[quote=“Mroberto1010”]Hello all, I am brewing two 5 gallon batches of the American Wheat Extract on Friday. Size of kettle is limiting me to two separate brews. I am planning on making a blueberry beer for friends for a vacation in July. My questions are any way to increase the ABV a little in this? Add LME, Honey, Sugar? I am fairly new to brewing and have never added anything extra before.
Then second questions is blueberry flavoring… I ordered the blueberry flavoring off of NB and it is a 4 oz bottle. I have read some places that 2 oz have been added to 5 gallons, but was just curious if anyone had any other input on this. Should I use frozen or fresh blueberries?
I have two fermentors but nothing for secondary. Since I will have both brew in primary at same time. Any way I can just add blueberries to primary after 2 weeks? Does the flavoring go in just before bottling?
Any input would be greatly appreciated!
You can use lME to increase the ABV but this can also make your beer more malty, something you are probably not looking for in a wheat. Honey works but can take a while to ferment and may leave a faint flavor. Sugar is great just keep the amount reasonable like lb. or less. I use table sugar but some prefer corn sugar. Just dump it in the last 15 min or so of the boil.
For blueberries I would opt for frozen since the skin will already be burst. Fresh should be washed, Pastuerized but not boiled before use and crushed. another popular choice is buying canned puree. It is sanitary, simple to use and less risk of off flavor from tannins associated with the skin on fruits. It would be best in a secondary but if you are not doing one after the primary fermentation has stopped. The blueberry flavoring goes in before bottling but some say it has a chemical flavor. I have read that Bickford flavoring is good but it is made for baking so I’m not sure how much to use.