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danas #2. blueberry wheat

Postby nico soze on Tue Jul 26, 2011 9:16 am

Working on danas second recipe. Any thoughts?

3lb wheat dme
3lb pilsen dme
1lb flakes wheat
1 lb wheat malt.
2 oz hallertau (should I go American?) 60 min
4 lb frozen crushed blueberries at burnout
I'll do my own lazy man half ass partial mash. ( steep grains in 2-5 qts,water, then hang the grain bag off the side of the kettle, and slowly "rinse" grains with 180f water as I fill the kettle)
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Re: danas #2. blueberry wheat

Postby bwarbiany on Tue Jul 26, 2011 10:02 am

Note that Wheat DME is typically a mix between wheat and pale or pils malt (depending on brand).

Briess, for example, is 65% wheat, 35% barley, which I assume to be pale malt as it's not specified as pils.
http://www.brewingwithbriess.com/Assets ... eatDME.pdf

It's suggested here (and I've seen it elsewhere) that Munton's is 55% / 45%:

So be aware of that in the process of recipe formulation so you get the right proportions.

Second, the blueberries are best to add in secondary (or, if you don't do a secondary, as I don't, add them to primary *after* the bulk of fermentation is complete). You don't want the fermentation activity to scrub out the blueberry aroma.

I particularly like the ease of use of the Oregon fruit puree's. I've done beers with raspberry & blackberry, and my bro-in-law Dustin did one with blueberry. All came out pretty well, with the blueberry actually probably being the best. YMMV:

You can buy the purees at a number of homebrew stores (I think AHP can probably order it if he doesn't carry it standard), and they're canned "aseptic", so without any nasty bugs/bacteria, so you don't have to worry about sterilizing the puree as you might with 4# of raw blueberries.

Finally, blueberry is a relatively light flavor. If you use the entire 3# can of the puree, that in itself will give you a noticeable but not an overwhelming amount of blueberry in an American wheat. So don't be scared to dump in the entire can.
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Re: danas #2. blueberry wheat

Postby dhempy on Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:55 am

+1 for the Oregon products .. I particularly like the Raspberry!

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Re: danas #2. blueberry wheat

Postby backyard brewer on Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:01 am

Brad's advice is all spot-on.

The only thing I'd add is that while wheat malt will self-convert it a pound of 6-row (or 2-row) will help it along much quicker. I wouldn't use the flaked wheat since you'll be mini-mashing real wheat, use the pound of 6-row in its place.
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