Strawberry Shortcake Ale attempt

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  1. Dirtyrunner13

    Dirtyrunner13 New Member

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    Any pointers? Has anyone attempted anything similar?

    HOME BREW RECIPE:
    Title: Strawberry Shortcake Ale

    Brew Method: Extract
    Style Name: American Wheat Beer
    Boil Time: 60 min
    Batch Size: 5 gallons (fermentor volume)
    Boil Size: 3 gallons
    Boil Gravity: 1.083
    Efficiency: 25% (steeping grains only)


    STATS:
    Original Gravity: 1.050
    Final Gravity: 1.015
    ABV (standard): 4.48%
    IBU (tinseth): 25.83
    SRM (morey): 6

    FERMENTABLES:
    5 lb - Dry Malt Extract - Wheat (66.7%)
    0.5 lb - Lactose (Milk Sugar) (6.7%)

    STEEPING GRAINS:
    1 lb - American - Caramel / Crystal 10L (13.3%)
    0.5 lb - Flaked Wheat (6.7%)
    0.5 lb - Belgian - Biscuit (6.7%)

    HOPS:
    1 oz - Cluster, Type: Pellet, AA: 6.5, Use: Boil for 60 min, IBU: 18.43
    1 oz - Huell Melon, Type: Pellet, AA: 7.2, Use: Boil for 10 min, IBU: 7.4

    OTHER INGREDIENTS:
    4 each - Vanilla Beans, Time: 6 days, Type: Flavor, Use: Secondary
    4 lb - Strawberries, Time: 6 days, Type: Flavor, Use: Secondary

    YEAST:
    Wyeast - American Ale 1056
    Starter: No
    Form: Liquid
    Attenuation (avg): 75%
    Flocculation: Med-Low
    Optimum Temp: 60 - 72 F
     
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    jmcnamara Well-Known Member

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    Sounds interesting. I think the huell melon might be a little off kilter with what you're trying to do overall. I like the steeping grain combo and the vanilla
    Some fruits tend to fade fast in beer, so you'll want to drink this pretty fresh I think
    Good luck
     
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    I was wanting to use Belma hops late addition due to its strawberry flavor/aroma. I read the HM hop may be used as a substitute. Do you have experience with this hop?
     
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    IF I were going to try this, I'd use a very neutral hop and very little of it. I've done something similar - it was a much better idea than beer.
     
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    I've only used it once, so definitely no expert. It was fruity, but I didn't get any berry, straw or otherwise, from it

    To nosybear's point, maybe a smaller than normal batch for this to try to dial in a good recipe
     
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    Definitely an interesting recipe
     
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    I concur about the hops...keep it simple and definitely understated - maybe knock the IBU's down to the bare minimum for style. Get most of your IBUs from a basic noble like Hallertau or Magnum at 60 and maybe some Tettnanger or other "floral" noble for late addition. See what happens with the other flavors without a lot of hops confusing things. Then you can build on that effort and tweak the recipe.
    If it ends up tasting like a bad strawberry milkshake, you can substantially reduce the lactose next time.
    Good luck!!
     
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    Did some editing to this recipe...brewing on Friday.

    Changed to partial mash and updated grain/hop schedule...

    Brew Method: Partial Mash
    Style Name: Cream Ale
    Boil Time: 60 min
    Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
    Boil Size: 3 gallons
    Boil Gravity: 1.084
    Efficiency: 65% (brew house)

    STATS:
    Original Gravity: 1.046
    Final Gravity: 1.011
    ABV (standard): 4.54%
    IBU (tinseth): 16.5
    SRM (morey): 4.89

    FERMENTABLES:
    5 lb - American - Pale 2-Row (55.6%)
    2 lb - Dry Malt Extract - Extra Light (22.2%)
    1 lb - Flaked Corn (11.1%)
    0.5 lb - Belgian - Biscuit (5.6%)
    0.5 lb - American - Caramel / Crystal 10L (5.6%)

    HOPS:
    1 oz - Cluster, Type: Pellet, AA: 6.5, Use: Boil for 60 min, IBU: 16.5

    MASH GUIDELINES:
    1) Infusion, Temp: 153 F, Time: 60 min, Amount: 8.75 qt
    2) Sparge, Temp: 170 F, Time: 20 min, Amount: 8 qt

    OTHER INGREDIENTS:
    4 each - Vanilla Beans, Time: 8640 min, Type: Flavor, Use: Secondary
    4 lb - Strawberries, Time: 8640 min, Type: Flavor, Use: Secondary

    YEAST:
    Wyeast - British Ale 1335
    Starter: No
    Form: Liquid
    Attenuation (avg): 74.5%
    Flocculation: High
    Optimum Temp: 63 - 75 F
     
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    Is five days 8640 minutes :p. I did sticks vanilla cream ale recipe awhile ago I added same amount of vanilla to that brew and you could definitely smell the vanilla at the end. Here's me brew notes if helps. image.jpeg
     

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