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Old 06-29-2008, 01:42 PM   #1
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So living in Maine we have lots of blueberries about to come into season. I wanted to try making a blueberry porter. The flavor that I’m going for is reminiscent of pie, i.e. I want it to be malty and little biscuity/toasty. I have never done a blueberry porter so some input would be helpful.

5.5 lb LDME
1 lb Crystal (40)
1 lb Brown malt
10 oz chocolate malt

1.25 oz fuggles 60min
.5 oz fuggles 10min

Nottingham dry yeast

About 3-4 lbs of blueberries added to secondary

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I think you'll have a tough time getting blueberry to come through on a porter... I'd definitely recommend trying to create some extract in vodka for use at bottling.


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Honestly it sounds terrible to me. If you want to make a blueberry beer, I would go with a wheat beer of some sort. You can still make a pretty malty beer without making something as malty and roasty as a porter. I would skip the brown malt and knock the chocolate malt down to 4oz or less.

Obviously this is your beer, make it taste the way you want it to taste, but if it was me, I would not want all that dark malt in with my blueberries.

Of course, you could always just make a porter and blueberry muffins and enjoy them together that way
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Old 06-30-2008, 03:31 PM   #4
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well it dosent seem that this was well receved. maybe i will rework it and get back to it.
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I agree with cubbies. I don't know that I would ever fruit a porter. I had a few fruited porters at NHC and I didn't care for any of them. If you're going to fruit the beer I'd recommend doing so in something like a Blonde Ale or an American Wheat. The roasty/toasty/coffee tones in a porter don't seem to pair very well with fruit IMO.
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how many gallons to this recipe?
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You guys are out of your mind, Dark Horse makes a blueberry stout that is one of my favorite stouts of all time. I think a blueberry porter is a fantastic idea, blueberries go great with the dark roasty malts and I plan to use them in a dark beer soon. However, they are right that it might be tough to get them to come through in a dark beer like that, so I would use more like 8-10 pounds, you will need a large fermenter.
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Agreed. I've had two blueberry stouts so far and liked them both. In fact, I don't generally like stouts and these changed my mind.
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I've used blueberries before. They impart MUCH MORE color than they do flavor. I used 5lbs in a hefe w/o armoa/flavor hops and it wasn't the star. It was all in the finish. Go 10lbs if you want to taste blueberry over the malty dark grains.
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I wouldn't know how to make it myself, but the idea of a blueberry porter sounds delicious to me. If it can be done in a stout, it can be done in a porter.


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