I just wanted to share a basic wheat ale that I use and add fresh strawberries to it to make a delicious Strawberry Ale.
I use BIAB for this recipe but traditional AG would work as well.
5.5 lbs. - American 2-row
3.5 lbs. - American Wheat
0.5 lbs. - Torrified Wheat
.25 lbs. - Crystal 10L
1.0 oz. - Czec Saaz - 60 min.
1 Tablet - Irish Moss - 15 min.
5.0 lbs. of fresh locally grown strawberries cut and frozen.
Mash in 6.5 gal of water at 152° for 60 min.
Mashout - 170° for 10 min.
* I also choose to do a sparge in a separate 5 gal. kettle with about 2.5 gal. of water heated to 170° for 20 minutes and then add the sparge water to my large kettle I mashed in.
Ferment for 7 days and then add strawberries.
* When adding my berries I heat them to 120° in a saucepan and then cool them before adding them to my bucket. I find that heating the berries breaks them down a bit releasing more of the sweetness to your brew but it is also possible to just dump the frozen strawberries straight into your beer. I also choose not to rack the beer to a secondary vessel when I rack my berries. I just dump the berries in a 5 gal. paint strainer bag and add the bag of berries to my beer in the fermenting bucket.
After another 7-10 days with the berries soaking in the beer, I then remove the bag of berries and rack the beer to a bottling bucket for bottling.
* NOTE: I am very picky about my strawberries as I usually don't even eat them unless they are locally grown and fresh. I find berries bought in the freezer section of grocery stores to be not nearly as flavorful which is why I think I get away with using less berries overall compared to many other recipes of strawberry beers I've seen listed. If I weren't using fresh berries, I would probably up the amount to get more flavor.
I've only made one batch of this recipe last summer and this beer was absolutely fantastic and was a hit with my wife as well as most anyone who tried it! It went FAST, but the berry season was done by the time I was ready to brew another batch?!
We are coming up on berry season once again here in Ohio and I'm going to plan ahead and buy enough berries to brew several batches of this so I can have it last thru the summer!