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Made a wheat beer the other day...

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White wheat 4.5#
Pilsner 3#
Flaked wheat 1#
Light Munich 0.5#

Hops
EKG 0.5 oz 45 mins
EKG 1 oz 15 mins

Water
0.5 tsp CaCl
1 tsp gypsum

Yeast
Wyeast 1010

Then I went to a local brewery/berry farm and ended up with 7lbs of raspberries. So I got home and instantly thought it’d be fun to toss them in the wheat. I smooshed up 2 lbs and heated them up and froze them. Tossed the frozen block into primary today. Does anyone else have any experience with a similar process?

I’m thinking about killing my yeast after going into a secondary then adding maybe 0.5-1 lb raspberries to get some sweeter raspberry flavor
 

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Made a wheat beer the other day...

Grain Bill
White wheat 4.5#
Pilsner 3#
Flaked wheat 1#
Light Munich 0.5#

Hops
EKG 0.5 oz 45 mins
EKG 1 oz 15 mins

Water
0.5 tsp CaCl
1 tsp gypsum

Yeast
Wyeast 1010

Then I went to a local brewery/berry farm and ended up with 7lbs of raspberries. So I got home and instantly thought it’d be fun to toss them in the wheat. I smooshed up 2 lbs and heated them up and froze them. Tossed the frozen block into primary today. Does anyone else have any experience with a similar process?

I’m thinking about killing my yeast after going into a secondary then adding maybe 0.5-1 lb raspberries to get some sweeter raspberry flavor
I usually put them up for about 5 minutes to kill any bacteria, cool it off, and then put it into the secondary.

I also prefer a 1:1 ratio of pounds of raspberries to gallons of beer.
 
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I usually put them up for about 5 minutes to kill any bacteria, cool it off, and then put it into the secondary.

I also prefer a 1:1 ratio of pounds of raspberries to gallons of beer.
Do you end up with too much tartness in the final product? I’m not hurting on raspberries so I could definitely add more into secondary... turns out adding it to primary even with a huge headspace can turn out to be dangerous
 

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No, the 1:1 ratio is just right for the wife and I. You will have to play with the ratio to find your own taste profile. If putting them into the primary is your desired method, you may want to wait until the fermentation is complete. I would imagine the addition of the raspberries' sugar kicked up the fermentation again.
 

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I racked about 5.5 gallons of (fermented) cream ale onto 6 pounds of raspberries, for a few days. I decided not to make any attempt to pasteurize or sanitize the raspberries. It's been 5 weeks since I did that, and there is no evidence of infection. It's very tart because of the raspberries. Not as tart as an actual sour beer, but getting there.
 
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Moved into a secondary today with just a few floaters getting through. Will keg this up in a few days. After tasting today I decided not to add any more raspberries. It’s just the right amount for me. FG came out to be 1.005 so about 4.6% ABV
 

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