Here is the recipe I used for the amazing Strawberry Blonde we had this summer. If you are really paying attention you’ll notice its the same as the American Wheat Ale recipe, except the yeast has been changed to WLP051 (my local shop was out of WLP001). I actually made this as a 12-gallon batch and split it between two fermentors and pitched two viles of yeast. This yeast was a first for me and I really liked the clean/crispness of it.
I would like to make a traditional California Common beer with it and compare to WLP001.
Anticipated OG 1.060
Batch size 5.5 gallons
6lbs German Pilsner malt
4.5lbs American Wheat Malt
1.5lbs Munich Malt
0.75oz Tettnanger hop pellets (60min)
0.25oz Cascade hop pellets (20 min)
Fermented with WLP051 (California common V)
After primary, I racked the beer onto 4lbs of sliced strawberries that had been steeped in water that was at near boil temp (heat off during steep). Let sit in secondary with berries for 7 days, then rack to a third fermentor for 7 days. This was to let any loose seeds settle out from the berries. Then bottle or rack to keg. Serve to the ladies and they’ll be sure to ask for MORE!