For phase two of the berry wheat beer, I racked the beer that had finished fermenting in the primary vessel to another washed and sanitized carboy filled with 3 pounds of mixed berries.
If I had more time and energy, I would have bought fresh blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries from the local farm. Since I didn’t have either, a frozen bag of fruit did the trick. I let it thaw overnight and then I sprayed the bag with a pre-mixed Star-san solution.
With the large funnel, I poured the juice and the berries into the carboy. By pouring slowing and shaking the funnel a bit when things got stuck, I emptied the whole bag.
Once the fruit was in, it was time to rack the beer on top. From the gallery below, you can see I had some help. The beer is for the adults coming to her first birthday party, so it’s fitting she was around to witness the transfer.
I guess we could officially call this new vessel a secondary fermenator since there will be a little activity while the yeast eats up the sugar the berries brought to the party. In about a week, I will check on how the beer tastes. If it’s ready to go, I’ll bottle if I am ready or I may rack again to leave the berry bits behind.