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Boo Berry American Wheat

Brewed: 10/21/2013   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 2

Fruit Beer
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size   7.99 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.049 SG
Estimated FG
1.008 SG
Recipe Bitterness
21.9 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
5.3 %
BU : GU   0.452        
Recipe Color
6.7 SRM
Measured OG:   1.048    Measured FG:    1.008
ADF:    83   Measured ABV:    5.2


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 %
0.380 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [17.00 %] - Boil 45.0 min Hop 4 21.9 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:   162
Mash Temps:
 150 to 148 at end
Pre-boil OG   1.039 (1.039 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   7.75 (7.99 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency
Pitch Temp    66
Day 1: Started a bit late, but going by end of day 66
Day 2: Blow off tube at night. 70ish 
Day 3: Active 70.

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Brewing Notes:
10/19/2013 esheppy
Time to make this beer again.
10/21/2013 esheppy
Brewed yesterday. Everything went well. Slow starting fermentation. No signs yet early morning. 66ish.
10/23/2013 esheppy
The air-lock was clogged last night. Put in a blow-off tube. Fermentation is up to 70 and very active. Getting lots of blow-off. Not sure this will be ready to go to secondary on schedule. We will see.
10/26/2013 esheppy
Racked into secondary on top of two cans blueberry puree. Also added in about an ounce of blueberry flavoring. Sample tasted great. 1.008 puts the base beer at 5.2 abv. Color not as pink as I remember from last time.
10/27/2013 esheppy
Needed to put in a blow-off tube again yesterday. Just put the air-lock back on this morning.
11/02/2013 esheppy
Kegged today. Put a screen on my bottling tube to try to strain out blueberry bits. Think it worked well. Also have a screen on the dip tube. Sample tastes great. I will let the beer model decide if the keg needs more boo. FG 1.008 (maybe a bit lower). Goes right into keggerator for carbonation. Should be drinking next weekend.
11/13/2013 esheppy
Tasting good. It is coming out a little slow, so there is some sort of clog. I'm ok as long is this doesn't get worse. Hoping I won't have to rack out of this keg. Could probably stand a bit more carbonation, but I think this is ready for the Beer Model to drink.
12/06/2013 esheppy
Such a nice fruity beer.Don't tell the Beer Model that I have been stealing her beer.
12/11/2013 esheppy
I have decided that this batch at this age is my favorite blueberry beer ever.
12/31/2013 esheppy
Still around and still good, but think it is probably past its prime. It must be almost gone.
02/01/2014 esheppy
Finished off the last of the keg last night. Still tasted good, although not as good as when it was younger.
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