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Bluelinebrewer 08-16-2009 02:30 AM

Succulent Strawberry Blonde
 
6.5# Extra Pale LME
1.5# Wheat LME
8 oz Carapils
.5 oz Cacade 7.5% @ 60 min
.5 oz Saaz 5.8% @ 20 min
.5 oz Saaz 5.8% @ 5 min
Whirlfloc @ 15 min
Wyeast American Ale II 1272
8 lbs, yep, 8 lbs, of Dole frozen strawberries
Priming sugar

- Bring 2 gallons of water to 160* turn off heat
- Steep Carapils for 20 min with lid on
- Top up to 4 gallons, bring to boil
- Remove from heat, add LME
- Return to heat, bring to boil, start hops additions as listed
- Cool, transfer to fermenter
- Top up to 5 gallons
- Add yeast



Fermented for 1 week at 68*. Then racked onto all 8 lbs of strawberries and let it set for 6 days at 68*, then racked back off of the thawed strawberries into a tertiary. I kinda got busy and it ended up staying in the tertiary for 4 weeks, that wasn't planned and I don't know that it's necessary. Then bottled.

This was brewed for SWMBO, who wanted a "very berry" beer. That it is. I wouldn't say that it's overpowering, but you don't have to try to taste the strawberry. It's very tasty.

Here's a little label I made up for it!
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/...rry_blonde.jpg

Scut_Monkey 08-16-2009 02:33 AM

Sounds good. Can you tell me, is the strawberry flavor like a sweet strawberry or more of a tart strawberry flavor. Just curious as I might try something like this next spring. I'm thinking frozen berries will lend a more sweet flavor than fresh berries.

Bluelinebrewer 08-16-2009 02:57 AM

You're right, it's more of a sweet flavor, but not overpowering at all.

Scut_Monkey 08-16-2009 04:27 AM

I like the label..... classic. I'm glad it's more of a sweet strawberry flavor. I was afraid to get a tart strawberry flavor if I did one. Cheers!

Bluelinebrewer 08-16-2009 05:54 PM

Thanks! Oh, I should warn you, MAKE SURE TO USE A BLOWOFF TUBE ON THE SECONDARY!!! I ended up with a strawberry volcano!!

crypt0 02-04-2010 01:36 AM

After tryign pete's wicked strawberry blonde i looked aroudn and stumbled on your recipe and am giving it a shot. I have a couple questions:

Did you chop or cut the strawberries before throwing them in the fermenter? I'm thinking of chopping them in a blender for 5 or 10 seconds then adding them to the secondary.

Do I need to be worried about sanitation when adding the strawberries to the secondary? Did you boil them or is being frozen good enough?

Thanks for posting, can't wait to try it out!

bckyrdkid420 02-23-2010 03:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crypt0 (Post 1859371)
After tryign pete's wicked strawberry blonde i looked aroudn and stumbled on your recipe and am giving it a shot. I have a couple questions:

Did you chop or cut the strawberries before throwing them in the fermenter? I'm thinking of chopping them in a blender for 5 or 10 seconds then adding them to the secondary.

Do I need to be worried about sanitation when adding the strawberries to the secondary? Did you boil them or is being frozen good enough?

Thanks for posting, can't wait to try it out!




Did you brew this? If so, How did the recipe turn out for you? I'm really intrested in trying this!

crypt0 02-23-2010 04:06 PM

I did, it's sitting in the tertiarry fermenter now. It will be kegged and force carbed next week so I'll post a review once it's ready to go.

bckyrdkid420 02-23-2010 04:16 PM

Sweet! Really intrested in hearing how it turns out!
btw... what color did it end up having? Did it stay gold or did it turn a bit pink?

crypt0 02-23-2010 04:25 PM

There was definitely a bit of pink in there, its hard to say how much because it still has a bit to go until its clear.

Also, i modified the recipe a little bit, i used 6 lbs of strawberries, since I wanted the strawberries to be more of a hint then extreme.

Actually one other thing is I substituted Breiss Pale LME since I had it on hand (as well as the wheat LME) and I ended up with an OG of 1.072


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