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Old 12-31-2008, 02:20 AM   #1
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Default Suggested Fruits for secondary additions in an American Wheat...

We are going to brew up 12 gallons of an American wheat. 6 gallons will go directly to a carboy, however the other 6 gallons will be put into 1 gallon carboys and fermented with different types of fruit.

"American Wheat"
Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 12.00 gal
Brewer: Tony
Boil Size: 14.84 gal
Boil Time: 60 min
Equipment: Brew Pot (15 Gal) and Igloo/Gott Cooler (10 Gal)
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00

Ingredients

Amount Item Type % or IBU
10 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 55.56 %
8 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 44.44 %
1.00 oz Cascade [7.80 %] (60 min) Hops 12.5 IBU
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (15 min) Hops 3.4 IBU
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (5 min) Hops 1.4 IBU
2 Pkgs American Wheat Ale (Wyeast Labs #1010) Yeast-Ale

So far, I'm considering blueberries, raspberries, black berries, and maybe cherries. I know that the cherries will lend a sour effect to the beer. Anyone have other suggestions?


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Old 12-31-2008, 05:04 PM   #2
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I made a raspberry wheat last spring which is one of those that isn't my favorite, but pretty much everybody liked - especially those who aren't big bear drinkers.

That being said, why stop at one? Maybe make a Very Berry Wheat? Or you could pick up a few one gallon jugs and do a little of each for sampling


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Old 12-31-2008, 05:09 PM   #3
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I've tried raspberries, black berries, and peaches. The black berry was the only one that I would ever think to repeat but my wife, sister, and mom thought the peach was pretty good. It was very peachy, tasted like peach pie or something - kind of overwhelming to my tastes. You might give the peaches a try though, if you're only making a gallon of each fruit its probably not that risky.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:53 PM   #4
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I considered peaches, but I was concerned about just what you stated... I want some nice fruit notes, however I don't want an overwhelming slap to your face...

So far I'm going to do:
Raspberry
Blackberry
Cherry
Cherry/Pomegranate (girlfriends request)
Blueberry
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+1 for Peach's, also how about oranges/tangerine/clementines
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orange is going to be in the base wheat recipe... When I get home I'll post the base recipe so you can know what I'm working with...
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Old 12-31-2008, 08:13 PM   #7
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Most people don't realize the most popular fruit in the world(that also works well in beer) is mango. Mango wheat is wonderful
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How about some Apricots? Wheat version of Magic Hat #9?
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Strawberry!
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I have read that strawberry is a VERY difficult flavor to impart in a beer without using a fruit flavored extract. The delicate flavor of the strawberries doesn't seem to come through easily in a beer. If someone could give advice, I'd definitely try it out...


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