Indulge in the delightful fusion of a Belgian-style wheat beer with the luscious addition of raspberries. This Raspberry Wheat Beer recipe offers a refreshing and irresistible brew, perfect for those warm summer days. Whether you’re a beer aficionado or a newcomer to the world of brewing, this recipe is sure to captivate your taste buds and convert even non-beer drinkers into fans.
Raspberry Wheat Beer
- 1 Brewing kettle or mash tun
- 1 Fermenter (such as a glass carboy or a plastic fermenting bucket)
- 1 Airlock and stopper (to fit the fermenter)
- 1 Wort chiller or alternative cooling method
- 1 Brewing thermometer
- 1 Brewing spoon or paddle
- 1 Hydrometer or refractometer for measuring specific gravity
- 1 Racking cane or siphoning equipment
- 1 Auto-siphon or racking cane with tubing
- 1 Bottling bucket or kegging system
- 1 Bottles or kegs with appropriate closures
- 1 Sanitizing solution or cleaner
- 1 Funnel
- 1 Brew kettle thermometer
- 1 Grain bag or mesh straining bag
- 1 Bottle capper or kegging system
- 1 Bottle brush (if using bottles)
- 1 Heating source (such as a stove or propane burner)
For the Mash – Liquor 12.5 Litres (22 Pints) – Mash Time 1 hr – Temperature 65°c/149 °F
- 6 lb Lager malt Quantity 2.7kg
- 5 lb Wheat malt Quantity 2.3kg
For the Boil – 27 Litres (47½ Pints) – Boil Time 1 hr – 10 mins
- ⅔ oz (Hops) Challenger 7% When to add – At start of boil (IBU 15.0)
- 1 tsp Protofloc Other – When to add – For last 15 mins of boil
To Ferment – 22°C (72°F) – Conditioning 2 weeks at 12°C (54°F)
- 1 Wyeast 1010 American Wheat
- 5½ lb (Hops) Raspberries (Hops) – When to add – After 2 days, leave for about 1 week
- In a large brewing kettle or mash tun, heat 12.5 liters (22 pints) of water to a temperature of 65°C (149°F).
- Add 6 pounds (2.7 kg) of Lager malt and 5 pounds (2.3 kg) of Wheat malt to the heated water.
- Stir the grains thoroughly to ensure they are evenly mixed.
- Let the mash rest for 1 hour, maintaining the temperature around 65°C (149°F).
- After the mash, transfer the mixture to a brewing kettle.
- Add 27 liters (47½ pints) of water to the kettle and bring it to a boil.
- Once the water is boiling, add ⅔ ounce (approximately 19 grams) of Challenger hops to the kettle.
- Boil the mixture for 1 hour and 10 minutes, keeping an eye on it to avoid boil-overs.
- During the last 15 minutes of the boil, add 1 Protofloc tablet to help clarify the beer.
- After the boil, cool the wort to a temperature of 22°C (72°F) and transfer it to a fermenter.
- Add 1 package of Wyeast 1010 American Wheat yeast to the fermenter and stir gently to mix.
- Seal the fermenter with an airlock to allow carbon dioxide to escape during fermentation.
- Let the beer ferment at a temperature of 22°C (72°F) for about 2 days.
- After 2 days of fermentation, add 5½ pounds (approximately 2.5 kg) of raspberries to the fermenter.
- Gently stir the raspberries into the beer to incorporate them.
- Allow the beer to ferment for about 1 week with the raspberries.
- After the raspberry addition, transfer the beer to a secondary fermenter or keg for conditioning.
- Condition the beer at a temperature of 12°C (54°F) for 2 weeks. This will help it clarify and develop its flavors.
Packaging and Enjoyment:
- After the conditioning period, the Raspberry Wheat Beer should be ready to drink.
- You can package it in bottles or kegs, following standard sanitation practices.
- Allow the beer to carbonate in the bottles or keg for an additional week or two.
- Finally, refrigerate the beer and serve it chilled.
|Makes 🍻||Ready to Drink 🍺||Estimated ABV||Bitterness Rating||Color Rating|
|23 Litres (40 Pints)||4 Weeks||5.1%||15.3 IBU||7.2 EBC|
The combination of a Belgian-style wheat beer with raspberries creates a unique and enticing flavor profile.
Refreshing and Perfect for Summer
The Raspberry Wheat Beer is a refreshing option for hot summer days, offering a cooling and enjoyable drinking experience.
Appealing to All Palates
Even if you’re not typically a fan of beer, this recipe has the potential to win you over with its irresistible taste.
Easy to Brew
Whether you’re a seasoned brewer or just starting out, this recipe provides clear instructions to guide you through the brewing process.
FAQ on Making this Raspberry Wheat Beer Recipe
How long does it take to prepare the Raspberry Wheat Beer?
The preparation time for this beer is approximately 1 hour.
What is the recommended fermentation temperature for this beer?
The recommended fermentation temperature for the Raspberry Wheat Beer is 22°C (72°F).
When should I add the raspberries during the brewing process?
The raspberries should be added after 2 days of fermentation and left for about 1 week.
What is the estimated ABV (alcohol by volume) of the Raspberry Wheat Beer?
The estimated ABV of the Raspberry Wheat Beer is 5.1%.
How many pints does this recipe yield?
This recipe yields approximately 40 pints (23 liters) of Raspberry Wheat Beer.
What type of yeast should I use for this beer?
Wyeast 1010 American Wheat yeast is recommended for this beer.
What are the ingredients for the mash in this recipe?
The mash ingredients include 6 lb Lager malt and 5 lb Wheat malt.
How long should I boil the beer before adding the Protofloc?
The beer should be boiled for 1 hour and 10 minutes before adding the Protofloc during the last 15 minutes.
What is the bitterness rating (IBU) of this beer?
The bitterness rating of the Raspberry Wheat Beer is 15.3 IBU.
How long should I condition the beer before it’s ready to drink?
The beer should be conditioned for 4 weeks before it is ready to drink.
Can I use a different fruit instead of raspberries for this recipe?
While raspberries are recommended, you can experiment with other fruits, but the flavor profile will vary.
What is the recommended serving temperature for the Raspberry Wheat Beer?
The Raspberry Wheat Beer is best served chilled, at a temperature around 8-12°C (46-54°F).
Can I bottle the beer instead of kegging it?
Yes, you can bottle the beer instead of kegging. Ensure proper sanitation and use appropriate bottling equipment.
How would you describe the flavor profile of this beer?
This beer offers a refreshing wheat base with a subtle tartness and fruity notes from the raspberries, creating a balanced and enjoyable taste.
Can I substitute the Wyeast 1010 American Wheat yeast with another yeast strain?
Yes, you can experiment with other yeast strains, but it may affect the flavor profile of the beer.