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Old 03-29-2009, 01:10 PM   #1
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I baught a Wheat beer kit today ..... I was gonna add 5 pounds of blueberries to the initital stage of fermentation in the bucket. Has anyone ever tryed this? I also got a lil bottle of concentrate blueberry stuff I was gonna add before I bottle.
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Old 03-29-2009, 01:27 PM   #2
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I have never made a fruit beer per say, but I have read enough to know that you should add the fruit to a secondary vessel after fermentation completes, especially if you want to retain as much fruit flavor as possible. Primary fermentation is too violent and will chew up most of the fruit flavor.

I have seen recipe's on this forum for blueberry wheat beers, and others seem to like them. If I were going to make a fruit beer, it'd probably be a wheat. good luck.

 
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Old 03-29-2009, 01:35 PM   #3
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I would choose just the berries or concentrate both may be a little much.
Everyone seems to have differing opinions on how much fruit to use so if it's not enough flavor you can always add concentrate at bottling.

Don't forget to pasteurize the berries to avoid infection.

I add fruit to the primary after fermentation slows, than rack to secondary after the fruit is fermented.
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Old 03-29-2009, 01:40 PM   #4
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I personally have not used fruit in beer yet, but check out this website. It gives tips on how much fruit to use and how to use it.

Other Ingredients Frequently Asked Questions - Midwest Homebrewing and Winemking Supplies

Some say that you do not need to worry about pasteurizing if you add the fruit to the secondary as the alcohol that is present will kill off any possible infections.

 
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Old 03-29-2009, 02:19 PM   #5
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I made a blueberry ale with some extracts years ago.

5lbs DME Wheat
1lbs wildflower honey
2lbs Blueberrys
1lb German Lt Crystal 3 Degree
1.5 oz Styrian Goldings 60 min
.50 oz Kent Goldings 10 min Flavor
.25 oz Liberty 5 min (home grown) Aroma
1 TSP Irish moss
1056 American Ale Wyeast

I steeped the fruit in 140 degree for 40 min and added it to the primary.
The beer turned out good, most of my friends liked it, but it lacked a strong blueberry flavor. You could try adding some of the concentrate to some of your bottles and find out which ones you like better.

 
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Old 03-29-2009, 02:30 PM   #6
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I made a blueberry Porter with 6lbs of blueberries in the primary. Came out fantastic. I added the berries o the secondary and racked to a tertiary to clear it. With a wheat I would not use so many blueberries - I used 6lbs to overcome the rich malt profile of the porter.
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Old 03-29-2009, 02:32 PM   #7
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Don't use both. It will overpower your beer. Normally, you would add the berries in a second stage, or the extract in the bottling bucket.

Check the recipe data base - I have a raspberry ale recipe that has a lot of discussion about how and when to use fruits or extracts that will probably be helpful.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:38 PM   #8
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They berries have been frozen ... should that have killed anything in them .... or should I boil them first do you think.
some say primany some say secondary .... interesting !! I will have to do more reading on those links!
THanks!

 
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:43 PM   #9
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I made a raspberry wheat a few months ago. No secondary. Just poured the wort over the 1 single pound of frozen raspberries (didn't want a large fruit flavor...just a hint) in the primary. The flavor was pretty good. Shame I screwed up the priming and the carbonation was extremely weak.

 
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:48 PM   #10
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They berries have been frozen ... should that have killed anything in them .... or should I boil them first do you think.
some say primany some say secondary .... interesting !! I will have to do more reading on those links!
THanks!
Freezing won't kill things it just makes them dormant. Fruit has to be pasteurized to kill any bacteria or wild yeast. And even if it is pasteurized theres no telling how it was handled or if the temp dropped during transport/storage It's usually better to be safe than sorry .

Don't boil fruit it will turn to jelly. Just bring it up to 160f for about 60 seconds (the fruit must be 160f not just the liquid).
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