My homebrewing misadventures

Brewing in the rain

Making a raspberry wheat ale on a chilly May Sunday.

From Carboy
Had a fire going in the backyard, but then had to pull out the umbrella when the rains came. It will all be worth it in six weeks when the beer is ready and cold and the summer is hot.

Recipe for Raspberry Wheat

Fruit beer, All-Grain

5 gallon batch


4.5 lbs Rahr White Wheat
4.5 lbs, Rahr Premium Pilsner

1 oz. Hallertauer Hersbrucker, 60 mins.

4 oz. Raspberry extract

German Wheat, Wyeast Labs 3333

Original recipe from Northern Brewer.

Mash schedule

Single infusion mash
Start by adding 9 qts of water @ 172.9°F
Take saccharaficaiton rest for 60 min @ 152.0°F
Add 4.63 qts of water @ 212.0°F
Mash out for 10 minutes @ 170.0°F
Fly sparge with 20.17 qts of water @ 170.00 °F

Fermentation schedule

Primary, 14 days @ 69.0°F
Secondary, 14 days @ 72.0°F
Add raspberry extract to taste
Keg, 14 days @ 74.0°F


  • ABV: 6.03 percent
  • IBU: 15.65
  • Boil Size: 6.53 gals
  • Batch Size: 5.0 gals
  • Color: 4.2 SRM
  • Boil Time: 60 minutes
  • Estimated preboil OG: 1.036
  • Actual postboil OG: 1.046

Stats by iBrewmaster

Other notes

I added about 2.5 oz of raspberry extract to the beer at kegging. It is just about right, but maybe a tad too heavy. Next time, I might try using just 2 oz.

By Tom on 05/15/2016

Stage: Brewing

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