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Boo Berry American Wheat

Brewed: 04/30/2017   Bottled: 11/02/2013

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:       Measured FG:    
ADF:       Measured ABV:    


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. Add one can of blueberry puree to the fermentor.
Ferment 60 - 65 for a few days. Transfer to secondary on top of the other two cans 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:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.039 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.00 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
04/25/2017 esheppy
Think I'll brew this recipe next weekend.
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