I finally bottled my blueberry wheat beer last night. The color is close to this color
. It is somewhat cloudy but will clear a bit once in the bottle for 3 weeks or so. It tasted fantastic.
What facinated me was that the 2#s of blueberries dropped the SG level another 4 points. I went from 4.8 to 5.2 abv. I posted the recipe below. It still taste a bit green but the flavors are there and should get better with age.
Since I never bottled b4 I have a few questions:
The process (using 12oz bottles) took me almost 3.5 hours - is this normal or will it get quicker with time?
I produced a50 bottle yield - is this usual for 5 gals?
I think that my tubing was too long from the bottling bucket to the filler. How long should the tube usually be?
Danegeld - Am. Blueberry Wheat
American Wheat Ale
Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 6.09 gal
Boil Time: 60 min
Notes: Danegeld was what the English paid the Vikings between the 9th and 11th centuries.
Amount Item Type % or IBU
5.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (3.0 SRM) Grain 50%
5.00 lb Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 50 %
0.50 oz Northern Brewer [8.90%] (60 min) Hops 14.8 IBU
0.75 oz Northern Brewer [8.90%] (15 min) Hops 11.0 IBU
2.00 lb Fresh Blueberries (Secondary 7.0 days) Misc
1 Pkgs American Wheat Ale (Wyeast Labs #1010) Yeast-Ale
Measured Original Gravity: 1.042 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.002 SG
Actual Alcohol by Vol: 5.2 %
Bitterness: 25.8 IBU
Calories: 179 cal/pint
Mash Name: Single Infusion, Medium Body, No Mash Out Total Grain Weight: 10 lb
Sparge Water: 4.26 gal
Grain Temperature: 72.0 F
Sparge Temperature: 168.0 F
TunTemperature: 72.0 F
Mash PH: 5.2 PH
Mash In Add 14 qt of water at 165.9 F 154.0 F 60 min
Carbonation and Storage
Carbonation Type: Corn Sugar Volumes of CO2: 2.5
Pressure/Weight: 5.0 oz
Carbonation Used: Sucrose
Keg/Bottling Temperature: 72.0 F
Age for: 21.0 days
Storage Temperature: 62.0 F
Mash with 3.5 Gallons of Water to the 10 lbs of grain.
Sparge with 4.5 Gallons of Water to the 10 lbs of grain.
Place berries in secondary at 7 days. Rack on top. Let sit on berries for 21 days, bottle and let age for additional 21 days.
Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize.