I'm bringing this thread back from the dead. It seems that there are hundreds of Blackberry wheat threads & recipes on the forum here, so I was a bit overwhelmed when I got inspired to make one. I landed here, since I'm familiar with the Weihenstephaner clone from the "Beer Captured" book. I'm still doing partial mash right now, so it looked like this:
1.5lb American wheat
1lb German pilsner
4oz Rice hulls
4.5lbs Wheat DME
Mash grains & rice for 90min @ 150F in 2.5gal water
Sparge w/ 1gal @ 165F
1.15oz Hallertau 3.9%AA @ 60 minutes
(I added some Whirlfloc at 15 minutes to help clear, even though that is against style)
Yeast: WLP 300
In Secondary, rack onto 4lbs 6oz frozen organic blackberries (the cheapest I could find)
Cold crash before kegging / bottling
OG: 1.060 @74F (target 1.053)
FG: 1.012 @66F (target 1.011)
ABV: 6%+ (???)
Brew day was hot, so I couldn't get my OG sample down to a respectable temperature.
The goal was to brew something low-cal for the wife, but still interesting, so I liked the low OG/FG of this beer. Too bad I missed it
The color going into primary fermentation seemed dark for a wheat beer, and stayed fairly dark (straw at edge of glass fading to gold) throughout primary. Very light bitterness which faded away entirely by the time it went into secondary. Beer had a mild banana / coriander nose at the end of primary ferment and was 1.015 @68F. Steeped blackberries in 160F water for 10 minutes, then threw away water and added blackberries to the beer. Tried to keep the berries as whole as possible. Color changed to murky blood red.
At end of ferment, cold crashed for 24h at 50F. Color is now a dark pink - when photographed looks like a mild black tea. When cold has no aroma, but releases an aroma similar to the base beer when at room temp (66F). Leads with the sweetness, but not as much as the 1.013 FG would lead you to believe. Berry taste is rather generic. There is no bitterness, and it is not as crisp as I remember Long Trail Blackberry wheat to be. I haven't carbed it yet, I'm thinking of going to the high end of the wheat style. So far, it has been well received but we'll take a growler to the river this weekend and see what folks say.
This beer makes me a bit nervous; it seems like there are lots of ways it can go poorly during the brew. Since I have to go to the store and buy my blackberries, it certainly wasn't cheap, but it was fun!