Spike Brewing Giveaway - New v3 Kettle

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > blueberry wheat question
Thread Tools
Old 06-09-2008, 02:35 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 1
Default blueberry wheat question

Hi, first post, I've been lurking for months and have learned a lot! you guys are great resource. Now on to my question.

I bottled my blueberry wheat 2 weeks ago. It tasted great at bottling, just a hint of blueberry that was not overpowering, very similar to others I have tried.

I added 8oz of corn sugar to the batch at bottling time. I was worried that I added too much and may end up with bottlebombs. I've been watching it closely and today opened a sample to see how things were going. the first one was warm, (basement temp. is a constant 68 degrees). It foamed out, about half the bottle. but i think I may have shook it up coming up the stairs and opened to quickly. I threw another in the fridge and opened in about 4 hours later. no foam over, carbonation was just right.

The problem is that it tastes pretty much like regular wheat beer, doesn't have that hint of blue berry that it did at bottling.

So my questions are:

-will the blueberry be more apparent if I wait another two weeks before chilling and serving the batch?

-will the carbonation continue to build and should I chill the batch now to stop it, since it's at a good level?

- should I open, add some artificial blueberry flavor (per bottle) and recap, then wait a couple more weeks?

thanks in advance.

dgoak is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2008, 02:53 AM   #2
King of Cascade
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 656
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 2


Itís always a bad idea to uncap bottles. Just drink it like a wheat beer and add more blueberries next time. If you want to add more blueberry flavor add it at serving.

King of Cascade is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2008, 01:40 AM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 2,553
Liked 23 Times on 22 Posts


I've found with all my fruit beers that I've made over the years, the longer you let it sit in the bottle/keg, the more the fruit flavor disappears. Blueberries, being a fruit with a subtle flavor in the first place, will dissipate rather quickly. I agree with King regarding adding more blueberry flavor; probably your best bet.
avidhomebrewer is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2008, 12:05 AM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Kugster's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Chandler, AZ
Posts: 285
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I have done2 batches of blueberry wheat and have been quite happy with the blueberry flavor. How much and what kind of flavoring did you use? I use a total of 6lbs of frozen blueberries...3 in fermenter (boiled 1# in wort) and then 3#'s in secondary...comes out very well balanced.
Primary 1
Primary 2
Secondary 1....Blackeye IIPA
Secondary 2........Mikita's BB Wheat
Tap 1.............Spooky's Stout
Tap 2.............Rico's Red

DogBone Brewery

If you get confused listen to the music play! - Robert Hunter
Kugster is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Blueberry Wheat derwood Recipes/Ingredients 16 05-13-2010 08:51 PM
blueberry wheat defenestrate Home Brewing Photo Forum 3 09-19-2009 08:52 PM
Blueberry Wheat Ale ThreeTaps Recipes/Ingredients 6 09-14-2009 04:15 AM
Blueberry Wheat Help Dionysos911 Extract Brewing 19 08-19-2009 10:28 PM
Blueberry wheat . . . Pumbaa Recipes/Ingredients 2 12-04-2005 06:30 PM

Forum Jump