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Boo Berry American Wheat (Previous Recipes)


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.

This page shows a history of the previous batches I have made of this beer. If you would like to see the most recent recipe and batch information, go to:

Boo Berry American Wheat.

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


4 lbs 8.0 ozPale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)Grain136.5 %
4 lbs 8.0 ozWheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM)Grain236.5 %
8.0 ozHoney Malt (25.0 SRM)Grain34.1 %
0.380 ozColumbus (Tomahawk) [17.00 %] - Boil 45.0 minHop421.9 IBUs
0.50 tspYeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins)Other5-
1.0 pkgSafale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml]Yeast6-
2 lbs 13.0 ozBlueberry Puree (10.0 SRM)Sugar722.8 %
1.00 ozBlueberry Extract (Bottling 5.0 mins)Flavor8-

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
NameDescriptionStep TemperatureStep Time
Mash InAdd 11.88 qt of water at 159.1 F148.0 F75 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.

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. 

Boo Berry American Wheat --- batch 1

Fruit Beer
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size
7.99 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency
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 %

Recipe Color
6.1 SRM

Measured OG:

Measured FG:

Measured ABV:


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
4 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 39.1 %
4 lbs 8.0 oz Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 39.1 %
8.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 3 4.3 %
0.38 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 Blueberry Puree (10.0 SRM) Sugar 7 17.4 %

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.
Ferment 60 - 65 for a few days. Transfer to secondary on top of the blueberry puree.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:

Strike Temp:

Mash Temps:
150 .. 152 down to 148 at the end
Pre-boil OG
1.038 (1.039 SG)
Pre-boil Vol
8 gal (7.99 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency

Pitch Temp

Day 1: Active with blow-off tube by end of day
Day 2, 3: 66ish very active.
Day 6: About done 66 or 68

Brewing Notes: 09/20/2012 esheppy
Bought ingredients. Will brew Sunday. 
09/23/2012 esheppy
Brewed up the base beer. OG a bit low at 1.045, but other than that everything went well. 6 gallons into fermentor. 
09/27/2012 esheppy
Fermentation been going well. Getting lots of overflow. Need to stop overfilling the fermentor. Thinking that transfer onto the blueberries will be Saturday. 
09/29/2012 esheppy
Took a sample of the beer. 1.010 fg. Good wheat flavor on the base beer. Today will be the day we add blueberries. 
10/02/2012 esheppy
Took a sample after having been on blueberries for a couple of days. FG down a couple points at 1.007. Looks like pink lemonade. The blueberry flavor is very subtle, which allows a bit of the wheat flavor to come through. Could probably have gone with one more can of blueberry. I'll let it sit until the weekend and then keg it up. 
10/07/2012 esheppy
Kegged and bottled yesterday. Had an issue with the first bottle. The tip of the beer gun came off. That first liter may be suspect, but I think all the other bottles should turn out fine. Got 16 12 oz bottles and 2 liter bottles. Blueberry really subtle. Not sure I would be able to identify it as blueberry if I did not know already. 
10/09/2012 esheppy
Apparently I got blueberry chunks in the keg, because it is totally clogged up. I guess I will have to transfer. 
10/10/2012 esheppy
Transferred yesterday into another keg. Put a screen on the dip tube, which will hopefully prevent the clog from happening again. Tried a little sample. Certainly not enough blueberry to call this a blueberry beer. Might try to find some blueberry flavoring to add to the keg. 
10/11/2012 esheppy
Well, I just got back from the Brew Hut with some blueberry flavoring. I'll add some to the keg sometime this weekend. Not sure how much. 
10/14/2012 esheppy
Added a bit of (maybe half an ounce) blueberry flavoring to keg. Tasted it and it seems like about the right amount. 
10/27/2012 esheppy
Yes, the amount of blueberry in the kegged beer is perfect. Really liking this beer. I doubt the bottled beer tastes like blueberry at all. 
11/17/2012 esheppy
The Beer Model killed the keg last night. Still have bottles, but they are not the same. 
11/22/2012 esheppy
Had a bottle with the first football game. Purplish pink. Just a touch of blueberry flavor. I like it. 
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