Not having drank or made too many fruit or wheat beers, I decided to give this one for a try:
Andy's Cherry Wheat Ale
1.5 lbs Crystal Malt 90L (Uncrushed)
3 lbs Barvaian Wheat DME
6 lbs Honey
0.5 oz Saaz - Pellets
0.5 oz Fuggles - Pellets
4.6 lbs Pureed Dark Cherries
Steeped the grains in 3 gallons of water at 157 F for 30 minutes. Brought the batch to a boil. Removed from heat, added the DME and Honey. Returned to heat and brought back to a boil. Dropped Saaz hops in at begining of boil for 60 minutes. Added 1 Tsp. Irish Moss 40 minutes after boil. Added Fuggles at 45 minutes into the boil.
After 60 minutes, removed from heat, dropped the wort chiller in and started it. Dropped temp from 205 F down to 88 F in only 7 minutes! (no joke, my wife is my witness, and I'm using my fluke digital themometor). Continued to cool until wort hit about 77 F, then poured into fementation bucket to airiate the wort. Dumped 2 gallons of my crystal clear well water (Temp of 42 F out of the tap). Wort temp was 70 F when I pitched the yeast and took a hydro OG of 1.084.
Activity started about 6 hours after pitching. Stayed very active for about 4 days, good head of foam on batch. Waited until foam fell (which was today). Hydro read about 1.030. Racked the wort to carboy with pureed cherries. Wort was a golden brown color, but is now a DEEP rich red color. Smells great. Can't wait to try it.
Plan on letting it condition for about a week, making sure the hydro stays steady, then I'll prime it with dextrose and bottle it.
Story about the hops. I had PLANNED on using 1 oz Saaz for 60, 0.5 oz Fuggles at 15, and then the other 0.5 oz of Fuggles at the end of the boil. But I had aleady started to steep my grains when I discovered I only had half an ounce of each! I forgot I had used them in another batch and forgot to get more!
That's okay, I don't like really bitter beers. I don't want it to taste like soda pop, but I can't really bitter ones. If I want to drink something that bitter, I'll just mix some unsweeten bakers chocolate into hot water, cool it and drink it. Cheaper and takes less time!