if held up to the light but the strawberry juice doesn't seem to radically change the body or head color in the beer.)

zahrndt_usmc 10-02-2011 01:00 AM

Wow looks awesome, Im making this tomorrow (im sure SWMBO will like it) I'll be spliting it into 2 batches with half on 1 pound of strawberries and the other half on 2 pounds of strawberries to see if I can taste the difference. Any thoughts? I'll post pictures and tasting notes.

louie0202 12-06-2011 02:40 PM

Has anyone tried making this recently?

louie0202 12-16-2011 01:56 AM

So yeah you really need the blow off tube.....caught it before the top blew off today.

jemmons 03-20-2012 07:26 PM

Wow this beer looks great! I've never done a partial mash and I had a quick question about the steeping the Flaked Wheat. I see in your pic that you have muslin bags. Can I just use them to steep the Flaked Wheat. I have a lot of them left over from the last brew. Also it says before boil so I should have them steep why it heats up? Sorry for all the questions. I really would like to try and make this over the weekend. Thanks!

PhelanKA7 04-07-2012 03:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jemmons (Post 3911802)
Wow this beer looks great! I've never done a partial mash and I had a quick question about the steeping the Flaked Wheat. I see in your pic that you have muslin bags. Can I just use them to steep the Flaked Wheat. I have a lot of them left over from the last brew. Also it says before boil so I should have them steep why it heats up? Sorry for all the questions. I really would like to try and make this over the weekend. Thanks!

Use the muslin bags. Steep the flaked wheat for an hour or so at 150 <-> 154 degrees F. Then after the hour is up you can begin your boil after removing the muslin bag full of wheat.

jemmons 04-09-2012 08:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PhelanKA7 (Post 3971474)
Use the muslin bags. Steep the flaked wheat for an hour or so at 150 <-> 154 degrees F. Then after the hour is up you can begin your boil after removing the muslin bag full of wheat.

Thanks. Its in the primary now. You weren't lying about this brew being active! I made a few mistakes in the boil stage but as I have read just let it sit in the bottle longer and it will all work out. This beer was a good learning experience since all the other beers I made were extract kits. I cant wait to try this beer! :mug:

stdywell 05-16-2012 08:16 PM

This looks awesome ! Will try it soon. I'm new, so please forgive me if this is a dumb question ... how much priming sugar did you use to bottle ?


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