I happily have two beers going right now- My first beer ever (brown ale) is carbonating in bottles that I am itching to try(although I think I will wait out the 3 weeks recommended by Revvy on his bottling thread
), and a second (Irish Red) that is fermenting nicely.
However, I am hooked. I want to brew something else and have been busy at the drawing board trying to decide what is next. I am kicking around the idea of doing a Raspberry Wheat Beer. I have become obsessed with Beer Tools and used it along with some recipes I found online to create a base recipe for a 5 gallon batch:
6 lbs wheat extract (haven't decided dry or liquid yet)
fuggles hops at 45 and 5 minutes
some Irish Moss
White Labs WLP410 Belgian Wheat Yeast.
Does this look like a solid foundation for a wheat beer? Also, my biggest question- how should I handle the fruit? I have read about using raspberry extract in just the primary or just the secondary, or a mixture of some in the primary and adding some to the secondary. In addition I have come across dozens of recipes calling for frozen fruit, purees, picked berries, or juice added in various stages of the brewing. I am worried about getting a beer that will be tart, but I definitely want the raspberry flavor. I am on a bit of a budget but want to produce a good beer.
If anyone can advise some adjustments I should consider to my recipe in general and offer any insights on the best way for a novice to handle the fruit element of a fruit beer I would be very appreciative!