Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Fruit Beers

Fruit beers! What can you say...Most people hate them or even believe they have no place in beers at all. I on the other hand believe fruit if well placed can even enhance a beer if done with the right fruit combination and recipe process. Slapping fruit into a beer just will not work (trust me I've tried) after many lessons and friends/family telling me to try again I now have a clear understanding of what will work and what fruit helps enhance my beers. Fruits such as cherries, kiwi's, strawberries and even bananas. What's also important is making sure you have a small/medium alcohol presence but is well balanced with the everything else.

Mixed Berry Wheat
Fruit Beer

Recipe Specs
Batch Size (G): 5.0
Total Grain (lb): 8.800
Total Hops (oz): 1.00
Original Gravity (OG): 1.064 (°P): 15.7
Final Gravity (FG): 1.016 (°P): 4.1
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 6.29 %
Colour (SRM): 5.4 (EBC): 10.6
Bitterness (IBU): 27.6 (Average)
Brewhouse Efficiency (%): 70
Boil Time (Minutes): 60

Grain Bill
8.300 lb Liquid Malt Extract - Wheat (94.32%)
0.500 lb Crystal 15 (5.68%)

Hop Bill
1.00 oz Willamette Pellet (7.1% Alpha) @ 60 Minutes (Boil) (0.2 oz/Gal)

Misc Bill
Fresh mixed berries (frozen then boiled/added 7 days after primary fermentation occurred)
Single step Infusion at 151°F for 60 Minutes.
Fermented at 73°F with Safale US-05