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Boo Berry American Wheat

Brewed: 04/30/2017   Bottled: 05/21/2017

booberry.jpgWell, while we were "on vacation" in Florida, the SheppyBrew Beer Model got a taste of SweetWater Brewing Company's Blue. She really liked it. It was a light - bodied blueberry ale. The blueberry was not overpowering, and I actually thought it was a pretty good ale.

At some point we were talking about what she would like to brew next, and she brought up that a blueberry wheat would be something she would enjoy drinking.

Much like SheppyBrew's Apricot Lovin' Wheat, I figure it would be easy enough to brew Summer Lovin' as a base beer and add blueberry puree to a secondary.

As the "Blue" had a restrained blueberry flavor, I decided to add less blueberry puree than I added apricot to Apricot Lovin' and no flavoring. I was hoping that this would be just the right amount of fruit in the wheat beer.

After trying the first batch from the keg, I decided that there was not enough blueberry in it, so I got some blueberry flavoring from my home-brew shop. I added a very little amount and was pleased with the amount after that. The bottles that I did, though did not benefit from that little late addition.

The name of the beer "Boo Berry" was a suggestion by the Beer Model. We were talking about the first batch of this beer being ready around Halloween. Get it? Ghosts say "boo" and there are lots of ghosts around on Halloween and "boo" sounds a lot like "blue". Not really what I would have called the beer, but she was pretty proud of the name, and she IS much cuter than I am.


Batch 2 was pretty much the recipe of Batch 1 except I decided to add another can of blueberry puree into the primary fermentation.

For more information on this beer, see the "Boo Berry" label on my blog.

Boo Berry American Wheat --- Batch 3

Style Fruit Beer Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   8.00 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.049 SG Estimated FG 1.008 SG
Recipe Bitterness 20.4 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.3 %
BU : GU   0.421        
Recipe Color 6.7 SRM
Measured OG:   1.050    Measured FG:   1.014 
ADF:   72%   Measured ABV:   4.7% 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
4 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 36.5 %
4 lbs 8.0 oz Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 36.5 %
8.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 3 4.1 %
0.500 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.20 %] - Boil 40.0 min Hop 4 20.4 IBUs
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 5 -
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 6 -
2 lbs 13.0 oz Blueberry Puree (10.0 SRM) Sugar 7 22.8 %
1.00 oz Blueberry Extract (Bottling 5.0 mins) Flavor 8 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 11.88 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (2.17gal, 4.00gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Color / OG / ABV etc ... listed without taking into account the fruit.
Brew as a normal wheat beer. Ferment 60 - 65 for a few days. Transfer to secondary on top of the can of blueberry puree.
Add blueberry flavoring at kegging time to taste. Start with .5oz and add another .5oz if you think it needs more blueberry aroma.

Brewing Record

Brew Date: 4/30/2017  Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  150 down to 145ish by the end
Pre-boil OG   (1.039 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.00 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp   62 
Day 1: Put in blow-off tube 62
Day 2: Going hard 66 
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Brewing Notes:
04/25/2017 esheppy
Think I'll brew this recipe next weekend.
05/01/2017 esheppy
Brewed yesterday. Everything went well. Got over 5.5 gallons of 1.050 wort.
05/02/2017 esheppy
Yeasties are rocking and rolling. Put in blow-off tube last night. 66
05/13/2017 esheppy
Added to secondary with blueberry puree and 1 oz extract. Also threw in just a little scoop of table sugar. Base beer at 1.014, making it 4.7abv. I will let this sit for a few days and decide if it is ready to keg. Should be drinking by mid-June.
05/21/2017 esheppy
Kegged today. I was pretty pleased with the the flavor. Currently in the fridge. I think I'll move to kegerator tonight.
05/31/2017 esheppy
Had some over the weekend. Good stuff. A bit of fruit in the beer makes it a little bit more hazy than I would expect. Tastes good, though.
07/11/2017 esheppy
Still drinking. Still tastes like a blueberry beer. I still think it tastes pretty good.
07/29/2017 esheppy
Shared with Beer Model's family. The mom liked it. Tastes good.
08/06/2017 esheppy
Tasting good. Nice blueberry flavor.
09/10/2017 esheppy
My wife finally finished off this beer.
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