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Boo Berry American Wheat

Brewed: 01/31/2021   Kegged: 02/13/2021

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.

Batch 4 was on my Anvil Foundry

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

Boo Berry American Wheat --- Batch 4 (280)

Style Fruit Beer Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.57 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.045 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 24.1 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.8 %
BU : GU   0.534        
Recipe Color 7.4 SRM
Measured OG:   1.044    Measured FG:   1.008 
ADF:   81    Measured ABV:   4.7 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
5 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 40.0 % 0.39 gal
4 lbs Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 32.0 % 0.31 gal
8.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 3 4.0 % 0.04 gal
0.500 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [18.20 %] - Boil 35.0 min Hop 4 24.1 IBUs -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 5 - -
3 lbs Blueberry Puree [Primary] (10.0 SRM) Sugar 6 24.0 % 0.36 gal
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 7 - -
1.00 oz Blueberry Extract (Bottling 5.0 mins) Flavor 8 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 29.08 qt of water at 156.0 F 150.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 156.0 F over 10 min 156.0 F 20 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes

Color / OG / ABV etc ... listed without taking into account the fruit.
Brew as a normal wheat beer. Add puree right into fermentor and rack wort on top of it. Ferment 60 - 65 for a few days.
Add blueberry flavoring at kegging time to taste. Start with 1oz and add another .5oz if you think it needs more blueberry aroma.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.040 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.57 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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Brewing Notes:
01/31/2021 esheppy
Brew day today with the Beer Model. Everything went well. Added blueberry to fermentor. OG 1.044.
02/01/2021 esheppy
Morning ... Kraussen starting to form. Temp strip says 62.
02/03/2021 esheppy
Fermenting away. Ugly purple brown color. Weird looking kraussen. Temp strip at 64/66. Several more days to go.
02/07/2021 esheppy
Bubbling stopped. Kraussen gone. Still ugly purplish brown color. Not sure when a keg will open up. Will probably keg when one does.
02/13/2021 esheppy
Kegged. 1.008 FG. Nice purple color. Tastes like I think a Blueberry Wheat should taste. Chilling on back patio.
02/13/2021 esheppy
Used about half (2oz) of the flavoring.
02/17/2021 esheppy
Carbonation close. Nice blueberry flavor.
02/20/2021 esheppy
Beer ready to drink. Nice blueberry flavor.
03/13/2021 esheppy
We've had a few. Carbonation perfect. Blueberry flavor right where it should be.
03/20/2021 esheppy
This beer is on its prime. Great blueberry flavor.
03/26/2021 esheppy
Not bad for a fruit beer.
04/16/2021 esheppy
Still around. Still delicious. Maybe even better than when it was young.
05/14/2021 esheppy
The wife tells me that the keg kicked. Older than most of my beers. Still tasted good.
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