Need help - blueberry beer

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ogivlado
beers 7955 º places 297 º 16:04 Fri 7/13/2012

My friend is getting ready to make a beer and since he isn’t on RB I’m going to be middleman. So here are the things that he would like to know.

Hi guys

I’m getting ready for brewing a blueberry beer for the first time and, as you might expect, I have some questions.
Has any of you had any experience with this style of beer? If yes, can you give me some tips?
I mean I don’t know when to add the blueberries. I’m thinking somewhere toward the end of the boil should be ok.
Also do you think that 2kg of bluberries is sufficient for a batch of 20 lit.?
I want my beer to be about 4.5-5.0 in alcohol content.
I’ll be using only Belgian pils malt and blueberries. (I don’t want to experiment much with this beer)
If there’s somewhere some link it’s also welcome.

Thanks in advance

 
Oakes
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beers 18543 º places 821 º 16:08 Fri 7/13/2012

One thing I know is that some places add blueberries at serving as well. It looks good, if nothing else.

And of course, wild blueberries have a hell of a lot more flavour than ones from a farm. I don’t even waste my time with the latter anymore.

 
Christian
beers 13805 º places 254 º 03:12 Sat 7/14/2012

My suggestion: Deep freeze to break down the skins.

Add berries in secondary fermentation.

Drink fresh to avoid any infections from the berries taking over the beer (assuming this is not a wild beer experiment)



Using pils malt, just enough hops for bittering, and a neutral ale yeast this could be a nice easy drinking late summer beer

 
JulienHuxley
beers 5909 º places 415 º 03:23 Sat 7/14/2012

I made a blueberry beer last autumn. I used 2.1 kgs of frozen berries for 21 l of beer. The base beer was a pale ale, that I had hopped for 45 mins using 1.5 oz Northern Brewer. Turned out to be 6% alcohol. I added the berries to secondary fermentation for 12 days. It wasn’t bad, but tasted a little bitter/grassy.

Here is what I would do differently:
Knock back the hops - No need for that much bitterness
Tune down the OG - The blueberries started the fermentation again which I believe led to some hot alcohol aromas
Use more berries - 4.5 pounds was decent for beautiful red purple color and some flavor, but I could have used a lot more. I like Oakes’ suggestions of using wild ones (I used a super sweet varietal of farm ones - my aunt owns a blueberry farm).
Give it a slightly longer secondary - Not sure about this one as I was afraid of stuff growing in there that I didn’t want. It definitely looked weird but I bottled it early because I was worried. I might try leaving it in there longer next time.

Hope it helps!

Cheers!

J.

 
gnoff
beers 10838 º places 709 º 04:58 Sat 7/14/2012

As per adding fruits to beer I’ve always had the best luck freezing them first, then boiling shortly in water, adding to secondary, leaving for one week.

 
HornyDevil
05:19 Sat 7/14/2012

Originally posted by ogivlado
I mean I don’t know when to add the blueberries. I’m thinking somewhere toward the end of the boil should be ok.


Don’t add them to the boil. Add them to the secondary. Freezing them first will help break down the cell walls so that more color and flavor are readily available.

Originally posted by ogivlado
Also do you think that 2kg of bluberries is sufficient for a batch of 20 lit.?


I would double that, as that only comes out to be about 1 lb. per gallon.

Originally posted by ogivlado
I’ll be using only Belgian pils malt and blueberries. (I don’t want to experiment much with this beer)


A full recipe, including hops and yeast strain, would be rather useful.

 
BBB63
beers 6557 º places 146 º 06:21 Sat 7/14/2012

Use hop that have a currant character like UK Bramling Cross and German Brewers Gold to add more berry notes.

 
joeneugs
beers 6371 º places 241 º 07:36 Sat 7/14/2012

Originally posted by BBB63
Use hop that have a currant character like UK Bramling Cross and German Brewers Gold to add more berry notes.


Also bullion hops might go well with this one. Lots of dark berry aroma.

 
bitbucket
beers 2165 º places 63 º 15:13 Sat 7/14/2012

Add them to the secondary if you’re using one, otherwise add to the primary after a week or so. The best blueberry beer I’ve tried so far used freeze-dried blueberries, which turns out to be a win on shipping costs if you’re ordering on the internets.

 
NobleSquirrel
beers 3438 º places 209 º 15:25 Sat 7/14/2012

As an aside, I actually am brewing a Blueberry Berliner today. I am adding 1.5kg of blueberry purée at the addition OG yeast(16hrs after lacto addition. With that being said, it will depend on the ripeness and quality of the blueberries. Good luck!

 
TheAlum
beers 7164 º places 10 º 16:04 Sat 7/14/2012

Originally posted by NobleSquirrel
As an aside, I actually am brewing a Blueberry Berliner today. I am adding 1.5kg of blueberry purée at the addition OG yeast(16hrs after lacto addition. With that being said, it will depend on the ripeness and quality of the blueberries. Good luck!


Nice, Brian

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