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Default Recipe Critique - Strawberry Blueberry Blonde

So I wanted to make an America themed beer to celebrate Independence Day this year. The idea I came up with was a ""Red, White and Blue"" Ale using only US ingredients which I shall call 'Meric-Ale. For the "red" - strawberries, for the "blue" - blueberries, and for the "white", since I couldnt really come up with an ingredient, I plan on doing a Blonde or wheat style.

Has anyone combined multiple fruits like this in one beer before, or would this be flavor overkill? If it would be too much, I might could split the batch into two secondaries with one fruit in each.

I plan on using 6lb of blueberries and 3lb of strawberries - buying them from the local grocery store, boiling for 10 minutes before racking onto them in the secondary.

Any critiques/comments/suggestions would be much appreciated!

Recipe: 'Meric-Ale
Brewer: Dave
Style: Blonde Ale
TYPE: Extract

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 4.27 gal
Post Boil Volume: 3.90 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.057 SG
Estimated Color: 5.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 25.8 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 0.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
3 lbs DME Pilsen (Briess) (4.0 SRM) Dry Extract 15.6 %
3 lbs DME Wheat Bavarian (Briess) (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 15.6 %

8.0 oz Caramel Malt - 10L (Briess) (10.0 SRM) Grain 2.6 %
8.0 oz Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM) Grain 2.6 %
4.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 1.3 %

1.000 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 20.5 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining
1.000 oz Cascade [5.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 5.3 IBUs
1.0 pkg American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056)
6 lbs Fruit - Blueberry (Secondary for 7 days)
3 lbs Fruit - Strawberry (Secondary for 7 days)

Estimated OG: 1.057 SG
Estimated FG: 1.014 SG
Bitterness: 25.8 IBU
Estimated ABV: 5.7%

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