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Blackberry in Bed American Wheat

Brewed: 04/19/2019   Kegged: 05/02/2019

A little before Easter 2019, I was looking to brew a beer that The SheppyBrew Beer Model would like to have on tap. 

bamALam.jpgAt some point she had mentioned that she would like a Blackberry Wheat. 

The Brew Master has a history of using the Summer Lovin' American Wheat as a base for fruit beers. Essentially, a Blackberry Wheat is exactly like Boo Berry American Wheat with the obvious substitution.

I considered a number of names. 

Back in Blackberry would be an obvious nod to the AC/DC song "Back in Black".

I thought "Never Go Back Blackberry Wheat" might work.

Some other song titles with "Black" in the title were considered.

After brew day was done ... The Beer Model said she thought "Whoa, Black Berry Bam-ba-Lam" would be a good name. Not sure why she suggested it so long after it was too late.

In the end, I decided to go with "Blackberry in Bed" in honor of the Squeeze Song "Black Coffee in Bed". I have fond memories of college parties with beer while listening to that song.

Plus, I didn't see this beer name on untappd. I didn't have to worry about "cease and desist" orders from other breweries for this name.

It is a simple recipe with nice fruit flavor. Easy drinking and beautiful.


If you would like more information about SheppyBrew's Summer Lovin series of beers, see Sheppy's Blog: Summer Lovin

If you would like more information about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Blackberry in Bed

Blackberry in Bed American Wheat --- Batch 1

Style Fruit Beer Batch Size 7.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   9.80 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.045 SG Estimated FG 1.008 SG
Recipe Bitterness 24.2 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.0 %
BU : GU   0.533        
Recipe Color 7.0 SRM
Measured OG:   1.048    Measured FG:   1.011
ADF:   77   Measured ABV:   4.9


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
6 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 37.4 %
6 lbs Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 37.4 %
1 lbs Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 3 6.2 %
0.500 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.60 %] - Boil 45.0 min Hop 4 19.4 IBUs
0.250 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 5 4.8 IBUs
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 6 -
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 7 -
3 lbs 1.0 oz Blackberry Puree (10.0 SRM) Sugar 8 19.1 %
2.00 oz Blackberry Extract (Bottling 5.0 mins) Flavor 9 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 16.25 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (2.40gal, 4.90gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Name sort of a play on the Squeeze Song "Black Coffee in Bed"
Considered calling this beer: "Back in Blackberry"; "Never Go Back Blackberry Wheat"; "Black Water Blackberry Wheat"; "Blackberry Shuck"
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 blackberry flavoring at kegging time to taste. Start with 2oz and add another .5oz if you think it needs more blueberry aroma. Repeat until the flavor works.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.038 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (9.80 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
04/12/2019 esheppy
Bought ingredients today. Got more malt. 6# wheat and 2 row. 1# honey. Will scale up recipe to match.
04/19/2019 esheppy
Brew day today. Everything went well. The fermentor is very full, so I already have the blow off tube in. The Beer Model wants to name it something like Whoa, Black Berry Bam-ba-Lam. Too bad I already named the beer.
04/20/2019 esheppy
Yeasties are rolling. 1.045 68 degrees. The fullness of the fermentor makes me nervous. Might transfer part into another carboy.
04/21/2019 esheppy
Going strong. Some kraussen coming out of blow off. 67 degrees. 1.040
04/23/2019 esheppy
Slowing down enough that I took out the tube, but still very active. 1.017. 70 degrees.
04/27/2019 esheppy
1.011 about time to add blackberry.
04/28/2019 esheppy
Secondary fermentation was active enough to push beer into air lock. Switched it out.
04/30/2019 esheppy
Switched airlock again yesterday. Today the bubbling is less and no blue in airlock now.
05/02/2019 esheppy
Kegged with 2.5 or 3 oz flavoring. Beer tastes pretty good for a BlackBerry beer. Bam a lam. Probably should have let the fruit settle more, but I'm hoping to drink Saturday for big brew day.
05/03/2019 esheppy
Had a couple. Good blackberry flavor. I think it would be nice to let some fruit settle out, but need for this weekend. This should work.
05/11/2019 esheppy
Whoa Blackberry Bam-a-lam. Blackberry in Bed Wheat. Pink tinge on the foam. Purple colored. Blackberry flavor and aroma. Not bad
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